VentureClass Startups & Downs
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2018 on Thursday evening 28 March: Startups & Downs. In this VentureClass Arthur Tolsma about his experiences as an entrepreneur, but also his failures, and what he has learned from that.

Arthur Tolsma
After winning a pitching contest on Dutch national tv (‘Bij ons in de BV’) over 300.000 viewers saw Arthur as a successful entrepreneur. Four months later when his company went bankrupt, he felt anything but successful. After remediation and the eventual sale of his company, Arthur decided to share his experiences through his book Startups & Downs. For this VentureClass he will come to Startup City and share these experiences with us!

Join us on March 28 for this VentureClass and networking drinks.












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VentureClass Game Changer
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

We are happy to announce the next VentureClass of 2019 on Thursday evening 18 April: Game Changer. In this VentureClass Arjen Boekhold known from Tony’s Chocolonely will talk about his Game Changing ways.


Date:               Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time:                07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator:    Aard Groen
Speaker:         Arjen Boekhold
Location:        StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen


Arjen Boekhold is Game Changer. He inspires, challenges and assists companies to make positive impact part of their day to day business case with his company Game Changer Unltd.

In the last 7 years Arjen has been responsible for the impact business strategy of Tony’s Chocolonely. Tony’s Chocolonely isn’t your average chocolate company, but a chocolate company with a huge mission; to end modern slavery and exploitation in the cocoa industry. With amazing chocolate recipes they set the example and show that chocolate can be made in a more responsible way; in taste, packaging and the way they build long term relationships with cocoa farmers and the way they handle an open and transparent value chain. Arjen, being one of the first Tony’s, will tell the story of Tony’s Chocolonely, how they are “crazy about chocolate and serious about people”, and shows how companies can change the world for the better!

Besides his work as Game Changer, Arjen is also part-time lecturer at the University Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship.

Join us on April 18 for this VentureClass!!

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Group 7 Farewell Drinks
May 17 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us for the certification and farewell for group 7 who finish the programme on 17 May 2019!


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VentureClass Women Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2019 on Thursday evening 23 May, in collaboration with TheNextWomen and Northern Knowledge. For this special VentureClass we are shining the spotlight on women entrepreneurs, with several pitches, and keynotes by Suzan Wierenga of KAW Architecten and Hilde Hacquebord of Diataal.


06:00 p.m.: Doors open and warm buffet
06:30 p.m.: Welcome & Introduction by Annemieke Galema, TheNextWomen, & Aniek Ouendag
06:45 p.m.: Keynote by Suzan Wierenga
07:05 p.m.: Introduction of Pitchers
07:10 p.m.: Pitch 1 + Feedback
07:25 p.m.: Coffee Break
07:40 p.m.: Pitch 2 + Feedback
07:55 p.m.: Pitch 3 + Feedback
08:10 p.m.: Keynote by Hilde Hacquebord
08:30 p.m.: Networking Drinks

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VentureClass June
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm