Eric Van der Kleij
Eric Van der Kleij is a technology entrepreneur and the Head of Level39, Europe's largest accelerator space for Fintech and Retail-Tech companies. Level39 occupies the entire 39th floor of 1 Canada Square, in London's Canary Wharf.
Eric was formerly the Chief Executive of the UK’s Tech City Investment Organisation - www.techcityuk.com. Eric was appointed to the role in February 2011 to boost investment, entrepreneurship and skills in the "Silicon Roundabout" area of East London. He continues to take a strong interest in Tech City and serves on the TCIO Advisory Board.
Previously in 2009, Eric was made Chief Adviser to the UK Trade & Investment's Directorate for Investment, which is the UK's principal Inward Investment and Trade organisation. The UKTI’s Directorate for Investment is a truly internation organisation, with over 150 offices and embassies in over 92 countries. Before taking on this role, Eric helped establish the UK Government's Global Entrepreneur Programme - www.entrepreneurs.gov.uk
Before his work with the UK government, Eric was a pioneering technology entrepreneur. Eric founded his own Fintech company, Adeptra, in 1996. Adeptra developed the automation of credit card fraud alerting and collections. Not only did Eric create Adeptra, but he also raised seed, angel and venture capital of $40M, and expanded the business to the US. Adeptra was sold in August 2012 to NYSE listed FICO.