Here he explains how, after graduating in Mechanical Engineering and Bio mechatronics – he initially wanted to work in a startup but found the same mentality - but with even more opportunities – at Philips.
The opportunities are endless. Since joining, I’ve had 4 roles in 3 years and that’s just the start.
“You’re encouraged to create your own destiny here. I wanted to work in a startup so I’ve been doing start up things within Philips.
In my first year in Eindhoven, I organized a workshop for entrepreneurship. We learned how to pitch, work with incubators, venture building etc. I made some great connections that led to my getting involved with some of our ventures in Africa. We researched how to enable social entrepreneurship and help set up micro engineers using Philips products. I also have just been part of our 3 month Breakthrough Acceleration Program. That was a really cool experience.”
Colleagues are generous with their experience so you can learn and benefit.
“If I was working in a start up, I might not have the opportunities to travel and learn from seeing. People are generous at sharing their knowledge too. I was asked to set up some focus groups for one of our health center projects in Nairobi, Kenya and went out there for 2 weeks. We took motorcycles, tuk tuk; everything we could to get to meet people to talk and learn face to face.”
"At the moment I’m building out my skills and generalism. I’ve enjoyed being catapulted from one experience to the next and since finding out that we have venture management roles within Philips, that’s what I’m working towards in the biggest entrepreneurial healthcare technology company there is.”