OUR STORY

WHAT DRIVES US?

 

We started this adventure with a big question: How can we change the educational system so it fits the needs of our young people and creates future leaders, who are not only able to manage things, but are able to create and innovate? A question that sprouted from our search to a new way of working and living together, in a world that is getting more and more individualistic with drastic consequences for future generations. In 2014, we found concepts that fit the needs of young people: entrepreneurial, challenging, working with others and creating a future! We started developing the idea of transforming this way of learning to the society we live in, and after two years of hard work we can finally announce: MTA Heerlen is opening its doors in September 2017!

 

MTA Heerlen Kick Off Event

Short video of our first event, the landing of Mondragon Team Academy in Heerlen. 

Where to find us? 

MTA Heerlen Lab will not be located in a typical school area, but a dynamic community of entrepreneurs in the field of technology, service providers, creative industry, start-ups and consultancy. Building up your professional network starts right at school! 

Our office and all our open doors will be at C-Mill:
Jan Campertstraat 5
6416 SG Heerlen
The Netherlands

 

Our Principles

We strongly believe in a society based on cooperative principles, with a strongly developed Sense of We, representing all the people and our environment as an eco-system without predomination of an individual interest. Only together we can make that happen. The society we’re dreaming of is built on the Principles of Co-: 

  • Co-operation,
  • Co-sensus,
  • Co-llective wisdom,
  • Co-mmunity,
  • Co-mmunicating,
  • Co-creators
  • Co-mplexity ,
  • Co-Creation.

 

OUR TEAM

We are an experienced team of entrepreneurs, innovation consultants and educational specialists who work together in collaboration with Mondragon University to create MTA in Heerlen. 

 

Lars Rompen

Lars Rompen

Team Leader

Ana Aguirre

Ana Aguirre

TZBZ / MTA

Henk Hogeweg

Henk Hogeweg

Henk Hogeweg

Team Coach

Jeroen Duijssens

Jeroen Duijssens

Jeroen Duijssens

Team Coach

Mark Pluijmakers

Mark Pluijmakers

Recruitment

Guus Geisen

Guus Geisen

Guus Geisen

Educational Advisor

Our inspiration

To start up MTA Heerlen Lab we have been inspired by the success of Mondragon Corporation, one of the leading Spanish business groups from the Basque Country, integrated by autonomous and independent cooperatives with production subsidiaries and corporate offices in 41 countries and sales in more than 150. Founded in the town of Mondragon in 1956 by five graduates of a local technical college, the group is composed of more than 261 businesses and cooperatives, almost 75,000 employees and 15 technology centers that generate a revenue of more than 12 billion euro’s per year.

The Dutch broadcasting group VPRO dedicated a program to the group with the title ‘The Miracle of Basque in 2012′. After watching this documentary our journey started.