VentureClass ‘Intrapreneurship: Creating the IBM Blockchain Centre of Delivery for Europe in Groningen’
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm


It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2018 on Thursday evening 27 September, in collaboration with IBM Client Innovation Center Benelux. In this VentureClass we will discuss IBM CIC’s roll in creating the IBM Blockchain Centre of Delivery for Europe in Groningen with Aman Sharma.


Date:                 Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time:                07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator:    Aniek Ouendag
Speaker:          Aman Sharma
Location:        StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen

Aman Sharma

Hailing from the metropolitan city of New Delhi, India, Aman Sharma has been living in Groningen since 2010 – first moving to this vibrant city to pursue a degree in Economics at the University. Today, he is managing the development team building IBM’s most ambitious and high profile blockchain project for a consortium of 9 banks operating across 11 European countries. This is the first largescale production-grade enterprise blockchain application in the world – designed, developed, tested and deployed largely from Groningen, thereby putting the city on the world map for IBM. Aman studies traditional finance alongside work, is at the forefront of implementing cutting-edge blockchain technology with IBM for clients all leaders in their industries, and is a hobbyist cryptocurrency investor in his own time. The past, present and future of Finance. Outside the workplace, he’s a Formula 1 aficionado, keen to play the piano, and reading a new book every 2 weeks.


IBM Client Innovation Center Benelux
In 2013 the doors of the first IBM Client Innovation Center (CIC) in the Benelux was opened: in the vibrant city of Groningen. Since then it has grown massively. IBM has their own Design Studio and DevOps Garage in Groningen now, and opened a second office in Amsterdam. From designing to maintenance, they work on a lot of interesting projects for their clients.

Join us on September 27 for this special VentureClass and networking drinks in our new building.

07:00 p.m.: Doors open
07:30 p.m.: Welcome & Introduction by Aniek Ouendag
07:45 p.m.: VentureClass by Aman Sharma
09:00 p.m.: Networking drinks


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VentureClass – Hempflax
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2018 on Thursday evening 25 October, in collaboration with Hempflax. In this VentureClass Eelkje Oldenburger, Managing Director, will of course talk about Hempflax, but also the changes that come with the transition from startup to bigger established company.

Date:                Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time:               07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator:   Arjan Frederiks
Speaker:        Eelkje Oldenburger
Location:       StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen

HempFlax is a socially responsible and ethical company that gives back to the planet by offering consumers affordable natural hemp products. By actively stimulating the awareness process of entrepreneurs in the world market, we contribute to the sustainability of their company.

Eelkje Oldenburger
Eelkje studied Internationals Business at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. She started her career within the banking industry, and the last 16 years she held different managerial positions which were always linked to successfully apply change-and people management.
In 2016 Eelkje joined the Hempflax team.

07:00 p.m.: Doors open
07:30 p.m.: Welcome & Introduction by Arjan Frederiks
07:45 p.m.: VentureClass by Eelkje Oldenburger
09:00 p.m.: Networking drinks

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EIT Health VentureLab Weekend
Nov 16 @ 4:00 pm – Nov 18 @ 11:00 pm

The EIT Health VentureLab Weekend is all about building – building your competences and skills, your future dream-team, and, of course, your business. During the 3 days of the event you will work on turning your idea into a working business concept. We support you with workshops and an international group of coaches and experts.

VentureClass – 5 years UGCE
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We are happy to announce that alumni EV Biotech, Sustainable Buildings, CC Diagnostics, and Med E-Link will be speaking at the VentureClass!

On 20 September we had a wonderful celebration of 5 years UGCE, together with the opening of Northern Knowledge and the new building, on 22 November we carry on the celebration of our first lustrum with a special VentureClass.


Date:            Thursday, November 22, 2018
Time:            06.00-11.00 p.m.
Moderator:   Aard Groen
Speakers:     VentureLab Alumni
Location:     StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen


During this special VentureClass, we will look back, and ahead. We have invited several VentureLab alumni to take the stage, and we will officially launch our 5 Years UGCE Magazine and the new VentureLab Book. We will start the evening with a dinner.


Join us on November 22 for this celebratory VentureClass!

06:00 p.m.: Doors open & dinner
07:15 p.m.: 5 years UGCE by Aard Groen
07:45 p.m.: VentureLab Alumni take the stage
09:15 p.m.: Networking drinks 

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VentureLab Christmas Drinks
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Group 6 Farewell Drinks
Jan 18 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us for the certification and farewell for group 6 who finalise the programme on 18 January 2018!


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VentureClass January
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Kick-off Group 9
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
VentureClass February
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
VentureClass March
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm