Katja is an allround executive with 14+ years of experience in international business and economic development in Northern America and Europe. Katja spent 4 years working in Boston on foreign direct investment promotion. She’s worked with hundreds of fast growth innovation companies including many startup founders to support their EU growth strategy with a location in Europe. Back in the Netherlands she joined StartupDelta in support of special envoy Neelie Kroes. Positioning the Netherlands as Europe’s West Coast for awesome startups in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston and other global innovation hubs. This past year’s she’s developed the largest weekly innovation gathering in Rotterdam and probably the Netherlands. EveryThursday 300+ startups, corporates, investors, academia and other innovators come together in Venture Café. Here Katja, her team and dozens of volunteers connect innovators to make things happen. Venture Café is initiating partner of Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam (connecting startups and capital in a day) and the Rotterdam Capital Days, including Capital On Stage.