Nils Beers – Director
At the age of 22, Nils started his first company that built speedboats on solar power. After this, he was asked to develop new business for BAM, one of the largest construction companies of Europe with clients like Tesla, and he got another taste of the startup world by working for a well-funded scale up for electronic locking devices Clay. He then became the commercial director of Yes!Delft, the largest and most respected tech incubator of Europe. At StartupDelta Nils’ entrepreneurial mindset and commercial experience are essential in building the 1 innovation nation of Europe, together with corporates and leading policymakers.
Katja Berkhout – Internationalisation
Katja has over 15 years of experience in international business advisory and economic development in Northern America and Europe. She is passionate about connecting innovators across industries and liaising between public- with private organisations for positive impact.
Before joining StartupDelta, Katja took a deep dive in the Greater Boston area innovation ecosystem. Here she worked with innovation driven enterprises and corporates, advising them on EU expansion and setting up their operations on the Westcoast of Europe.
Back in the Netherlands Katja worked with StartupDelta 1.0 and Venture Cafe Foundation in Rotterdam on strengthening and connecting the Dutch innovation ecosystem and building our innovation community.
Katja’s international experience, network and her knowledge of the opportunities in the our local and global Dutch tech networks will help her liaise more international opportunities for Dutch startups and international investors at StartupDelta.
Anne-Wil Lucas – Breakthrough technologies
When Anne-Wil was a member of parliament she discovered the startup-world and found that they could help bridge the gap between sustainability and economic growth. Startups offer smart solutions to the global challenges we are facing. And they tend to make money while doing that! What more do we want?! In 2013 in parliament Anne-Wil proposed a startup-bill, called StartupNL, with 43 measures that the Netherlands needed to take to become the number 1 startup-hub in Europe. It was the beginning of StartupDelta.
In 2016 she decided to quit politics and join StartupDelta! As Director Breakthrough Technologies Anne-Wil is determined to improve knowledge transfer between universities and startups in the Netherlands and help startups that are working with breakthrough technologies to start and grow in the Netherlands and make a difference! Her nickname? Policy Pitbull!
Myrthe Hooijman – Government affairs and Hub partnerships
Myrthe has a broad experience working with entrepreneurs from previous roles as an innovation advisor within the Human Health Sector and as an account manager for funding issues for entrepreneurs. In the previous years, Myrthe worked as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Economic Affairs where she became an advocate for flexible and empowering policies to help innovative companies start, fund and grow their business. Her passion is to connect the various key players in the ecosystem and by doing this accelerating and increasing the collective impact. At StartupDelta Myrthe will be the linking pin between StartupDelta and the regional innovation hubs and policymakers.
Job Nijs – Corporate partnerships
Job started his entrepreneurial career in 2002 with a Rotterdam based start-up. He was the first managing director of the YES!Delft incubator, co-founder of the Mainport Innovation Fund (KLM, Schiphol, Rabo, TU Delft) and he co-founded The Venture Generator, a company that builds startups together with corporates. Next to his work for StartupDelta he is an innovation advisor for the Dutch Red Cross and a board member of the Restart Network, that provides coding lessons for refugees..
Wytske Kist – Communication
Wytske combines a broad experience as a public relations advisor for various clients in the public and private sector with a background in government and public affairs. In her role as a communication lead at StartupDelta Wytske is eager to show the world what a cool country the Netherlands is with a very cool bunch of startups. Her drive is to connect to all parties, media, journalists and other influential in this process and being together stronger.
Esther van der Meulen – PA & Office Manger
Esther has a broad experience working as PA, Corporate Secretary and Executive Assistant in both national and international companies.
In May 2018, Esther joined StartupDelta and her drive is, with a hands on approach, to providing support in its broadest sense.
Tom Pais – Data
Tom has a fascination for all things tech and relishes every opportunity to gain a deep understanding of it. It all started back in high school when Tom set out to battle back pain by developing an innovative health tech concept. The years thereafter he continued to engage with startups and innovation from an academic, startup, and corporate perspective. He combines his background in biotechnology with a keen interest in design, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and last but not least, data. As StartupDelta’s Data Lead, Tom is determined to further the Netherlands as a hotbed of innovation through intelligent use of data.