Techstars Startup Weekend Utrecht 2017

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Utrecht 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Social Impact Factory
Vredenburg 40
Utrecht, Utrecht 3511 BD

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No Talk, all action. Launch a startup in 54 hours!

Have a great idea? Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Want to learn more about startups or expand your professional network? Startup Weekend is the place for you!

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for a feedback on your idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Why should I join?

Expand your professional network, take your own idea from concept to creation, join / build the team, meet experienced, talented and passionate entrepreneurs, follow the latest startups, learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, find business partners or even clients. And of course have fun!

What do I get?

Full meal plan for the whole weekend, the most inspiring co-working place, life music performances, the best 30 minutes workshop with our pitching guru Davit Beckett, 2200+ bestselling nonfiction e-books by Blinkist, branded Startup Weekend t-shirs, bags and other goodies

Our delegated partners and guests include Accenture, Startupbootcamp, Rockstart, Foodora, Gemeente Utrecht and many more, thereby you have all the chances to expand your network!

Prizes and opportunities after the Weekend!

Thanks to our greatest Accelerator Startupbootcamp, who will take your business into a next level! 3 winning teams will be invited to a Fast Track event straight after the Weekend. Meet potential investors, partners and other entrepreneurs!

Thanks to our host Social Impact Factory, giving free office space to our winners and mentors!

Thanks to our annual partner Rockstart who offers 2-month free working space in the heart of Amsterdam!

Thanks to PNO Consultants who would like to award a 1st place winner a subsidy worth € 2500! 

>>> Startup Weekend Utrecht, November 10-12th at Social Impact Factory!

Everyone are welcome to the Pre-Event, October 4th, 7pmDrinks and great talks guaranteed. Get your ticket in advance! P.S. All attendees get a 10% off to the main event in November!

Any questions, please email the team at


Friday November 10th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Let's grab a sandwich

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 November 11th

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 November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Coach David Beckett will help you to prepare for final presenation in 30 minutes!

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
In between relaxing Live Music Performance

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Inez Teunissen
Director Startup Utrecht

Inez is director of StartupUtrecht. StartupUtrecht aims to bring together founders, angels, universities, venture capitalists, creatives, corporates and banks to build and expand the Utrecht startup ecosystem one giant leap at a time. We help startups with acces to capital, corporates (launching customers) and talent. StartupUtrecht is part of StartupDelta.

Inez has a Masters degree in International Business from the University of Maastricht. Inez has experience in general management, business and product development, corporate venturing and marketing and sales.

Richard Van Tilborg
Partner Innovative Technologies @ Ordina SMART

From his fourth year of age Richard was designing technology concepts to make life better. Making innovative concepts/technology applicable, profitable and scalable is a driving force is his life. He combines this passion with vision for the future and social/business insight. He started, designed and growth several (innovative) departments within Ordina. In which he helped startups, scale ups and corporates from inspiration to experimentation, from pilot to scaled profitable environments.

Besides that, Richard is in the board of advisory for Virtual Reality Netherlands, has founded a growing community of 800+ members for Machine Learning Netherlands and has is own Radio Program Smart technology at New Business Radio, in which several startups and corporates tell their innovative stories.

Nathan Kizilirmak
Digital Consultant and Social Entrepreneur

Nathan co-creates user-centric solutions with Fortune Global 500 companies around Digital Transformation, A.I., and Business Model Innovation. Besides that, Nathan is co-founder of a Social Enterprise in Tanzania that empowers +200 farmers to better their livelihood. Prior to joining Accenture, Nathan worked for a Venture Capitalist in Singapore and was Product Manager Asia at a scale-up in Berlin.

Robert van Dortmond
Mentor @ Rockstart, investor and Board member.

Robert is a mentor at Rockstart in Amsterdam and Rockstart Impact in Nepal and Myanmar. He teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam and is, or has been, an investor, coach and board member with various startups. In addition, Robert has extensive experience with recruiting senior executives and building high performance teams. He was a consultant/partner for 27 years with Egon Zehnder, a leading global executive search firm, where he co-founded the firm’s Technology Practice.

Engelbert Pelster
Mentor @Startupbootcamp, Board member

Accomplished and result-oriented professional having extensive experience to stimulate business development, integrate latest technology and discover new areas of opportunities. Proven track record of exceeding substantial business targets with definitive expansion, to raised ultimate organisational growth. Collaborative expert with history of congenial cooperation to harness collective team synergy while coordinating with numerous clients.

Coaches and Mentors

Martijn Leinweber
Space Business Innovation Centre

Martijn is community manager at ESA’s Business Incubation Centre in Noordwijk. He supports startups who are using space technology for #downtoearth applications. Passion for startups, hospitality and sports. Like to try out new tools, to experiment and love to learn new things.

