Techstars Startup Weekend Rotterdam

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Rotterdam

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CIC Rotterdam
Stationsplein 45, 4th floor
Rotterdam, South Holland 3013 AK

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Your idea in 54 hours

Startup Weekend is finally coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to Rotterdam! We are collaborating with the local startup eco-system to deliver an amazing experience for entrepreneurs. You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or whom to start with?
  Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.   What do you need to bring?   Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.   Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.   Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:  
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
  Watch the video below to see what you can expect and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!   Still have questions? Feel free to reach us at       
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Friday September 20th

6:30 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 September 21st

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 September 22nd

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

Lars Crama
Founder @ Innovators Inc.

Lars Crama (42) is founder of - a curated network of entrepreneurs and corporate rebels that offer innovation advisory and corporate venture building support He helps leadership teams and ventures in developing their innovation and growth strategies. Lars is a partner at Arches Capital (seed stage venture capital) and he is the private lead for Startup Rotterdam, a public/private initiative to boost entrepreneurship and innovation in the region of Rotterdam the Netherlands.

Lars builds on 18+ years of leadership experience in general management, business development and innovation, working with multinationals such as Vodafone, ING, Unilever and Microsoft. He grew an award winning marketing technology agency from 25 to 250+ people; he launched a Fortune 500 Machine Learning Scale-Up in Europe; he built a 12.000m2 circular economy incubators and he helped countless corporate ventures grow at a leading global startup accelerator.

Lars lived in Shanghai, Cape Town and London and has worked in most regions of the world. He holds an MBA from UCT GSB Cape Town and London Business School. Lars serves on several advisory and supervisory boards and he is a frequent speaker and moderator on topics including customer centricity, corporate innovation and circular economy. But above all he enjoys spending quality time with his wife and kids, walking the dogs and traveling - ideally combined.

Jochebed Kastaneer
Entrepreneur, Transformational Coach and CIC Start Up Visa Coach

Jochebed is founder of Cor Sanante. Cor Sanante has a mission to help individuals leverage the power of living and working Whole Heartedly, by creating coaching- and training programs and custom-made coaching for individuals and professional teams. Jochebed is also a CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) Start Up Visa Coach, helping ambitious entrepreneurs from around the world to found and grow their companies within a year in the Netherlands.

Until recently Jochebed held a senior position at the Entrepreneurship Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs developing both national and European programs and policies focused on improving access to finance, the innovation ecosystem and the Entrepreneurial Mindset.

Coaches and Mentors

Fionna Faulk

Fionna Faulk is Co-Founder and CEO at Recruitsos, a recruitment automation software company (Rockstart FEMTEQ, Venture Lab, and d-LAB ’18). Fionna worked for Toshiba, a Fortune 500 company, to pioneer and start their first ever national, and subsequently international, sales training and on-boarding program.  Fionna's leadership, and has become one of the top-rated corporate training programs in its industry.  

With Recruitsos, Fionna and her team built a B2B SaaS software product from the ground up, while gaining increased interest from the global tech community and generating revenues that have them poised to lay the foundation for their official seed round. 

Fionna has spoken in front of audiences in countries around the world, including: Vienna Austria, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Valencia, Spain, various cities in Mexico, and across USA

Jin Han
Startup Mentor / Investor

Jin’s corporate experiences include Accenture, Ernst & Yong, Siebel Systems, Textkernel and as clients, Samsung, Honeywell, American Express, Princess Cruises, NASA among others. As a country manager for Siebel Systems (now, Oracle) in Korea, he grew the company from $0 in revenue to $21 M in 30 months.

As a mentor, Jin met with nearly 400 start up’s, and coached closely with more than 25 companies across the globe, in US, Asia and Europe.

As an investor, Jin has invested in more than 7 companies in 2018 alone, and continues to grow the portfolio in a measured and qualitative manner. His expertise include management, strategy, scaling the business, optimize operations, sales management, artificial intelligence, program / project management and all things related to start up’s and scale up’s.  

Sergio Seloti.Jr
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sergio Seloti.Jr is Master and PhD in business strategies by Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-SP, BR), focusing his research on strategy and entrepreneurship. He teaches business strategies, entrepreneurship, innovation and new business model related subjects since 2004. Currently works for Rotterdam Business School, teaching innovation and entrepreneurship subjects at the Master in Consultancy and Entrepreneurship. He is also independent business consultant and curator of Facebook business pages such as Storytelling for Entrepreneurs; and Innovative Business ModelsWith more than 20 years of professional experience, he worked in Systems Development from the 90s until the mid-2000s, when he redirected his career to consulting on business strategies and, later, on innovation. 

Sergio Seloti Jr currently has a focus on Entrepreneurship and New Business. His academic training in Administration combined with the experience in the ICT area gives him a strategic vision of innovation with a focus on the future, as well as provide excellent understanding of the entrepreneurial scene and a great power of analysis and proposition of solutions. 

His academic training in Administration combined with the experience in the ICT area gives him a strategic vision of innovation with a focus on the future, as well as provide excellent understanding of the entrepreneurial scene and a great power of analysis and proposition of solutions. 

Jeremy Raes
CEO Lizard Global

Jeremy is the CEO of Lizard Global, a software development company which he co-founded after graduating as a computer scientist from Delft University of Technology. Together with a team of +40 Lizard Global successfully develops award winning software for several local and international startups in various industries such as fin-tech, aviation, travel, maritime and streaming.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Andres
  • Cristina
  • Pira
    Seligman C
  • Simonas
  • Julian


Mircea Vadan
Managing Partner @Activize, Board Member @ClujStartups

Mircea Vadan is managing partner at Activize.Tech and his focus is on acceleration programs and product management consultancy for corporates, startups, accelerators and VC funds. He is working with startup teams on various topics such as idea validation, product shaping, product metrics, go-to-market strategy, business development and investment. Since 2012 he is also involved in the ecosystem as founder of startup-related communities, like Cluj Startups, FreshBlood.Health, Fintech Camp Cluj, Cluj.AI.

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