Open, forward posture
Fair is fair: because the three provinces and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are shareholders in NOM, Leonie Ebbes was a bit apprehensive of a (too) official character. Fortunately, that prejudice has so far proved unjustified,' says Flinc's new strategic advisor, 'I meet people here with an open, forward-looking attitude, who really go for opportunities and possibilities. My first month on the job felt like a warm bath. Because many colleagues had been working mainly from home for more than a year and a half, they themselves are in a kind of constructive phase with occasional office days. I don't know the atmosphere before corona, of course, but I have the impression that people are more open and curious now than if I had started at NOM in a normal situation.'
Amusingly, Leonie's new role - to strengthen the northern ecosystem for startups - also involves inclusion and diversity. 'To knock on our door, it is important that startups feel welcome and safe. That requires openness on our side, which is why I'm glad NOM is already actively working on inclusion and diversity. It makes me feel free to make creative proposals in that area. NOM's image is quite serious and businesslike, while I notice that the organization would like to be more loose and diverse. In order to be of significance to different types of entrepreneurs, we can certainly make further steps, for example to attract more female founders. It would be nice to contribute to that from Flinc.