Startup Weekend Amsterdam - Future Cities Edition

    Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Amsterdam - Future Cities Edition

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018

Friday, June 15 - 17, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

rent24 (Bridge Building)
Bos en Lommerplein 270-30
Amsterdam, North Holland 1055 RW

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Friday, June 15, 2018 - Sunday, June 17, 2018

Startup Weekend Amsterdam - Future Cities Edition

Share your ideas, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! Techstars Startup Weekend is a unique event that creates a perfect environment for smart and active learners. In just 54 hours, 50 developers, designers, and business experts will come together to create startups from scratch and, guided by a pool of experts & mentors, learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way.

Startup Weekend Amsterdam Future Cities is here to empower the community of (aspiring) entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a positive impact in the Amsterdam metropolitan area. This means we will be focusing on startup ideas that contribute to the improvement of the city and its surroundings, for example: integrating new technologies, ways of supporting social interaction, or creating a healthy environment for personal and professional lives.

Whether you would like to continue working on a startup or not, the ultimate goal of the event is to equip you with the powerful toolset to take any idea from the concept stage to the creation stage.

Come join us for a very special weekend!

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night
  • Mentoring by experts from the tech startup community
  • Collaboration with awesome technical professionals
  • All-star judges panel lead by influencers and leaders in the industry
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • Awesome post event workshops
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Over 100 awesome new friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?
If you have an idea for a startup, then great! We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don’t have an idea, that’s all right too. Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest! The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers.
  • Laptop
  • Power cord
  • Business cards
  • Camera – take pictures and video!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. set yourself up to be productive!
  • Lots of creative energy
If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ.


Friday June 15th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:10 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday June 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Stretching workshop
Start your day with small introduction to stretching with Ana Martins

11:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

10:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Michael van Lier
Co-founder @ We Are Builders

Michael van Lier (aka Rainmaker) started his first company when he was 17 years old and hasn’t stopped building companies since. He now builds new companies for a living as co-founder of startup studio We Are Builders. Their latest creation: an influencer marketing platform called Influentials is gaining loads of traction and is a resident at TQ.

Manuela Krull-Mancinelli
Managing Director - Startupbootcamp SmartCity & IoT, Blockchain Entrepreneur

With a background of over 20 years in Business as well as Technology Manuela is a real inter-connector between these two fields.

Her passion for new technologies, creativity in general and never ending enthusiasm drives her to help younger companies as well as established companies with their digital, commercial and organisational challenges.

As MD SmartCity & IoT Manuela has been in contact with many startups in this field, so she has a good view on current trends and opportunities. 

Nick Stevens
Chief Digital Officer at Digital Office Groningen

Nick has been as part of more than fifty Startup Weekend events, as attendee, winner, organiser and facilitator. He is an entrepreneur, ecosystem builder, and professional event MC/host. When he’s not drinking nerdy coffee, he mostly spends his time helping others to navigate towards an uncertain future. His ability to cut through bullshit in a heartbeat ensures that there is never a dull moment around him. Speaking about and helping people to make business an impactful force for good (by combining purpose with innovation) is where you’ll feel his real energy

Thijs Dijkman
Analyst at Peak Capital

At Peak Capital I meet and collaborate with inspiring entrepreneurs on a daily basis.

Gert van Vugt
Co-Founder & CEO

What is the best tip you have for starting entrepreneurs?
Be cynical about your own added value. Assume your targeted clients don't want to pay (extra) for your product or service, call them until you've proved them wrong. 
Proving that the market is in need of your product is ten times more important than proving your technical solution! 

Coaches and Mentors

Lars Böhm
Co-founder at Unless

Designer, philosopher, programmer.

Michèle de Bruyn
Co-founder at Unless

Ambitious developer, facilitator & coach

Christian Teuschel
R&D System Architect at RIPE NCC

Software engineer with 15+ years of experience. Data-driven and value-oriented. Recent alumnus of the MBA program in Big Data & Business Analytics from the Amsterdam Business School. 

Kübra Terzi
Growth & Stragegy

What is the best tip you have for starting entrepreneurs? 

The best tip is very simple it's to just do. Everyone has ideas, but execution is the most important factor. And what often is forgotten, keep believing in yourself, especially when others don't. 

Bart Snijders
Co Founder at Sprints and Sneakers

Entrepreneur | Blockchain Enthusiast | We Grow Companies

Selma Lemsaadi
Digital Marketing Specialist at Eenvoud Media

What is the best tip you have for starting entrepreneurs?
Know your target group! In the end a successful product or service is build on knowledge about your customers. Make getting to know your customers or users your obsession. And focus on what does work for you. If you focus on the good, the good gets better.

Jason Esseboom

What is your best tip for starting entrepreneurs? Don't be too much in love with the idea, but keep looking for the pain in your target group. Take more time then you think you need to understand that pain and use your creativity to come up with new solutions. If you keep this up, you will find a solution on which you can built your business.  

Bas Wenneker
Customer Development @ We Are Builders

Bas is an entrepreneurial hacker with over 12 years of experience in all stages of the software lifecycle. He’s currently working on customer development at the startup studio We Are Builders. He’s coaching entrepreneurs on experiment design and does validation of new venture ideas generated by the We Are Builders team.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Amsterdam - Future Cities Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Amsterdam is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Camille
  • Rehan
  • Jorien
  • Quirine
    van Willigenburg
  • John
  • Natalia
  • Ionela
  • Igneta


Khizar Naeem
Head of Integrations @ Starred

Startup and Extreme sports enthusiast. Khizar works as Head of Integrations at Starred, a feedback scale-up in Amsterdam. Khizar has been involved in Startup Weekend since 2013 as a participant, volunteer, organizer, and facilitator. 

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