Startup Weekend Utrecht

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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Startup Weekend Utrecht

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Utrecht, Netherlands

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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? Startup Weekend is the place for you!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether you found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. 


Friday November 13th

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

6:00 pm
Time for a delicious meal! Yum...

6:45 pm
Introduction to Startup Weekend
All the details you need to know to get ready to work and interview with former winner Henk Beijert.

7:30 pm
Keynote with Vincent Hoogsteder
Co-founder and CEO of app analytics company Distimo, aquired last year by App Annie.

8:00 pm
Start pitching!
Those who want to pitch their ideas will be on stage. Best voted ideas get ready for team formation.

9:30 pm
Form teams!
It's time to team up and gather all the skills needed to take the idea forwards.

10:00 pm
Action begins!
Start working ASAP.

Saturday November 14th

8:30 am
Venue opens
Get ready to start the day.

9:00 am
Breakfast with mentors
Energizing breakfast with a morning coffee dose. Join mentor tables on one of the 3 different topics to choose: 1) Lean & Customer Development 2) Rapid Prototyping for Marketeers 3) Building a Minimum Viable Product

10:00 am
Mentors join teams
Mentors can provide deep dive feedback to your current challenges.

12:30 pm
Pitch your progress and grab a bite.

7:00 pm
Progress status check-in and exotic dinner. We will announce our menu soon!

8:00 pm
Belgium beers
Special Belgium beers for a hard day of work.

Sunday November 15th

8:30 am
Venue opens
Get ready to start the day.

10:00 am
Breakfast with mentors
Energizing breakfast with a morning coffee dose. Join mentor tables on one of the 3 different topics to choose: 1) Pitching Class 2) Business Models 3) Selling to Early Customers

11:00 am
Mentors join teams
Mentors can provide deep dive feedback to your current challenges.

12:30 pm
Grab a quick bite!

2:30 pm
Presentation feedback
Tips from mentors to fine-tune your final presentation.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
This is the moment... to rock.

7:00 pm
Keynote with very special guest
To be announced ;-)

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Exotic dinner. We will announce our menu soon!

9:00 pm
Wrap-up drinks
Also known as networking.


Vincent Hoogsteder
Co-founder & CEO @Distimo

Vincent started his first company while studying and has the startup virus ever since. In 2009 he co-founded analytics company Distimo. Self-funded and profitable the team grew to 50 across six offices in Amsterdam, London, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and Seoul. Wellington Partners joined as first investor in early 2014 and Distimo was acquired by App Annie in May 2014. Vincent holds a MSc degree in Business Information Technology from Twente University and is currently gearing up his next adventure.

Event Judges

Oscar Kneppers
Founder @Rockstart

Oscar launched, guided, developed and successfully sold a series of media companies (like Emerce and Bright), which eventually led to founding something different from corporates: Rockstart gives the best support for startups in their first 1000 days. Apart from that, Oscar is a licensed Level-1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and teaches 3 classes a week, also on Thursdays at Rockstart.

Tijs Markusse
Utrechtinc & StartupJuncture

Tijs gets up and goes to bed with the though of 'STARTUPS' on his mind. Even when he sleeps, he dreams about business models, customer development, agile management, lean startup, ... Because of his passion for tech startups he lived in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, for a year. Now he works at Utrechtinc and focuses on supporting startups with product, team and market growth. He is also founding member and editor of StartupJuncture.

Nikos Kalliagkopoulos
VC @Prime Ventures

Nick started his career as an investment analyst at Dutch Expansion Capital (DC), a venture capital first investing in high tech companies, before joining the team that founded Startupbootcamp HighTechXL, an accelerator program for global high tech startups. Nick has since worked at the Randstad Innovation Fund, the corporate venture capital fund of the Randstad Group, investing in early stage companies active in shaping the world of work.

Herman Kienhuis
Founder @River Venture Partners

Former strategist, M&A dealmaker and digital business developer. Founder of SanomaVentures. Now mentor and advisor at StartupBootcamp and starting up RIVER Venture Partners to support investors and entrepreneurs in building digital businesses. Proud father of three teenagers, musicmaker, vintage geek.

Coaches and Mentors

Bas van Ooijen
Co-Founder at Owlin

Owlin is a new way of detecting events, analyzing the web and ranking news, going beyond existing solutions. Users no longer have to search for news - relevant news is pushed straight to their dashboard. The system shows real-time in-depth analysis of the news topics, the online buzz and reliability. Enabling users to be better informed and react faster if strikes, high-impact publicity or disasters happen.

