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 completed her studies in the U.S. and began her professional career in Brussels, where she has established experience in European projects like SEP 2.0 and CORSHIP and provided political support to the startup ecosystem. She has worked on documents like “Startup and Scaleup Ecosystem Recommendations for Policy Change” (2018) and the upcoming Pan-European Manifesto (2019). Emily also handles internal and external communication for the network, ensuring that ESN maintains strong relationships between member associations and creates connections with new partners on a consistent basis.

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.

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.

Carolin Bednarz

Business Intern

Carolin Bednarz is passionate about fostering businesses and people in their growth. She has experience in consulting and digital strategy for large corporates in Germany which are looking to change through innovation. Her recent involvement in the Paris incubator realm gave her deep insights into various business models and the concerns of startups. She works to see Europe be the most entrepreneur-friendly place on earth.

Lucía Rodríguez Lacasa

Business Intern

Lucia grew up in Brussels and now studies Biotechnology with Management at Edinburgh University. She has always carried an entrepreneurial spirit, starting her own start-up company project at 16 and currently running a radio show. She is eagerly delving into scouting for SEP and CORSHIP as well as running social media. She believes start-up innovation in Europe is essential for technology, health and world advancement!


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.

Elke Vosters

Business Intern

Elke is studying SME-management. That’s the context in which she developed her passion for entrepreneurship. She likes to communicate with people and to be part of a team!

Andries Bruggeman

Business Intern

Intrigued by everything that involves startups and innovation, Andries is a passionate business intern. He considers startups and scaleups as fundamental and crucial organizations that are a prerequisite for a more innovative and more sustainable business environment.


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