The jury

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Rushabh Chheda

Conscious Designs

Rushabh Chheda is the founder of Conscious Designs, a Rotterdam-based startup that is working on an idea of using locally-sourced waste plastic to create affordable self-built housing for the low-incom communities in the developing world. Moreover, he was the winner of FWL Delft 2019 and finalist at the FWL Finale the same year; so he's uniquely in tune with how a pitcher is thinking.

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Ina Dijstelbloem

TU Delft

Ina is specialized in international marketing/communications. She is responsible for the international recruitment of master students at TU Delft and is always focused on how to convey a message to people world-wide. She will focus on the communication side of the pitches: message, supporting tools/visuals, passion, leadership, and connection with the viewers.

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Rogier Verberk

TNO

Dr Rogier Verberk holds a PhD in experimental physics from Leiden University (2005). At TNO he worked on EUV lithography and became principal project manager. From 2013 on he helped to set up the QuTech research center for quantum technologies. Since 2016 he is Market Director at TNO, responsible for semiconductor equipment-, quantum-, Industry4.0- and Medical Technologies.

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Stefania Milan

University of Amsterdam

Stefania is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. Her work explores the interplay between digital technology, activism and governance. She enjoys experimenting with digital and action-oriented research methods and finding ways to bridge research with policy and action.

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Gert Hans Berghuis

Rabobank

Ir Gert Hans Berghuis has been working in innovation for over 20 years. After being a partner at strategic design agency Fabrique, he started working as a corporate innovation coach. Next to that, he is coaching startups and teaching about innovation at TU Delft. Since 2019, he is leading the Innovation Factory at Rabobank, working on future business models and innovations.

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Hester den Ruijter

KNAW

Hester den Ruijter works in the field of experimental cardiology. She focuses on research that bridges fundamental research and teh applicability of research for patients. She investigates the cause of the differences between men and women in the field of cardiovascular disease. The women in cardiology are central to her education and media campaigns.

The sponsors

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TNO

Main partner

TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the wellbeing of society in a sustainable way.

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Stud

Partner

Stud is a temporary employment agency in Delft for student, by students.

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Veertly

Partner

Veertly is an online platform which allows you to host your online events and networking sessions, creating authentic connections.

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Board

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Andrea Riccio

Chair

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Carlos Precioso

Financial manager

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Dario van Wagensveld

Public relations

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Francesco Sirianni

Communication director

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Roberto Pozo

Project manager