Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Netherlands

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Netherlands

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Build a Startup to Fight Covid-19 in 54 hours!

Bring Your Idea To Reality in 54 hours! 

As we are facing special times we all need to re-think and face the "new normal", so we are bringing you Techstars Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Netherlands to your home! Startup Weekends are 54-hour online events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs, they help you understand and develop your entrepreneurial skills - you'll connect with amazing mentors, industry experts, founders, and partners who are ready to help you get started. For the first time a series of online Techstars Startup Weekends are run at a country level, focused on developing solutions that directly tackle COVID-19 related challenges. 

Do you have an idea on future of education, a solution to tackle the health challenges, a sustainable way to keep businesses going in times of crisis or connecting and support communities in your network or surroundings? Not sure how to get started or who to start with? Or do you have great skills or knowledge you want to contribute with by joining a team? Amazing! This Online Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to do so, join a team formed across the Netherlands, validate your idea, create a prototype and receive feedback from experienced mentors, e.g. entrepreneurs as well as tech, business and specialised experts in the relevant vertical industries. 

Why Startup Weekend? Because this event is not only about bringing together developers who can work on software-based solutions for the crisis. It’s an opportunity for everyone interested in the topic to inspire and be inspired and to work together on developing inclusive solutions. Here is the website for more details

Tickets to register your place for the event are completely free but you are able to make a donation, which will go to an organization selected by the Techstars, tackling the COVID-19 crisis. If you wish to make a donation, simply add any amount you wish to donate to the ‘Donation’ ticket option. 

Please note: In true Startup Weekend spirit, the ideas you submit should not be existing businesses but new projects. They can but do not necessarily be directly related the current COVID-19 situation. Find more answers to your potential questions in our Attendee FAQ.

Come join us and become and be part of a great community and connect to others around the world!


  1. You register for the Online Startup Weekend Netherlands via Eventbrite.
  2. If you want to contribute an idea, you submit it via Google Form by Wednesday April 22nd, at 6 pm CET. Please have a look into the ticket confirmation from Eventbrite, the Google Form link will be integrated there.
  3. A panel of mentors will vote and select the top ideas to move forward for the weekend team will be working on.
  4. 24 hours before the Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Netherlands starts, the top selected ideas are communicated to all attendees and you have one day to form teams on the Discord platform. More details will be communicated to the participants who have signed up. 
  5. The Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Netherlands will be kicked-off by the organising team (via Youtube Livestream) on Friday April 24th at TBC time. You will be provided some introductory information, then you are able to start working with your team right away.
  6. On Saturday April 25th, you’ll get support and feedback on your ideas and projects by our experienced mentors.
  7. On Sunday April 26th at 12 pm, each team submits their idea with a video via Google Form. Our judges will watch those videos and vote on the top 10 teams. Those 10 teams will be invited to a live virtual Demo Day in the evening time. Then, the results will be announced.

What will happen after the Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Netherlands

Techstars will select up to 20 teams from all the country level winners and invite them to participate in an exclusive Techstars Innovation Bootcamp. The program will surround teams with the frameworks, mentorship, and resources necessary to rapidly identify and validate solutions effectively to help you do more, faster!

In addition, there will be local prizes for the Online Startup Weekend COVID-19 Netherlands edition. Stay tuned, details coming soon.

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Wednesday April 22nd

6:00 pm
Deadline to submit your idea
Submit your idea via Google Form until Wednesday April 22nd, at 6 pm CET. Please have a look into the ticket confirmation from Eventbrite, the Google Form link will be sent there.

Thursday April 23rd

6:00 pm
Deadline for Mentors For Voting Ideas
Mentors need to submit their votes on the top selected ideas that will be worked on during this weekend.

6:30 pm
Ideas Selection Announce & Form Teams
The top selected ideas will be announced on Discord. We invite all participants to start forming their teams.

Friday April 24th

6:00 pm
Event kick-off on Youtube Live
See you there!

7:30 pm
Start working :)
Get to know your team, define roles and a way of working together as a team, and get started on brainstorming.

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Goodmorning :)
Get to work with your team.

