the team

Meet the dedicated team

We are an interdisciplinary team with sector-, operational- and financial expertise acquiring, building, scaling and exiting tech companies

Matthias van Alphen

Managing Director

Matthias founded Connect Capital in 2017 and has initiated the international technology M&A practice with a sector specialisation in software/SaaS, digital platforms, and IT consultancies

Matthias has a background at Deloitte, in corporate M&A at Eureko/Achmea, as CFO and board member at Bizzdesign (a SaaS firm) driving its financial and growth strategy

Matthias is responsible for Connect Capital’s Raising & Selling, Acquiring & Investing activities

Mafalda Vaz

Operating Partner

Mafalda has 25 years of experience in finance and operations, starting as an auditor at KPMG, manager finance at Informa Dun & Bradstreet and as a CFO/COO at Bizzdesign, an international SaaS company, building and running Finance, HR and Backoffice operations

Mafalda is responsible for Building & Scaling SaaS finance and operations. Supporting founders and investors improving insights and performance management

Robert Wijers

Partner M&A

Robert Wijers has more than 9 years of experience in investment banking (both M&A and Venture Capital), including 3 years on Wall Street. Robert is an experienced dealmaker in M&A in Europe, the US and Latin America on both the buy-side and sell-side

Deals include (take private) LBO’s, buy and build acquisitions, debt restructurings and capital raisings as both advisor and investor

Robert is responsible for Raising & Selling, Acquiring & Investing

Frans Rahms

Operating Partner

Frans has over 30 years of experience in sales and senior EMEA leadership roles in some of the world’s leading companies including EMC, SGI and Inforay

Frans was responsible for scaling EMC Benelux from EUR 5m to EUR 200m, building the team through several major hiring waves. Moreover he was responsible for the integration of approximately 65 acquisitions

At Connect Capital, Frans is responsible for Building & Scaling. He supports founders and managers setting- and scaling up their go-to-market, their changing leadership role, structuring the governance and coaching founders and managers through this fast paced phase

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