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Frans J. Nauta

Visiting Scholar
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment
Personal Homepage: www.nauta.org
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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Master Political Sciences University of Amsterdam, major Policy Sciences, minors in Sociology and Philosophy
Bachelor Political Sciences University of Amsterdam
Bachelor Environmental Technology Wageningen University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2015

2015-current Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at Haas School of Business

2014-current Founder & CEO ClimateLaunchpad

2011-2014 Deputy Director Entrepreneurship Climate-KIC

2010-2011 Dutch Director Climate-KIC

2009-2010 Ambassador for Open Standards and Open Source Software for Minister of Economic Affairs

2006-2012 Professor of Innovation at HAN University

2003-2005 Innovation Secretary for Dutch Prime Minister

1999-2005 Founder & CEO Knowledgeland Thinktank

1998-2001 IT Trendwatcher Atos Origin

1994 -1996 Senior Policy Maker Ministry of Environment Netherlands

1992-1994 Manager Art House Cinema Kriterion Amsterdam

1990-1992 Policy Maker Amsterdam Environmental Agency

1989-1990 Policy Advisor to Amsterdam Deputy Major – portfolio Public Transportation, Traffic, Urban Planning, IT

External Service and Assignments

Advisory Board Cyclotron Road

Advisory Board Center for Carbon Removal

Board of Director Dutch National Youth Institute

Advisory Board Dutch Primary Education Council

Current Research and Interests

  • Clean tech startups acceleration, scaling and investment/funding
  • Developing innovation ecosystem outside Silicon Valley

Selected Papers and Publications

  • You can’t always get what you want: How entrepreneur’s perceived resource needs affect the incubator’s assertiveness, 2017, Technovation, volume 59, Elsevier, Amsterdam
  • Accelerating Climate Technology Innovation: Trainingsmodule for climate innovation centers, 2017, InfoDev @ Worldbank, Washington DC
  • ClimateLaunchpad Startup Workbook, 2016
  • Agents of Change: Strategy and Tactics for Social Innovation, 2012, Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC
  • OECD Literature Review Public Sector Innovation, 2009, Research report for OECD, Paris
  • Het Innovatieplatform: Innoveren in het centrum van de macht, 2008, Academic Service, The Hague (Dutch)


  • Berkeley Global Access Program
  • Poland Top 500 Scientists program
  • Maersk Oil MITAS program
  • ClimateLaunchpad trainer
  • Climate-KIC Summer School

Honors and Awards

  • Best teacher Climate-KIC Summer School 2012-2013-2014-2015
  • Ministry of Health Care > 1 M€ research grant for innovation in health care 2009-2012

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