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Mentor: Cecile Veerman

Startlife Mentor

Dr. ir. Cecile Veerman is an experienced innovation professional who drives the development of food and biotech innovations.

Cecile is an enthusiastic and experienced innovation professional. She worked for 15 years at DSM and has been responsible for R&D business development and was managing global, multi-disciplinary, multi-client innovation programs in the area of food/feed ingredients and biomaterials. In addition, she has been coaching and mentoring multiple innovation individuals and teams. She is currently owner at BioKite and helps companies to drive the development of food and biotech innovations by providing more focus, structure and win-win partnerships.

A common thread through her career is acting at the interface of R&D and business, building bridges between both worlds. She gets much energy from connecting people, exploring new opportunities and removing roadblocks in innovation trajectories to realize viable food and biotech innovations.

Cecile has a MSc and PhD in food technology from Wageningen University and being a certified innovation driver from Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. She is a connector and a strong organizer with a pragmatic, customer focused, approach and a strong drive for results.

Skills and field of expertise

  • Innovation program and project management
  • Strategy building
  • Ideation and front-end innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Business Development

Offer and interest (startups)


I would like to share my experience and learnings about the various aspects of food and biotech innovation development such as partnerships, business development and program/project management.


My particular interest is in coaching startups that focus on protein transition, food  application or biotech derived compounds, want to grow further via win-win partnerships and need support in focusing and structuring.

Personal quote

“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Mahatma Gandhi




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