UPDATE 11/11/22: The SHE LEADS in TECH event is fully booked! If you do want to come and network, we offer the opportunity to register for the MeetMeInTech Network fair.

During the MeetMeInTech network fair, you will get the opportunity to meet some of the most ambitious (female) entrepreneurs, discover new startups and have a closer look at the prototypes and innovations they have to offer. This is your moment to build valuable connections within the SHE LEADS network. Drinks are of course free of charge.

Read more below about SHE LEADS IN TECH, or sign up straight away!


On November 17th, YES!Delft will host a special edition of SHE LEADS in TECH! It is an event during which we will connect you with female tech heroes who are creating a positive societal impact through health-, and climate technology. 

SHE LEADS in Tech provides a platform for (future) female founders and leaders in tech. The ones that focus on impact by technology: health tech, climate tech and deep tech.

The organisers are on a mission to inspire and activate anyone interested in technology who wants to be inspired in their career, meet role models, network and support us in our mission to get more women and diversity in tech.


– An international and inspirational line-up of female tech leaders and tech entrepreneurs who are accelerating solutions for human and planetary health through health and climate tech.

– Connect to an exceptional entrepreneurial community of highly skilled impact-driven female leaders in tech.

SHE LEADS in Tech is jointly organised by the Erasmus Enterprise community consisting of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, YES!Delft, ERBS – Erasmus Research & Business Support, and in collaboration with partners from the innovation ecosystems from Erasmus University and TU Delft.

    where & what time

    The event will take place at YES!Delft Headquarters

    Address: Molengraaffsingel 12, 2629 JD Delft

    Time: 13:00 – 19:00

    Date: 17th of November, 2022

    We have arranged a free bus service from Erasmus Campus to YES!Delft. Please indicate in the registration form if you would like to use it. 

    Below you can find the event schedule!

    SHE LEADS in Tech event schedule

    • 12:30 – 13:00

      Doors open from 12:30. The programme starts at 13:00.

    • 13:00 – 13:15

      Welcome & Opening
      Grand opening by Anna Handschuh, Managing Director of YES!Delft Rotterdam and Maaike Zwart, Alderman for sustainability, work & income and economy Municipality of Delft.

    • 13:15 – 13:30

      Driven by Impact: Female Founders in Tech – Opening Interview
      Farshida Zafar in conversation with Carine de Meyer, President Women of the World, Venture partner, Serial Investor.

    • 13:30 – 14:15

      Solutions for the Future: Tech Ventures for Human Health – Panel
      How can tech help improve the lives of patients and healthcare professionals? In this panel, Lotte Leufkens, founder of CloudCuddle, Johanneke Mulder, Director of Emergency, Peri-Operative and Intensive Care at Erasmus MC and Richard Goossens, Program Director Convergence Health and Technology at TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam, will share the learnings and challenges from their mission to transform the world of human health & healthcare. 

    • 14:15 – 14:45


    • 14:45 – 15:30

      Solutions for the Future: Tech Ventures for Planetary Health – Panel
      The panel showcases female entrepreneurship in tech working on the two big transitions of our time: Food and energy transition for the post-fossil age. Biotech and new sustainable materials are key to that. On this panel, we welcome serial biotech entrepreneur and CTO of DAB Bio Kirsten Herben-Steinbuch, CEO and Co-founder Josefien Groot of Qlayers, and from the investor side Victoria McIvor, Investment Associate at World Fund.

    • 15:30 – 16:15

      Break-Out Sessions

    • 15:30 – 16:15

      YES!Talents. Step into your power and take the reins on your next career opportunity.
      Workshop with Lotte Vandewalle and Leonne Dieleman, YES!Talent

    • 15:30 – 16:15

      YES!Funded. Money talks! How to raise funds (and how not to). A session with World Fund, Antler, iFund and SET Ventures.
      Workshop with Cailin Greiner, YES!Funded and Sophia Hummelman (Analyst at iFund), Ellen Smeele (Analyst at SET Ventures), Victoria McIvor (Investment Associate at World Fund) and Marijn Settels (Investment Manager at Antler). All investment funds with climate tech expertise.

    • 15:30 – 16:15

      YES!Delft founder: My story from student to professional matchmaker – and why you should pursue entrepreneurship too!
      Workshop with Marsha Goei, Co-Founder of Breeze.

    • 16:15 – 16:45

      Choose to change the world. Closing Keynote
      Annemarie de Jong, Award-winning growth-minded leader, former CCO Solarmonkey.

    • 16:45 – 19:00

      MeetMeInTech – Network Fair
      Let’s connect to create something big! At the closing network fair, you will get the opportunity to meet some of the most ambitious (female) entrepreneurs, discover many of our startups and have a closer look at the prototypes and innovations they have to offer.

      You will also have the opportunity to meet with an IP advisor of the Netherlands Patent Office. The Netherlands Patent Office informs innovative entrepreneurs about patents and other intellectual property rights and provides them with tailor-made support. Free, independent and confidential. The Netherlands Patent Office is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

      This is your moment to build valuable connections within the SHE LEADS network and YES!Delft ecosystem.
      Drinks are on us!

    Hosts of the event


    COO at CIC

    About the Host

    Melissa Ablett-Jordaan is the Chief Operating Officer of CIC, where she is responsible for overseeing CIC’s global centres, including sales, operations, IT and software development. Founded in 1999, CIC’s shared office facilities now host more than 2,000 companies across nine cities in the US, EU and Asia.


