Startup Weekend Utrecht

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Utrecht

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

(Jaarbeurs BeatrixGebouw entrance)
Floor 6
Croeselaan 6
Utrecht city, Utrecht 3521 CA

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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 11th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Kick Off
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, sponsors and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:30 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 until midnight when the venue will close.

Saturday November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:30 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!

7:00 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 until midnight when the venue will close.

Sunday November 13th

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 and practice your pitch.

3:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

8:30 pm

8:45 pm
Judging & Awards

9:15 pm
Closing Celebration
Close off the weekend with some drinks.

10:30 pm
Go home! ;)

Event Judges

Marc Wesselink
Managing Partner @Startupbootcamp

Serial Entrepreneur, started 12 companies in FMCG, Home Electronics, Healthcare, E-Commerce, HR and Finance, failed 4 times. Because of this, he has an in depth knowledge on many fields which can help entrepreneurs to maintain a 360 degree view on their business. He is a motivator, business coach, critical optimist. With his skills and experience, he is currently in charge of selecting Startups for the Accelerator programs in Amsterdam and helping the 72 alumni from Startupbootcamp Amsterdam with the execution of their business. In that capacity he sees over 1.000 startups a year and trying to help if possible. Currently trying to set up the biggest Europe Based Startup Seed Investment Fund.

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.

Joost Brinkman
Lead Accenture Sustainability Services Benelux

Joost is Director Sustainability Services Benelux at Accenture. Joost has deep experience in Renewables, Innovation and Smart Cities. Before picking up the groundbreaking EU Transform project, Joost was program manager of Amsterdam Smart City. Besides Accenture Joost is in the board of the Green Business Club, a non profit impact organization. Joost graduated at the Delft University of Technology: 1996 (Applied Physics, specialized in Nuclear Reactor Physics).

Wendelien Loopik
Business innovation lead

Wendelien is a passionate, result-oriented business innovator who loves to launch and scale smart and sustainable product-service combinations, and to create conditions for cross-disciplinary value networks to work together in an effective way.

She has over 15 years of experience in innovation leadership, working as intrapreneur for corporates and small businesses in 
health & wellbeing, consumer durables and insurances. She has been at the forefront of business solutions like Senseo, Philips Personal Digital Health and Menzis Leefkracht, to address social challenges, enable people to achieve a better everyday life and create healthy communities. Her current focus is on leading customer-included innovation and transformation programs in the domain of health & wellbeing, evangelizing lean startup and agile. In addition, Wendelien teaches Ashtanga yoga in Utrecht.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Dwight Gunning
Tech Adventurer

Dwight is an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur currently based in Amsterdam. A technologist at heart, he has launched several web and mobile companies in the fields of transport and education. He has also been active as a Startup Weekend organiser and facilitator since 2010.

Freerk Bisschop
Program Director @ Rockstart Smart Energy

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.

Yannis Gonianakis
Senior Software Engineer @ eBay Inc

Equipped with the bittersweet experience of joining a startup company in the beginning of his career, Yannis continued his journey into professional software engineering. In his current role at eBay Inc, he is creating robust services that enable trading for millions of people. 

Melinda Jacobs
Entrepreneur and User Psychology Expert

Melinda S. Jacobs, M.A. is an entrepreneur and user experience expert specializing in changing behaviour through play and games. She started consulting and creating digital experiences for companies in 2011 and based on this passion she founded her own company Subatomic. She frequently gives talks and workshops on product design, gamification, and play around the world. In her free time she is an avid reader, beer brewer, and N7 paragon.

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.

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!

Manja Weitjens
Product & Business Developer @ Chamber of Commerce

Works at the Chamber of Commerce and is a result driven and creative product developer. Can shape your idea with power and enthusiasm. Expertise is in generating ideas, marketing, networking and presenting.

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.

Elmar Weber
CTO at Amboss

Elmar is CTO at Amboss, a startup that makes medical knowledge accessible and helps healthcare professionals to improve medical care for patients world wide. For five years before that he was co-founder and CTO at Cupenya, an Amsterdam startup that helps enterprises to improve customer service using AI. In the old days he helped companies like SAP or HP to overcome big data and machine learning challenges. In his spare time he plays golf and works on open source projects to sharpen his handicap and coding skills.

Elmar attended and mentored multiple Startup Weekends and is looking forward to share his experience in Berlin.

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

  • Cindy
  • Rehan
  • Floran
    van der Harst
  • Madelein
  • Karin
    van Soest
  • Renate
  • Ruby
  • Martijn
  • Nasra
  • Kartika


Stavros Messinis
Startup Weekend Facilitator

Stavros is a sought after Startup Weekend facilitator who enjoys the economic empowerment aspect of the events worldwide.
Founder of The Cube Athens, a startup cluster in Athens, he also works in the maker space by hosting events and mentoring young startups.

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