Startup Weekend Groningen

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015


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

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015



Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Big Building - Groningen
Achterweg 1
Groningen, Netherlands

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Startup Weekend is back in Groningen!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, creators, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. 

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and win prizes. 

Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

Don't think too long and hard and buy your ticket for this years Startup Weekend Groningen and get a taste of what this weekend is all about. 

If you have any questions our email address is: groningen@startupweekend.org
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 13th


5:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:30 pm
Voting & Team formation
Attendees vote for the top pitches and form teams


10:30 pm
Begin Work
Start working

Saturday November 14th


8:00 am
Begin Work
Arrive at the venue / Work work work!


8:30 am
Breakfast


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


1:00 pm
Lunch


6:30 pm
Dinner

Sunday November 15th


8:00 am
Doors open


8:30 am
Breakfast


10:00 am
Coaches Become Available
Second day of using their knowledge!


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


7:00 pm
Final Presentations


9:30 pm
Winners announced


10:00 pm
After Party!


Event Judges


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. 


Niek Huizenga
Entrepreneur, business developer and Co-Founder Launch Cafe

I am Niek Huizenga, an energetic and internationally focussed specialist in the field of entrepreneurship and business development. For more than ten years I am active in the startup world. I founded several IT startups during my time in the Mediacentrale in Groningen. In 2013 I co founded Launch Cafe, a startup hotspot in the city center of Groningen. Currently I am member of the Chordify team, a fast growing e-learning platform for musicians. Within Chordify I am responsible for the company strategy and the investment process.


Jolijn Creutzberg
Owner @ Van Hulley

​My name is Jolijn Creutzberg. I founded Van Hulley three years ago. Van Hulley is a social enterprise that turns your favourite but worn out shirt into a boxershort (m/f). ​The women that make your boxers get work experience at Van Hulley and go  to school together. We help them bridge the gap to the labor market. 


Coaches and Mentors


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! 


Kathleen Fritzsche
Accelerator Director, Plug and Play Germany

Kathleen attended her first Startup Weekend in 2010 and has been co-organizing and facilitating several events since then. She co-founded StartUp Stuttgart in 2011, the main startup community in Southwest Germany, and Accelerate Stuttgart in 2012, with the vision to support early-stage startups in the region. Kathleen recently joined Plug and Play Germany as Accelerator Director for the new program Beyond1435 in Berlin, powered by Deutsche Bahn and Plug and Play to change the future of mobility and logistics. 


Arjan Yspeert
Owner Yspeert Marketing

Arjan Yspeert is an Internet marketeer with a broad experience in the use of offline marketing tools as well. Travels up and down between strategy, tactical and operational activities.
Tactics and operations meaning traffic and conversion improvement for websites and apps: seo, sea, linkbuilding, affiliate, e-mailshots, social media campaigning and the likes.
Deeply interested in mentoring internet start-ups (webapps) as they 'blow his mind'. He loves to see young, bright developers, designers and marketeers come together in an effort to improve software and take the world by storm.


Niels Grootenboer
Marketeer

Niels is Marketing Manager at family distillery Hooghoudt. Over the last year, he - together with his colleagues - has developed new directions for the company to move into while maintaining the authentic side of it. Before Hooghoudt, he started his own award-winning food factory for ice cream and chocolate, which is still running! 


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. 


Friso Visser
Creative brain and co-owner @ Online Media Koffer and innovation-programmer @ Innofest

Friso is a creative, socially engaging and result driven advisor with experience in online communication and innovation. Some people know him as a happy-go-lucky enthusiast, others know him as the devils advocate. Whatever the situation calls for and gives the best results. But always with a smile. 


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
Co-founder @ Concept7

Stefan is co-founder and usability expert at Concept7. He is very passionate when it comes to creating user (internet ) experiences. He understands complex situations and knows how to translate this in a simple manner. When Stefan is not busy making the world a better place, he likes to travel and do sports. His knowledge and numerous examples make him a good mentor for Startup Weekend Groningen!


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Groningen 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.
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  • Joëlle
    Hooijer
  • David
    Hamoen
  • Maaike
    van der Post
  • Wilbert
    Van de Kamp
  • Matthijs
    Menses
  • Ralph
    Steenbergen
  • Jeroen
    Panjer

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