Sep
9
Fri
Networking drinks 9 September
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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Every second Friday of the month, together with Launch Cafe, we organise networking drinks.

Join us this Friday September 9 for movie night! The drinks start at 17h, the movie will show around 19h. We provide the popcorn.

 

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Sep
22
Thu
Venture Class “Healthcare Innovation: Beyond Biotech”
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With pleasure we announce the next VentureClass  on Thursday evening September 22, 2016. For this first VentureClass after the summer break we have invited the speakers Johan Mooibroek from United Care Products, and Wim Splinter from Team Splinter.

United Care Products

When people think about healthcare innovation, they often think about developing new drugs, vaccinations, or other biotech solutions. However, innovation in healthcare goes beyond biotech. In this VentureClass, Johan Mooibroek and Wim Splinter will share the story of their Groningen-based company: United Care Products.

United Care, nominated for the Groninger Ondernemersprijs in 2015, focuses on the development of innovative transfer aid for home and care facilities. With their slogan ‘Natuurlijk in beweging’ (Moving Naturally), United Care never stops looking for suitable solutions, aimed at maintaining an independent life style and working environment for those with reduced mobility.

One of their transfer aids, the Sherpa 2, is a ceiling lift, that is self charging by means of gravity. This product and the innovative nature of the company brought them in 2016 on the MKB Innovation top 100 list, as one of only five Groningen companies included.

Alongside developing, producing, and selling of the transfer aids, United Care also has a SkillsLab, used for education, training and advice, as well as their own knowledge centre: UCare Learning.

Johan Mooibroek

As project manager of United Care, Johan is responsible for installation projects, ICT, marketing, and quality control. Johan is also an entrepreneur with his own company XtraMOOI: specialised in website design and development.

Wim Splinter

With his own company Team Splinter Wim organises and implements business processes and ICT. In this role Wim is implementing a CRM project at United Care Products together with Johan.

The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A session where Johan and Willem are available to answer your questions.

 

Program:

07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks – Bar Bubbels (Entrance: Oude Boteringestraat 9, via Land van Kokanje)

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Oct
14
Fri
Networking drinks October 14
Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Every second Friday of the month, together with Launch Cafe, we organise networking drinks.

Join us this Friday October 14 !

 

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Oct
27
Thu
VentureClass “Innofest: Festivals as source of innovation and entrepreneurship”
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Innofest

Innofest was founded in 2016 with the aim to bring together startups and established companies developing novel solutions for current challenges of the society, such as energy and waste management. These solutions would first be piloted at festivals – natural test facilities providing complex and challenging yet controlled spaces. If a solution or prototype works at a festival, it could be scaled up to the real world, as a festival can be seen as a miniature of a society with real navigation and human behavior, but smaller scale and fenced-off terrain.

Eight festivals in Northern Netherlands have already opened their terrains as living labs: Into The Great Wide Open, Welcome To The Village, Eurosonic, Noorderslag, Oerol, TT Festival Assen, Noorderzon, FestiValderAa and Paradigm Festival.

 

Join us if you want to know more about this initiative and opportunities for your business!

 

Anna van Nunen

Throughout her working life Anna van Nunen has always worked on innovation in the broader sense, in her free time she visits many festivals. With Innofest she can combine these two things. As the director of Innovest she manages the Innofest Foundation and is responsible for finding and bringing together the right partners to help innovations develop further. Alongside her work at Innofest, Anna does research for Mister Motley, a magazine on visual arts. Furthermore Anna develops new projects and programs on the topic of sustainable innovation for Lab Vlieland and is responsible for the execution and coordination of these projects.

 

The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A session where Anna is available to answer your questions.

 

Program:

07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks

 

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday, October 27.

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Nov
11
Fri
Networking drinks November 11
Nov 11 @ 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm

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Every second Friday of the month, together with Launch Cafe, we organise networking drinks.

Join us this Friday November 11!

 

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Nov
24
Thu
VentureClass “Entrepreneurship in Networks”
Nov 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

On 24 November we celebrate the 3 year anniversary of UGCE – the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship, and would like to warmly invite you to the special VentureClass: Entrepreneurship in Networks, given by Ton Vries, CEO of Syncom. Syncom, a RUG spin-off from 1988, is today a global leader in customized synthesis solutions for pharma and biotech. How can a university start-up raise to a global level, and how can networking help in this – these will be the main questions discussed during the evening.

The festive evening will be opened by Aard Groen, Dean of Entrepreneurship, and Jan de Jeu, Vice President of the Board of the University.

Programme:

19:00h:                         Doors open: Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen.
19.30h:                           Welcome & Introduction VentureLab International by Aard Groen

20.00h:                          Celebration 3 years UGCE by Jan de Jeu
20.15h:                          Entrepreneurship in Networks by Ton Vries, CEO Syncom

21:30h:                           Networking drinks: van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen

 

Ton Vries

Ton Vries has been Syncom’s CEO since 2000 when he succeeded Prof. Hans Wynberg, founder of Syncom.  Since 1991 Ton has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility in Syncom as Research Chemist, Group Leader and Director of Research. He has been involved in many different aspects of Syncom business including scientific development, chiral technologies, business development and business strategy.

Ton obtained his MSc in 1988 and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in the field of chiral resolutions in 1996 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Syncom

Syncom is a global leader in providing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with custom syntheses solutions. The company has an excellent track record dating back to the foundation of the company in 1988. They count both leading global pharmaceutical companies as well as small virtual start up companies among our clients. In addition to their pharma activities Syncom serves the diagnostic, fine chemical, electronic, and pigment industries as well.

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Jan
20
Fri
Information Meeting VentureLab Health
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship can come in many forms! Do you have a business idea related to healthy living, healthy ageing, healthcare, biotech, medtech, or medical devices, then VentureLab Health is for you!

In collaboration with EIT Health we will offer the VentureLab Health programme in 2017, starting on 27 January.

This means on top of more than 60 regular training sessions, 10 healthcare business training sessions, access to our international network, and access to expert coaching in your health related area.

On 20 January at 15h we are happy to welcome you to our information event to give you more information and answer any questions you might have!

 

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Jan
26
Thu
VentureClass ‘Organizing for Growth’
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

We are happy to announce the first VentureClass of 2017: “Organizing for Growth” by speaker Mark Vletter!

 

“Organizing for Growth” by Mark Vletter

As a self-proclaimed tech savvy, gadget loving business geek, Mark Vletter is fighting for an open and free internet. The serial entrepreneur is founder at Voys, VoIPGrid, and Spindle. During this VentureClass Mark will discuss how he organized these companies for growth: the different milestones encountered, the hurdles that were crossed, and how to organize things differently.

Afterwards there will be a Q and A where you will be able to answer your questions.

The VentureClass is followed by networking drinks.

 

Program:

07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks

 

Voys

Voys is the fastest growing telecom provider in the Netherlands, with offices in The Netherlands, South Africa and Belgium. Voys delivers cloud telephony for business and gives them freedom. In 2016 Voys won five FD gazellen awards, including a golden one and has been listed in the Deloitte Fast 50 four years in a row. The company also won a “Smartest” award and was listed as a top challenger in Sprout and a Gamechanger Management Team. Furthermore it is listed as one of the best companies to work for by NRC Next, and the website was nominated for a website of the year award.

 

VoIPGrid

VoIPGRID is the fastest growing telecom provider in Europe (EMEA region) and the fastest growing company in the Netherlands as researched by business newspaper FD. The award-winning telecom platform enables more than 200 wholesale partners to deliver the best cloud telephony solutions to their clients. VoIPGRID had a top 5 listing in the Deloitte Fast 50 and was sector winner in the category telecom in 2015 and 2016.

 

Spindle

Spindle is the Dev House and develops technology that sparks conversations and keeps them going. The VoIPGRID platform is one of the products that is worked on. Spindle has open source at its core and is proud to have one of the biggest open source development teams in the Netherlands.

 

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Feb
23
Thu
VentureClass
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mar
23
Thu
VentureClass “Team selection”
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

 

Team selection

Building the perfect team around you is a key activity for every entrepreneur; finding the right people who can help transform your idea into a thriving company. Success coach Erik Braal faces the same task in building and selecting the perfect team to bring success to the Groningen basketball club Donar.

Erik Braal has been a basketbal coach for more than ten years, starting with the Rotterdam Basketbal Team in 2003. With Erik as coach they managed to get 4th place in the top national league. After this, he coached the West-Brabants Giants, reaching the finals in the last year. In 2011 he became coach of Aris Leeuwarden. With Aris he reached, against all odds, the finals of the DBL; the biggest achievement in the club’s history. After two years of coaching of the Oberwart Gunners in Austria, he signed a contract for two seasons with Donar Groninge, which was recently extended to 2020.

During the VentureClass Erik will give his insight into how to select the best team, to get the best results.

Afterwards there will be a Q and A where Erik will be able to answer your questions.

The VentureClass is followed by networking drinks.

Program:

07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks