Startup Weekend EDU Amsterdam

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend EDU Amsterdam

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

WeWork Amsterdam
Weteringschans 165
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017 XD

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No talk, all action. Let’s change the way we educate ourselves and our next generation, launch a startup in 54 hours!

Have a great idea? Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Want to learn more about startups? Startup Weekend is the place for you!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. All to end with a rockstar pitch in front of an experienced jury! 

​Why Startup Weekend Education?

Over the last 5 years the education industry has had a huge wake up call. We realised that the way we educate ourselves and our next generation need to rapidly change. We want to bring together new innovators with new ideas, technologies and business models to bring our education a step further. 

Whether you found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday April 15th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 April 16th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to 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 April 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Ton van 't Noordende
Venture Partner at Keadyn

Ton is involved in leading the change in Europe’s venture capital market with the Keadyn framework. A model which is truly aimed on building great ventures together.

Ton is heavily involved in the Dutch startup ecosystem and is looking for ways to support entrepreneurship in general, bring a strong (online) marketing background to the table.

Esther Gons
Founder of Next

Creative strategist with a visual spatial mind. Expertise in information strategy, lean thinking and customer development. Visualization skills prove an added value in strategy, innovation, startup or brainstorm sessions, bringing both expertise and insight/oversight. Focus on: Lean Startup / Customer Development / Visual Thinking

Koen Strous
Founder & Director at Dedact

Koen Strous is the founder of Dedact, a successful Dutch startup in education. Dedact believes that education should be more tailored to the needs and preferences of individual learners. Learnbeat, Dedact’s online learning platform, brings digital and personalised learning to over 100 schools and is used daily by tens of thousands of pupils in secondary education. In 2014, Dedact won the ‘Sprout Challenger Award’, the prize for companies that shake up markets and challenge the position of existing companies.

Linda Stolp
Managing Director at Tedx Amsterdam Education

Coaches and Mentors

Peter van Sabben
Advisor at StartupAmsterdam & Co-Founder Growth Tribe

Peter advises StartupAmsterdam on how to create the richest startup event calendar of Europe. He is also partner at Growth Tribe, the former Head of Marketing at Startup Bootcamp and an ex Red Bull'er.

Margriet Buseman
Entrepreneur at Aimforthemoon

Eva van Heeswijk
Entrepreneur at Aimforthemoon & Samen met Eva

Michel van Galen
Mentor, coach at NHL University of Applied Science

As a mentor / coach / consultant at NHL University of Applied Science in Leeuwarden i’m surrounded by potential entrepreneurs and startups. So therefore after a few years of mentoring, coaching and attending Startup Weekend events it felt logical to organise one myself, Startup Weekend Leeuwarden.
With a focus on concept development, design & strategy and entrepreneurial skills I enjoy helping young creative talents exploring and unleashing their full human and creative potential and show them the beauty and possibilities of the unbeaten path.

Kees van Nunen

Passionate about: Innovation ~ Product Development ~ Web & Mobile ~ lean startup

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Amsterdam 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

  • Khizar
  • Wout
  • Andra
  • Björn
  • Gert Jan
    van den Brink
  • Camille


Wout Laban

My name is Wout, I am very passionate about creating new opportunities in and around education, for people, companies and communities. Always keeping an eye out to share knowledge and create valuable connections along the way. Over the past two years I’ve done so for our Startup Gibbon a platform that helps companies share knowledge, educate employees and create a culture of learning.
I’m very engaged in the the startup scene in Amsterdam where I organise different meetups around community management, host workshops about customer development and organise Startup Weekend. Next to that I facilitate Startup Weekends around Europe as often as I can. A great way to learn and connect with the different entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.

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