Techstars Startup Weekend Zwolle 2017

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Zwolle 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Hanz
Hanzeplein 11-27
Zwolle, Netherlands 8017JD

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Share your ideas. Learn new skills. Expand your network. Build a startup in 54 hours!

What is Startup Weekend? 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same model: you are welcome to pitch an idea and receive feedback from your 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 entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for feedback.

This weekend is all about action, innovation, fun and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most popular ideas. We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!

Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!

Sunday evening: Teams demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!

Why should you 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!

Please note:

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event (Friday 5pm-Sunday 10pm)
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night
  • 7 meals plus coffee for the whole weekend
  • Snacks and drinks for the whole weekend
  • 2 Workshops from our sponsors/partners
  • 1 Legendary Branded Startup Weekend Zwolle t-shirt
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Feedback from first class Startup Weekend Jury
  • Mentoring from startup entrepreneurs & experts

Prizes & opportunities after Startup Weekend Zwolle

  • One year of free support by our Gold Sponsor Deloitte
  • Launchlab support at your choice - valued at € 1500
  • Wakeboarding arrangement at our sponsor LakeSide Zwolle
  • StrengthFinder Analysis from our sponsor Strengths To Conncet
  • Support for setting up your Crowd Funding Campaign
  • Some of the best books about Startup Entrepreneurship
BONUS: Access to Fast Track event from Startup Bootcamp! Your opportunity to meet potential investors, partners and other entrepreneurs!

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>> REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES IS NOW CLOSED <<

Click here to claim your ticket to visit the final presentations!

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Do you have a question?

Please contact the organizing team:
  • via whatsapp: +31 6 83 86 96 22
  • via Good' old email: zwolle@startupweekend.org

How to join Startup Weekend Zwolle?

Click here to get your ticket for the final presentations!

>> REGISTRATION FOR ATTENDEES IS NOW CLOSED <<





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


5:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat pizza, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Kickoff
Welcome from lead organizer and event Facilitator Jen Riedel. Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Jen Riedel
Regional Manager, Startup Programs

Jen is a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. 

Previously, Jen was the Director of Operations at a design consulting firm and a health tech startup. She has also dabbled in event management, sales, travel writing, and wellness coaching. Jen is from Raleigh, NC, and attended her first Startup Weekend in 2013. She has an appetite for creating experiences worth having, outdoor activities, and travel!

Event Judges


Kees Froeling
DGA / Firestarter StudioWHY



Petro Vosselman
Director SME Deloitte

Director of SME Deloitte Zwolle, 20+ years experience in accountancy & management, boosts innovation


Harm Jan Luth
Co-founder REBBLS and UX Lead at Xebia

Harm Jan Luth has championed UX for over fifteen years, working as a user experience designer, user researcher, strategist, and mentor. He designs experiences for startups to multinational corporations and recently co-founded REBBLS, a company that designs digital brands, products and experiences. An evangelist of user-centered design, you can connect and follow Harm Jan on Medium.com, or find him on LinkedIn.


Tom Koenderman
Founder Cloudgarden

Tom Koenderman the founder of Cloud Garden. With a background in both Biology and Business Economics he now combines both. Cloud Garden, a Zwolle based development company, spends its time creating technology that combines science and nature with high-tech systems. Together with his multi-disciplinary team, Tom aims to create a new generation of living technology that benefits the well-being of people. His friends often say: "Tom, you are such a nerd", he tries to hide it well, but start talking about science and technologie and you will find out. 


Marius Nijland
Owner of Seven Stars and Arcady

Seven Stars is one of the fastest growing companies in The Netherlands (FD Gazellen)


Coaches and Mentors


Sebastiaan Heijne
Co-Founder at Signkick

Signkick Co-founder Sebastiaan Heijne is a London-based Dutch entrepreneur with 15 years of e-commerce experience and a lifetime of passion for technology.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Sales strategy, Growth Hacking, Coding, e-commerce, Outdoor advertising

In my "free" time I currently advise & support the Dutch government, mentor at numerous accelerators, guide some cool startups, teach at the HULT university and am quite often a speaker to warn - sorry… inspire budding new entrepreneurs!


Arjan Yspeert
Owner Yspeert Marketing

Arjan Yspeert is an Internet marketeer with a broad experience in the use of offline marketing tools as well. Travels up and down between strategy, tactical and operational activities.
Tactics and operations meaning traffic and conversion improvement for websites and apps: seo, sea, linkbuilding, affiliate, e-mailshots, social media campaigning and the likes.
Deeply interested in mentoring internet start-ups (webapps) as they 'blow his mind'. He loves to see young, bright developers, designers and marketeers come together in an effort to improve software and take the world by storm.


Jaline Laarman
Financial Advisor at Deloitte

Expert in financial data analysis and automation of administration processes to save time and money.


Elmar Weber
CTO & Co-Founder of Cupenya

Elmar is the CTO and Co-Founder of Cupenya, a company that enables companies to provide better customer support through immediate answers. He works since over 10 years with everything, tech and a focus on big data and machine learning.

Elmar attended multiple Startup Weekends and won the 2014 Startup Weekend Utrecht with the Greenbricks team and is looking forward to share his experience as a mentor this year.

In his free time he plays golfs and works on open source project to sharpen his handicap and coding skills.



Maarten Goddijn
Startup Founder Founderz & Incrowdz

15 years experience with startups and founder of 6 startups 


Eelco Bakker
Chairman @ Foundation 'De Noorderlingen'

Over the last 5 years he has developed several entrepreneurship programs for Universities and local governments (De Noorderlingen, TopProgramma Drenthe). Within these programs they combine aspects of lean start-up, effectuation and a coaching and expert support program. Next to these programs he supports businesses that are in need of (growth) capital, to find an informal investor or start-up a crowdfunding campaign. Over the years he has seen thousands of ideas, hundreds of start-ups and dozens of succesfull businesses. His goal is to support start-up entrepreneurs in the early stage, get them to search for the right businessmodel, but also develop their personal skillset.


Ali Arslan
Founder & Lawyer

Ali Arslan is the co-founder of Arslan & Ter Wee advocaten, a Dutch law firm based in Zwolle. His practice covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial law, including M&A and (strategic) commercial contracts. In addition he has a broad experience with real estate and tenancy law and employment law. 

Why do startups need lawyers? During the Startup Weekend 2017 Ali Arslan and his colleague, Özgür Çolak, will answer that question.


Jorrit Baerends
Founder Adpiler

founder of Adpiler and Adcrowds


Elmer Bulthuis
CTO Gameye

After leaving his last company in facility management (Measuremen), Elmer is now working on a game server solution with his new company (Gameye).

Together with his girlfriend he has a company (Elmer en Denise) that help startups with their technical challenges and Elmer also has his own software company (LuvDaSun) in wich he works as a freelance developer from time to time.

Elmer has a lot of experience as a CTO and thinks technology should be an integral part of a company, just like any other discipline.

Elmer is known for his famous saying: "A problem without a solution is not a problem".


Harm Jan Luth
Co-founder REBBLS and UX Lead at Xebia

Harm Jan Luth has championed UX for over fifteen years, working as a user experience designer, user researcher, strategist, and mentor. He designs experiences for startups to multinational corporations and recently co-founded REBBLS, a company that designs digital brands, products and experiences. An evangelist of user-centered design, you can connect and follow Harm Jan on Medium.com, or find him on LinkedIn.


Özgür Çolak
Lawyer

Özgür Çolak works as a lawyer for Arslan & Ter Wee advocaten. She is part of the corporate and commercial law team. Her practice focuses on commercial contracts, tenancy law and intellectual property law. Find out how to protect your most valuable asset: your ideas.


Petro Vosselman
Director SME Deloitte

Director of SME Deloitte Zwolle, 20+ years experience in accountancy & management, boosts innovation


Tom Koenderman
Founder Cloudgarden

Tom Koenderman the founder of Cloud Garden. With a background in both Biology and Business Economics he now combines both. Cloud Garden, a Zwolle based development company, spends its time creating technology that combines science and nature with high-tech systems. Together with his multi-disciplinary team, Tom aims to create a new generation of living technology that benefits the well-being of people. His friends often say: "Tom, you are such a nerd", he tries to hide it well, but start talking about science and technologie and you will find out. 


Geert Zomer
On Stage Communication Expert



Martijn Huis
CEO Urban Developers



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Zwolle 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 Zwolle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Henk
    Beijert
  • Jos
    Veldwijk
  • Reindert
    Westrik
  • Thijs
    Loggen
  • Tim
    de Weerd
  • Frances
    Meester
  • Johan
    Boer
  • Manon
    Slomp

Facilitators


Jen Riedel
Regional Manager, Startup Programs

Jen is a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. 

Previously, Jen was the Director of Operations at a design consulting firm and a health tech startup. She has also dabbled in event management, sales, travel writing, and wellness coaching. Jen is from Raleigh, NC, and attended her first Startup Weekend in 2013. She has an appetite for creating experiences worth having, outdoor activities, and travel!

Event Staff


Anne Verhoeven
HBO student communicatie



Lisette Koch
HBO student communicatie



Dyonne Bakker
HBO student communicatie



Lysanne Korterink
HBO student communicatie



Else Strijbos
HBO student communicatie



Annemarijn Kruyswijk
HBO student communicatie



Leonie de Zwaan
HBO student communicatie



Pascal Nieuwenhuis

reporter at YouTech & student at Honours College Windesheim


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