Our complementary skillsets and backgrounds combine private equity expertise with extensive operational experience.
We’ve been there: we know what it is like to work for a private equity backed company and how to achieve full potential.
We started working together at Waterland Private Equity thirteen years ago.
Following Waterland, we pursued complementary careers at leading private equity firms, private equity backed companies and as entrepreneurs.
Together we were involved in 27 platform investments and over 50 add-on acquisitions.
Bart’s career spans over 15 years of experience in M&A and Private Equity. From 2010 to 2018, Bart was Head of M&A at Intertrust and part of the team that led the company from carve-out to IPO, significantly increasing its size and valuation.
Before co-founding Create Capital, Bart briefly worked as Investment Director at Bridgepoint in Amsterdam. Prior to Intertrust, Bart worked at Waterland Private Equity, where he was involved in various investments and exits in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, professional services and technology.
Bart has lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Germany. He is married and has three children.
Bart holds an MSc in Economics (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam.
Over the past 14 years Mathieu has been active in private equity and as entrepreneur, where he has been instrumental in building and expanding successful (inter)national businesses in various industries.
Prior to co-founding Create Capital he was partner at Gate Invest and has worked for Mentha Capital and Waterland Private Equity. Mathieu also founded two disruptive startups, in fitness and online insurance, both of which were sold to investors.
He has lived in the Netherlands, Canada, Poland and India and currently resides in Amsterdam with his wife and son.
Mathieu holds an MSc in Finance from the University of Amsterdam, a BBA from the University of Windsor and completed the MA Program at INSEAD.
Maurits is an Investment Associate and joined Create Capital in 2021.
Prior to joining Create Capital, Maurits was active as an independent consultant, working on M&A transactions in the Dutch mid-market and on fundraisings for Dutch start- and scale-ups. Maurits started his career at Vondel Finance, part of mid-market M&A boutique Clairfield International.
During his studies, Maurits founded his own company in the catering industry, which he successfully sold in 2022.
Maurits holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Groningen and a MSc in Financial Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Michiel de Haan
Advisory Board Member
Michiel founded the buyout practice of NMB Bank (predecessor of ING), which he spun out in 1987 to form Atlas Venture. Under his leadership Atlas developed into a European-American venture capital firm, with offices in Amsterdam, Munich, Boston and London. Atlas invested in more than 300 companies in IT & Life Sciences. At the time Atlas had 70 employees and $2.2bn under management.
Later Michiel co-founded Aescap Venture, a venture capital firm investing in medical biotech and diagnostics companies. Michiel has sat on the boards of many companies including Crucell N.V. and Morphosys AG.
He is former chairman of EVCA (Invest Europe) and co-founder of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA).