The People behind the Sea(nes)
We’re a group of creative thinkers and conservationists who have built upon a vision to save our reefs.
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Reef Support is based in the Netherlands but with team members situated in different parts of the world including Singapore (Crystle) and Saba (Marijn), part of the Dutch Carribean, as a field marine biologist and and a marine park officer respectively. Like Crystle and Marijn, every team member of Reef Support wears many different hats - and we draw a lot of positivity from one another.

Our mission is to take practical action and support the growth of the blue economy with robust and cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence and satellite imaging. Our proprietary software Reef.io is part of a reef manager's toolkit to streamline MPA monitoring operations and environmental impact assessments. Our tools also extend to coastal businesses that rely on healthy reef systems: aquaculture and fisheries, beach (resorts), and tourism. We also support conservation projects around the world and advocate for participatoryparticipatory science with programs like Reef Students.


Our vision is to support 75% of our world's reefs by 2030 through technology and partnerships.
Our focus lies on people and planet.

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wHO WE ARE

Our Development Team

Our Marine Team

Our Founders

Marcel Kempers
Co-Founder & CEO
Marcel is a serial social entrepreneur with a strong mission of bringing emerging high tech to local communities.
Yohan Runhaar
Co-Founder & CTO
Yohan is a computer scientist with a great affinity with artificial intelligence and big data, he is the CTO and lead developer for Reef Support's AI and platforms.

Our Advisors

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Our rECOGNITION

Awards

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Aerospace Engineering
Start-up Voucher 2021
Copernicus Prize Overall Winner 2020
Copernicus Masters
Overall Winner 2020
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Top 4 "Most Innovative Student in the Netherlands" 2020
Copernicus Prize The Netherlands 2020
Copernicus Masters
The Netherlands Winner 2020
50 Young Talents of 2021 (by FD)
25 under 25 startups 2021 (by MT/Sprout)
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Falling Walls Lab
Groningen Winner 2020
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Climate Launchpad
The Netherlands Winner 2021

Vacancies

At Reef Support, we create software to support coastal activities happening all over the world for a responsible and sustainable blue future. 91% of ocean species have yet to be classified, and more than 80% of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. As we expand our team of specialists and bravehearts, we are able to tap into more locations around the world with improvements on our solutions ever-growing. You'll love working with us if you're open, pragmatic, curious and want to make an impact!

Culture

How we do things.

Diversity & Team
We strive to maintain a work environment where everyone can apply and develop skills and talents consistent with our values and business objectives. This applies to every employee, regardless of location, gender, ethnicity and physical abilities.

It’s important to live by our values and play an active role in communities by attracting all talents and offering opportunities to a diverse range of people.

The varied skills and experience of people from different cultures, gender and ages benefits our business, helping us to better understand our customers across the world and to build stronger relationships at a local level. Our focus on diversity and inclusion also means customers, employees and partners choose us more often and are able to connect with us on more than one dimension.
Education
In honor of #WorldOceanDay2021, Reef Support launched 'Reef Students', a sub-chapter within Reef Support that is run by students for students, aiming to enhance career skills and promote the research conducted by students worldwide.

Reef Students will not only work with schools to provides interactive education modules but also host (and co-host) community events to foster student engagement.

Through Reef Students, we aim to promote the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge to secure coral reefs for future generations.

Win-win mentality
In the many interactions we have daily, finding the right balance between urgent and important tasks must be found in alignment with clients and partnering organizations. Thus, by taking a win-win perspective for each encounter, we are able to produce and implement from internal principles, that creates value producing outcomes for all stakeholders incolved.

As we move through the waves of business and sustaiable development, we seek first to understand, and then be understood, as we know that great products take time and care to create. Quality and diligence are part of our company's core values.

Of course, we as a team celebrate when we win, and learn when we lose.

The Abundant Ocean
"Open source for an open ocean" is a motto of ours.

The value of the global ocean has been estimated by WWF at $24trn. With trillions of dollars of investment in the Blue Economy expected over the next decade, financial institutions will have a growing stake in the ocean and growing exposure to ocean-related risks.

We need not 1 solution, but an ecosystem of integrated methods, expertise, tools and technology in order to make global change towards sustaining marine life, and ultimately our food systems and human life. This is why at Reef Support we believe in the "abundant ocean", where we aren't afraid to step out in the big blue unknown with open innovation (Hackathons etc.) and take on collabative opportunities with organizations working towards the same goal.