Stijn Zegel joined Technopolis Group as a consultant based in Amsterdam in 2013. Stijn is consultant on science, innovation and SME policy, with specific attention for the knowledge economy, entrepreneurship and sustainability policies. He contributes frequently to strategic studies, evaluations, benchmark studies and other studies. Methodologies that he applied are international comparative studies, case studies, interviews, surveys, (big) data/statistical analyses and data visualisation. He has been actively working on projects on regional, national and international level. Stijn recently worked on evaluations for the European Commission of the COSME programme and the Enterprise Europe Network, in which he acted as section or assistant project manager.
Prior to joining Technopolis Group, Stijn studied Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), during which he studied technological innovations in both the private and public sector from a policy perspective. From his specialisation in energy technology, he developed a solid understanding of social, economic and environmental challenges. He has also familiarised himself with the interaction between economic and social interests, that come along with technological development. During his master in the Netherlands and exchange semester in Göteborg, Sweden (2010), Stijn started to focus on the knowledge economy and entrepreneurship. He has covered topics like relocation of human capital, the creation of new business, tacit knowledge, finance and intellectual property. His focus on entrepreneurship has led to contacts with several start-ups and he has gained knowledge on the practical side of business and innovation.