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Team: Caroline Bijkerk

Global Partnerships Manager

With experience in the development and maintenance of Wageningen University’s national and international alumni community Caroline is, since September 2017, responsible for hosting the thriving community of start-ups, investors, corporates and experts at StartLife. According to Caroline a strong community is made up with all these members, and Caroline will take care that this community develops further so that relevant and valuable stakeholders will be connected. Therefore she aims to strengthen the relationship with these different stakeholders and find new ones by brining StartLife’s unique proposition  to the attention. As a strong networker Caroline connects with other’s easily, and vice versa!

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. With her extensive network of national and international alumni she is also the contact person for the mentoring programme and StartLife’s Incubation Programme.

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Skills and field of expertise

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


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