I'm a derailed marine biologist with experience in startup support, stakeholder management and connecting the dots for entrepreneurs, startups and scaleups seeking contacts, advice, money or validation.
I'm a true extravert with a passion for AGRIFOOD, biotechnology, people, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.
I am managing biotope, the preseed incubator program for biotech entrepreneurs in #agrifood to grow their venture.
I have been working in the field for more than 15 years, first as a business developer, matching company requests with R&D opportunities on one hand and supporting valorisation of research on the other hand. I worked at EIT Food before joining VIB, where I initiated, grew and managed a European network of 70 impactful scaleups in the field, the RisingFoodStars.
I flourish as an ecosystem connector, bringing problems towards solutions, questions towards experts and uses this ecosystem approach as a support towards young entrepreneurs, saving them time, money and allowing them to grow quicker.