Bert-Jan is a social innovator with proven track-record in building innovation ecosystems that really work. Leading the development and growth of High Tech Campus Eindhoven into world’s smartest square kilometer as part of the management team. Followed by co-developing the Eindhoven University of Technology Campus and kickstarting the Brainport Industries Campus.
Co-founded world’s best accelerator and incubator for deep-tech start- and scale-ups, HightechXL & HighTech Plaza. Elected as one of the 50 ‘Futuremakers’ that shape the Dutch startup and innovation ecosystem (StartupDelta 2018). Measures success by the success of the startups he connects to others in his extended network. Advises companies and clusters on how to build an ecosytem that drives innovation and business success. Occasional blogger on VentureBeat. Speaker on ecosystem development and the importance of social innovation in tech environments.