Jaap Beernink has been the CEO of Novel-T and the Director of the University of Twente’s holding company since April 2017. From Novel-T in Twente, he is developing one of the most successful ecosystems for innovative entrepreneurship in Europe, where start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs can all thrive. Jaap is also a member of the supervisory board at Techleap.nl and the chairman of a foundation known as Technologie Kring Twente. Jaap has been an innovation adviser for the Vechtstromen Water Board since November 2020.
Before joining Novel-T, Jaap had successfully built up GoldenEggCheck, a spin-off from the University of Twente.