A diverse group of people representing companies within numerous areas of business (architecture, engineering, developers. government agencies, finance). Partners play an important role in BK-Launch. They support the development of BK-Launch, provide knowledge, guide future ventures and contribute to covering the costs of BK-Launch by means of an annual contribution.
The partners will make up the Advisory Committee offering counsel on the trajectory and development of the BK-Launch platform. Rendering a yearly contribution procures the opportunity for all partners to participate in all organized activities as well as the Advisory Committee meetings.
Sander Dorleijn was after his studies Structural Design and Architectural Design Management Systems looking for an inspiring and challenging organisation to start his career. In 2007 he joined ABT and since then he had several roles within the organisation. Stimulating entrepreneurship and (fullservice) cooperation was central to this, both within the organisation and in projects such as the New Amsterdam Court House and Terminal Schiphol. As director, Sander is responsible for business development. ABT is part of Oosterhoff. Within Oosterhoff we develop, direct and realize progressive concepts, products and knowledge for the built environment with a horizon that reaches further than the day of tomorrow. We develop promising solutions in which man, technology, building and environment come together in a sustainable way. As a company we invest in knowledge development and innovation. Our interest in innovation is as great as our field of work. In cooperation with our partners or clients we create new applications for materials, develop software to work out ground-breaking constructions and come up with ground-breaking concepts. And as engineers, we like to apply these innovations, naturally without compromising the safety or reliability of the end product. We are happy to contribute to the ‘platform for entrepreneurship’ because we think it is important to pass on our lessons on entrepreneurship to the new generation of engineers and to make a connection with ambitious students who have a bright vision and a clear goal in mind.
Alain Kooiman is senior manager at Brink, a management & consultancy firm in real estate development, construction and infrastructure. He has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and project developer / manager in infrastructural and real estate projects. Alain is a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and Business Administration and has a PhD in Civil Engineering. After 10 years of entrepreneurship Alain decided to join Brink in January 2021, where he is engaged in Project Developments for clients and New Business Developments within Brink. As an example, Alain is now responsible for the development of a temporary, circular educational building at the heart of the campus of Delft University of Technology. He is also involved in project developments in the Rotterdam area.
Brink is a company that helps public and private clients in the (re)development of real estate and infrastructural projects. Brink people are fun to work with and engaged team players who are keeping their eyes on the target and the interest of their clients and co-workers in mind and heart. Brink is renowned and well respected for their innovative ideas and their knowledge on a wide range of subjects involving real estate and infrastructure development and project and program management. People say we are ‘On the Brink’. That is also why we have become partner of BK Launch: to support innovative ideas that contribute to a better, more sustainable building environment.
about 4TU Centre for Engineering Education
The 4TU Centre for Engineering Education warmly supports the BK-LAUNCH initiative as it aims to ignite and stimulate entrepreneurial mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors in the new generations of built environment engineers. Good entrepreneurial engineering education nurtures the curiosity of students, challenges them to create added value for society, facilitates the interaction with various stakeholders and disciplines, and helps them become leaders of change, either as independent entrepreneurs or as game-changers in existing organizations. The BK-LAUNCH platform is a learning environment in the faculty of Architecture & the Built Environment that meets these characteristics perfectly and is open for all A&BE master students. So, the platform also promotes interdisciplinary learning and co-operation.
Entrepreneurial Engineering Education is one of the five core themes of the 4TU CEE strategic agenda 2022-2025, besides Challenge-based Education, Responsible Engineering & Ethics, Computational Thinking, and Teaching Excellence & Teacher Professionalization. As the 4TU CEE TU Delft management team, we are looking forward to seeing how this platform can grow to a center of expertise and set an example for other faculties, institutes, and programs.