About - Mondragon Team Academy Maastricht Heerlen



We are a team of entrepreneurs based in Limburg, the Netherlands. We believe in the enormous potential of young people and want to help them meet the growing demands of the modern job market and succeed as businesspeople and entrepreneurs. More importantly, though, we want to help young people flourish and reach their potential. We believe everyone has the ability to become a leader, to drive innovation and to have a positive impact on the world around them. 

The Heerlen/Maastricht branch of the program was initiated in 2014 by  Lars Rompen who was inspired by a tv programme about the LEINN degree. An entrepreneur himself, Rompen found his university studies frustrating, and once he entered the job market he discovered that much of what he’d learned was outdated. “School felt like living up to expectations of others rather than pursuing my own dreams” Rompen reached out to MTA and begun the process of bringing the LEINN programme to the Netherlands in 2014. After 3 years of work, with the help of local freelancers & entrepreneurs and a support team from Spanish educational consultancy TZBZ ( a company started as an MTA student business), the programme is officially launching in Maastricht-Heerlen

















The 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 Maastricht/Heerlen

Lars Rompen

Founder / Team Leader

Spirit Animal: Ant

About me

I have been an entrepreneur since 2011, with a passion for cooperatives, education transformation, innovation & social change. I have worked for and with governments and business on communication and creating organizational change. 

Why I’m Part of MTA

We all know that ordinary people are able to do extraordinary things. But school never encouraged me to do this, it actually did the opposite. I carried this frustration with me until I discovered MTA! Now I want to create a school that will help ordinary people do extraordinary things! 

Favorite Quote

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” – Leonard Cohen

Jeroen Duijsens

Team Coach

Spirit Animal: Wolf

About Me

I Graduated with an MBA. Started my first marketing-research firm during my studies with my room-mate. We built till there were 30 consultants working for us when I sold my share. Then I joined a marketing consultancy and developed and sold the first internet-based client platforms. After a few years restarted my own company again and have been working as a project manager and trainer for public service institutions.

Why I’m part of MTA

MTA is an adventure to be in as a student and it is an adventure to start it. It combines everything that I believe is necessary for a truly extraordinary education.

Favourite Quote

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson

Mark Pluijmakers

Recruitment Officer

Spirit Animal: Wooly Monkey

About Me

Once educated to be a supermarket-manager, I now work as a specialist in presentation skills. I help entrepreneurs, educators, and corporate professionals communicate their message clearly and with impact. I have also worked with schools for over 8 years, to help them use smart-tools in a meaningful way. 

Why I’m Part of MTA

I would have wanted to do this program myself if I’d had the chance to choose, so now I’m determined to help to make it available for the current generation of students!

Favourite Quote

You can’t blend in if you were born to stand out.” – R.J. Palacio

Our Principles


Make an impact.
Become a Changemaker.


Join the tribe.
Build your network.


Learn anywhere.
Work anywhere.


Be inspired.
Build your dreams.


Proven results.
Globally recognized. 


Push your limits.
Explore the world.


Join our Open Doors! Register here!

Open Doors



The traditional university education system is reaching its limits. It’s now vital to update educational models to suit the needs of a rapidly transforming job market largely propelled by booming tech-sectors around the world. Traditional educational institutions have not been able to keep up with the changing needs of the job market, resulting in students who require extensive on-the-job training before being able to begin working. MTA’s radically new approach is designed to prepare students for the realities of the 21st-century job market. The program’s adaptive model allows the curriculum to be rapidly and continuously updated to stay relevant to the demands of both the job market and its students. 

About Our Campus

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

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