HPE Growth hires two

HPE Growth has named Wijnand Bekker as an associate and Laura Kone as an analyst.

HPE Growth has named Wijnand Bekker as an associate and Laura Kone as an analyst. Both joined the pan-European growth equity firm’s investment team.


Amsterdam, 19 April 2022 – HPE Growth, a pan-European growth equity firm has appointed two new members to its investment team as it continues its development. Wijnand Bekker, Associate, and Laura Kone, Analyst, have joined the team in April.

As an Associate with a focus on Venture Capital, Wijnand Bekker will bring expertise in venture investing to HPE Growth’s strategy. Bekker joins after a period at Rabo Frontier Ventures where he focused on FinTech and AgriTech investments. Bekker holds a BSc from the University of Groningen in Econometrics and Operations Research, as well as a MSc from the Erasmus School of Economics in Econometrics and Management Science with a focus in Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing.

HPE Growth Managing Partner Tim van Delden said: “We are so excited to be joined by Wijnand at an exciting time for the HPE team. Wijnand will be a great part of the firm’s growth plans through the coming years.”

Laura Kone joins as an Analyst from J.P. Morgan’s London office, where she focused on Semiconductors, Payments, and Telecommunications. Kone will join the investment team to support HPE Growth’s expansion across European technology investment. Kone holds a BSc from Maastricht University in Business and Business Economics with a minor in Microeconomics, as well as a MSc with Distinction from King’s College, London, in Finance and Data Analytics.

HPE Growth Partner Frederic Huynen said: “I’m so pleased to be joined by Laura as we continue to expand and build a world-class team that contributes to the sustainable growth of European Tech. We look forward to seeing Laura’s successes as part of the HPE Growth team”

About HPE Growth
With over €600 million in Assets under Management HPE Growth is a leading European investment platform focusing on minority investments in digital sectors including Software, FinTech, Consumer Internet and Digital Health. Portfolio companies include WeTransfer, SendCloud, eGym, PPRO, Tiqets and Uberall. HPE is a specialized technology investor, investing in early-mid growth stage companies, as they scale globally from around €10 million in revenue into digital European champions with over €100 million in revenue. We support the founders and management teams addressing the challenges of such growth by building world class teams and organizations while fostering the fast moving entrepreneurial, innovative culture that is key to their success. Our mission is to amplify the positive impact of innovation by scaling technology companies globally while generating outsized returns for our investors. HPE has been a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment since 2009 and committed to the ESG Principals. (www.hpegrowth.com).