Heading Level39 from its launch three years ago, Eric Van der Kleij is stepping down from his role at the London-based fintech accelerator and co-working space. Based in Canary Wharf, Level39 was created by Canary Wharf Group as initiative to assist the growth of fintech startups and to help establish London as a global hub of fintech innovation.
In this regard, Level39 can be stated as having reached its initial goals, as according to the group, over 200 companies have been housed in the growing office space, including numerous foreign firms which have moved to London to participate in the city’s fintech eco-system. In addition, according to research from real estate firm, CBRE, Level39 has helped lead Canary Wharf to the top spot in London for fintech firms to choose as their home.
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Leaving Level39, Van der Kleij is expected to focus on his Managing Director role which he holds at ENTIQ. A design and innovation consultancy firm, ENTIQ was co-founded by Van der Kleij and Claire Cockerton in 2013.
In replace of Van der Kleij, Level39 has begun a search for a new program head, who according to Level39 will have a “mandate to continue to raise [Level39’s] status as a FinTech, Smart-Cities and Cyber Security technology leader globally.”