Policy sharing, policy learning

INTERREG IVC Thematic Capitalisation Event

Brussels, Belgium

May 2014 22 Register Now



Entrepreneurship plays an important role in the development of people, businesses, societies and regions. By supporting entrepreneurs, policies can achieve different kinds of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. However, supporting entrepreneurs starts with a well-considered policy. In this session we find answers to questions such as: What are the prerequisites for entrepreneurship policy? How can you implement an effective support tool? What do the results mean for your own region?


Arjan de Bruin  

Expert in Entrepreneurship, Greenovate Europe! / Van der Meer & van Tilburg, The Netherlands

Mr de Bruin is a partner and Managing Director of Van der Meer & Van Tilburg, with a background in industrial engineering. He has worked with industrial companies, universities, branch associations, and policymakers and is specialised in the fields of innovation, performance and quality management, technology commercialisation, complex knowledge transfer projects and entrepreneurship. Arjan has carried out several studies on innovation and new technology in materials management.

Gosse Hiemstra 

Expert in Entrepreneurship, Greenovate Europe! / Van der Meer & van Tilburg, The Netherlands

Mr Hiemstra is a partner and Managing Director of Van der Meer & Van Tilburg, with over 25 years’ experience in innovation, strategy development, and commercialisation of new technologies. Gosse holds an MSc in chemical engineering and an MSc in business administration. He has provided consultancy for individual companies and has managed multi-company and multi-sector projects throughout Europe for both governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Marloes Sikkema

Expert in Entrepreneurship, Greenovate Europe! / Van der Meer & van Tilburg, The Netherlands

Ms Sikkema is a consultant at Van der Meer & van Tilburg and has consultancy expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, collaborative innovation projects, knowledge management, business modelling, project management, strategy and business planning. Marloes has a Master’s degree in innovation management and a Bachelor’s in product development and has previously worked on regional knowledge infrastructure and policy for innovative entrepreneurs at the Living Lab in Leiden.


Cristina Marina

Project Manager Social Entrepreneurship, Ada-und-Theodor-Lessing-Volkshochschule Hannover, Germany

Ms Marina  worked as a consultant in the field of development cooperation with a focus on women’s health and rights before joining the Municipality of the City of Hannover. Since 2012, she has been working as a Project Manager on diversity issues with the Adult Education Centre of the City of Hannover. In January 2014, Cristina joined the Department of Vocational Training on a permanent basis. Social Entrepreneurship is one of her core areas of responsibility.

Terry O'Brien 

EU Projects Manager, South-East Regional Authority, Ireland

Mr O'Brien is EU Projects Manager with the South-East Regional Authority in Ireland.  Terry manages a number of EU funded projects on behalf of the authority, including INTERREG IVA and IVC.  Terry has worked on many European-funded projects, and has wide-ranging  public sector experience at local government, academic and regional government levels.

Bob Pels  

General Manager European Territorial Cooperation, Province of Flevoland, Netherlands

Mr Pels is the general manager of a group of INTERREG IVC projects. He is also contact person for the Assembly of European Regions and EURISY. Bob is a member of the Steering Group of the Interreg VA Deutschland - Nederland programme and a member of the National Advisory Committee of INTERREG Europe.

Christian Weinberger 

Senior Adviser - Entrepreneurship & SME Policy, European Commisison, Belgium

Mr Weinberger is a senior adviser on Entrepreneurship & SME Policy in DG Enterprise & Industry at the European Commission where he has been Head of Unit for Entrepreneurship Policy for more than 15 years. Before that, Christian worked in the private sector in a number of different positions and was an entrepreneur in the field of ICT.  


Event report

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Arjan de Bruin / Supporting Entrepreneurs for Smart, Sustainable & Inclusive regional growth




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