Startup Weekend Zwolle 2018

    Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018

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Startup Weekend Zwolle 2018

Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, November 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Zwolle, Netherlands

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 23rd

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

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
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 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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 25th

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

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
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Diem Do
Alpha Gorilla bij CodeGorilla

Co-Founder of Codegorilla.

Codegorilla offers coding bootcamps for anyone who want a career in IT. We have a strong focuson the 21st century skills and combine technological knowledge with entrepreneurial learning. 

Özgür Çolak

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.

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, or find him on LinkedIn.

Marc Huitink

Marc is partner of Dockpoint, and co-founder of Dillenburgh.

He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship and management in various industries. In recent years, he has been particularly successful in the  expansion and sale of the company Homesafety.

Recently, Marc initiated the creation of social impact hub "Buitengoed de Herfte" where currently 7 social impact companies are situated. 

Coaches and Mentors

Geert Zomer
On Stage Communication Expert

Jaline Laarman
Financial Advisor at Deloitte

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

Petro Vosselman
Director SME Deloitte

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

Özgür Çolak

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.

Martijn Schreurs
Financial Director at New York Pizza

- Eindverantwoordelijk Finance, IT en personeelszaken
- Optimaliseren automatisering
- Optimaliseren en implementeren financial en non-financial control tools
- Big Data (van data naar informatie t.b.v. strategie en sturing van het bedrijf)
- Eindverantwoordelijk voor de totstandkoming financiering t.b.v. eigen organisatie als ook de 

Milou van Elburg
Innovation coach at Rabobank

Milou helps Rabobank and her customers innovate to validated new businessmodels using Lean Startup en Growth hacking techniques.

Tom Koenderman
Founder/ new business strategist at Cloud Garden/ indoor

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. 

Anko Scholtens
Founder - by WeConnectCompanies

With the hands-on and personalized outreach campaigns from WeConnectCompanies, B2B companies can easily reach their target group on a large scale and in a GDPR-friendly manner. Our campaigns offer companies new opportunities to approach prospects, connect with them before contacting them by telephone.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Zwolle 2018 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

  • Reindert
  • Carmen
    van de Beek
  • Thijs
  • Manon
  • Tim
    de Weerd


Karita Kasurinen
Head of Customer Success @

Karita is the Head of Customer Success at, building the world’s first AI Science Assistant. Earlier Karita lead the customer relationship and marketing activities as a part of the founding team of video recognition AI company Valossa. Outside the office she's a facilitator and organizer of Techstars Startup Weekend where she's encouraging people to find opportunities in the intersection of technology and business.

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