Ewoud Goorts
Co-founder & Head of Operations @ FlorAccess

Ewoud is Founder and Head of Operations at, an online vertical marketplace for the horticulture industry, founded in 2010. Raised in the Netherlands and Spain. Lives to travel while sharing food with (new) friends. Specialized in platforms and product management.

Wendy Mensink
Co-founder & Chief Design Officer @ Viridian Raven

Wendy is a Dutch independent graphic designer who focuses on translating space missions and complex technical content to the public. Next to that, she’s co-founder and designer at Viridian Raven, an application that provides risk assessment for forest management against insect outbreaks, with the use of satellite data.

Wendy graduated from the art academy in Arnhem in graphic design and attended the Space Studies Program at the International Space University.

Jon Woodroof
Cycling Industry & B2B Sales Consultant

Bikes & Tech Since 09. Founder of @twotoneams. We help startups & cycling brands around the world with sales & PR. Also weekly #earlytobedearlytoshred with @rollcallams & co-organizer of @saleshackerams. Formerly SpringestUK & @SpringestDE and led sales @BigNerdRanch in Europe. 

Vincent Hosman
Country Manager @ Foodora

Vincent Hosman is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Foodora, an on-demand restaurant delivery service, in The Netherlands. He has led the team responsible for launching and scaling the business in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Prior to joining Foodora, Vincent was a Strategy Consultant at Accenture working across FMCG, Utilities, Technology and Energy industries.
Vincent earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Masters in International Economics from Utrecht University. He also attended the Rady School of Management at the University of California in San Diego.

Claartje Aarts

ProtoSpace is an innovationlab for early stage prototyping. With 3D printing/designing , industrial design and embedded software ProtoSpace has the skills and equipment to prototype almost all physical productideas.

Claartje’s main focal points as director are strategy, co-design, partnerships and acquisition. Claartje has a background in commercial product development for innovative products.

Guilherme Luttikhuizen dos Santos

Guilherme is the founder of ExamenOverzicht, a company changing the way Dutch students prepare for their final exams of high school. Prior to that, he was an IT Consultant at KPMG. Specialized in business modelling and leveraging strategic partnerships in order to gain traction. Born in Portugal and raised in the Netherlands.

Robert Keus

Co-founded the creative agency Brthrs Agency B.V. Robert is also responsible for the app Scheduled ( concept creation and overall product development. He has overseen the planning and successful execution of several high profile mobile products. A key example is Live TV, a mobile television app with over 1.000.000 downloads. Other examples are the Eneco Sun Simulator App and the Grwo app.

Lynn Spendel
Innovation Consultant and the owner of Pick a Voice

Lynn Spendel is an Innovation Consultant at Van der Meer & Van Tilburg. She coaches young international entrepreneurs and assist them along their entrepreneurial journey. Beside her job as an Innovation Consultant, she has her own international startup, Pick a Voice. Pick a Voice organizes international matchmaking events between NGO's and corporates to raise awareness for smaller NGO's who have a hard time receiving donations or investments. Lynn is also part as a coach of CREA, an international organisation which organises 'Summer Academies' for young entrepreneurs.

Anouar El Haji
Founder and CEO

Anouar El Haji is the founder and CEO of Veylinx. He developed Veylinx to reveal realistic consumer insights using behavioral economics. Before founding Veylinx he was a researcher and lecturer. He has a PhD in Marketing from the University of Amsterdam.

David Beckett
Chief Pitch Coach, Owner

David Beckett has coached over 500 Startups to pitch, and between them they've won over €125 Million investment. He has also coached over 30 Pitch Competition winners. David is a TEDx speech coach, the author of the book, Three Minute Presentation, and the creator of The Pitch Canvas©.

Arjen Krijt
Lead Blockchain Consultant

Arjen is a business consultant experienced in strategic innovations and implementations. He currently focuses on blockchain technology and works with companies to develop and implement new applications. In his work he has learned to create and present new ideas. He can use his experience to improve the business side of startup propositions.

Jack Burg

Jack is a true entrepeneur, proven by the fact that he lead Arlande to be a steady growing and solid consulting firm. He knows exactly what matters in the consulting business. He is able to overlook the big picture and translates and breaks this down into workable projects, Aligning the right people, both Arlande consultants as well as clients employees, is another asset.

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The Techstars Startup Weekend Utrecht 2017 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 Utrecht is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Cindy Spelt

Passionate about building connections with people and bringing people together around purpose driven projects.

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Gunnar Zwart

Gunnar is freelance designer, filmmaker, and content creator, based in Utrecht. 

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