Startup Weekend Groningen 2016

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Groningen 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

The Big Building
Achterweg 1
Groningen, GR 9725 BM

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Learn, Network, Startup

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you. 

Connect, Discover, Learn & Start!

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Friday November 18th

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

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

7:30 pm
Welcome by our Facilitator
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, and community leaders

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

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

10:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 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 November 19th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

6:30 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as your team wishes to.

Sunday November 20th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… 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

6:30 pm
Final Presentations

9:30 pm
Judging & Awards

10:00 pm
Dance out all the energy with RocknRolla Soundsystem

Event Judges

Joshua Peper
CTO Peperzaken

Startup Weekend and Groningen have a special place in my heart. Since the second edition i've been participant. 
I'm honored to be one of your juges, and being a coach this year. I'l be there throughout the weekend (friday-sunday). I will help you with your concept and finetuning it, will remove technical obstacles and, off cource, drinking all beer (work hard, play hard).
As a juge I will pay extra attention to originality, feasibility (also technical) and design. Don't forget you need to add some value in the chain. Finding a business model is much easier that way.

Don't forget to enjoy the weekend!

PS: Don't be "social responsible" to be "social responsible". It is NOT a good basis for running a business. Don't depend on financial support of the government, and other subsidised funding.

Wilbert van der Kamp
CEO Omapost

Back in 2014, Wilbert pitched a quite new idea, called Omapost. Omapost started off as an app that made it possible to send your Instagram pictures as analogue postcards to your grandmother. It later on grew quickly, as more people sent cards to their elders. Next to being the founder of Omapost, Wilbert also works for Innovest to find brand new startups that make the world a better place. Wilbert has a lot of great stories to tell and his creative mind is endless. And last but not least, Wilbert has a tremendous passion for food and great foodstories. So if your team is doing anything that has to do with food, ask Wilbert. He knows.

Wilma Mansveld
Acting Mayor Tietjerksteradeel and former Undersecretary of Infrastructure and Environment

Wilma Mansveld is a Labour Party politician known for her roles as secretary of the Social-Economic Council, member of the Provincial-Executive in Groningen and, of course, as undersecretary of Infrastructure and Environment of the Dutch Government. Nowadays, Wilma is Acting Mayor of Tietjerksteradeel. She has a drive and passion for sustainability and innovation, and gets lots of energy from startups. 

Coaches and Mentors

Matthijs Numan
Innovator and co-founder of Serious Innovation and co-founder of We Think Next

Matthijs is an innovator at heart and co-founder of Serious Innovation and We Think Next. He is passionate about everything that comes with creating new and exciting solutions to everyday problems and gives advice to starting and experienced entrepeneurs in the field of strategy and service design. Matthijs knows everything about design thinking, customer experience and business model innovation.


Stefan Wobben

Stefan is always striving to make the world a better place. He is very passionate when it comes to creating user (internet ) experiences. He understands complex situations and knows how to translate this into valuable concepts and strategies. When Stefan is not busy making the world a better place, he likes to travel and do sports. 

Jeroen Sprangers
Owner/Partner @ Rein Advocaten en Adviseurs

Jeroen Sprangers is no ordinary lawyer. He is the owner of REIN Advocaten en Adviseurs and Reinlab, and as founder of Cannonballs he arranges unusual events and trips for entrepreneurs. As a lawyer he specialises in restructuring organisations, and is expert in the laws of bankruptcy, information technology and intellectual property. As the managing partner of his law firm he is often consultant to companies about corporate and strategic development, he has an interest in the growth of entrepreneurship, new inventions and startups. Above all he is a sharp and pragmatic thinker. Make use of his legal knowledge. 

Sebastiaan Hooft
Founder @ Maschile Ventures

Sebastiaan is the founding partner of a number of organizations, and has been active on the advisory boards of all of them at some time. Mid 2008 he founded Maschile Ventures, a boutique venture capital company. Since 2012 he envisions and realizes pop-up projects, which by design have a discreet life cycle. Next to this he is a personal mentor for entrepreneurs and CEO's. The three things he personally cares about are entrepreneurship, internet and health. Also, he's a DJ! 

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.

Jan Akkermans

You may know Jan as the general manager of The Student Hotel Groningen. He previously worked for companies as Red Bull, Groupon, Manpower and Regus. He is also the president of Jong Onroerend Goed Groningen and co-founder of networking club Ambassadeur050.

Jan Henk Hazelaar
Developer at Ilionx

I'm working at ilionx Interactive Marketing as a developer and I'm experienced in developing and creating online concepts in different markets. He is a Startup Weekend veteran and you may know him from the past teams Vanilla Nights, Wham Bam app, Gunther Wurst or the Peperzaken Awards. 

Margriet Gerritsma

Joris Overzet

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Groningen 2016 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 Groningen is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • David
  • Maaike
    van der Post
  • Tjarda
  • Wouter
  • Cleo
  • Joëlle
  • Matthijs Menses
  • Timon
  • Matthijs


Dani Arnaout
CTO @ Saily

A couple of years back, Dani participated in his very first Startup Weekend. Ever since, he got addicted to it, so he started coaching, judging, organizing, and now facilitating Startup Weekends all around the world! After winning three prizes at local & regional entrepreneurship competitions, he finally co-founded Saily, a peer-to-peer marketplace. Dani is a software engineer, specifically in the mobile apps development field. So he will also offer valuable advice & technical help throughout the event by sharing his silicon-valley experience with the attendees.

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