Ilko studied Information Management at the University of Nijmegen. During this period he separately started his own IT company that he ran for 2 years. In 2001 he joined as IT Auditor with ABN AMRO, one of the leading banks of the Netherlands. In his eight years at ABN AMRO, Ilko worked in various international roles in auditing, project management and outsourcing. In his latest role he managed the outsourced relations department for Asset Management.

In June 2009, Ilko decided to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. Together with FOC he started on a new initiative for matching supply and demand in 3D printing production capacity. This has lead to the creation of FOC Producer.