Dutchess Capital

Dutchess Capital


our story

Anne Bakx (24, MSc Quantitative Finance - Erasmus University) and Noa Leijdesdorff (25, MSc Biomedical Engineering - TU Delft) met in London while interviewing at the same investment bank. They saw that there is a clear need for the development of female talent. Both from female participants, who look for a place where ambitious young women can truly participate and grow, and from corporates, who are increasingly on the hunt for female talent.

With Dutchess Capital, we aim to create an immersive investment program for the development of female talent. The participants develop top quality finance and investment decision making skills and learn how to express their view on the financial markets.


investment program

Every year, 25 highly skilled and ambitious young women participate in our investment program. As a participant, you are investing in the fund and pitching trade ideas.


The participants have a wide range of study backgrounds including finance, econometrics, law and various STEM disciplines including engineering, mathematics, medicine and artificial intelligence.


We are dedicated to promote socio-economic diversity in investing. To enforce this, we offer investment grants to our participants.


79% of our participants are master students

15% are in the bachelors 

6% are young professionals or pursuing a PhD





We carefully select our investments, which cover a broad range of industries and product groups. We are committed to deliver strong returns to our young female investment community. While doing this, we centralize the need for responsible investing. In June 2021, we launched a new commitment to exclusively invest in companies which have at least one diverse board member to use a concrete measure to distinguish companies who are talking the talk from walking the walk regarding ESG and diversity. Markets are global and diverse, in order to understand them and make excellent decisions, boards need to be too.


Dutchess Work

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Kickstart your career!


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Discover female talent!




Heleen (23 - MSc Artificial

Through my participation in the Class of 2020, I have gained a more thorough understanding of financial news. Terms like ‘earnings per share’ or ‘initial offering’ don’t puzzle me anymore. I now know how to express my view on the markets.

Saina (24 - MSc Econometrics)

My participation in the Dutchess Capital Class of 2020 gave me the confidence and skill set to succeed.

Fleur (26 - MSc Biomedical Engineering)

The Investment Grant gave me the opportunity to do investments myself. Because of my interest and the great potential of Robotics and AI, I decided to use part of the Grant as a long-term investment in the iShares ETF for Automation and Robotics.

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Sophie Tiel Groenestege

After traveling around the 🌏 , Sophie is now pursuing a Masters in Accounting & Financial Management at Rotterdam School of Management👩🏻‍💻. She has an innate interest in the financial sector with internship experience at one of the worlds biggest asset managers to back it up 💪🏻. Sophie enjoys learning new skills and making genuine connections. As a board member, she cares mostly about innovation and the advancement of female talent. 

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Claire Post

With her consultancy and YesDelft! experience, while pursuing a MSc in Transport, Infrastructure, and Logistics at TU Delft 👩🏻‍🔧, Claire brings unique areas of expertise and experience to investing. At Dutchess Capital, we are proud to combine knowledge from diverse fields. Claire is passionate about diversity and looks forward to conveying her enthusiasm to this year’s class.

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Mandy Erkelens

As a participants in the Class of 2021, Mandy is our investing expert and knows what the participants of this year’s Class want and need. Mandy is currently pursuing an MSc in Quantitative Finance at the Erasmus School of Economics and runs an active wear side hustle🦸🏼‍♀️. Energetic and knowledgeable as she is, during this year she is most excited about combining quantitative with qualitative skills.


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