Portfolio holder External Affairs, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The main task of Eline is to maintain all Student Union contacts with the business community. Creating new partnerships is the key task. Partnerships are multiple-year cooperation endeavors with companies. The starting point is to create added value for Union participants, students and the University of Twente’s student entrepreneurs as well as for the company. These added values can be realized directly or indirectly. Direct added value can consist of discounts or training by professional institutions that apply directly to students. The indirect added value consists of funds a company makes available to the Student Union. These funds are then made available to students in the form of sponsorships.
Eline guides the entire process, from the initial idea of signing and maintaining the partnership. She is also responsible for the External Affairs meeting with student associations.
Entrepreneurship & innovation
The Student Union is responsible for the policy on Student Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente. In cooperation with the student entrepreneurship coordinator from the Kennispark, Eline facilitates and stimulates student entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneurship offers students the opportunity to develop themselves and gain experience and is therefore greatly supported by the Student Union, Kennispark Twente and NIKOS. The Student Union is involved with student entrepreneurship because it offers students enormous opportunities and allows them to acquire unique experiences that cannot be learned or developed in any class.
Eline takes stock of the needs of student entrepreneurs. Based on these results she will then take action to realize the appropriate support.
Furthermore, it’s important to coordinate everything with the various organizations involved. These include business clubs, the Kennispark, the Business and Science Park, the Innovation Lab, NIKOS and others. It’s up to Eline to coordinate the services provided to the needs of student entrepreneurs. She is in the center of it all and is up to date on everything, enabling to make the appropriate match between the needs of student entrepreneurs and the available services.