As an innovation broker, Martin Weissmann helps SME entrepreneurs to transform their innovative ideas into concrete business activities. Martin has a degree as an engineer and then followed an MBA. The biggest bottlenecks experienced by SMEs are in the field of financing issues and finding the first paying customer. In particular, in these two areas, Martin SMEs help with its experience, network and market overview. Martin is specialized in companies active in renewable energy. For example, he has co-founded in the wind at sea market Stichting FLOW.
Merel Schouten is a creative who is responsible for the internal and external communication of InnovatieLink. After she graduated at Wageningen University, Merel specialised herself in social media management, the development and optimization of newsletters and other creative concepts for getting in touch with the outside world. She gets excited about catchy communication campaigns and beautiful infographics.
Erwin Coolen is an Entrepreneur and Persuader using the power of “Guanxi”. Working in the renewable energy industry for more than 2 decades Erwin likes to inspire people using his enthusiasm and optimism. He started 25 years ago in the wind industry and after working for Vestas as MD and VP and a project development company, Erwin founded OutSmart, currently the biggest independent offshore wind operator. Since the beginning of 2018 co-founded a new challenge, ECHT regie in transitie, focussing on the Energy Transition. The future is electrifying! Erwin takes the lead in organizing the Innovation Challenges in offshore wind for our community members.
Chris Bruijnes is Director and General Manager of InnovationLink. InnovationLink helps small and medium-sized enterprises (applying) innovation and valorization. Transferring knowledge from knowledge institutions to SMEs, connecting parties and involving companies in innovation processes are important components. All this from the practical question of the company. InnovationLink is the brand name of the SME Support Point Energy and Chemistry.
As a senior technical journalist at various publishing houses and as a self-employed entrepreneur and allround communications officer at commercial companies, Marjolein has extensive experience in communication about technical activities. She provides publications in journals, newspapers, the Innovatielink website and keeps in touch with the press. Marjolein allows the practice to speak for herself, rendering the art to publicize subject-matter subjects readily.