Life Science
Incubator Leiden

Meet the unlock_team!

Meet, connect, expand your network

The unlock_team is a varied bunch, with different background but they share a passion for entrepreneurship in the Life Science Health sector. Meet all the members of the unlock_team below!

Stéfan Ellenbroek

Stéfan Ellenbroek – unlock_director

With a background in biopharmaceuticals end entrepreneurship, Stéfan was a perfect fit when he joined unlock_ this year. He was the person who originally envisioned the incubator and is now head of the program.

Why does he work at unlock_?

“I can’t imagine doing anything more fun and fulfilling then helping the starting entrepreneurs in Biotech to make sure they don’t repeat mistakes so many others have made before them”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Find out how the market works in this sector; who is the end-user, who will pay for the product and who are your competitors. There is no other sector where these questions are as hard to answer as in the LSH sector. At unlock_ we can help you kickstart your first steps toward these answers.

Ruben Habraken

Ruben Habraken – unlock_program manager

Ruben is what happens when trainer meets producer… He’s the mind behind the first unlock_incubation program, building upon his experience in his earlier years to create the exact circumstances to help young entrepreneurs grow!

Why does he work at unlock_?

“Setting up a life science startup comes with a set of additional challenges. But the impact they can make on the lives of people is big. With unlock_ we can create the support system needed so that more life science startups will succeed.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Your technology is not the solution you sell. The first takes time to create, the second you need to validate from the start.

Henriette van Dam

Henriëtte van Dam – unlock_project manager

Hands on, precise and critical thinker, Henriëtte provides the unlock_team with her sharp insights but also keeps the team on track when it comes to delivering what they promise to the entrepreneurs. As part of the Leiden Bio Science Park organisation, she provides direct access to the ecosystem.

Why does she work at unlock_?

“By outlining the opportunities at the Leiden Bio Science Park, we can help startups on their way to successful entrepreneurship.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice & support, we all need it sometimes!

Fieke Koelemij

Fieke Koelemij – unlock_marketing and communications specialist 

For all news and events, then Fieke is your person. She is up to date with all upcoming programs, events and workshops happening in the Leiden Bio Science Park.

Why does she work at unlock_?

“Immense growth is happening in the Leiden Bio Science Park and our startups are an important part of its development. To be able to communicate this progress and share moments of impact in Life Science and Health is something I love being involved in.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to start, everyone has to start somewhere!

Bart Hoenen

Bart Hoenen – unlock_entrepreneurship manager

Bart is your go-to coach for everything entrepreneurship! With a strong background in helping startups, he knows his way around the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why does he work at unlock_?

“In one of the best and richest Life Science & Health ecosystem in the world, more entrepreneurship is needed. To innovate, accelerate and to unlock the full potential of the city and the Leiden Bioscience Park we need to cherish our entrepreneurs and those who could be so.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Always trust your gut feeling. Be curious and go out there.

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