Katja Berkhout is International Director at StartupDelta. She is an allround executive with over 14 years of experience in international business advisory and economic development in Northern America and Europe.
During 4 years in Boston, one of the worlds leading innovation ecosystems, Katja worked with hundreds of corporates and scale ups. She advised C-level leadership at these companies on EU growth strategy and setting up operational activities in the Netherlands. Back in the Netherlands she joined StartupDelta, in support of special envoy Neelie Kroes. As part of a small team and extensive partnernetwork she successfully helped position the Netherlands as Europe’s West Coast for startups, investors and corporates in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston and other global innovation hubs.
Most recently Katja has built a team, program and community at the largest weekly innovation gathering in Rotterdam (and probably the Netherlands), Venture Café Rotterdam. Every Thursday 300+ startups, corporates, business angels, VC’s, academia and other innovators gather at Venture Café in the Cambridge Innovation Center for access to new deals, inspiration and serendipitous connections in a high energy networking environment.
Katja has built a solid track record as a host and moderator and speaks regularly about startups and startup eco systems.