Jan came into contact with velomobiles in 1997 when he cycled to school one morning and saw three velomobiles pass by. The second time he saw them, he followed them and found out that they were produced by Flevobike. His interest was immediately piqued, visiting Flevobike every day after school became the new standard. After some time he started working at Flevobike on Saturday. After working Saturdays and holidays for two years, he was finally able to build his first velomobile. After studying mechanical engineering, he left for Romania in 2003, where he worked on different social projects until 2006. He also met his Dutch wife there, who worked in social projects as well, and together they went to Brazil to work on a project designed to help people set up a business. It was there that the idea was born to stop working as volunteers and start a business.