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Spinnerij Oosterveld, Rigtersbleek-Zandvoort 10, 7521 BE Enschede

What is Startup Weekend Enschede?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global 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, but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Enschede, 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 26
  • Registration
  • Start diner
  • Welcome
  • Speaker Emile Nijssen
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start forming teams
  • Start working
  • Time to sleep


Sep 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Working
  • Opening information cubicals: design, communication, software, business (until 4pm)
  • Morning boost
  • Lunch
  • Coaches available until 4pm
  • Diner
  • Working
  • Time to sleep


Sep 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Workshop pitchtraining
  • Lunch
  • Practice pitches until 4pm
  • Diner
  • Start finale
  • Speaker Ruben Timmerman
  • Final pitches
  • Jury deliberation
  • Judging & awards
  • The end

Emile Nijssen

Co-founder Homey   |   LinkedIn

Emile is a young entrepreneur who has successfully funded a Kickstarter project, for a device that lets you controls your home by talking to it. His passion lies in technology that is both fun and useful, and has a track record of many projects that people still use today.

Ruben Timmerman

Founder & Chief UX Officer @ Springest   |  


Miriam Luizink

Director strategic business development at the University of Twente   |   LinkedIn

Since 1 July 2014 Miriam Luizink is director strategic business development at the University of Twente.

Miriam Luizink graduated in Applied Physics at the University of Twente in 1998. She worked at Akzo Nobel Central Research, KPN (researcher and consultant in Costa Rica) and as a project manager for regional economic development at Development Agency East Netherlands.

From 2006 to 2014 Miriam Luizink worked as technical-commercial director of MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, with main responsibilities in commercialization and shared research facilities. She was founding director of shared production facility High Tech Factory, and also from the fund ‘High Tech Fund’, both targeted at growing high-tech companies. Since 2011 Miriam Luizink is the first president of the board of the NanoLabNL foundation, the national nanotech facility and consortium for research and innovation.

Anne-Wil Lucas

Member Dutch house of parliament (VVD)   |   LinkedIn

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.

Marjan Weekhout

Board of directors Kennispark Twente   |   LinkedIn

As director of Kennispark Twente I've been involved with the acquisition of High Tech Twente, areas Business Climate and conceptual Area Development. In addition, I've been involved with Marketing & Communications of HTSM Twente.

I studied legal administration in Groningen and change management at Nyenrode. As a management consultant, I have overseen municipal restructuring processes. At Saxion I worked as Director HRM, director of IT-education and director of engineering-education.

I'm interested in the way organizations adapt to a changing world and move with social developments. I therefore fulfill supervisory roles in various organizations.

Ray Quintana

General Partner Cottonwood Technology Fund   |   LinkedIn

Ray Quintana is a General Partner - Lead Partner Europe for the Cottonwood Technology Fund. One of the top performing early stage Venture Capital Funds in the United States. He brings a unique combination of venture, global strategy and corporate development experience across a wide range of industries and technologies. Mr. Quintana has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, global technology venture investment, company creation, building, valuation and financing. He spent over a decade investing and venture partnering in numerous technology start-ups varying from Fortune 500 intra-corporate ventures to low-resource technology start-ups. Additionally, Mr. Quintana has held Strategy & Corporate Development positions for a number global technology companies including Texas Instruments and Robert Bosch Corporation. Mr. Quintana was a CGMS Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business where he received his MBA in Corporate Strategy & Strategic Finance.

Tom Paffen

Venture Capital Professional   |   LinkedIn

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.


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.

Joost Diepenmaat

Co-founder Moneybird   |  

Joost 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   |  

Entrepreneur, high tech, business development, marketing, research, Twente, technology update. Movies & music

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.

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.

Niels Perik

Managing Director Lijnrecht   |   LinkedIn

Creative (Internet) entrepreneur, thinker and dreamer. Knowledge x enthusiasm = success. Background in Art & Technology, and Industrial Product Design.

Managing Director of Lijnrecht. Owner of VeiligDoen (lawyers) and HiQen (eLearning). Develops creative concepts and remarkable campaigns focused on growth. 29 years. Married to Wendy. Father of two wonderful sons.

Bas Hekman

Owner SalesRegie, co-owner Whinq)   |  

Triggered by positioning, marketing and selling an idea, product or service. Believes in sustainable business development, partnerships, long term relations and co-creation. Curiosity is key.

Annemieke Koster

Owner Consilia and founder of Enschede Textielstad   |  

Annemieke is the founder of Consilia, a company that provides businesses with (social) media and marketing strategies. She recently founded Enschede Textielstad, an initiative to bring back textile manufacturing to the city. She aims to produce sustainable and innovative fabrics based on local resources such as flax and recycled yarns.

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Ellen Schoneveld
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Leon de Goijer
Erwin Holtland
Jaap Beernink
Joe Laufer
Christian Fictoor
Edwin Vlieg
Tom Schepers
Marco Strijks
Luuk Zengerink
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