If you read the news media and startup blogs, you might get the impression that creating new things is the work of uniquely brilliant geniuses. They all seem to be white men and live in the USA. You know, people like Steve, Elon, Bill, Mark, etc.
In practice, that is not at all how new things are created. All great things are created through collaboration, never mind that sometimes one person takes all the credit. Faculty of Impact got off the ground because many people contributed with ideas, put their reputation behind it, connected us to the right people and challenged our thinking.
So that we are here, on a mission to create more impact for people and planet with Dutch research, is the result of a collaboration of many people and their organizations. We’d like to say an especially big thank you to:
Universities of the Netherlands (Pieter Duisenberg, Mirjam van Praag, Martijn Verwegen, Marte Simons), NWO (Herry Nijhuis, Mario van der Linden, Wieke Haakma, Stefanie Holst, Anne Bergen, Luuk Klomp), Techleap (Constantijn van Oranje, Anne Wil Lucas, Anne Strobos, Arjan Goudsblom), our Ministry of Economic Affairs (Joost Dieleman and Lucien Vijverberg), our Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Caroline Tempel), Cyclotron Road (Ilan Gur) and Runway @ Cornell Tech (Uzi de Haan and Fernando Gomez-Baquero).