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 4:00 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

4:00 pm

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

6:40 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:50 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 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 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.

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.

Leon Pals
Founder @ Startup Foundation

Founder and director of Startup Foundation and Progress Bar co-working spaces.

Leon has introduced and popularised the Lean Startup methodology and other modern entrepreneurship techniques across Europe through practical workshop events, very much like Startup Weekend, called Startup Academy  Through this work, Leon has had the pleasure to coach, introduce and otherwise help thousands of first-time founders, to those with multiple exits under their belt.

With the independent non-profit called Startup Foundation, he has also setup initiatives such as Startup ChatStartup Deals and Startup Curated  which together serve and more importantly; connect, over a hundred thousand startup founders across the globe.

Ohad Gilad
Entrepreneur & Investor

Ohad Gilad is an entrepreneur, an investor, an advisor, a connector and a Startup Changemaker. He is influencing the Dutch startup ecosystem with Keadyn, his venture capital firm; 42workspace, the leading tech cowork hub of Rotterdam; Angel Academy, an education course for angel investors and WeTechRotterdam, a platform to build the next European tech powerhouse. All these companies together are changing and boosting the Dutch startup ecosystem. Ohad is often active at startup / innovation events and communities, as changemaker, jury or advisor. 

Coaches and Mentors

Khizar Naeem
Head of Integrations @ Starred

Startup and Extreme sports enthusiast. Khizar works as Head of Integrations at Starred, a feedback scale-up in Amsterdam. Khizar has been involved in Startup Weekend since 2013 as a participant, volunteer, organizer, and facilitator. 

Murray Gray

Murray’s focus is on contributing to the creation of a new economy that is sustainable and inclusive, worksing at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and positive social and environmental impact. He does this through the co-creation, development and growth of new ventures creating positive social and environmental impact - helping both larger enterprises transform and ventures for good to grow.

From teen experiments in entrepreneurship and music, Murray started his career in investment banking and consulting. He then spent the majority of his 20s in entrepreneurship.

Gijs Bolhuis
Startup Program Manager @ TNW

Gijs has always been fascinated with the latest technologies and loves to think about how we can use technology to make the world a better place for everyone. As the head of the startup program at TNW Gijs speaks to the companies that are building the future on a daily basis and do my best to help them achieve their goals. 

Fionna Faulk
Founder @ Recruitsos

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 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. 

Eldridge Labinjo
Speaking Coach

After a successful international career as a neoclassical Ballet dancer, followed by 5 years formal retraining in text theatre and another 5 years becoming a Master coach of Strategic Intervention, Eldridge now works with various high ranking elected officials in both the European Parliament and the U.K. Parliament.

He is the external communications consultant for Unite the Unions political department candidate trainings program.
Gives master classes across Europe for Climate-KIC international and various universities such as Erasmus.
He is also one of three Statutory Directors of the Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation (D&CW)

Carolina Vargas

Carolina Vargas is Master in Digital Strategies and Communications and is near completing her Media Innovation Masters at the Breda University of Applied Science. Carolina's areas of expertise include visual communication, corporate branding, multimedia and UI design. She has lead and participated in a range of creative projects in Colombia and Europe in a multi-cultural setting, achieving milestones for brands and teams  and has expert knowledge of structuring ideas and identifying points to create impact that delivers a final product worthy of the stamp 'excellence'. 

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
  • Simonas


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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