A forgotten mobile phone. That’s what started it all for Derk van der Have. It directly led him to co-found his startup Brenger. Instead of dealing with lost phones, it helps people transport large items across the county, without the hassle and cost of dealing with couriers or rental vans. Business is booming. After completing Techleap’s RISE programme, Brenger ramps up international expansion as they’ve just announced their first multi-million euro funding round.
The birth of Brenger
The particular phone belonged to the mother-in-law of Van der Have’s startup partner Wisse Koedam. When she forgot her phone in another city, Koedam was asked to retrieve it. It led to a lightbulb moment. Many people were already driving back and forth between those cities every day. What if there was a way for any of them to take some cargo?