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Portfolio holder External Affairs, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

EXTErnal relations

Eline's main task is to maintain all Student Union contacts with the business community. The main task is to realise new partnerships. Partnerships are long-term cooperations with companies. The starting point is that added value is created for Union participants, students and student entrepreneurs at the University of Twente, but also for the company itself. This added value can be both direct and indirect. Direct added value is created by, for example, discounts or training courses from professional organisations which directly affect the student. Indirect added value is created by financial resources that an organisation makes available to the Student Union. This is then returned to the students through sponsorship.

The entire process, from the first idea and contact to signing and maintaining the partnership, is supervised by Eline. The External Relations portfolio holder is also responsible for the External Relations consultations with study associations and the consultation with the municipality once every six weeks.

entrepreneurship & INNOVATion

The Student Union is responsible for the policy regarding student entrepreneurship at the University of Twente. Together with Novel-T and ETM, Eline facilitates and stimulates student entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship offers students many opportunities to develop themselves and gain experience. The Student Union and Novel-T provide a great deal of support for this. The reason the Student Union is involved in student entrepreneurship is that it offers enormous opportunities for students. The experiences gained are unique and cannot be developed within the study.

As portfolio holder for Entrepreneurship, Eline is taking stock of the needs of student entrepreneurs. On the basis of this, she tries to take action so that the desired support is realised. An example of this is the realisation of the Incubase in February 2020 in cooperation with Novel-T. This is the start-up incubator in the area and offers start-ups a place to work, follow programmes and network.

It is also important to coordinate everything with the various organisations involved. There are numerous business clubs, Novel-T, the Business & Science Park, the Innovation Lab, ETM and more. It is up to the portfolio holder for Entrepreneurship to attune the services offered to the wishes of the student entrepreneur. Eline is the spider in the web who knows everything and can make the right connection between the wishes of student entrepreneurs and the existing supply.

About Eline Kikkert

Study: Technical Medicine
Active at: ASV Taste, Pre-U
Comes from: Gennep

My name is Eline Kikkert and next year I will be the portfolioholder External Relations, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. I come from Gennep, a small village below Nijmegen, a nice place but I knew early on that I wanted to live on my own. Early in high school it was clear to me that I wanted to study Technical Medicine and from that moment on I did everything I could to pass the selection. That worked and I started studying in Enschede in September 2017.

From the moment I knew I was going to Enschede to study, I started to orientate myself, what kind of house do I want to live in, do I want to play sports, do I want to join another association?

I am someone who has my plans for the future ready, but student life is impossible to plan.

During the introduction I liked everything and wanted to participate in everything. Eventually I became a member of student association ASV Taste. I formed a nice year club here (DJC Maximaal) with friends for life. I am also affiliated with a sorority (cultural women's dispute Mnemosyne), a closegroup of women that I see every week. And I live in an active and close house with three other girls. I like to do sports with others in the gym or outside.

In addition, I have been active in various committees and in this way I tried to challenge myself to develop further in parallel to my studies. I also gained a large part of that development from side jobs. I learned a lot at Pre-U, where I already got a lot of responsibility in the communication team. I have always found it important to gain your own income and at the same time look for a challenge in a job.

The people and friends around me in Enschede showed me what is possible and the older I got the more that I wanted to develop even more. After I got my Bachelor's degree in Technical Medicine I started looking further. The University of Twente offers many possibilities and eventually I ended up at the Student Union. This is what I want to do and what I like! Ultimately, I got the chance to do be a board member of the Student Union. It is a position that is completely different from my study and that makes me very enthusiastic about it and I can learn a lot from it.

I am very much looking forward to next year and I hope that I will achieve great things for the students at the UT. We can all agree that these are weird times but that doesn't stop us / me! I keep seeing the positive side and I only see opportunities that we can now grasp with both hands! It offers opportunities for new collaborations, new projects and new focus points for all my portfolios!

I am hopeful that somewhere this year we can meet in the Bastille at the office or in the Incubase!