Patrick Claessen

Patrick joined Brightlands Venture Partners in 2016 and has a focus on companies in the field of cleantech, smart materials, and life sciences.

He is a Senior Investment Manager of Chemelot Ventures and the Brightlands Agrifood Fund. In these capacities, he acts as a shareholder representative or board member for several portfolio companies. Before joining the team, Patrick held various positions at RWE (previously Essent) during his ten year employment at the company, including Senior Participations Manager. Prior to that, he worked as an Investment Manager at the Brabant Development Agency (BOM) and as an Analyst at Van Lanschot Corporate Finance as well as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (formerly Sakura Bank).

Patrick holds a master’s degree in Business Economics from Tilburg University.