Harald Swinkels has been an entrepreneur since 1998. After adventures in publishing, multimedia, dotcom and IT, he co-founded the ‘Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij’ (NLE) and served for twelve and a halve years as its CEO. NLE grew out to be the largest independent energy supplier (and telecom provider) in the Netherlands with a turnover of almost half a billion euros. In 2018 NLE was acquired by Waterland/Nuts Groep which enabled Harald Swinkels to start fulfilling his profoundest dreams.Still refers to ‘The Great Gatsby’, directed by Baz Luhrmann (2013).
Making an internationally successful (feature) film has been the goal of Harald Swinkels’ career since its inception. It has actually been a childhood dream after his first alleged movie experience: Star Wars – Return of the Jedi in 1982 (at the age of 7). Harald shares his dream with one of his older brothers, who made quite a career for himself in the international film business. Being an entrepreneurial filmmaker, Harald founded two production companies: NFM, that serves as financing entity. And executive production company Exosphere Entertainment, that solely produces groundbreaking films.Still refers to ‘Le voyage dans la lune’, directed by George Méliès (1902).
Harald Swinkels does not act as your typical ‘entrepreneur turns investor after selling his company’. Harald is convinced he is a better entrepreneur than an investor. Moreover, Harald Swinkels is a control freak and an investor role does not bring him pleasure (nor is it joyful to the investees). However, Harald does invest in consortium with other entrepreneurs and is open for investments in exceptionally growing companies. So please, do not send a start-up pitch deck hoping for the best. Approach Harald Swinkels only if you are on the verge of knocking a dent in the universe.Still refers to ‘Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens’, directed by Friedrich Murnau (1922).
Harald Swinkels currently acts as an informal advisor to a few fellow-entrepreneurs. In addition, Harald is advisor for the family charity foundation and member of the investment committee of the energy innovation fund of Zuid-Holland. Harald has also entered into a mentor role for a couple of high potential entrepreneurs. Furthermore, Harald gives lectures on entrepreneurship, although he has no intention to become a professional speaker.Still refers to ‘Metropolis’, directed by Fritz Lang (1927).