Gumption people about what fills their sails

“I have great respect for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. With Gumption I want to help young consulting companies to be successful in the long term. Not in the same way as a venture capitalist or a management consultant: I want to use the experience of the Gumption team and participate in an operational way, respecting the individuality of each company in the portfolio. Gumption also wants to participate financially and share the risk. Continued success requires engagement.”

Bart Embrechts

Founder and Managing Partner,

“Society is changing. There is a demand for more transparency and humanity. New networks are emerging as an alternative to the current large scale with its negative aspects. In these ecosystems, individuals make the difference. By combining their knowledge and expertise, innovative and sustainable forms of cooperation are created. I believe in the power of such collectives. Therefore, I choose Gumption.”

Marcel van Buren

Develops Gumption in The Netherlands,

“Every start-up has specific challenges. With specialized services Gumption makes sure that they can focus entirely on strategy and execution. Today, Luxembourg is a place to be: the government is supporting and stimulating young technology companies. Gumption’s approach fits into the picture. That’s why I fully support this initiative.”

Philippe Hamtiaux

In charge of Gumption in Luxembourg,

“It’s a privilege to work with enthusiastic and passionate people every day. Start-ups really give me energy. Finding the perfect match between company and candidate is a great challenge. The bar’s set high, as is the tempo. The mentality: anything but 9 to 5. I like that.”

Charlotte Pavic

Group recruiter and employer brander,

“Young businesses often focus on the development and implementation of their services and solutions. This leaves little time for sales strategy, market analysis, the development of customer relationships and partnerships. However, if you want to achieve sustainable growth, those are important areas which deserve special attention. I enjoy using my expertise to support the Gumption companies.”

Olivier Leroy

Business development,

“Setting up a company from scratch with a business idea and a few passionate people, seeing how a group of employees grows and achieves brilliant results together: that is fantastic. Keeping good colleagues loyal and making them better is the foundation of any firm’s success. If there is a formula for it, then respect, trust and freedom are definitely part of it. And so is telling it the way it is. I witnessed how, year after year, virtually no one left the company. I’m proud of that.”

Nicolas Van Odijk

Co-founder and the man behind the scenes - focus on organization, shared services and people management,

“By working together, the companies within Gumption can exploit the cross-fertilization offered by the network optimally. Teamwork is extremely important in this vision, both with customers and between consultants. Through the honest confrontation of ideas and insights you set things in motion and gradually build up your relationship of trust. We want to encourage this dynamic.”

Dieter Oversteyns

Focuses on the connect & develop initiative, co-creation and process excellence,

“Gumption is growing fast and that creates a lot of work. I am responsible for the follow-up of invoices, administration, preparation of the bookkeeping records, management of schedules, to name but a few things. I make sure that the member companies can hit the ground running when it comes to the practical aspects of the business.”

Yang Pang

Office manager Kontich,

“As office manager for our Luxembourg branch and as Philippe’s assistant, I have an extremely varied job. I give support to our consultants so that they can focus 100% on their clients. And I make sure that our office is a real home base for them. The thing I find special here is that everyone is working as a team, with the same goals. You get the chance to learn new things, and your colleagues do everything to help you succeed. That gives you extra energy.”

Pauline Jacquot

Office manager Luxembourg,

“On behalf of Gumption I work as management assistant and office manager in the Wavre branch. There are various businesses from the group at that location. They all share the same values. The atmosphere is very friendly, with a uniform organisational structure. We have lots of freedom to come up with and develop our own initiatives. It’s never dull. The varied job and the good contact with clients, suppliers and colleagues keep you constantly alert.”

Aurélie Favresse

Office manager Wavre,

“Our young companies have convincing stories and visions. Creating strong content and untangling the social media jumble to present their stories in the right way to the right target audience, that’s my expertise. I feel like a fish in water in a start-up environment. The drive, the desire, the creativity. Gumption has the guts to experiment with new forms of storytelling, live reporting and content curation. I love being actively involved in this.”

Jana Wuyts

Content marketing expert and social media specialist,

“Starting to work for a group of start-ups and young businesses was a conscious choice. Peaceful babbling brooks are lovely – but not in my workplace. We accountants like to get stuck into the action. Figures are so much more exciting when there’s speed and growth in them. You are given the space to help shape things.”

Anja Van Woensel


“What you notice straight away is the dynamics at Gumption. No pretensions, short lines of communication. Things move fast.  I felt right at home. There’s nothing I like better than things going on around me. As Office Manager I take care of communication, administration and invoicing. I like to do my bit to help our businesses succeed. The smoother the invoicing process, the better for the businesses. Cash is king, as they say.”

Nawal Bahcine

Office manager Kontich,

“I help entrepreneurs tell their story. What drives them? Why do they do what they do? What are they good at? And how do they strike the right chord with customers? It is my job to translate professional jargon into nuanced, plain language. Doing things really well is something I value highly. Quality execution equals quality result. And I am a real terrier: I always deliver. That, too, is Act Gumption, right?”

Wim Nelissen

Marketing Manager,