Team of Coaches
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.
Tjitske Dijkstra brings students and young professionals to “the next level” in personal development. In a personal way, Tjitske knows how to create consciousness, rest and relaxation. In that way, young professionals can make the most progress towards becoming their own best and answering questions about their position in life and work. Tjitske holds a BA in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and a MA in Literary Studies (University of Leiden) and is founder of buro dijkstra and Scriptiewijzer , which makes her a coach, consultant and entrepreneur all at the same time. The combination of studies is not very common, and that is exactly why she might surprise you as well in reaching your goals.
Cees Jan is the entrepreneur of Gro2 Management. GRO2 - ‘Grow Too’ - assists companies with development and implementation of their growth strategies via consultancy and (interim) management services, with an emphasis on general management, strategy, marketing, business development & sales. Previously Cees-Jan worked with BreedofBuilds that focused on (product & process) innovations for Energy, Efficiency & Emission solutions (E3); and Wetering Trade & Services business, focused on identifying growth opportunities in Service, Spare Parts & Glassfiber Reinforced Epoxy (GRE) Piping business.
David Holwerda (LinkedIn)
David is founder by Reconcept • Medicatie-veiligheid.nl • e-Health innovator. Reconcept has a mission to change the world of healthcare IT by filling the gap between technology and healthcare professionals. Within this mission they provide healthcare professionals of hospitals with innovative e-health and m-health applications. Medicatie-veiligheid.nl is a web-based e-learning application that supports health care professionals in enlarging their knowledge in the field of the safe use of medication. At the moment, the system is used by four hospitals in the Netherlands. Since September 2013, medicatie-veiligheid.nl is part of Reconcept.
Tom is currently leading a few different startups - he is encouraging people in healthy lifestyle through FitGaaf! And at the same time, improving B2C parcel delivery with startup Dubistr. He is also a freelance consultant and public speaker on innovation management. In the past Tom worked as Project leader in Internet Logistics at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen: for Dinalog R&D project 'Cross-Chain order fulfillment coordination for internet sales'. His specialties include Management, Innovation, Creativity, Fitness/Spinning
Bob holds a PhD in Entrepreneurial Studies and also holds a BA in Molecular Science. He has a lot of experience with teaching entrepreneurship. He teached courses like Technology Program Management and Project Management at the University of New Mexico.
René van der Horst
Rene is the main fighitng force at mijnBezwaarEnBeroep.nl providing juridical advice to individuals and SMEs. He is also a coach at VentureLab International North, helping ambitious startups bring their ideas to the next level.
Rene about himself: Deskundige en toegankelijke juridische hulp voor iedereen. Daar is waar ik voor sta en dat is waar ik voor ga. Vanuit de passie om de underdog bij te staan heb ik mij gespecialiseerd in juridische hulp tegen bestuursorganen zoals bijvoorbeeld UWV, Belastingdienst, gemeenten, etc. Zowel tijdens de bezwaarfase (bij het bestuursorgaan zelf) als tijdens de beroepsfase (bij de rechtbank) sta ik naast je en zorg ik ervoor dat je krijgt waar je recht op hebt.
Sophie Van Dijk
After graduating Law School in the Netherlands, Sophie has supported Johan van Dijk in the development of the first prototypes of the Gum Irrigator. While working on the Gum Irrigator she got accepted to the Japan Prizewinners program in Tokyo Japan after which she started her commercial career with Shell. After ten years of corporate life in commercial roles, working in several challenging countries leading new business development opportunities, Sophie joined the INSEAD executive MBA program. During this program she took the opportunity to further develop her passion for entrepreneurship. In addition, it was the perfect timing to continue with the commercial development of the Gum Irrigator considering the conducted clinical study and considering that her father Johan van Dijk had retired.
Jürgen is an innovator in e-health and e-learning applications. He likes dreaming big and working passionately on user-friendly solutions that shape the way IT is used in hospitals. He has extensive experience as an IT entrepreneur in the medical area, and having had basic medical training, he is able to connect the two fields in a unique way.
As one of the founders of Reconcept, Jürgen help hospitals and medical professionals by developing concepts that improve their day to day workflow. Jürgen is currently responsible for consultancy and project management. Jürgen holds a BA in Computer Science
Rachel is now a Life Skills Trainer at NeuroRestorative and Communication coach at VentureLab International North. She has previously worked in Personal Care and is trained in Relational Development Intervention, a treatment program for autism spectrum disorders. Her expertise includes facilitating communication, life skills development, and academic achievement; speech and occupational therapies. She also created and implemented new treatment/therapeutic tools.
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