Boris and Axel Fund

There is a new fund for TU/e students that supports their innovative projects around sustainability, sports, and inclusivity. It bears the name of the two students who died in a skiing accident in February 2022: Boris and Axel.  

Boris and Axel 

Boris Bakker (19) and Axel Verstegen (20) were friends and esteemed, enthusiastic Sustainable Innovation students. They were in the middle of student life and had many friends on our campus. Both were avid athletes and enthusiastic about sustainability and inclusivity. In this video their family members Lieselot, Frank and Dorrith share their memories about the boys and tell how the fund came to life.


The first deposit for the fund was made by the parents. The TU/e doubled this amount. The fund officially opened on Feb. 8, 2023. During a modest gathering two days before, Boris' and Axel's parents signed the agreements. They described the fund as a tribute to their sons.  In their words:  "We are happy that through this fund we can let Boris' and Axel's thoughts and optimism live on. They were two connecting boys who were positive in life and loved to share that optimism with others." An annual amount of up to € 10,000, - is available. A committee including family members of Boris and Axel, among others, evaluates the applications.

Robert-Jan Smits, president of the TU/e Executive Board: "We are extremely grateful to the parents. It shows great strength that they were able to shape such a valuable initiative out of their enormous loss." 

The official logo of the Axel and Boris Fund. The design was inspired by photos of the two students and created by Donna Verhaart.


Are you a TU/e student and do you have an idea for a technological innovation on sports, sustainability and inclusiveness? Or a combination of these themes?

Then read here how to apply for funding by the Boris and Axel Fund.


The fund is open to donations. Do you want to contribute to talent development, sustainability, inclusivity and/or the advancement of sports?