We are honored and thrilled to have Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands with us at F&A Next 2017! In his role as Startup Envoy, Prince Constantijn will take the stage, share his views on innovation in food and agri and announce the winning startups of FoodBytes! @F&A Next.
‘Global challenges – like the food security challenge – demand transformative, sustainable and technical solutions. Startups can play a major and potentially decisive role in solving these challenges. But to do so startups, scale ups, investors, scientists and corporates must collaborate,’ says Startup Envoy and StartupFest co-founder Prince Constantijn ‘And not just within their own sector or technology. Groundbreaking innovations happen at the intersections of verticals and by applying existing and new technologies in other domains.’
Innovation is the leitmotiv in Prince Constantijn’s career. Constantijn van Oranje leads StartupDelta, a public-private partnership that boosts the startup ecosystem of The Netherlands. He advises multinational companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategy and holds a number of positions in both the public and private sector e.g. StartupDelta Special Envoy, a position aimed at making The Netherlands the European epicenter of innovation, Director Digital Technology & Macro Strategy at Macro Advisory Partners in London and New York, member of the EU High Level Group on Innovation and advisor to Andrus Ansip, the current Vice President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market.
An impressive résumé and a true asset to the F&A Next programme that is aimed stimulating innovation in food en agri to help warrant a food secure future.