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Team: Caroline Bijkerk

Global Partnerships Manager
StartLife

Caroline is responsible for strategic relationships with existing and future corporate partners. 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 programme and StartLife’s Incubation Programme.

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

Background

2013-2017 Wageningen University and Research Centre, Alumni Relations Coordinator
2011-2013 Wageningen University and Research Centre, Project coordinator BSc and MSc student coaches
2013-2014  Examiner Theses Saxion
2010 University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Investigating the social and economic impacts of the 2010 World Cup in Paarl, a non-hosting city
2008-2009 European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), The Hague Events coordinator

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