We are excited to welcome a new Master, Laurens de Bruijn! Learn more about him below.
Tell us about yourself
I co-founded a series of successful cardiology outpatient clinics in the Netherlands in 2006, targeting process optimisation through standardisation and digital applications. I then initiated and drove their UK market entry in 2016, both independently and in partnership with private and public hospitals (an easy sell that proved hard to implement). I worked as an investor in technology private equity in London for eight years and was also in charge of Oxford University Clinic where I focused on innovations in MedTech and healthcare services in JV with Mayo Clinic. As an advisor, mentor and shareholder I have worked on acquisitions and capital raises as well as with scale-ups from a variety of industries, including on behalf of Oxford University’s accelerator. I currently serve on the executive board of independent breast cancer hospital Alexander Monro Ziekenhuis and hold an MSc in finance & investments from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Why did you want to join Masters of Scale?
I enjoy using my experience to help others become successful, whilst remaining up to date and staying at the forefront of innovation.
Why are you passionate about entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneurship for me is synonymous to innovation & changing the status quo. It is creative, it pushes boundaries and it focusses on ‘the possible’, whilst being forced to think simple and practical.
What was the most defining moment in your career, and what did you learn from it?
Joining the founding team of Cardiology Centres Netherlands straight out of university. It taught me that it is good to be bold, the importance of perseverance, and that awarding others what is fair is key to becoming successful.
What is your expertise and what are you known for?
- Growth, strategy, route to market: developing simple business models
- Problem solving and product development
- Process simplification, restructuring, optimisation
- Building teams with complementary skills
- Company finance: budgeting, processes, KPIs
- Perseverance, asking tough questions, simplifying and out of the box thinking
In what industries or settings can you add the most value?
Where an innovative solution / simplification is being developed and brought to market. For example the use of sensors and IT applications to create and improve access to management data, whether in medtech, water or crop management. Examples of industries: medtech, consumer health, healthcare services, energy efficiency, agriculture, education
Check out the profiles of all of our Masters here.