RUG VentureLab Weekend 2016
VentureLab Weekend 2016 took place between March 18 and March 20, 2016.
Team of Coaches
Dr. Maarten Andriessen, M.D.
Maarten Andriessen is advisor of the board of directors on medical affairs at Treant Zorggroep and has hold several managing positions at other health care instances (e.g. UMCG, Scheper Hospital Emmen). Andriessen completed his medical studies at Radboud University Nijmegen and holds a PhD in Internal Medicine from the University of Groningen.
Koen Atema is founder of Launch Café and marketer at YEAH! In 2007, Koen won the national award for Learning Entrepreneurship and was nominated for the European Enterprise Awards in 2010. Koen is mainly concerned with business development; he helps SMEs with their business strategies. Examples of such strategies are: new revenue models, (re)positioning strategies and competitive differentiating strategies.
Wim Biemans is an Associate Professor of Innovation & Marketing at the Faculty of Economics & Business of the University of Groningen. Biemans obtained his PhD on ‘Developing Innovations Within Networks’ at Eindhoven University of Technology and has over 25 years of experience in researching, teaching and consulting about various issues related to B2B marketing and innovation.
Niek Huizenga is Founder @ Launch Café, entrepreneur, consultant and trainer. In 2012 he co-founded the award winning startup center Launch Cafe. Located in the city center of Groningen (Netherlands) Launch Cafe supports over 30 innovative startups. Launch Cafe offers excellent facilities, organises network events, provides training programs and runs a pre seed investment fund. As an independent professional he offers services in Consultancy for startups and existing companies (Business model, Market strategy, Business operations, Company valuation, Investment) and his current clients include Tvilight BV, Ytec Medical BV, Chordify BV; and Training and coaching for students and entrepreneurs in Business strategy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Investment. He works together with University of Groningen (Netherlands), Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Netherlands), North West University (South Africa), Bake for Life College (Uganda), University of Parakou (Benin), Tanzanian Public Service College (Tanzania).
Dr. Eelko Huizingh
Eelko Huizingh’s interests focus on the intersection of innovation & entrepreneurship, marketing and information technology. His consulting activities include support of companies in their strategy, e-commerce and innovation efforts. Recent projects involved Menzis and Interzorg. He is also an experienced academic research and writing skills trainer and Director of Huizingh Academic Development. Huizingh is Vice President of Scientific Affairs of ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management). ISPIM is the leading innovation management association in Europe with over 5,000 (associate) members. His duties include Head of the Scientific Panel, for reviewing conference submissions, and Head of the ISPIM-Wiley Innovation Management Dissertation Award Panel, for selecting the best PhD thesis in innovation management. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Otago, New Zealand (2005, 2003), and at Penn State University, USA (2000).
Hoang Nguyen works at Career Services as a trainer and a career advisor for students and faculties. During his study, he came in contact with entrepreneurship. During his study, he built up two companies Cong Company (food business) and Beren op de Weg (Consulting Bureau sustainable employability). His main quality is developing innovative concepts; connecting people and ideas with each other and to create awareness among students, employees and employers by giving them insight in their own qualities and believes. At Career Services he coaches and train students to enhance and empower the employability of students, to get them prepared for the labor market as an employee or as an entrepreneur.
Arnoud Punt is founder of Aecius legal advice, which helps entrepreneurs to solve and to prevent legal problems. Aecius legal advice is focusing on all legal aspects with respect to controlling a business and offers advice in the areas of corporate law, (ICT) contract law and labor law. Furthermore, Aecius legal advice also works together with the Hanze University Groningen and various other ICT companies and knowledge-intensive companies.
Matthijs Smit is the Community Manager of the Launch Café in Groningen. Previously in 2014 and 2015, Smit built an E-democracy company for the Netherlands (Wiekiesjij) from a minimum viable product to market leader in digital elections and developed a participation-app (connecting employees with employers and the works council). Smit holds a Master's degree in International and European Law from the University of Groningen.
Frank Streefland is a lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management and is the coordinator of the minor Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics and Business. In addition, Streefland is owner of Streefland Advies, providing consulting in such areas as management, innovation and entrepreneurship for diverse types of organizations.
Dr. Frits Wijbenga
Frits Wijbenga is the Business Development manager and Financial manager of Business Generator Groningen, which commercializes knowledge generated at the University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) through technology transfer, initiating collaborations with companies and new company creation. Wijbenga holds a PhD in Venture Capital from the University of Groningen and his expertise mainly lies in Strategy, Finance, Business planning, Management consulting and New Business Development
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