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Our Story

Innovation will not longer come from bigger food institutions, it comes from bottom-up! Isn't that exciting?

That's why it's more important than ever that artisan food companies organize themselves in a smart and efficient way to increase their rate of success.

Kitchen Republic is the home for starting and scaling food businesses.

Our aim is to challenge the food industry by showing that production can be done differently: tastier and with more impact.

We prove that with our collective of amazing food & drink entrepreneurs, who undertake with guts and brains, instead of big budgets and easy answers.

We'd love to be your guide in the Dutch food industry, the platform for trusted B2B connections and the springboard for growth.

Kitchen Republic has created a one-of-a-kind platform where we fuel food entrepreneurs with insider knowledge, industry network and with an accessible work,- production,- and meeting space in Amsterdam- West.

 

 

Meet our team

 
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Bart-jan veldhuizen, Co-founder

Meet the business brains behind the operation. Inspired by his visits to several of the pioneers of shared kitchen spaces in the States, Bart-Jan founded Kitchen Republic with the vision to built the ultimate food business accelerator. Practical and experimental in equal measure (maybe because he holds both Dutch AND American passports), Bart-Jan still believes that good food must be delicious before it can be anything else.

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emma (veerhuis) veldhuizen, co-founder

As an entrepreneur herself (Rockstart and SFYA alumnae and founder of VanChefs online catering platform), Emma understands the ups and downs of the startup’s journey. That’s why she’s focused on developing Kitchen Republic’s community and education programs, offering the support, guidance, and insights from industry mentors who’ve been on the frontlines themselves. On the rare occasion that she stops moving, Emma is relaxing with some wine at the cozy Café de Klepel (most likely with her partner in life and business, Bart-Jan.)

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bas de vries, member manager

Bas is the eyes and ears of Kitchen Republic, and if something needs doing, he’s on it. Joining the team after several years as Head of Operations for a number of food companies, Bas took on the role of “efficiency hero” as Kitchen Republic’s member community and physical space grew (and continues to grow!) He’s the problem-solver-in-chief, and when he’s not cruising around the kitchen floor, he’s obsessing over his favorite football team, Ajax.

 

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