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Team: Jan Meiling

Managing Director

Jan Meiling is responsible for StartLife’s activities and team. The StartLife community is maturing fast, and expanding rapidly. To facilitate growth, Jan’s primary focus is on the development of incubation and acceleration programmes that boost the investor readiness of StartLife startups, while attracting investors and encouraging match- and deal-making opportunities.

In addition, Jan is the driving force behind F&A Next: the first European platform for match- and deal-making between investors and startups in food & agriculture. F&A Next underpins that StartLife is becoming Europe’s leading hotspot for startups in food & agri – right in the heart of the Food Valley.

While managing StartLife, Jan is a persistent pioneer of innovative strategies for the Wageningen University Campus, as well as the food and agricultural sector as a whole. He is president of the board at DutchTTP, a platform for Technology Transfer Professionals, serves on various review boards, and contributes to sectoral, regional, and national task forces. All with one goal in mind: driving innovation for impact, and having fun while doing it!

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Skills and fields of expertise

  • New business development
  • Technology transfer
  • Biotechnology
  • Startup funding
  • Investor readiness


2015 – present Managing Director, StartLife
2011 – present Startup Coach, StartLife
2009 – 2013 Manager Technology Transfer, Licensing & Business Development, Wageningen UR
2002 – 2009 (New) Business Development Manager, DSM
2007 – 2008 Mini-MBA Advanced Industrial Marketing, IMD Business School
1988 – 1997  Biology, Utrecht University