The Gate is looking for a Senior Business Developer to be part of the Business Development team of TU/e.

In this position you are an important sparring partner of the Managing Director of the Gate. In line with the goals and ambitions of the Gate you are co-responsible for the valorization and business development processes of TU/e and other connected stakeholders in the Brainport Ecosystem.

TU/e is transitioning to become a more entrepreneurial university and wants to create a stimulating environment for its academics and students to learn entrepreneurial skills and to successfully found new startups to bring their innovations to market and thus create more impact from the research and education at TU/e. This process is called valorization.

To enable this transition TU/e is currently reviewing and modernizing its internal valorization policy and business development processes by creating internal support and embedding the new policy in the existing organization.

As a senior Business Developer you actively manage opportunities and risk, allowing you to effectively enable technology transfer from experimental and prototype stages into marketable solutions. You build and manage a project portfolio with new, promising projects by scouting, seeking and screening opportunities. Being in close contact with your target group, the researchers and scientists at TU/e is essential is this job. To optimize this process, they should be stimulated to be alert to the possibilities of valorization of their work.

As a senior Business Developer, you guide the selected projects through a process that must ultimately lead to valorization of the new developed technology. Searching for partners, financing possibilities, subsidies and possible entrepreneurs who will apply the technology, for example in the form of a start-up or transfer of the innovative technology to an already existing company, are also an important part of the job.

Protecting knowledge, developing and validating business cases, preparing and realizing license contracts are also part of this job.

In this job you collaborate and connect with various people, parties, stakeholders and other members of the Brainport ecosystem, as well as within TU/e as outside the university. You are a full interlocutor for the scientific staff and you support and challenge the researchers to develop solutions that have societal impact.

Your activities are mainly focused on the themes Pharma and Medtech but you are also open to opportunities in other technical domains.

As Senior Business Developer you are one of the most experienced and knowledgeable members of the business development team at TU/e and you know like no other, how to use your network, involve and connect people with each other.

In general, you stimulate entrepreneurship within the TU/e, in order to realize a transition to an entrepreneurial TU/e.

Functie eisen

We are looking for a senior and seasoned candidate who has extensive knowledge of and ample experience in working in a university environment and thus understands the academic landscape in the Netherlands. Above all you are familiar with the world of technological innovation and the process of knowledge valorization. Besides that you are a full interlocutor at all levels within TU/e as well as outside the university in the Brainport region.

• You have completed a WO degree, preferably in a technical medical or bio-science field.

• 15+ years of relevant experience at a Dutch university or a comparable knowledge institution, for example as a Technology Transfer Officer.

• You have a background in valorization and designing start-ups in an academic environment, including finance and funding opportunities.

• You are versatile, a generalist in your experience and knowledge with excellent analytical skills and strong business acumen.

• You have experience in the world of technology transfer, knowledge valorization and creating impact from research, preferably in a medtech, chemical or pharma environment.

• You are strong in connecting people and interests, collaborating and communicating.

• You have a relevant network (regional and nation-wide) or capable to quickly build such a network.

• You have excellent proficiency in the Dutch and English language, orally as well as in writing. You communicate clearly, fluently, concisely and understandably.


  • Working on an inspiring campus and a vibrant international environment with plenty of room for personal development and growth.
  • We offer an initial one-year contract (1.0 fte). After a mutual positive evaluation this appointment will be extended or converted into a permanent contract.
  • The full-time gross salary is in accordance with the CAO-NU and depends on knowledge and experience; minimum € 5.784,- and maximum € 7.362,- gross per month (in accordance with scale 14).
  • The year-end bonus is 8.3% of the annual salary (equivalent to one month's salary). The vacation allowance is 8% of the annual salary.
  • The TU/e also offers excellent secondary employment conditions (including childcare, a minimum of 41 leave days at a 40-hour work week and excellent sports facilities).


The Gate is a platform for tech startups in the first stage of their existence. An information and advice platform, physical and digital, they can reach out to for a successful take off.

At The Gate, business developers of Brainport Development and Eindhoven University of Technology offer honest and independent advice. The shared goal is to improve the quantity and quality of new high tech startups in the Brainport Eindhoven region.

Together with partners Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM), Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Summa College and the regional startup ecosystem, the business developers provide information and guidance on workspaces, access to finance, training and coaching to entrepreneurial students, researchers and tech starters in the region. Through The Gate they are ready for take-off.

The Gate is physically located in the Alpha Hub on the TU/e Campus, a new vibrant startup hub that also provides flexible and affordable office accommodation for startups.

The Gate is looking for a Senior Business Developer to be part of the Business Development team of TU/e.



In the TU/e community we strive for diversity. A strong and welcoming community promotes inclusiveness, equality and cooperation. Diversity adds to our success and pleasure. We welcome people from all backgrounds and without regard to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, socio-economic status, identity, visible or invisible disability, religion, or sexual orientation. Inclusion is a way of dealing with each other that is necessary to achieve the best results.

In case of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given priority.

An assessment and social media and/or reference check may be part of the procedure.

For more information:

Marijella van der Klugt, 06-48457550 or, senior consultant Euflex

Cécile Gijsbers, 06-51164692 or, senior consultant Euflex