At the time of the festive Finale of the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2023, a fun and dynamic event, the winners are to be selected. A professionally diverse and inspiring jury will judge the applications. We are happy to announce this year’s chair, Ruben Brave. For more on his inspiring biography please read on, and click on the links down below. We are also happy to announce Wouter Keij from the Innovatie Fonds Noord-Holland, as one of the six other jury member. Again, please read more down below.
Ruben Brave (1974) is a Dutch internet pioneer, media professional and serial tech entrepreneur in media and telecommunication (TMT).
Ruben is also an investor and holds various board positions, such as the Social-Economic Council (SER, Diversity in Business), Open State Foundation, the Cultural Participation Fund of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch Review of Books Foundation and the joint master Entrepreneurship of the VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.
Since 2004, Ruben has been the founder of the academic business incubator Entelligence for pre-seed financing, (valorisation) mentoring and coaching, in which start-ups of professors are kickstarted (spin-offs) in the sectors of media, ICT, health and education. At the SciLink Foundation, Ruben coaches academics in start-up initiation, upscaling, and networking.
Recently Ruben co-founded the Dutch New Narrative Lab Foundation (DNNL) with the mission to improve access to innovative entrepreneurship for all underrepresented groups in the Dutch startup scene. DNNL was created after Ruben conducted an extensive Exploration, on behalf of the Directorate of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, on how to increase diversity and inclusion in the Dutch Startup ecosystem; in doing so, he personally interviewed more than 350 stakeholders.
As part of the IXA-next valorisation programme for the City of Amsterdam, Ruben’s own entrepreneurial journey was covered under the title Ruben Brave ‘You are more than the color of your skin’. In 2021 he was elected by 500+ members as the first black President of the Dutch Chapter of Internet Society (ISOC NL).
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Wouter Keij has been working as a Fund manager at the Innovatiefonds Noord-Holland (INH) since the start of the Fund in 2018. INH is an initiative from the UvA, HvA, VU, AUMC, Sanquin and the Province of Noord-Holland. INH has different funds under its management and during the pandemic INH provided so-called Corona Bridge loans in Noord-Holland. INH focusses on early stage financing of academic and non-academic start-ups and SME in Noord-Holland. On average, INH provides one convertible loan every month. The funds are co-funded by the European Union and the Dutch government.
Before 2018, Wouter Keij gained working experience in similar roles in the high-tech industry in the Netherlands. Abroad, he has held various leadership roles. Wouter holds an MSc degree from Delft University of Technology.
Dr. Tom Brouwer won the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award in 2021 with Flowsure, an automated urine monitor for hospitalized patients. Flowsure provides real-time continuous monitoring, automates registration in the electronic medical record and provides alerts when urine production falls below a predetermined threshold. Automating diuresis monitoring results in improved patients safety, while reducing nursing workload. Today, the innovation is currently being tested in clinical care and talks are ongoing to bring the device to the market with a commercial partner.
As an AmSIA-alumnus, Tom Brouwer will join the jury for this year’s edition of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. Tom is cardiologist in training at the Amsterdam UMC and a clinical epidemiologist. Tom spends most of his time in clinical care and is therefore familiar with the health care sector and it’s challenges.
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