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Spinnerij Oosterveld, Rigtersbleek-Zandvoort 10, 7521 BE Enschede

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!

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Sep 27
  • Registration&diner
  • Welcome
  • Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start forming teams
  • Start working


Sep 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Working
  • Morning boost with Martijn Post
  • Opening information cubicals: design, communication, software, business
  • Lunch
  • Workshop
  • Diner
  • Working
  • Going to sleep


Sep 29
  • Arrive & breakfast
  • Working spaces open
  • Workshop pitchtraining
  • Lunch
  • Practice pitches
  • Dinner
  • Keynote speaker
  • Final pitches
  • Jury
  • Wrap up
  • Go home

Giels Brouwer

Founder of SciSports   |  

Student entrepreneur. Passionate about Entrepreneurship, Analytics and Football.

Vincent Hoogsteder

Co-founder & CEO Distimo   |  

Vincent is armed with the responsibility of Distimo's product development at large, along with Distimo's brand and global partnerships. Prior to Distimo, Vincent launched two successful start-ups within the mobile sector.

Ruben Timmerman

Founder & Chief UX Officer @ Springest   |  


Anne-Wil Lucas

Member Dutch house of parliament (VVD)   |  

Anne-Wil Lucas is a Dutch politician (VVD) and a member of the Dutch house of parliament. She believes in the importance of innovation en entrepreneurship to be a competitive and innovative Country. That’s why she presented the program #StartupNL. A program, to create an ideal environment for innovative startups.

Victor van der Chijs

President at University of Twente

Victor van der Chijs (1960) studied Law in Amsterdam and completed postgraduate education at the Amsterdam School of International Relations and INSEAD. Van der Chijs worked at ING, lastly as Vice President Structured and Project Finance in Hong Kong. In 1998 he started at Schiphol Group, first as Director of Public Affairs, while in later years he became responsible for Schiphol’s activities in the USA. In 2003 he took on responsibility for all of Schiphol’s international activities. A year later he was asked by Rem Koolhaas to take on the management of OMA, wherein recent years Van der Chijs was able to manage the structure, processes and culture of OMA in such a way that he allowed room for the professionalism of the architects, resulting in a newly focused organisation. This development has contributed to OMA’s leading position as a world-class, creative enterprise.

Tom Paffen

Venture Capital Professional

Venture Capitalist at PPM Oost. Tom has a successful track record as venture capitalists with a focus on growing, innovative high-tech companies. He has a background in telecom/technology since 1985.

Marjan Weekhoutt

Board of directors Kennispark Twente   |  

Als bestuurder van de Stichting Kennispark Twente houdt ik me bezig met de Acquisitie van HIgh Tech Twente en de daarbij horende gebieden Vestigingsklimaat en conceptuele Gebiedsontwikkeling. Daarnaast houdt ik me bezig met Marketing & Communicatie van HTSM Twente.

Ik heb in Groningen juridische bestuurswetenschappen gestudeerd en verandermanagement aan Nyenrode. Als organisatie-adviseur heb ik leiding gegeven aan gemeentelijke herstructureringsprocessen. Bij Saxion ben ik werkzaam geweest als directeur HRM, directeur van de informatica-opleidingen en directeur van de opleidingen op het gebied van bouw en openbare ruimte. Als directeur kennisvalorisatie stimuleer ik de structurele samenwerking tussen lectoren, onderzoekers en bedrijfsleven.

Ik ben geïnteresseerd in de manier waarop organisaties zich aanpassen aan een veranderende wereld en meebewegen met maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen. Ik vervul dan ook toezichthoudende rollen bij verschillende organisaties.


Edwin Vlieg

Founder Moneybird   |  

Edwin Vlieg is co-founder of MoneyBird, an online service that aims to support small business with their financial administration. Founded in 2008, MoneyBird has grown to over 40.000 customers in Holland and was recently nominated for the Deloitte Rising Star award. Earlier the company was nominated for "Startup of the Week" by TheNextWeb and participated in the "Dutch Startup Awards". The company is praised for the user experience it provides and the rockstar support each customer gets.

Jeroen Diepenmaat

Co-founder Moneybird   |  

Jeroen Diepenmaat is a serial entrepreneur and product designer in IT. Identifying problems and market needs, designing software and releasing innovative solutions is his daily job. He pays much attention to interface design and product acceptance.

Joost Diepenmaat is one of the co-founders of MoneyBird, market-leader for online invoicing in the Netherlands.

Gilles Meijer

Co-founder B&M Business Development   |  

Raoul Werger

Managing Director Oxilion   |  

Wouter de Vries

Founder/CEO Antogonist   |  

Wouter de Vries is Founder/CEO of Antagonist, a Dutch hosting company with over 60,000 happy customers. In 2012, Antagonist was listed in the Deloitte Technology Fast50 and FD Gazellen as one of the fastest growing companies in NL. Wouter was named one of the 25 most promising entrepreneurs under age 25 by business magazine Sprout and was praised by Ernst&Young for his exceptional entrepreneurship.

Mieszko Czyzyk

Owner GoalGorilla Internet Strategy   |  

Together with his companion Taco Potze, Mieszko Czyzyk started GoalGorilla. A company that designs, implements and promotes user-centered online projects.

He is specialized in search engine advertising, web analytics, KPI and ROI focused marketing, product/cost analysis, market & competitive analysis.

Ton Kuper

Managing Director - Founder C4Real   |  

In 2007 Ton Kuper started the company C4Real . C4Real helps organisations to sharpen their value proposition and translate it to visualisations of their products and processes.

This allows users to experience and gain insight into why and how these offer added value.

Vincent de Vlugt

Owner Gofunky internetmarketing   |  

Vincent de Vlugt is the founder and owner of the companies Gofunky internetmarketing and

Daan Assen

Founder Atrivision, co-Founder StarterSquad   |  

Daan Assen is Founder of e-learning company Atrivision and co-Founder of StarterSquad, a distributed team for building Internet Startups. Since 1999 Daan has been involved in the launch of several Startups. He has a background in Business Administration (TiasNimbas Business School) and Marketing (Harvard Business School). Specialized in Business Model Innovation, Lean Startup & Customer Development. Daan is lecturer Entrepreneurship & Innovation at TSM Business School.
Specialties: B2B marketing strategy, Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Internet Start-ups, Strategic Management, Learning & Development, Organizational Learning, Learning Organizations, Human Resource Development, Leadership Development, Management Development, e-Learning, Knowledge Management.

Bas Hekman

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Ellen Schoneveld
Marleen Pot
Erwin Holtland
Jaap Beernink
Joe Laufer
Christiaan Fictoor
Jeroen Boon
Edwin Vlieg
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