CO FOUNDER & CEO
Sander believes that changes in any business are caused by two things: An urge to differentiate and an individual that is willing to get there.
Despite a successful career start in the Oil and Gas industry, he came to the conclusion that for him natural hydrocarbons as an energy source wasn’t the long-term solution that the world needed. Using his knowledge combined with business sense he found the answer in a renewable energy startup that is still active today.
The energetic and flexible atmosphere of the startup made him find the drive to continue to disrupt industries.
Recognizing the rising opportunities within sports on the intersection of tech and data, he met with Louis van Gaal (Head Coach of the Dutch FA) and he used this opportunity to introduce him to the latest tech on the market: Virtual Reality. It was that encounter that led to the idea for a solution that we now know as Beyond sports. Which by now has grown to an international 30FTE company.
CO FOUNDER & CTO
Nicolaas is an expert in both Virtual Reality football analysis and training concepts. Throughout his entire life, Nicolaas has been linked to sports. From initiating and leading the construction of Holland’s first concrete skate park at the age of 15, to being a personal trainer at a gym, to joining the first team staff of AFC Ajax as a video and data analyst.
During his study Human Movement Sciences, he mainly focused on talent development, player positional tracking systems and space perception in Virtual Reality.
With this knowledge, Nicolaas left AFC Ajax to pursue the dream of startup Beyond Sports and he has been a key part of the journey ever since. Nicolaas is responsible for the Beyond Sports concept and product development and for implementation of the full Beyond Sports product suite - ranging from club performance to AI and multi sports consumer content platform development.