11:00 am
Mentors start working with teams
Two mentors have been assigned to your team for the weekend, time to check in with them.

12:00 pm
LIVE Q&A on Youtube Live
Marketing & Communications with Cheryl and Robin from HightechXL.

12:30 pm
Mindfulness session
Mindfulness session with breathing technique for work & life balance by WeWell Consulting

12:45 pm
Take a lunch break!

3:00 pm
Mentors check in with their teams

5:00 pm
"Preparing your Startup Weekend pitch" with expert David Beckett

6:00 pm
Education & EdTech with Jos Dirkx

Sunday April 26th

9:00 am
Goodmorning :)

10:00 am
Mentors check in with teams

12:00 pm
Final Submission
Deadline for teams to submit your video pitch.

1:00 pm
Judge deliberation
Judges select the winners from the video submissions.

1:00 pm
Desk stretches
Desk stretches to ease the neck and back pain + breathing exercise by WeWell Consulting.

3:00 pm
Pitches, winners & wrap-up.
Invite your friends to join us on Youtube Live.

5:00 pm
Online networking on Discord

Event Judges

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. 

Sophie Op den Kamp
Managing Director TNW spaces

Sophie’s in charge of overseeing the growth and impact of TNW’s tech hubs, community and program. Before this, Sophie was in the lead of TNW Conference and lectured Marketing Communications at the University of Amsterdam.

Hub Jongen
Startup Support Director at WorldStartup

"Hub Jongen is an experienced entrepreneur who supports international impact-driven start-ups, scale-ups, SME's, and corporates with the development of bright ideas and turning them into a real business, using methods like Lean Startup and Design Thinking. He is striving to add value by connecting people, knowledge, and ideas"

Mehrdad Omidvar
CEO and Senior Lecturer

Mehrdad has held various strategic & commercial leadership positions in the Medical sector, Academic world, Healthcare, R&D and Pharma industry. Mehrdad is CEO at Life Science Business Ltd and also Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation MedTech and HealthTech (Executive MBA program and Startups program). He has studied at various universities in the Netherlands and is (co-)inventor of several innovative medical technologies, such as: 1) Dutch Bio- electronic Neurodegenerative Filter Technology, for Parkinson's patients. 2) Bionic Neurodegenerative Tremors Blocking System for Restless legs patients. 3) Biomaterial against stent thrombosis in heart patients. 4) POC test for measuring arterial stiffness. 5) Bionic Adjustable Gastric Band.

Coaches and Mentors

Elianne Oei
Co-founder, Investor, Consultant

Since being little I've always said I'd help change the world - I love helping people increase their impact in the world, developing creative solutions and getting stuff done – no matter what the odds are. I started my career in strategy consulting at Deloitte in the Netherlands. Since then, I have worked across countries, cultures, continents and industries on complex (think big and hairy) problems and major turnarounds, requiring organisational insight, strong analytical skills and stakeholder engagement. Lately I have been in the investor seat and am on a mission to democratize wealth through, for starters, revenue based financing deals for impact-driven founders & investors. An adventurer at heart I live to explore and travel, both through work and play.

Paul van Bommel
Co-Founder & COO

I've worked in first generation tech companies for many years (eBay, Twitter, Google, Rocket Internet), as an enterprise sales executive, and later as a sales director. I've also mentored other early-stage successful startups, and now am co-founder & COO of Geowox, where we are reimagining real estate valuations.

My main area of expertise is in finding and working with potential clients (Validation, Product/Market fit validation, Sales). Also, i've extensive operational (Hiring, Managing, Venture Capital) experience.

Cheryl Boyd
Marketing Communications Lead / Co-founder

Cheryl is an American entrepreneur who moved to the Netherlands in 2016 to start an online media company, Dispatches Europe, a lifestyle and information publication for English-speaking expats in Europe. Cheryl and her husband Terry, a lifelong journalist, manage Dispatches Europe and provide marketing communications services to HighTechXL and other high-tech and deep-tech startups and scale-ups. Cheryl is a seasoned writer, editor and marketer passionate about developing content strategies and helping startups craft their stories.

