Eric Van der Kleij
Eric Van der Kleij is the CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation. Eric works with his team of fellow entrepreneurs and specialists to help develop Tech City as a magnet for technology-led investment, innovation and talent – aiming to make Tech City one of the top three places in the world for tech entrepreneurs, alongside Silicon Valley and New York.
A successful technology entrepreneur himself, Eric has over 25 years’ experience including founding Adeptra, a leading fraud technology business for which he raised $40M venture capital. He is an ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’ with the UK Government. In this role, he acted as Chief Adviser to the UKTI’s Directorate for Investment and also led UKTI’s Major Projects initiative, enabling the investment and implementation of major projects with "exceptional global potential".
Prior to this, he established and developed the UK Government's Global Entrepreneur Programme, helping develop the UK's strategy for attracting non-UK ideas and entrepreneurs of exceptional potential to the UK. It is one of Europe's most successful entrepreneurship-in-government organisations operating today.