In episode 107 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, we speak with Prince Constantijn Van Oranje, Special Envoy for TechLeap, on connecting startups, investors and community builders to create a thriving Dutch startup ecosystem.
Prince Constantijn is Special Envoy for TechLeap and co-founder of Startup Fest Europe, as well as Director of Digital Technology and Macro Strategy at MAP in London. He was also a member of the ‘ High Level Group of Innovators ‘, a group of 15 independent members that advises the European Commission on innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Prince started his working life at the Cabinet of the Commissioner of the European Commission, H. van den Broek. After this, the Prince completed an MBA course at INSEAD in Fontainebleau and did an internship at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC. He then worked as a strategic business advisor at Booz Allen & Hamilton in London and as a policy researcher for RAND Europe in Leiden and Brussels, where he later became head of the Information Policy and Economics Team.
From 2003 to 2008, the Prince also worked as a European communications advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2010, the Prince made the transition to the European Commission, first as an advisor and later as Deputy Chief of Cabinet, and Chief of Staff to Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Digital Agenda.
In 2017 Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien founded the ANBI Number 5 Foundation with the mission to connect people who are committed to innovation that contributes to an inclusive, just and sustainable society.
Techleap.nl helps quantify and accelerate the tech ecosystem of the Netherlands. Creating the optimal climate for tech companies to scale with programs and initiatives for improving access to capital, market and talent.
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