Erik Vermeulen is Professor of Business and Financial Law at Tilburg University and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). He is also Senior Counsel Corporate/Vice President at Philips International B.V. in the Netherlands. He has worked on projects related to corporate venturing and corporate venture capital. Philips’ anchor investment in a transatlantic venture capital fund through which it complements its long-term open innovation strategy in the healthcare sector is an illustrative example.
Professor Vermeulen is also involved in the International Venture Club, a collaborative platform that aims to encourage ‘open innovation’ activities throughout the European Union by facilitating the building of partnership-type relationships among venture capital and other risk-capital investors, governments, corporations, universities and entrepreneurs.