Entrepreneur John Fentener van Vlissingen founded Walvis in 2012. Walvis is a Dutch venture capitalist that invested in seed and early stage Dutch Internet technology startups with global ambitions. After the first fund, which still has 6 participations, Walvis launched a second fund in 2014 to capitalize on a rich deal flow in the early stage phase. Walvis Fund III is now focusing on financing Dutch Internet technology companies in their (early) growth phase. By now, Walvis has 10 investments and has more than EUR 60 million total assets under management.
The Walvis Funds are based on a metaphor for whales. A walvis is the Dutch word for a whale. Young whales have to grow rapidly to become healthy creatures that rule the oceans. They live in groups and travel the world oceans together. They are strong because of their connections, network and combined strengths. And this is how we see the entrepreneurial experience.