Casper Bakker
Co-founder & CEO @ Picqer

I am a serial tech entrepreneur, starting my first company at the age of 15. At this moment I am working on Picqer. I have a lot of experience in building internet infrastructure and B2B web applications. Both in technical terms as well as in product development.

Christoph Auer-Welsbach
Tech Startup Advisor

I comment on tech industry issues frequently and share best practices for high-growth startups on going from tested idea to scalable company, and comment on current tech subjects. I’m advisor to PitchXOAsset MappingCupenyaUndeveloped, startup accelerator mentor & investor, and curator of the Startup Digest Amsterdam. Besides my home in Austria, I spent time in San Francisco @GSVlabs, London @Enitq(@Level39), and Amsterdam @Rockstart creating & running successful startup accelerators and other innovation programs. 

Dominik Blattner
Co-founder & CEO @ Cupenya

After working as an enterprise consultant, in 2013 I started Cupenya, where Artificial Intelligence meets Customer Service. My main focus is our vision, go-to-market strategy as well as to transition our business model from an enterprise market with few clients but big contracts and long sales cycles into the SMB SaaS market.

Being a mentor for SWUtrecht since a couple of years, I'm excited to get to know and support this year's teams.

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.

Freerk Bisschop
Program Director @ Rockstart Smart Energy

Henk Beijert
Founder @ GreenBricks

With GreenBricks Henk wants to transform all homes and buildings into healthy and sustainable living spaces. After winning Startup Weekend Utrecht with GreenBricks in 2014, Henk and his co-founder Johan have been developing and experimenting with an online platform. After multiple software iterations turning their vision into a business with lots of opportunities. Now with a team of 10 talented young people, peer funded and with 15 launching customers and partners GreenBricks are piloting and finetuning the business model.   

Startup Weekend inspired Henk to build a local startup community in Zwolle. Thats why he founded Launchlab, helping other startups by sharing everything he learned along the way. Launchlab is the local tech startup community where purpose driven entrepreneurs and a growing support network work together and help each other succeed.    

Expect some magic from our local startup scene and watch out for a Startup Weekend Zwolle edition in 2017!

Jeroen Arts
Co-founder & CEO @ Deskbookers

Cheerful, motivated, hard-working and eager to learn. Travelgeek and sportsenthusiast.

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. 

Loet Rammelsberg
Co-founder & CEO @Vicancy

Loet is a very smart and energetic entrepreneur, full of ideas and vision, nevertheless capable of keeping promises and getting his company aligned to fulfil its expectations. Ask him questions about scaling up your operations, developing a sales team and getting funding arranged.

Martijn Geerlings
Head of Sales @ Optimizely, previously Google

During his studies in Political Science Martijn fell in love with the democratic powers of the web and held different roles at local startups. All of them rather undefined. After graduation he decided that internet is a lot more exciting than the municipality and left Amsterdam to go work for Google where worked on different products in different cities over the course of five years. About a year ago he joined Optimizely when they opened up their EMEA HQ in Amsterdam where he now heads up business development for the BNLX & Nordic markets. Get a hold of Martijn if you want to learn more about search advertising, conversion optimization and how these tools can be used for low-cost testing of ideas & functionalities.

Quentin Lacointa
Growth Coach & Social Partner at @GrowthTribe | Founder

Paul Stomph
Co-Founder & CEO @ Qwiksense

I am a dreamer and enthusiast. The minute I graduated in Building Engineering in 2011, I ran to the Chamber of Commerce and never worked under a boss ever since. The regular 9 to 5 thing doesn’t interest me, neither does the pursuing of someone else’s bestowed vision. When my first startup became a fact I participated in several programs like UtrechtInc, Climate-KIC accelerator and Rockstart Accelerator as the CEO & Co-Founder of QwikSense B.V.

Willem Overbosch
Founder and Chief Storyteller @dutchnetworkgrp @mkbservicedesk | @dezaak | @zzpservicedesk

William Viveen
Co-Founder StuComm

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Utrecht 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.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Dwight
  • Jean Pierre
  • Maya
  • Kathryn
  • Karin
    van Soest
  • Camille
  • Monika
  • Leona


Alistair Shepherd

We have the pleasure to introduce you to Alistair Shepherd from UK who will facilitate the weekend. Alistair Shepherd started his second company, Saberr, at a startup weekend in Seattle two years ago and it's still going strong! He's also a Global Scholar and Fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Startup Weekend Facilitator and Research Fellow, an Engineering Researcher and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Southampton, a guest lecturer at the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Southampton and is also the Chairman of the Board for the Student Kitesurfing Association.

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