Thijmen joined SparkOptimus as Junior Associate in October 2015. He has been interested in technology, digital and entrepreneurship since a young age, running a computer repair business during his time at high school. Thijmen has a degree in Financial Law and Finance & Investments (cum laude) from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He wrote his thesis on innovative technology-driven financing methods. During his studies he was active at various student organizations in Rotterdam and worked for Heineken in Ethiopia as an intern. As a student he successfully started and built his e-commerce business AmericanCups. Looking for a steeper learning curve, he decided to take on a new challenge after graduation and join SparkOptimus. In his spare time Thijmen likes to take part in football games, play electronic music as a DJ and travel to unusual destinations.