FOUNDER & CEO
Jacob is the founder and CEO of BOSAQ.
He has founded BOSAQ and Water Heroes to provide a sustainable water solution to the world, right after coming back from one of the most extreme places on earth.
From a very young age, he already wanted to have a positive impact on the world by inventing new technologies. The idea to design a concept with innovative technologies and creating systems that could come as a solution to the water challenges and reshape people’s lives, globally, soon became a reality. Reaching that objective would be no easy task and many obstacles would come his way.
Starting with high-school, Jacob faced some challenges during his fourth grade with the Mathematics branch but that didn’t stop him from graduating at the age of 19. After getting his degree, he decided to take an enriching volunteering experience in Costa Rica. Jacob recalls that spending a year volunteering in Costa Rica had been one of the most interesting experience in his life. It made him a more passionate person, eager to help those in need.
After Costa Rica, Jacob returned back to his home country, Belgium, where he decided to study industrial engineering. Coming back to Belgium enforced his character as he had to take full responsibility for himself. He fought for succeeding his degree while working as a bouncer in order to pay for his studies. He successfully graduated and started a researcher contract at VITO while still working long shifts in the nightlife of Gent and Brugge. During this period, he had time to save money to start his newest objective – another degree in engineering – at UGent where he graduated in 2010.
The journey of BOSAQ began when Jacob traveled to Antarctica for the summer season to work as a water engineer. After coming back from this season, he for a short period of time, started working for Dow Chemical but quickly went back for another 4 seasons. During this period he was shifting from there to the chemical industry (Jacob’s Engineering, BASF) before he definitely came back to his motherland and started his own project, BOSAQ and Water Heroes.
Starting BOSAQ is to him a dream coming true.