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VentureLab North organizes a VentureClass on AI

20 November 2020

What can you actually do with AI? How does it work, and why is it useful? Our partner VentureLab North regularly organizes ‘VentureClasses’. These network evenings are an opportunity for anyone interested in entrepreneurship to learn from inspiring speakers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and network with like-minded people.

Next week, Slimmer AI CEO JC Heyneke, Slimmer Labs Managing Director Giuseppe Lacerenza, and Head of Innovation Jean-Paul van Oosten will share their knowledge and answer your questions.

Slimmer AI

Slimmer AI develops software products that support industries, solves real-world challenges and takes professionals into the future. Slimmer AI products ‘learn’ and get smarter over time, freeing up their customers to do less routine, repetitive work.

Now with their history of applied AI resulting in 100+ successful AI projects and two successful business units (Science and Sentinels) Slimmer AI is taking this lab-to-impact approach to the next level in their innovation and venture studio, Slimmer Labs. Slimmer Labs creates, builds, and scales people-powered B2B AI solutions.


CEO JC Heyneke
CEO JC Heyneke

JC is leading Slimmer AI in its mission to maximize the positive impact of AI on people and businesses. He is driven to realize this through delivering useful B2B software products to clients. JC has over 25 years background in software product development and leading software businesses. Before Slimmer AI he was Senior Vice President for Institutional Products. Before Elsevier, JC was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, a strategy consultancy, serving customers in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. JC started his career as a researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and also worked for a number of years as a software engineer, both in South Africa and in the United States. He holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York, as well as engineering and commerce degrees from the universities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Managing Director Giuseppe Lacerenza
Managing Director Giuseppe Lacerenza

Giuseppe Lacerenza is leading the Venture Studio arm of Slimmer AI scouting and prototyping AI-Applied solutions. As a tech-enthusiast he has a very diverse experience ranging from being a Product Manager at Vodafone to founding TourScanner – a metasearch of travel activities. Giuseppe has been also Engagement Manager serving customer globally in industries as Telecommunication, Media and Technology as well as Private Equity and Venture Capital. Giuseppe is also a TEDx curator and former licensee of TEDxINSEAD. He holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as a MSc In Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and TUDelft.

Head of Innovation Jean-Paul van Oosten
Head of Innovation Jean-Paul van Oosten

Jean-Paul is the Head of Innovation at Slimmer AI. He has over 15 years of experience in AI and likes to apply it to solve real-world problems. Jean-Paul has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen with focus on Handwriting Recognition for which he won two Best Paper Awards at the ICFHR conference (the top handwriting recognition conference). Next to the training of machine learning models for all kinds of business problems such as Pharmacovigilance, detecting fraud and predictive maintenance, Jean-Paul has also been working on facilitating the integration of those models in their respective business contexts and building feedback loops using user interfaces.


  1. Welcome & Introduction by VentureLab Coordinator Corporate Relations Cees-Jan Groen
  2. VentureClass by JC Heyneke, Giuseppe Lacerenza and Jean-Paul van Oosten

When: 26 November 2020, 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: Online. You will receive a link after signing up

Last modified:24 November 2020 08.49 a.m.

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