Our Story.

The Cardboard Revolution

How did KarTent start?

 

Jan & Wout met each other at the Cleantech Challenge, a course at the TU Delft. Jan had made a beach house out of Cardboard for his graduation project. Together with Bas, a first-year student they went brainstorming. When they stumbled upon a picture of Glastonbury camping after it had finished, the idea of KarTent was born. See also the TEDx talk of Wout about the start of KarTent!

Our goals

Jan & Wout met each other at the Cleantech Challenge, a course at the TU Delft. Jan had made a beach house out of Cardboard for his graduation project. Together with Bas, a first-year student they went brainstorming. When they stumbled upon a picture of Glastonbury camping after it had finished, the idea of KarTent was born. See also the TEDx talk of Wout about the start of KarTent!

Our Team

 

Jan Portheine

Co-founder & CEO

Jan Portheine is an entrepreneur in and out. Once trained as an architect, he quickly found his way in building cardboard houses. In his spare time, he likes to play hockey. Jan prefers cappuccinos with a bit of sugar.

 

Wout Kommer

Co-founder & Creative Director

Wout Kommer is a creative mind in a somewhat less creative body. Once trained as an industrial designer, the world of cardboard keeps him hooked. In his spare time, he likes to climb (the famous Dutch mountains) or bike. Wout likes his coffee pitch black.

 

 

Timo Krenn

Director Global

Timo is a sharp multi-talent and enthusiastic polyglot. He started at PWC, but the suit felt too tight and cardboard boxes were more his style anyway. In his spare time, he likes to hockey or skis down some slopes (also in the famous Dutch mountains). Timo prefers a good espresso.

Sofie van Eeden

Business Development

Sofie is a passionate marketing-enthousiast with a communications background. She likes to go through the country together with her dog made of copper and regularly ‘breaks the sound barrier’ in her weekends. Being a true coffee addict, she likes double espresso’s, preferably up to 10 on a single day.

Maxime Durand

KarTent France

Maxime is our Frenchie in the office, with a heart for the environment and striving everyday to make this planet just a little bit better. He likes to smell his food before eating it, prefers his cheese smellier than his socks and engages in strange French activities such as petanques. Despite these flaws, we simply can’t go without him. He prefers a black tea.

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