Hanneke lost her camera. It nor the photos were ever recovered. Good thing too, otherwise she'd never have set up iLost!
Launched iLost for Business in the Netherlands and welcomed first organisations to network.
Developed platform still further, incorporating various sector-specific features and readying it for international expansion.
Boosted brand name recognition.
Continued building network.
Successfully completed crowdfunding campaign.
Won Loey starters Award and made our TV debut on RTL Z.
We have set major steps in broadening the lost and found network in the Netherlands, and set our first steps over the border. This resulted in welcoming the 15.000th ‘Happy Loser’ in July.
2017 is promising to be the best year for us yet. We are helping hundreds of people per week in finding back their items, have shipped to over 50 countries worldwide and are perfecting our platform everyday. We’re right on track for our goal of 1 million happy losers in 2020!
One million owners a year reunited with their lost items – all thanks to iLost.
'Before iLost, you had to make tonnes of calls and fill in countless forms if you were unfortunate enough to lose something. And if it ever got found, it certainly would never have been sent to your home address. You used to have to take the morning or afternoon off work to go and pick it up.' – Happy Owner
iLost. The 'Google' of Lost & Found
Some things are simply irreplaceable. So when an honest individual finds and reports a lost item, it can really make your day.
That's why I set up iLost – with the sole purpose of connecting finders and owners worldwide.
You can't imagine how great it makes me feel to be making so many people so happy, every single day!
Hanneke Stegweg, Founder
To make one million people ecstatically happy by reuniting them with their items of lost property.
But did you know that 80% of lost items are actually found by organisations? And that their so-called 'system' for dealing with lost & found often amounts to little more than a cardboard box that they rummage through every so often?
If you're really lucky, there may be someone who'll have updated a list or stuck yet another Post-it note to the edge of their screen to remind them what's in that cardboard box. We kid you not.
Seriously, in this day and age? Time to get real!
We live in a digital world where everything is connected. Everything – it would seem – except thousands of cardboard boxes around the world stuffed full with lost property.
The iLost team is dedicated to revolutionising the entire lost & found process. Digitising and connecting these 'cardboard boxes' on behalf of organisations and reuniting rightful owners with their cherished possessions – quickly and easily.
We've already done this for airports, cinemas, convention centres, hotels, public transport companies, restaurants, shopping centres, stadiums, taxi companies, town halls, theatres,... and the list is growing by the day.
But we're never going be contented with merely revolutionising lost & found. No! We'll continue honing and refining our services and solutions on an ongoing basis.
And last but not least, we actually ship found items back to their rightful owners anywhere in the world. So far, we've returned over seventeen thousand items to owners in twenty-three countries.
17,000 down – 983,000 to go!
Could we make it any simpler? We'll never stop trying.
The iLost team is made up of ten very different individuals. Although we differ greatly, we share several important characteristics that bind us together. For one, we're all highly motivated to make iLost a rip-roaring success.
Meet the team in alphabetical order:
Hanneke StegwegFounder & CEO
Bas RogaarCommercial Director
Elmer de LooffBack-End Developer
Florus van BeekFront-End Developer
Roemer WeerkampGrowth Hacker
Naomi BonnetCustomer Happiness Champion
Frederieke VroomSales Manager Benelux
Laura BeukersCommunication Intern
Jamie Karamat AliLogistics Support
Erika BodorOperations Manager
Our advisory board
An impartial set of eyes can often be invaluable, which is why we consider ourselves particularly lucky to have such great mentors on board at iLost. Each is a highly committed individual with a proven track record in his or her particular field.
They help us with any challenges we happen to be facing and they're there for us whenever we need them – with critical feedback, access to their networks, and a wealth of expertise and experience.
A few of our other trusty advisers
A great place to work
Zero inspiration, zero innovation. We work in a great environment surrounded by positive people who provide us with stacks of inspiration. This is a tremendous asset that's been helping us enormously on our path to success.