StartupAmsterdam’s program director Bas Beekman takes up this new role at Municipality of Amsterdam: Know more



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Bas Beekman, the program director of StartupAmsterdam, on Friday, announced his transition to a new role as part of the brand new management team of Economic Affairs and Culture (EZC) at the Municipality of Amsterdam, effective June 1st.

In his new role, he will assume ultimate responsibility for ‘Staff and Internationalisation’, overseeing Amsterdam inbusiness, IN Amsterdam, Amsterdam Trade & Innovate, and the staff department.

“For the past (nearly) 10 years, I have had the incredible pleasure of leading StartupAmsterdam – working with many talented and wonderful people. With countless private and public partners in the city and region, we have set up or supported dozens of programs, projects, pilots, meetups, and events,” he says.  

Beekman at StartupAmsterdam

As the Program Director at StartupAmsterdam since July 2014, Bas Beekman has led a team of 12-15 people in transforming Amsterdam into a global tech hub.

Under his leadership, this public-private partnership has launched over 50 innovative projects.

Notable projects under his direction include the Equals Female Hub, MKB Digitaliseringsoffensief, TOMAS Talent Matching Platform, Coding4Amsterdam, Startup AI Lab, and Amsterdam Capital House.

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Further, Beekman expressed confidence in the continuation of StartupAmsterdam under the leadership of Egon Van Wees and Joël Dori, who will continue with the mission of ‘strengthening the innovative ecosystems’ in Amsterdam.

“I am excited to bring all the knowledge and contacts I have gained over the last few years to my new position! I am very much looking forward to shaping the management of EZC with Ilknur Dönmez, Ellen Veul, Jalal Loutfi, and Araf Ahmadali – and of course, I am also looking forward to collaborating with Youri Goudswaard and Sietske van Tuin,” he concludes. 


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Vigneshwar Ravichandran

Vigneshwar has been a News Reporter at Silicon Canals since 2018. A seasoned technology journalist with almost a decade of experience, he covers the European startup ecosystem, from AI and Web3 to clean energy and health tech. Previously, he was a content producer and consumer product reviewer for leading Indian digital media, including NDTV, GizBot, and FoneArena. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Instrumentation in Chennai and a Diploma in Broadcasting Journalism in New Delhi.

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