Robert Howe has over 35 years’ founder/CEO experience in building industrial software engineering businesses providing products and services to high-tech international and multinational companies in the Healthcare, Semiconductor Manufacturing, Agrotech, Scientific Equipment and related markets. His track record covers the entire lifecycle of an entrepreneurial business from foundation and growth through to fund raising and divestment, including securing €15m+ in diverse rounds of funding and selling his first company to a Dutch multinational.
As an engineer, Robert has also designed, built and delivered a wide range of industrial software systems from factory controllers through to water treatment systems. Fluent in Dutch and with an extensive European network, Robert has both UK and Dutch nationality.
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There are three things you should know about me: I understand software, I understand business and my passion is the intersection of the two, namely the use of software to create business value. I’ve designed, built and delivered enough industrial and technical software systems to quickly grasp the challenges facing your business. I’ve built two successful companies from scratch so I can rapidly comprehend the nature of your business. This combination enables me to quickly understand your business goals and show you how digitalisation can help you realise them.
I began my career in software after leaving university with an honours degree in Physics. In the course of time I have architected, designed, built and delivered a wide range of industrial systems, ranging from water treatment plant control systems through poultry processing systems to microprocessor testing tools. My experience includes programming in a wide range of languages on systems from bare boards through to various flavours of Linux and Windows. I have designed and implemented software development environments, including code management systems, networks, servers and shared resources.
I have founded, developed and been the CEO of two companies, Mountside Software Engineering BV and Verum Software Tools BV. As CEO of these companies, my role in the course of time has been wide ranging. I have run sales, marketing and finance activities and have contributed to product definition, management, development and testing. I’ve dealt with complex legal issues and contributed to improving HR terms and conditions. My sales activities have consistently delivered € 700,000 to € 1,000,000 per year in revenue. In 2001, I had the pleasure of selling Mountside to Imtech NV.
As entrepreneur and founder, a core part of my role has been the strategic development of two completely different businesses. Over a period of 13 years I evolved Mountside from a secondment business into a software engineering organisation capable of reliably executing and delivering outsourced software development projects. The success and profitability of this business resulted in its acquisition. Over a similar period of time I have navigated Verum from being a software engineering consultancy through to becoming a successful software tools supplier with leading customers such as ASML, Philips and Thermo Fisher.
In total I have been responsible for raising over € 15,000,000 in finance for Verum. Supported by corporate finance advisors, this has included multiple rounds of finance from a range of private investors. I have managed shareholder relationships with up to 24 individuals, most of whom themselves were entrepreneurs. On two separate occasions I have successfully won € 1,000,000 of funding from the Dutch government Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) in the form of an ‘Innovatie Krediet’. I have also contributed to winning funding from various subsidy programs, both national and European.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
We work with a wide range of specialists,
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Intuitus is the leading provider of independent, expert technology and digital advice to the private equity sector and mid-market companies. Lakana provides Intuitus with knowledge and expertise related to digitalisation and digital transformation in industry, agrotech, healthcare and semi-conductor manufacturing markets.
High Tech Software Cluster
Robert Howe is a founder and board member of the High Tech Software Cluster (HTSC) and plays an active role in supporting its activities. In addition, Robert has been responsible for developing the marketing messaging of the HTSC.
Robert Howe and Han Schaminée have a long relationship dating back to the mid-80’s. Han has a distinguished track record leading large software engineering teams in corporate organisations and is an expert on modern software engineering practices. Together they provide a full range of digitalisation knowledge and skills.
Robert Howe is a regular contributor to Techwatch publications, including Bits and Chips magazine, and frequently contributes to Techwatch events. Together with René Raaijmakers and Han Schaminée, Robert is building the Software in Industry Platform, which is a forum for executives and senior management to share knowledge and experience around digitalisation and digital transformation.
Through the High Tech Software Cluster
our network includes:
our network includes: