Interview: Meet Startup Weekend Zwolle facilitator Jen Riedel

10/30/2017 | By Jos Veldwijk

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co


At November 10th, Startup Weekend is coming to Zwolle. This is quite special, for a number of reasons. First of all, it's the very first edition in our city. Second, this year is the 10th anniversary of Startup Weekend. And third, our facilitator Jen Riedel is from the USA!

Startup Weekend facilitators have an important role. Basicly they manage and lead local events, so attendees have a great learning experience. However, facilitators do a lot more behind the scenes!

What about our facilitator Jen Riedel?

We decided to ask her some questions to get to know her a little better:

#1 What should we know about you? 

I absolutely love working with brand new teams at the early ideation stages. In the last 5 years, I've worked with numerous early-stage companies to help them with conceptualizing and actualizing their business. More generally, I have experience working with Fortune 500 companies, co-working spaces, building communities from the ground up, taking a four person startup team through an acquisition, and working in design consulting. You should also know that I love using design thinking frameworks, I'm trained in leading rapid prototyping workshops, and I drink more coffee than anyone I know.

#2 What brings you to Startup Weekend Zwolle?

Truthfully, one of my incredible colleagues at Techstars spoke so highly of the Zwolle organizing team, I couldn't resist the invitation! Secondly, I've never had the opportunity to facilitate in Europe and I'm thrilled to learn how you approach innovation. I am also keen to share the knowledge I've picked up in my 17+ Startup Weekend experiences in the US and Canada.

#3 A lot of people think about attending Startup Weekend Zwolle. Why should they join this event?

This event will no doubt transform your life. There are various and wondrous ways this can happen. A few I can think of off the top of my head are anything from finally getting over your fear of pitching your idea to a room full of people to possibly altering your career path in order to start a company with people you meet during this program. You might meet a new friend, a lifelong mentor, validate your idea, find a new job, and I guarantee you will walk away with an experience like no other.

#4 What do you like to say to the people in Zwolle Area?

If this has sparked your curiosity even slightly, come on out! This event is for you no matter what background, age, or experience level you may have. That is the beauty of Startup Weekend after all.

Interested to attend Startup Weekend Zwolle? Click here to claim your ticket

Image: Flickr/bayerberg


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