Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, creators, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
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 entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their 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!
This was Startup Weekend Groningen 2012
Yes, the rumours are true – Startup Weekend is set to return to Groningen!
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a Minimal Viable Product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Mark Vletter tries to steer the 22 profesionals that make up Voys in the right direction. This coffee addict knows how to translate technology into business oportunities and connect the right people to the concept. If your not afraid of some blunt Dutch honesty he's the right guy to get you started.
Voys Telecom is one of the fastest growing Dutch telecom providers. Many SME's and corporates like Gazprom, Nuon and MSI use the services of the TNO spin-off and Deloitte Fast 50 nominee.
Tjeerd Veenhoven is a product designer with a love for inventing materials and production techniques. In his mind being a designer is much more than just esthetics or expressing trends. From his design studio in the North of Holland he experiments with materials and crafts from all over the world developing new products to strengthen local economies, ecological awareness and design thinking.
Tjeerd Veenhoven is 36 and is founder of Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven. Besides that he is part of several innovation platforms. Through workshops and teaching he spreads awareness on bio based materials and the power of design thinking. The Palmleather project is an award winning and exemplary of how design can promote eco friendly materials and social responsibility.
Ward is an independent engineer, scientist and artist, currently based in Groningen. He is an inspiring, original thinker and maker. With his technical skills and knowledge he not only creates, changes and improves existing (medical) products. The way he talks about and explains these often complex matters is so transparent, clear and inspiring that he frees and energizes the minds of the technical and untechnical alike.
Ward will also be a mentor during the event and you can read more about him here www.vdhouwen.eu
After studying mechanical engineering and Industrial design Erland Bakkers run Product-design and Engineering companies for over 15 years serving a wide variety of market parties, institutional and governmental organizations with the development of a broad field of products and innovative solutions. For 7 years Erland joined the jury of the Dutch television format “Het Beste idee van Nederland”. Nowadays he is busy with the development of the enterprise INUTEQ ‘Cooling by evaporation’ on a worldwide scale and lecturer Industrial Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
Herman is investment director of SanomaVentures, Sanoma’s new initiative to fund digital startups. For the last four years, he has led the digital business development initiatives of Sanoma Media Netherlands, focused on video, social and mobile. He combines a strong interest in digital media, innovation and sustainable development with a love for vintage design, indie music, family life and slowfood.
Ruud de Jonge
Director Platform Evangelism Western Europe
Ruud joined Microsoft in 1992 as IT director and has moved across the Microsoft organization contributing in technical, sales and marketing roles. Since 2005, Ruud has been involved with evangelism to technical audiences, and starting 2010 Ruud has been responsible for evangelism in Western Europe. In 2011 Ruud added the responsibility for startups in Western Europe.
Currently the proud owner of a number of companies in the field of LED lighting, Trudie has been around entrepreneurship from an early age.
Envisioning the big picture of lighting systems enables her to serve industry and customer specific product development needs, for example within the agricultural and care industries.
All the products and services are developed with a mind geared towards sustainability, market position and added value, areas which Trudie believes to be important.
Besides business, Trudie also set up a foundation for companies with business models focussed on sustainability, co-organizes the event "Groen" and can be found giving lectures and talks around various topics.
Almost 25 years of experience in product development in automotive, medical device and consumer electronics industry. Hands-on and leading teams in discovering unmet needs translating them into product concepts and manufacturing it in an international environment.
Last years fulfilling international product introductions with Chinese suppliers. And supporting small companies and start-ups in their quest launching great product and new business concepts.
With 16 years of Internet industry experience, a lot of those as a Web Developer in the early days of the web, and having worked with numerous startups in San Francisco as well as in Europe, he’s a veteran in all things web development, and the business part of how to run a startup. He mentors startups at events and for several accelerator programs, as well as for the Cole Street Smart program, part of Cole Street itself. Cole Street is a highly successful web and mobile development company, headquartered in Paris.
Recently vacating the role of Technical Enthusiasm Manager, Serge is now the Platform Strategy Advisor for Azure Incubation, at Microsoft in The Netherlands. With a Bachelor's in Computer Science and over 16 years working at technology companies, Serge knows the industry like no other.