    Director ECE

    About the Host

    Farshida Zafar has a track record in the field of educational innovation. She co-designed, developed and implemented educational programs and new applications and platforms for educational purposes. Currently leading the ErasmusX initiative at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Farshida’s ambition is to ‘future-proof’ education.


    Director YES!Delft Rotterdam

    About the Host

    Anna Handschuh is a Managing Director at YES!Delft Rotterdam. Her main focus lies on energy transition, climate tech and social tech. Anna always advocated science-based, impact-driven entrepreneurship with a hopeful eye on the potential future we can create.

    Drs. Nupur Kohli

    Supervisory Board Member UNICEF, Board Member Amsterdam Economic Board, Advisory Council member World Economic Forum 

    About the Host

    Drs. Nupur Kohli is a multi-award winning Healthcare and Technology Leader, Speaker, Author, Medical Doctor and Harvard Business School, PLD Leadership (Exec MBA) candidate. She was a speaker in several sessions and delegate at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos 2022. She is a supervisory board member for UNICEF Netherlands, a board member of the Amsterdam Economic Board and an Advisory Council member World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. Further, co-secretary of the United Nations Association Netherlands. Dutch Financial Times (FD) named her top 50 young leaders in the Netherlands in 2019.



    CEO & Co-Founder at Qlayers

    About the Speaker

    Josefien Groot is a true visionary She co-founded Qlayers with Ruben Geutjens in 2017, and the company has quickly grown to become one of the most innovative tech companies in the field of robotic coating application. Because of her entrepreneurship and drive, she has won the prestigious Women Rising Innovator Prize 2020 from the European Commission and other prizes such as Inspiring Fifty Netherlands 2019, FD Young Talents 2020, the Elsevier Weekblad 30-under-30 talent list and most recently, was announced to be the winner of the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022.


    President Women of the World

    About the Speaker

    Carine de Meyere is the Director of TEDxWomen & the TEDxWomen Startup Award in the Netherlands. She educates TEDxWomen partners on how to incorporate diversity, inclusion and equity into their HR policies, and she bridges the gap between the Netherlands and America by annually bringing female executives and entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley, New York and Boston to educate Dutch-located corporate executives, and entrepreneurs and investors about both diversity & inclusion strategy’s as well as to allow them interesting investment opportunities.


    Founder Cloud Cuddle

    About the Speaker

    Lotte Leufkens is an engineer, frequent speaker and successful entrepreneur. Lotte was formerly a top athlete, who stopped when she founded her own company CloudCuddle. As an entrepreneur, she became a Student Entrepreneur of the Netherlands and won the TEDx Amsterdam Women Startup Award.


    Country Director Germany at JumpTech

    About the Speaker

    An innovative, energetic, and driven leader, Annemarie De Jong is committed to driving positive change in e-mobility and renewable energy. She started her career in international relations in Brussels but quickly realized that real transitions happen in start- and scale-ups. She worked for Tesla in the Netherlands and Germany and for the Home Energy Storage company Sonnen in Berlin. Currently, Annemarie is Country Director for British EV-charging software company JumpTech in Germany.


    Program Director at Delft University

    About the Speaker

    Richard Goossens is a professor of Physical Ergonomics at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. At this faculty, he established the master track Medisign, design innovation for Healthcare (Human-Centred Healthcare) that involves co-creation with patients, medical professionals, and non-professional users (family and friends) in different projects. 



    About the Speaker

    Marsha Goei is the co-founder of Breeze, the fastest-growing dating app in The Netherlands. She’ll talk about her journey from being “just a student with startup ideas” towards finding product-market fit, pitching at Dragons’ Den and scaling her company. With her story, she wants to motivate other young women to pursue a path in entrepreneurship.


    Chief Technology Officer at DAB.bio

    About the Speaker

    Kirsten Herben – Steinbusch holds a PhD from Wageningen University in Environmental biotechnology. Based on her PhD work, she co-founded Chaincraft in 2010 and joined 2014 DAB.bio as CEO. She leads the companies in their technical and commercial developments reaching technical maturity up to the pilot and demo scale.


    Director of Emergency, Peri Operative and Intensive Care at Erasmus MC

    About the Speaker

    Johanneke Mulder believes in making the impossible possible and aims to make a difference in creating a healthy and future-proof society. As a director at Erasmus MC, she is responsible for approximately 2000 employees within acute care that are all contributing to excellent healthcare, education, and research. 


    Alderman for sustainability, work & income and economy at the Municipality of Delft

    About the Speaker

    Maaike Zwart has been an alderman for Sustainability, Work, Income and Economy for the Municipality of Delft since June 2022. Her career started with a study of Architecture at Delft The University of Technology.  Maaike Zwart especially admires the way in which Delft cherishes its history and, at the same time, is building a vibrant city that is ready for the future. “Together with the city, I am committed to taking significant steps towards a climate-neutral Delft in 2050.”

    Vicky McIvor

     investment associate at World Fund

    About the Speaker

    Vicky McIvor is an investment associate at World Fund, a €350m fund investing exclusively in European climate tech. Vicky has extensive knowledge in the energy & mobility spaces, and has previously worked at SET Ventures, and in nuclear decommissioning. Additionally, as co-founder of Climate Mosaic and The Climate Lab, Vicky is proud to work to empower underrepresented founders and investors in the climate space.




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