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about restart network

Our Vision

Restart Network's vision is that the son or daughter of a billionaire, and the son or daughter of a parent from an underserved or minority background, should have access to the same world-class education.

Our Mission

Restart Network's mission is to empower people from refugee, low-income, and minority backgrounds to become their best selves and start a career in the tech industry, where their help is needed.

Our Core Values

People First

Decision making is incentivized by the growth and ultimate success of our students. A 'permanent beta' mindset complements our 'culture of experiments' to systematically push the bar higher.

Community Driven

Through the Crowdsourced Tech School, we aim to scale our impact by connecting a larger number of external partners and volunteers, while maintaining a purposely small Core Team striving for excellence.

Transformative Outcomes

We don't aim for incremental change, our graduates leave with a fresh world-view, a strong professional network, self-aware, and equipped with a toolset of industry-relevant technical skills.

Our People
Teodor Cataniciu
Member of the Board
Chairman & Founder
Melissa Ablett
Member of the Board
Job Nijs
Member of the Board
Frederick Rustler
Core Team
Head of Operations & Founder
Eseyas Abraha
Core Team
Program Director
Telma Calçada
Core Team
Head of Storytelling
Alexandru Iosup
Professor of Computer Science, TU Delft
Advisory Chair for Education
Johan de Boer
Partner at Greyt
Special Advisor for Finance and Budget
Samer Abdelnour
Assistant Professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Advisory Chair for Social Enterprise
Marie José Van Den Boomgaard
Liaison Manager Startups, KPN New Business
Advisory Chair for Corporate Relations
Our Not-for-Profit Policy

Download our complete Policy Plan →

As included in Article 3 of the statutes the organization has the goal to improve the well-being and welfare of people, eliminate barriers between people and technology and democratise opportunity through technology, connect people through technology, and raise, administer as well as provide funds to accomplish these goals.

The foundation attempts to reach these goals by initiating, organizing, guiding and supporting educational activities in the field of Information Technology (such as classes, courses, and workshops), establishing and fostering the connection between participants of educational activities and companies from the Information Technology industry, and with third parties as long as they may be appropriate and meaningful for the foundation.

Restart Network does not aim to make a profit as defined in Article 3 (2) in the statutes. The proceeds resulting from activities are used solely to accomplish the statutory goals.

The members of the board receive no compensation for their activities according to Article 5 (5) of the statutes. Board members may receive a proportionate reimbursement for expenses that were incurred while performing board duties. If applicable, the foundation plans to compensate program managers who work full-time at a discounted rate due to the non-profit nature of the activities performed (Annex 3). There are no more than two full-time employees acting as program managers needed to perform the educational activities specified in 4.1. Their salary will be derived from the salary levels appropriate for equivalent job positions provided by the Nationale Beroepengids, e.g. social worker in non-profit organization (Annex 2). Program managers may compensate their expenses incurred while performing work duties if approved by the board. Program managers may also request compensation in the form of benefits (e.g. skills training) if approved by the board. Members of the advisory board are not eligible for any form of compensation.

Restart Network’s board of directors is composed of: Chairman: Teodor Cataniciu, Secretary: Melissa Ablett and Treasurer: Job Nijs. The main responsibilities of the board as a whole are establish policy plan and updating it on a yearly basis, ensuring adherence to the organization’s policy plan, prepare and publish annual impact report, ensuring transparency by engaging independent auditor and publishing financial reports, representing the foundation and its interests to external stakeholders.

For an overview of all our activities please refer to our program-specific website about Restart ONE. The first impact report as well as financial report are prospected to be published mid-2018.