Startup Weekend Amsterdam

    Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Amsterdam

Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015



Friday, June 5 - 7, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Rockstart
Herengracht 182
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016BR

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No talk, all action. Launch a startup in 54 hours

Have a great idea? Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Want to learn more about startups? Startup Weekend is the place for you!

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 you found a company, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside your 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!

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. 






EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 5th


5:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Team Registration & Start Brainstorming!
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 until 23.30.


11:00 pm
Opening drinks
A casual "borrel" to get acquainted with team members & other participants.

Saturday June 6th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Start working
Get set up and started on your idea.


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Mentor rounds
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:00 pm
Dinner


8:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in with the SWams team, status reports, calls for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 1.30 - but take a break and join the party!


10:30 pm
Party
Drinks, music and relaxing.

Sunday June 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:30 am
Check-In with Mentors
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions.


12:00 pm
Lunch


3:00 pm
Mentoring ends
Make sure that you have talked to them before this time.


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation and doing the last tech checks.


5:00 pm
Dinner


6:15 pm
Kick-off and Presentations Part I


7:40 pm
Break


7:50 pm
Presentations Part II


8:50 pm
Jury Deliberations


9:05 pm
Winners & Prizes


9:20 pm
Wrap-up drinks
Networking


10:30 pm
Head home!
Congrats! You survived a #startupweekend.



Speakers


Lauren Valbert
Owner and Entrepreneur @ Empowering Management

Empowering Management is an entrepreneurial consultancy helping businesses with customer development, business development, and marketing. Customer centrism is the philosophy behind the company’s focus: how do companies attract, retain, and motivate the customers that will make their business successful and profitable? She works with companies to create customer profiles, which then are tested and validated, and which can then be used to build growth-oriented business and product development strategies. She has had her fair share of helping businesses bloom. A perfect addition as coach at Startup Weekend!

Event Judges


Don Ritzen
Co-Founder & Managing director Rockstart Accelerator

Co-founder of Rockstart Accelerator. Co-Founder of Startup Weekend Amsterdam, Founder of Startup Weekend Eindhoven, Startup Weekend Cameroon and EU SW facilitator. Founder and Curator of StartupDigest Amsterdam and previously responsible for Business Development at Wakoopa.


Marc Wesselink
Managing Partner @Startupbootcamp

Serial Entrepreneur, started 12 companies in FMCG, Home Electronics, Healthcare, E-Commerce, HR and Finance, failed 4 times. Because of this, he has an in depth knowledge on many fields which can help entrepreneurs to maintain a 360 degree view on their business. He is a motivator, business coach, critical optimist. With his skills and experience, he is currently in charge of selecting Startups for the Accelerator programs in Amsterdam and helping the 72 alumni from Startupbootcamp Amsterdam with the execution of their business. In that capacity he sees over 1.000 startups a year and trying to help if possible. Currently trying to set up the biggest Europe Based Startup Seed Investment Fund.


Esther Gons
Founder of Next

Creative strategist with a visual spatial mind. Expertise in information strategy, lean thinking and customer development. Visualization skills prove an added value in strategy, innovation, startup or brainstorm sessions, bringing both expertise and insight/oversight. Focus on: Lean Startup / Customer Development / Visual Thinking


Joris van Heukelom
Founder MakerLab

Joris co-founded Makerstreet in 2011 after being positioned as the CEO of the digital brands within Sanoma Media for four years. Before that Joris worked in telecom and television for nearly ten years. He obtained a Masters in Marketing & Advertising and in Communication Science in his native country Belgium and was a popular DJ from 1984 until 1998. Remarkably, the moment the music scene turned digital, he went in a different digital direction.


Coaches and Mentors


Lauren Valbert
Owner and Entrepreneur @ Empowering Management

Empowering Management is an entrepreneurial consultancy helping businesses with customer development, business development, and marketing. Customer centrism is the philosophy behind the company’s focus: how do companies attract, retain, and motivate the customers that will make their business successful and profitable? She works with companies to create customer profiles, which then are tested and validated, and which can then be used to build growth-oriented business and product development strategies. She has had her fair share of helping businesses bloom. A perfect addition as coach at Startup Weekend!


Jelle Prins
Design Manager at Uber

Jelle started at Uber in 2009, but left in 2010 to found mobile design & development agency Moop. The Moop team rejoined Uber in 2014. Jelle is now building an Amsterdam team for Uber to work on Uber’s mobile apps.


Kathleen Fritzsche
Accelerator Director, Plug and Play Germany

Kathleen attended her first Startup Weekend in 2010 and has been co-organizing and facilitating several events since then. She co-founded StartUp Stuttgart in 2011, the main startup community in Southwest Germany, and Accelerate Stuttgart in 2012, with the vision to support early-stage startups in the region. Kathleen recently joined Plug and Play Germany as Accelerator Director for the new program Beyond1435 in Berlin, powered by Deutsche Bahn and Plug and Play to change the future of mobility and logistics. 


Peter van Sabben
Advisor at StartupAmsterdam & Co-Founder Growth Tribe

Peter advises StartupAmsterdam on how to create the richest startup event calendar of Europe. He is also partner at Growth Tribe, the former Head of Marketing at Startup Bootcamp and an ex Red Bull'er.


Bram Kanstein
Top Hunter & European Community Manager at Product Hunt

Bram built and launched startupstash.com, "A curated directory of 400 resources and tools to help you build your Startup". The site went viral through Product Hunt and got 150.000 pageviews in 24hrs. Startup Stash is currently the #1 most upvoted product of all-time on Product Hunt. Bram is an avid early adopter of new apps and products, and has been involved with early-stage startups for the past few years. Now he works for Product Hunt as their European Community Manager



Arjen Swank

Arjen Swank has been involved with the setup of global projects and partnerships as Business Development Manager at TTC since 2011. TTC is the global mobile service provider, specialized in social and corporate marketing and mobile research in emerging markets. When designing projects for TTC, sustainability and scalability are key. Arjen uses his knowledge and experience to look for sustainable business models, in which users, also in low-income countries, can still contribute to the continuation of their information service. Arjen provides guest lectures at universities and conferences, and facilitates trainings and presentations for international workgroups, aiming to share perspectives with organisations on how to use interactive mobile technology to communicate with end-users in hard-to-reach areas.


Kasper Brandi Petersen
Co-founder The Cloakroom



Edith den Hartog
Business Developer Innovative Concepts at Philips Group Innovation



Kees van Nunen

Passionate about: Innovation ~ Product Development ~ Web & Mobile ~ lean startup


Vidar Andersen
Entrepreneur

Something with tech startups. Lean hungry Norwegian hack(er), entrepreneur, founder, organizer, educator, learner, product guy at heart. I care. Plone.orggetGauss.com & more in past.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Amsterdam team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Wout
    Laban
  • Björn
    Brekel
  • Tiberiu
    Ana
  • Andra
    Nuta
  • Khizar
    Naeem
  • Camille
    Grotenbreg
  • Soren
    Riber

Facilitators


Dwight Gunning

Dwight is an Australian software engineer and entrepreneur, currently based in The Netherlands. After a successful career as a technology consultant he shifted focus toward consumer tech products and startups. He has both founded and worked as an early employee at several startups, experiencing many highs and lows along the way. His latest project is a website publishing service called Knownly

 

Since participating and becoming hooked at his first Startup Weekend in 2010, Dwight has been involved with over twenty events across 4 continents. Dwight loves discussing innovative ideas, tackling business model risks, and brainstorming to overcome technical challenges. Be sure to connect at the event or any time via his website.



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