Denise Van Blitterswijk
Denise is a senior policy advisor in Nesta’s New Technology & Startup Research team, where she works on research projects to inform startup and entrepreneurship policy across Europe. She is also exploring why and how third sector organisations worldwide are collaborating with startups as a mode of open innovation, aiming to promote behavioural change and creating frameworks for mutually beneficial partnerships.
Prior to Nesta, Denise worked for several years at Unknown Group, a global innovation agency focused on unlocking business potential. Her role here focuses on analysing entrepreneurial ecosystems and assessing the presence of necessary conditions for firms to start and scale, and advising governments around the world on how to implement policies to strengthen the ecosystem. She has also been involved in several other initiatives aimed at supporting startups, including Get in the Ring and Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship