Meet our team

Karen Boers

President of the board

Jan Bormans


Jan Bormans’ passion is working with people to make innovation and entrepreneurial creativity happen. He has a substantial background in high-tech and uniquely combines this with extensive experience in corporate innovation. He has been active in the Belgian and European startup scene since 2010. Jan has been active in European projects as participant, reviewer and rapporteur since 1996.

Catherine Van Eeckhaute

Senior Project Manager

In more than 20 years of working in different environments, Catherine has gained expertise in strategic planning, business development, sales and channel management, programme/project development and implementation and operations. She has devoted the majority of her career at the intersection of technology and the public and nonprofit sectors.

Emily Bogen

Communications and Policy Coordinator

Emily Bogen is an American native who lives and works in Brussels. She’s our Communications and Policy Coordinator, managing internal and external correspondence, policy action, and network operations. She’s a firm believer in the power of a united effort and is enthusiastic about encouraging collaboration within the European startup ecosystem.

Lorie Vandeuren

Management Assistant

Lorie Van Deuren is our management assistant who supports her colleagues and loves organizing our office operations. She started as an administrative assistant and soon after built a way through the financial, HR and marketing part of her function. With full enthusiasm, Lorie strives for a European Startup Neat-work.

Marlène Bouhon

Business Intern

Marlène Bouhon is a business student fascinated by the startup world. She is in charge of selecting promising companies and initiating contact with them. She believes that great ideas should be given a chance to succeed and to benefit as many people as possible.

Adèle Yaroulina

Business Development

Adèle has a 10-years experience in business development, sales, strategic partnerships and project management within private & public sectors. She has acquired significant knowledge of digital innovation and is fascinated by the impact of new technologies on business activities. She is convinced that a cohesive European startup ecosystem is the key to empowerment and scaling up.


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