Lara Koole

Lara Koole

Venture Investments

Current role

Based in the Netherlands, Lara is head of venture capital activities in Europe and a founding member and partner of Philips Ventures. She’s especially focused on innovations that can help address the quadruple aim of healthcare: improving outcomes and lowering costs while boosting patient and staff satisfaction. 


She prizes collaborative relationships with start-ups founded on respect. As Lara sees it, the role of Philips Ventures is to offer its strategic and industry expertise to new partners without dictating direction or imposing requirements. She believes that start-ups will have greater success if they can maintain their agility and independence.


Before joining Philips, Lara built the venture capital group Dutch-National. She has extensive experience in investment banking, start-up fundraising and corporate venture. She’s currently board director of Philips Health Technology Venture Fund Portfolio companies LeQuest, DEARhealth, LindaCare and Sweetch. Lara has a Masters in International Financial Economics at the University of Amsterdam.

Our healthcare system has a massive impact on people’s lives, but it’s on an unsustainable path. The need to bring the right innovations to this sector is extremely urgent.”

Areas of focus


  • Remote patient monitoring
  • Clinical workflow
  • Interoperability
  • Virtual services
  • Value-based healthcare

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