When her career in commercial apparel design for large companies such as Tommy Hilfiger opened her eyes to the major issues of the current fashion supply chain, Aniela Hoitink decided to focus on solving them. What started with the development of innovative mycelium textiles in collaboration with universities and research institutes, soon turned into much more: the NEFFA manufacturing method, a holistic system that solves all these issues in one go.
For this she has received various grants, honours and awards with the highlight winning the Global Change Award in 2018. Moreover, she is considered to be one of the 100 most innovative women in the world and has been named one of the Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneers of 2020.
Nicoline van Enter
Nicoline van Enter is a world-renowned technology forecaster, researcher and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the footwear industry, working in Europe, the USA and Asia with leading brands like Timberland and Adidas.
She currently works with innovative companies from across the supply chain, from raw material suppliers and machine builders to brands, retailers and IT developers.
In the past 10 years she has focused on drastically redesigning footwear manufacturing to make it circular and local for local.
When Aniela Hoitink presented her the concept of NEFFA in 2019, she immediately saw the great potential and decided to become a co-founder. As CTO she is responsible for optimizing the robotic, automated manufacturing system of NEFFA.