Dutch technical universities are recognized around the world for both excellent education as well as cutting edge research, so it is not surprising to find our graduates making an impact also as founders of up and coming start-ups. During a series of online Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN*) events aka ‘meet the start-ups tour’ we will showcase alumni entrepreneurs behind exciting new ventures who will share their inspiration, challenges and ambitions for the future!
On Thursday 30 September at 20.00 hrs you are invited to join fellow alumni in the Nordics as part of a special online gathering for our DEAN communities in the area where we have nearly 5500 graduates.
The interactive evening programme includes brief updates from the universities followed by a short talk by Twente alumnus Wilfred Booij about both his career path and the challenges of setting up a corporate spin-off and being the CTO of one of the leading technological pioneers in the new ‘indoor navigation’ industry.
Per tradition, our gathering concludes with a virtual borrel (BYOB) where you and fellow alumni living in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden will be mixed with each other to maximize interactions and stimulate conversations. Make sure to also bring some snacks and drinks for the borrel!
Registration can be done via this link (sign-ups are processed by the TU Delft Alumni Office)
With nearly 100 patents to his name, UT alumnus Wilfred Booij’s Twitter profile motto ‘always inventing’ is well chosen. As the CTO of Forkbeard, Wilfred is currently active in the final frontier of navigation: The great indoors! This Norwegian start-up aims to become the indoor ‘GPS’ standard for retail, smart buildings, healthcare facilities and distribution centers with a solution combining the strength of ultrasound with sensor technologies. Prior to his work at Forkbeard and parent company Sonitor (where he was also CTO), Wilfred was a Senior Scientist in the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Lab at SINTEF, Norway's leading industrial R&D organization and a senior engineer at Hewlett-Packard (later Agilent Technologies) in the UK. He earned a PhD from Cambridge University, where he graduated in 1997 on work involving the development of high speed superconducting digital devices.
Why are the Alumni Offices organizing this online event? For alumni living outside of their own countries, networks such as DEAN can be extremely useful resources for tapping into fellow alumni for advice, support and networking. These gatherings are meant to enhance local connections between alumni and is an addition to the existing channel the LinkedIn Group DEAN Nordics.
If you are unable to participate but would still like to stay up to date of the events in the Nordics please also use the registration form.
* The Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN) of TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, UTwente, and Wageningen University launched its activities in 2014 and now has active communities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. UT alumni from both technical and non-technical studies can join DEAN events and access resources.