Mari Järvinen
Co-Founder of Profounder for Startups, Entrepreneur and a Startup enthusiast

Mari is an organizational psychologist with a background in organizational development, leadership research, conflict resolution and personnel assessments. In recent years she has worked with, for and among startups in Finland and Amsterdam, helping them create a solid foundation for success.

Tina Yazdi

Tina Yazdi’s experience ranges from B2C new market launches to B2B product analytics strategy. She started in advertising as a strategist for multinational omnichannel marketing campaigns in EMEA, before becoming an early joiner at Careem (ride hailing company) as a market launcher. Since then, she’s joined Amplitude focused on new market growth. She can support on new market launches, product analytics and B2B SaaS go to market strategy.

Daniel Palmer
Managing Partner

I'm a business designer that helps companies see things from the perspectives of desirability, viability, and feasibility, so that they can build meaningful ventures. I combine customer experience, business modeling, and storytelling to create innovative business cases and great pitches.

Marie Weijler
Investment Manager

Marie Weijler (28) is an investment manager at Cottonwood Technology Fund, a Dutch-American venture capital fund that invests in high-tech and hardware startups. She is currently the only female hardware investor from the Netherlands. Furthermore, Marie is the Chief Legal Officer of LipoCoat, a biotech scale-up. In 2019, Marie was included in the annual Forbes 30 Under 30: Europe list in the Finance category. She is the first Dutch citizen who made it to the list in this category.

Els de Jong
Startup Coach

I am a startup coach at Holland Startup. My background is in innovation, which gives me the strenght to understand the potential and the hurdles of the process of bringing an innovative product/service to the market and all steps in between. I am passionate about the customer centric approach and convinced this is of vital importance for a startup.

Corrinke Boon
Lean Startup Coach

I get my energy from connecting the right people. Transforming crazy ideas into valid business models. Challenging people every day to get the best out of themselves and their team. Getting them to the point where they surpass their own expectations (and my own). Together making I’m a passionate, hyper-enthusiastic generalist. Moved by the way people think. Driven by impact. Rebelling by challenging the status quo. Experienced in (new) business development, effective communication (online, in conversations, and pitching), corporate-startup collaborations. Background in and passion for (sustainable) food.

Helen Argyrou
Peak Performance Expert, Executive Coach

Clinical Psychologist, Peak Performance expert and WOMEN OF TRUTH Epic female leadership Visibility Inner circle. Heleniq is innovated various awarded projects in 13 countries, elevated the visibility of over 160 women in bespoke conferences. Believing in a researched approach she has interviewed over 80 for her research to do so and deeply understand the needs of high achieving entrepreneurs and those they can inspire.

Jos Dirkx
CEO and Co-founder

Jos Dirkx is CEO and co-founder Beenova AI, Faculty at Singularity University, an international public speaker, author and world-traveller. Originally from The Netherlands, Jos was born in Brazil and has since lived in twelve countries across the world, having visited near 100. Jos founded an award-winning organization in South Africa and co-launched a mobile health app that provides free, daily health information - Jos is passionate about technology, creativity and building scalable solutions that change the world.

Orfeuo Lionor
Startup and Corporate Innovation Consultan

Orfy Lionor is a freelance Startup and Corporate innovation consultant based in Amsterdam. Having worked with cofounders and teams from the corporate, scaleup and startup world, academia, government, early-stage investors, consultancies, venture builders and accelerators, he is familiar with the pitfalls of launching new ventures.

Robin van Scheijndel
Community Manager

Robin (mentor on website) wants to update his bio to this: Coming from a background of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Management, I enjoy mobilizing communities to drive innovation forward. My key focus and interest lies in working on projects that make a global impact. I am passionate about (deep-)tech, developing business models and market opportunities and cross-cultural collaborations to stimulate the adoption of disruptive innovation.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Online Startup Weekend Unite to Fight Covid-19 Netherlands 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 Rotterdam is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Andres
  • Camille
  • Jeanet
  • Pira
  • Reindert
  • Yulia
  • Daria


Camille Grotenbreg

 Our facilitator of the weekend! 

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