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Team: Joar Nilssen

Startup Analyst

As a startup analyst Joar is scouting and screening promising food & agtech startups for StartLife’s various programs, across different startup ecosystems. He will screen and select promising startups which can benefit from StartLife’s incubation program. Joar will also act as a contact person for the StartLife Accelerate program, our StartLife Corporate Partners and will help organize and execute projects and events together with those partners.

Through 2016 and 2017 he was a tenant at the Starthub as Co-founder of Tinyfoods, selling edible insects for human consumption in the BeNeLux. During his years at Tinyfoods he gained experience in management, business model ideation, product development and marketing as well as insights into the alternative protein market. In March 2019 he graduated from Wageningen University & Research with a Masters in Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology. Joining the StartLife team, he strives to increase the impact of innovative startups and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.

Skills and fields of expertise

  • Project Management
  • Product Development
  • Marketing
  • Alternative Protein Innovations


2019 – present Startup Analyst, StartLife
2017 – 2019 MSc Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology, Wageningen University & Research
2018 – 2019 Graduate Intern, Geriatric Trauma unit of Rijnstate Hospital
2014 – 2018 Student Ambassador, KLV Wageningen Alumni Network
2016 – 2017 Co-founder & CMO, Tinyfoods
2013 – 2016 BSc Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University & Research

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