BYBORRE appoints new leadership to drive transformative impact in the textile industry

AMSTERDAM, 20 SEPTEMBER 2023 — BYBORRE, the pioneering textile company on a mission to transform the textile industry, welcomes Mijke van Ballegooijen as CEO to lead the acceleration of positive change. 

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Founded in 2015, BYBORRE has evolved from a creative textile studio into an organization that propels impact innovation and encourages positive change in the industry. With its refreshed focus comes a call for new leadership to further realize its aspirations of fostering a more responsible and sustainable textile sector. 

New leadership

Mijke van Ballegooijen has previously been engaged in leading positions within a corporate context, with a focus on customer experience, commercial excellence and digital transformation. She has subsequently applied her expertise to SMEs in the technology sector as well as renowned scale-ups, demonstrating a balanced approach of professionalism and entrepreneurship.

Impact through innovation

With the appointment of Van Ballegooijen as CEO by the Supervisory Board, BYBORRE reaffirms its dedication to enhancing its operating model through innovation, aiming to contribute positively at scale to the industry. The company's portfolio includes accessible digital solutions for textile design, development, and production, along with a ready-to-order textile collection, demonstrating the market how responsible textiles are made. 

It is impressive how BYBORRE has been able to set an example in the industry on how to become more responsible, Van Ballegooijen noted, sharing her thoughts on the role. Real impact happens at scale. I look forward to accelerating our positive impact together with the team.

Founder support

Borre Akkersdijk, initial founder of BYBORRE, warmly supports Mijke’s appointment. As the founder, he understands the importance of diverse leadership styles and industry expertise in different phases of growth. 

Commenting on Van Ballengooijen’s appointment, Akkersdijk stated, “With BYBORRE’s solid product portfolio and operational foundations in place, it is time for new leadership to take this to a next level of industry transformation.”

BYBORRE is looking forward to the next chapter under Van Ballegooijen’s leadership, as it remains committed to its mission of bringing meaningful change through impact innovation in the textile industry.


BYBORRE combines technology and textile expertise to bring a new standard to the industry by unlocking material innovation, sharing its vast experience on circular knitting and making their transparent supply-chain available to all clients. They believe that, without the much-needed transparency, positive change is impossible.

Borre Akkersdijk and Arnoud Haverlag founded BYBORRE in 2015 to realize their ultimate mission to inspire and enable an entire generation of creators to make better and more responsible textiles for everyday products. Together with their international team of 50+ specialists, they took on the responsibility to push the boundaries of the conventional textile industry, make responsible textiles more accessible through material innovation, digital design services, and on-demand production.

The company previously raised €3.2 million in a 2020 series A investment round, funding the accelerated development of on-demand design tool Create™. Create™ has welcomed over 1000+ users and 300+ brands worldwide (2022) including Natuzzi, Herman Miller, Palace Skateboards and Porter Yoshida & Co.

To further expand its platform, BYBORRE introduced Textiles™ in 2022. Textiles is a growing library of ready-to-order textiles created from traceable materials and suitable for a wide range of end-use cases, as opposed to the industry wastefully made to stock production status quo. The quality is primarily driven by choosing materials that support longevity, made with BYBORRE’s signature circular knitting techniques and curated stock of certified yarns.

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