Matthijs Hoekstra is working as a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Netherlands. He’s responsible for everything related to apps. He has experience in mobile app development, building large scalable websites and creating architectures for large software projects.
Has more than fifteen years experience in management and director functions across various sectors and countries. Over the past seven years, Andrei Westerink acquired considerable expertise in the online world and he focuses particularly on this sector. Nowadays, he runs his own companies Managementaal and Andreiwesterink.nl advising entrepreneurs of fast growing companies.
Since 1994 Thea is an entrepreneur, focused on design. She started as a graphic designer and nowadays a specialist in entrepreneurial design and the process of creativity.
Thea helps startups, companies, schools, government, etc, by coaching, developing new processes of teaching entrepreneurial design, giving workshops and creating space for entrepreneurship and creativity.
Almost 30 years of experience in Marketing and Sales in sustainable mobility, ICT, publishing and advertising agencies plus international experience in the toy industry.
Recently active as entrepreneur of the Drymer, a futuristic electric bike with carving front wheels, and as owner of MaXX Support. MaXX Support advises and supports companies and start ups in Marketing and Sales. Both from a consultant and an active hands on role. Preferably with the introduction of new and innovative products. Why? Because he likes it when products and ideas ultimately get introduced in the market.
In addition, he works as a coach and mentor of the Chamber of Commerce and he worked with a team of mentors on resolving different issues for startup entrepreneurs.
As the owner of MaXX Support he is both sponsor and supporter of the GasTerra Flames basketball team and supporter of soccerclub FC Groningen and GIJS Bears icehockey.
Edwin is the managing director of XXL Webhosting and Cloud Provider.
They are one of the largest hosting providers in the northern region, specialized in (cloud) hosting services for entrepreneurs and businesses.
Edwin is known as a hands-on entrepreneur with an interest for conceptual thinking and marketing. His daily mission is making both clients
and colleagues happy. He loves helping others to get the most out of their potential.
Entrepreneur and CoFounder
A British expat living in The Netherlands, Nick has more than a decade of corporate operations management experience, and about half as much again in the small business world. He doesn’t code, but considers himself to be somewhat geeky, with a fascination about UI/UX and is a process/systems thinking nerd.
He currently has a profitable B2B startup and several other ventures. He joined SW because he loves to enable creative people to chase their dreams.
New Business Development at Pezy Group
Roeland is experienced in consulting, design, development and testing of (technical) products and services. A graduate of Human Technology engineer he worked with innovative and advanced products and concepts mostly in the startup phase.
He attended the first Startup Weekend in Groningen as well as Enschede and volunteered at Amsterdam 2012. After these experiences he decided to organise one to share the experience with others.
Social Media Consultant
Jeroen loves social media and knows all the tricks for Facebook and Twitter. At the beginning of 2012 he started the company, 'Invato - Hospitality marketing & social media' specialising in social media and online marketing for hotels, restaurants, bars and events.
Annemieke is an independent business consultant and trainer on a mission to humanize business. After 10 years of project management and recruitment in the corporate world, she now works mainly with smaller tech and ICT entrepreneurs, linking talent and facilitating innovative business-environments. Annemieke has organized events similar to Startup Weekend and loves to create spaces where creatives meet their peers and get inspired to innovate. When she learned that Startup Weekend would take place in Groningen for the second time, she had to help and joined the team.
CoFounder and Consultant
Jan is a skilled project manager with a speciality for software development, and maintaining ICT systems. As a business manager Jan has also handled change, risk and program management, making him a well rounded and knowledgable professional. Since leaving Wisdom, a web technology company, Jan has taken his skills, along with his creative, independent nature and his sense of humour into the world of entrepreneurship and consultancy.
Jan was a participant at swGRO 2011, he pitched and setup a startup together with 5 people. The result, AMD Medicine Direct (http://www.advancedmedicinedirect.com), has a vision to redefine the processes and create products to improve the realm of healthcare.