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ABOUT US

Nature^Squared is committed to creating a truly sustainable Planet Earth on which people, companies, and societies prosper. According to us, nature is the starting point to reach that goal and biodiversity is the engine behind a planet that can provide for our needs.

OUR STORY

Nature^Squared is guided by the idea that the way we look at nature is fundamentally wrong. Nature is often seen as an expense and cost-base. The idea that a choice should be made between nature and economy prevails. We believe that nature is essential for us, humans, and that our ecosystems represent a tremendous wealth, both  ecologically and economically.

We have summarised our vision of the value of nature in a short video.

10-2012
The idea arises

The idea for Nature^Squared arises

02-2013
Jump into the deep end

Nature^Squared is officially established

07-2016
Our first employee

We reinforce our team by hiring a new employee for the first time

01-2017
Setting up a research program

Daan and Ervin are both appointed professor 'Innovative Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas' at HAS University of Applied Sciences to develop and manage this four-year research program.

And the best
is just about to happen!

PARTNERSHIPS

In order to arrive at a green economy, we need to join forces. We are an active member of leading network organizations, such as the Natural Capital Coalition (technical advisor), Ecosystem Services Partnership, Businesss@Biodiversity, and MVO Nederland. We already have a lot of knowledge and experience in-house, but we can only accelerate if we learn from each other and work together.

OUR TEAM

Daan Groot

A real system thinker, Daan acts as a ‘spider in the web’. Founded Nature^Squared in 2012 together with Erwin, because he is convinced that nature...

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Erwin van Woudenberg

Always focused on action, Erwin makes a living while improving the world. Erwin is founder and co-owner of Nature^Squared. Erwin’s mission is the creation of...

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Iris Visser

Analyst and connector. Iris works on achieving a just and inclusive world and views sustainable agriculture as the crucial link. After her degree on Social...

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Lotte Van Helden

Both striker and flying keep. After performing an impressive internship, Lotte was asked to join Nature^Squared and now combines her master's degree Water Management (University...

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Merlissa Diele

Merlissa’s ambition is to make environmental policy work for the people and nature at the same time. As intern at the Natuurverdubbelaars, she works on...

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  • Daan Groot

    A real system thinker, Daan acts as a ‘spider in the web’. Founded Nature^Squared in 2012 together with Erwin, because he is convinced that nature restoration is part of the solution for almost all of the major challenges we are currently facing: climate change, inequality, health, and migration. Daan regularly acts as moderator/facilitator and workshop leader. He was acknowledged as one of the most influential sustainability professionals of The Netherlands, being included on the Sustainable 100, as well as on the Food100 (2017), Young Sustainable 100 (2018, 2017, 2014), and was nominated for the VHG Green Award on Sustainable Tuesday on behalf of Nature^Squared. Daan is professor ‘Innovative Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas’ at the HAS University of Applied Sciences since 2017 and together with Erwin, he published the book ‘Earning a good living with Nature’ (only in Dutch). Daan graduated cum laude as a political scientist with a specialization on International Relations and started his first job at Deloitte (2005-2009).

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  • Erwin van Woudenberg

    Always focused on action, Erwin makes a living while improving the world. Erwin is founder and co-owner of Nature^Squared. Erwin’s mission is the creation of products with a positive impact on planet Earth. Erwin cannot think within borders (according to Erwin himself) and thus comes up with unconventional solutions that inspire action, especially within agriculture and within the connection between biodiversity and supply chains. Erwin likes challenges and is creative and also director of his company Sterkur, that manufactures physiotherapeutic products with a positive impact on the planet. Erwin is also appointed professor ‘Innovative Entrepreneurship in Rural Areas’ at the HAS University of Applied Sciences.

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  • Iris Visser

    Analyst and connector. Iris works on achieving a just and inclusive world and views sustainable agriculture as the crucial link. After her degree on Social Geography (University of Copenhagen), she started working at Nature^Squared. As befits a true geographer, she easily switches between different scale levels and knows how to combine economic, environmental and social questions. Iris brings valuable international experience and mainly works on delivering projects for our corporate clients, with a specific focus on the transformation of supply chains.

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  • Lotte Van Helden

    Both striker and flying keep. After performing an impressive internship, Lotte was asked to join Nature^Squared and now combines her master's degree Water Management (University of Utrecht) with working parttime at Nature^Squared to commit her organizational and analytical talents to a greener world. Lotte is not just a scoring striker at field hockey, in the office, she is a team player who gives the finishing touch to score with a project.

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  • Merlissa Diele

    Merlissa’s ambition is to make environmental policy work for the people and nature at the same time. As intern at the Natuurverdubbelaars, she works on developing engaging agricultural business cases that are beneficial to both nature and farmers. With a broad background in environmental economics and policy and her analytisch outlook, she is capable of addressing complex issues from multiple angles. After her concluding internship of het masters in environmental economics at Wageningen University, she hopes to aid in designing policy and projects that benefit both nature and mankind.

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OUR VACANCIES

Currently, we do not have any open vacancies. We are, however, always open to accommodate ambitious students looking for an internship opportunity.  This can be on one of the topics below, but we are also interested in hearing your ideas! Interested? Then please contact us.

Internship: Supply chains

How to turn the negative impact of fossil based products within your supply chain into a positive impact?

Profile: Environment & Resource Management, Environmental sciences

Internship: Biodiversity stress test for the financial sector

The Dutch Bank has carried out climate stress tests for the financial sector. What would such a stress test look like if it would be applied on biodiversity?

Profile: econometrics, corporate finance

Internship: Financing Nature-based Solutions

There seems to be a mismatch between finance and nature projects. On hand there is plenty of money looking for projects, on the other hand most projects are looking for money. Do you want to figure this out and continue or work on this topic?

Profile: accountancy, business administration, environmental sciences, sustainability