Startup Weekend Leeuwarden

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Leeuwarden

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

De Kanselarij
Turfmarkt 11
Leeuwarden, Friesland 8911 KS

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Kickstart your business!

This year Startup Weekend Leeuwarden will take place for the very first time! From the 24th to the 26th of March 2017 it is time to kickstart your business!

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Friday March 24th

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

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Get to know what the weekend will have in store for you, meet the speakers, coaches and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Time to pitch your idea! No worries if you don't have one yet

9:15 pm
You can vote on your favourite ideas

9:30 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

11:00 pm
Wrap up
Doors close, teams can go home or start working during the night

Saturday March 25th

8:30 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
You have a cool team now and can start setting up a workspace for the weekend

9:30 am
Coaches arrive.
Briefing coaches

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

12:30 pm

5:30 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help if you're stuck or need anything

11:00 pm
Doors close, teams can go home or work during the night

Sunday March 26th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin work
Second day of working hard, look around if you need anything!

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

11:00 am
Pitch and presentation training by Marijke Roskam

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours, make sure your presentation is in tiptop shape. Make sure to do a tech-check

5:30 pm
Final dinner, eat your heart out

7:00 pm
Final Presentations
The time is nigh, don't be shy! Share your amazing work

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Everyone's a winner eventually, but some of them win cool prizes!

10:00 pm
After party!


Milan van der Meulen

Being trained by former US vice president, Al Gore, and founder of Milan choses to tackle one of the biggest global threats by making solar energy accessible for everyone.

Siebrand Dijkstra
CEO Appmachine

Siebrand proudly calls himself serial entrepreneur, having founded several IT companies over the past decade. He’s now taking over the world by storm with AppMachine, which he calls the Next step in App building for iPhone and Android.

Event Judges

Bart Breij
Apptester at Appmeister

Bart tested and reviewed more than 20.000 apps for Beware of his vision on how to create something that is simple and keeps your customers happy. 

Milan van der Meulen

Being trained by former US vice president, Al Gore, and founder of Milan choses to tackle one of the biggest global threats by making solar energy accessible for everyone.

Saskia Boomsma
Owner Boomsma distillery

Known for their traditionally crafted bitters. Boomsma started in Leeuwarden and showed true entrepreneurial spirit by bringing quality drinks to Friesland and the borders beyond. Saskia en her brother Chantoine are running the familiy business together.

Henk Deinum
Wethouder Gemeente Leeuwarden

Henk Deinum is councilman economy, regional planning and development and also 1st Deputy Mayor in Leeuwarden. He is known as an enthusiastic and ambitious councilman with a passion to transform leeuwarden into a great place for startups.

Coaches and Mentors

Bouwinus Sikkes
Entrepreneur at Coffee Central

Bouwinus is a passionate entrepeneur and a very likeable person. He knows a thing or two about running a business and how to make a great cup of coffee.

Marijke Roskam
Presenter. Chairman. Media Trainer. Communications adviser.

Marijke is an excellent chair(wo)man for your event. She keeps the energy level high and everybody on the edge of their seat. On sunday she will facilitate a pitchtraining and you don't want to miss out!

Ben Vloon
Customer Experience Designer at Crowd & Co

Ben is a customer experience designer with a focus on strategy, brand, customer experience and business-development.

Enna van Duinen
Analyst CDD at Rabobank

This energetic, social, warm and funloving woman is an experienced coach and 4 times Startup Weekend volunteer. She has loads of experience as an entrepreneur and financial consultant.

Edwin Kruis
Co-Founder at Belco

Edwin helps companies getting more happy customers. His expertise is both practical and innovative and as an entrepreneur he can support other entrepeneurs to create better products.

Frans Scheepens
Cooperation Specialist at Gist

Frans designs the best meetings, workshops and brainstorms. He always has a keen eye for the goals and the reach of the organization.

Marco Van Muiswinkel

Marco is a result oriented entrepreneur and innovator. He makes teams work and he has extensive experience in culture change towards result orientation. Also he has a strong network in the online community.

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. 

Paul Visschedijk
Chairman at Innexus

He participates in many activities relevant to society and is focussed on the field of bio technology, food industry, cultural world and education.

Marc Plomp
Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Marc is energetic, enthusiastic and a specialist in insurances. When he isn't working at PWC he's likes to keep himself busy with charity and working on social initiatives

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Leeuwarden team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.





Organizing Team

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

  • Matthijs
  • Margriet
  • Jan
  • jildou
  • Michel
    van Galen
  • Ricardo
  • Rosalie
  • Jeffrey


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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