Van Deven has over 20 years of experience in software and hosts an impressive track record, with successful stints at SAS, SAP and C3.ai.

Having risen through the ranks after starting as a developer in a start-up himself, Van Deven wants to put his international experience to use locally, for the benefit of young entrepreneurs and the Benelux’ tech ecosystem.

Brussels, 27 October 2020 – Fortino Capital Partners, one of the leading enterprise software investors, has appointed Belgian Patrick Van Deven as Operating Partner. Van Deven, who holds degrees in IT and Applied Economics and Management, is an experienced executive with an extensive track record in Profit and Loss management at sales organisations of all sizes. His particular expertise lies in ERP, Analytics and AI.

Needless to say that we are delighted to welcome Patrick among us”, states Duco Sickinghe, Managing Partner at Fortino Capital. His track record speaks for itself, with exceptional results both on business level as in terms of employee satisfaction. We are therefore very much looking forward to seeing what he can bring to the table at Fortino Capital.”

Van Deven has built his career selling and delivering applications to large enterprises. After 10 years at software start-up BJL, where he started as developer and ended up General Manager, he spent 15 years at SAS, where he rose to the position of Managing Director for the Belux and Sweden, followed by top executive roles at SAP and C3.ai. Under his management, SAS Belux ranked #1 on Belgium’s ‘Great place to work’ list. 

Joining Fortino Capital was an opportunity I could not refuse”, states Patrick Van Deven.Having started as a developer in a software start-up myself, I have great affinity with and great respect for entrepreneurs in the tech space, Fortino is working with. I’m therefore very happy to put all my experience to the benefit of the companies where Fortino is involved with.

My focus will be on strategy, operations and last but not least value creation.


(Dutch only) Fortino Capital Partners benoemt Wouter van de Bunt als nieuwe partner in Nederland.

Fortino Capital Partners, de toonaangevende Europese investeerder in bedrijfssoftware, benoemt Wouter van de Bunt (59) tot partner in Nederland. Van de Bunt was eerder partner bij KPMG waar hij de afgelopen 20 jaar verschillende functies heeft bekleed, waarvan de laatste Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Zijn focus lag in die functie op M&A binnen de nationale en internationale technologie-, media- en telecomsector. Voorafgaand aan KPMG werkte hij een aantal jaren bij private equity en begon hij zijn carrière als accountant bij Ernst & Young.

Duco Sickinghe, managing partner Fortino Capital :

“Met veel genoegen kondigen wij Wouter aan als onze partner met speciale aandacht voor de Nederlandse markt. Wouter brengt een schat aan kennis en inzichten mee in de markt van PaaS, SaaS en IT-diensten. Hij heeft een groot vakmanschap om ondernemers te helpen bij de groei van hun bedrijf en bij het signaleren van mogelijke aanvullende acquisities.

Met zijn aanwezigheid bij Fortino versterken wij onze aanwezigheid in Noordwest-Europa.”


About Fortino Capital :

Fortino Capital is a European enterprise software investor, managing a €240 million growth private equity fund and two venture capital funds for earlier stage software opportunities. The firm has offices in Antwerp and Amsterdam. Fortino Capital’s investment portfolio includes MobileXpense, Efficy CRM, Odin Groep, Tenzinger, Maxxton, LetsBuild, Teamleader, among others.