Managing Director & CIO
Prior to co-founding Tioga Capital Partners, Nicolas was a founding team member and part of the executive committee as Vice President at the Brussels based private equity fund Core Equity Holdings (+€1B AuM). In 2015, Nicolas discovered the emerging crypto asset class during his tenure at the San Francisco based private equity fund Altamont Capital Partners (+$2.5B AuM), where he served as Vice President taking on multiple investment and operational roles. Earlier in his career, Nicolas was a consultant at Bain & Company residing in Brussels, London, and Los Angeles, which set the foundations for his ever-evolving career in finance and investing. Nicolas holds a master’s degree in finance from the KUL, a master’s in general management from the Vlerick Business School, and has passed his CFA level III.
Focus areas: investment strategy, commercial/valuation due diligence, and investor relations
Patrick Van de Mosselaer
Patrick is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor with knowledge on go-to-market strategies within the emerging technology space. After successfully starting, scaling, and exiting multiple ventures ranging from a scalable hospitality concept to a med-tech platform in Western Europe, Patrick co-founded Tioga Capital. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked as a strategy consultant at Roland Berger in Belgium, France, Russia, Canada and the US which set the foundation for his passion around building, growing, and analyzing businesses. At Tioga he is combining his love for the blockchain technology which he discovered in 2016, with his engineering background and his experience and network in the start-up world.
Focus areas: investment sourcing, due diligence, investor relations and operations.
Michiel discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and bought his first later in 2012. He has been an active investor for over 10 years and more recently started to focus on VC & angel investments.
He holds a MSc degree in Business Administration and one in macroeconomics (magna cum laude). His Master’s thesis “Investor attention and short-term return reversals” was published in a peer-reviewed finance journal.
Prior to his role at Tioga, he co-founded Adamant Capital, a Bitcoin focused fund, and helped develop Bitcoin valuation metrics that are widely used today.
Focus areas: Investment strategy, investment research, and investment sourcing
Technical Advisor (external)
As a cryptographer, he has been conducting research in the development and analysis of cryptographic algorithms for the last 7 years. With over 20 articles published at top cryptographic venues, and as co-designer of five algorithms (one standardized at ISO), he brings deep technical expertise and connections that are leveraged in Tioga’s diligence process.
With his expertise and deep network in the space, he also provides invaluable advice to drive value creation at the early-stage investments of the fund.
Focus areas: technical due diligence, custody, and research/publications
Olivier has been active as an international tax lawyer for the last decade in Belgium and Luxembourg. He gained professional experience first as a tax consultant within the financial services department at EY and later became the group tax counsel of a large private equity firm, JAB Holding Company (+$10B AuM). With his experience as tax-advisor and in-house tax lawyer in Luxembourg, Olivier has deep expertise in the Luxembourg fund ecosystem and serves as Tioga Capital’s General Counsel and Partner. His role not only consists in outlining the regulatory and tax framework of the fund, but also in leading the legal due diligence activities. Olivier holds a masters degree in law and an LLM in taxation from the KUL, as well as a postgraduate in business administration from the EMS. Olivier also completed the Oxford Blockchain Strategy Program at the Saïd Business School.
Focus areas: legal due diligence, regulatory/tax matters, and structuring/reporting
We work closely together with one of Europe’s leading FinTech VCs.
Founding Partner SmartFin
Jürgen Ingels is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
He was the founder and CFO of Clear2Pay, a leading payments technology company. Under his leadership, he grew the company to one of the world leaders in payment software with more than 1.200 employees in 14 countries.
Today, Jürgen is the founder and managing director of SmartFin, a fund targeting promising European technology companies. Jürgen is also the initiator of ‘Supernova’, Belgium’s biggest technology and innovation festival. He is involved in various companies like Guardsquare, Silverfin, Cumul.io, The Glue… Jürgen currently holds a board position in countless reputable companies from various sectors: Materialise (NASDAQ: MTLS), Itiviti, Willemen, Ghelamco, UnifiedPost, WDP (Euronext), Itineris, Exellys, and more.
Managing Partner SmartFin
Thomas is managing partner at SmarFin, an investment firm investing in growing B2B technology companies.
Before joining SmartFin, Thomas worked as Portfolio Manager for iMinds (now part of imec), where he managed a portfolio of 100+ companies that graduated from the iMinds’ incubation program including e.g. Ugentec, Posios, Datacamp. Prior to that, Thomas worked at Bain & Company as part of their private equity practice, and performed due diligence and post-acquisition work for large investment funds. He was also involved in digital transformation projects for blue-chip companies in FMCG and Financial Services industry. Thomas started his career at Accenture, where he defined product specifications and did software testing as part of large software implementations in sectors such as utilities, chemicals, and natural resources. He currently holds Board positions at Cumul.io, Silverfin, and Theo technologies.
Thomas holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Leuven and a Master of Science in Computer Sciences from the University of Ghent and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Head of COSIC Research Lab
Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Preneel is a world-renowned expert in blockchain and cryptography, co- author of over 1000 publications, containing multiple standardized and widely used cryptographic algorithms and attaining over 23,000 citations. In 2014, he received the RSA Award for Excellence in Mathematics and in 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research). Besides teaching and leading research, Bart chairs multiple top-tier conferences has led as president of the IACR, and frequently consults for industry and governments about security and privacy technology.
Ir. Stijn Bijnens, has 11 years of experience as CEO of a successful Belgian venture capital fund (LRM). Prior, he co-founded a network security software company -Ubizen- that he IPO’ed on Nasdaq in 1999 at ~500M EUR valuation. Currently, he is the CEO of Cegeka, a leading European IT service company.
Chief Strategy Officer at Aleo Systems Inc.
Alex serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at Aleo Systems, a blockchain startup focused on privacy integrations for decentralized applications. Prior Alex was a deal partner a16z’s blockchain fund. He has also worked at Coinbase, and has started working in the blockchain industry in 2017 as a blockchain research analyst at GGV Capital. Before his business career, Alex served many years in the US military. He holds an MBA from Stanford where was the president of the Stanford Blockchain Club. Alex also holds a degree in International Relations from West Point Academy.
We engage collaboratively with entrepreneurs and provide significant support as and when needed. For this reason, the Tioga team is surrounded by experienced people who are willing to roll up their sleeves to support management.
Director at NXMH
Founder and CEO of Numerium3
Ex-Global head of Commodity Derivatives at BNP Paribas
Jean-Marc is the ex-Global head of Commodity Derivatives at BNP Paribas. He is now an active blockchain angel investor with a focus on decentralized financial market infrastructures (=dFMI). He helps sourcing startup deals (UK and France with a focus on dFMI) and has a strong network in the financial services industry.
Bitcoin & Blockchain author
Thomas is an early investor in the bitcoin ecosystem. He has a wealth of relationships throughout the ecosystem as well as >20 blockchain angel investments. Thomas actively assists several blockchain companies and helps with sourcing startup deals (with a particular focus on Switzerland).