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Team: Caroline Bijkerk

Global Partnerships Manager

Caroline Bijkerk is responsible for strategic relationships with existing and future corporate partners of StartLife. She is also the liaison between the startups and corporate partners in order to create successful collaborations. As a strong networker Caroline connects with others easily, and vice versa. Startups often they need a corporate partner to scale their solutions quicker or to be successful at all. Corporates on the other hand can learn from startups’ new technology or business model, get inspired and increase their own innovation speed.

Therefore she aims to strengthen the relationship with these different stakeholders and find new ones by bringing StartLife’s unique propositions to the attention. Before, Caroline was the Manager Community at StartLife and responsible for hosting the thriving community of start-ups, investors, corporates and experts at StartLife, mainly via events or deep dive sessions. According to Caroline a strong community is made up of all these members.

With her extensive network of national and international alumni she is also the contact person for the mentoring program.

Caroline has a MSc in Leisure, Tourism and Environment from Wageningen and is passionate about facilitating a platform on which different cultures and knowledge can be shared.

Skills and field of expertise

  • Community building
  • (Inter)national relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Events organisation

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