Vacancy TechLab Innovation Manager

TechLab Innovation Manager (0.8-1FTE)

Are you a technical person that easily makes connections in all parts of an organization? We are looking for someone with a mix of business development and delivery of technical projects. A manager and a doer.
As TechLab Innovation Manager you will deliver successful project results to our corporate clients. You will be responsible to successfully deliver “TechLab” projects and “Challenges”.
For TechLab, you will make a deep dive into their organization to clearly define problems. Then you will find experts within the YES!Delft ecosystem. You will set up ideation workshops, test and build proofs of concept and/or prototypes, and setup and execute field tests.

For Challenges you will search (together with the startup scout) and select startups that can solve a problem for a corporate client. Together with facilitators you will create workshops.


YES!Delft is the startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators, globally ranked #2 on by the UBI index. We offer guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers, professionals and corporates in their startup journey. Our startup programs turn promising technology ideas into solid startups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience.


Next to our startup programs for entrepreneurs, we provide several services to corporates to help them innovate and connect them to startups. One of those services is TechLab.

Techlab is part of one of YES!Delft’s services for corporate clients. Through this service, YES!Delft works together with corporate clients to help them find a concrete, technological solution to their challenges. The reason why this is relatively easy for YES!Delft is the fact that over the last 13 years, we’ve built close relationships with the TU Delft, TNO, 140+ tech startups and the rest of our startup ecosystem. Within 6 months we find the right technological solutions, we define and test several applications in the laboratory as well as in the field. An ideal outcome of this collaboration is the creation of a new startup which can grow through YES!Delft’s programs and services.


• Available to work 0.8-1 FTE
• 5+ years of work experience
• Full focus on delivering results
• Preferably well acquainted with structures and relations within TU Delft, TNO and/or YES!Delft
• Lean- and startup mindset
• Preferred background and experience: Technical business development
• A generalist, able to adapt to different situations
• Well able to estimate whether a technology fits the needed requirements to solve a specific challenge
• Strong communicative skills
• Strong commercial skills
• Strong negotiation skills
• Strong sense of ownership and determination
• Fluent in both spoken and written Dutch and English
• Preferably a master’s degree at TU Delft, for example Industrial Design Engineering
• Easily makes connections throughout organisations.


A world-class incubator: An inspiring start-up environment where you have the opportunity to develop network and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve programs wherever you see fit. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support start-ups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship.


1) Apply
Please send your application to: [email protected] to the attention of Gerwin Hoogendoorn. For questions please contact: Gerwin via [email protected]

2) Two rounds of intakes

3) Final decision by the TechLab team

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