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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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

   

           

Apr
20
Thu
VentureClass “Hackerone: From Groningen to Global”
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With pleasure we announce the next VentureClass of 2017 on Thursday evening 20 April. For this VentureClass we have invited the speaker Jobert Abma, co-founder of Hackerone.

 

Hackerone

HackerOne is a crowdsourcing cybersecurity company that connects business with hackers. Hackers try to find weaknesses in security systems and get rewarded with ‘bug bounties’.                      The company was started by Jobert Abma and Michiel Prins, who thought they could do more with their hacking skills than breaking into school computers. First, they started hacking for local businesses, but soon things took off when they started the ‘Hack 100’. The two hackers made a list of 100 multinationals and started finding vulnerabilities in their systems, contacting them with the results. This brought them costumers like Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, General Motors.

Hackerone has raised more than €72 million in funds spread over three investment rounds. The main office is located in San Francisco, however, they stay true to their Dutch roots with the Groningen office. As of February 2017, the company has 100.000 hackers working for them with €17 million in distributed bounties, making them the largest cybersecurity company of its kind.

Join us if you want to learn more about the story behind Hackerone

 

Jobert Abma

Jobert Abma is the co-founder of HackerOne, a crowdsourced cybersecurity company, together with his childhood friend Michiel Prins. At an early age, they gained an interest in coding and hacking, and began hacking for companies before they started their study. Jobert Abma left his home town Drachten in the Dutch province of Friesland to study technical computer science at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the city of Groningen. Not much later, he relocated to Silicon Valley, where the company is now working to ensure cyber security for large multinationals.The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A where Jobert will be able 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 20 April!

 

 

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May
18
Thu
VentureClass “Sustainable Entrepreneurship”
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

With pleasure we announce the next VentureClass of 2017 on Thursday evening 18 May. For this VentureClass we have invited the speaker Edward Doorten, founder of Green Planet.

Edward Doorten and Green Planet

In 2013 Edward Doorten opened Green Planet; petrol station and centre of sustainable mobility. Green Planet is the first multi fuel petrol station, aimed at sustainability. Alongside fossil fuels that petrol station also has several sustainable fuel types available. Education and awareness about sustainability is an important part of Green Planet’s philosophy, therefore Green Planet also provides education on the conversion of cars, so that they can run (partly) on sustainable fuel, and executes this conversion as well.

During this VentureClass on Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Edward will talk about ‘green entrepreneurship’ and discuss sustainable and innovative entrepreneurship. The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A session where Edward 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

Do you want to learn more about sustainable entrepreneurship and about the possibilities of participation in VentureLab, join us May 18!

 

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May
19
Fri
Information Event VentureLab North
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Do you want to know more about the VentureLab programme? The VentureLab team will be happy to answer all your questions about the possibilities to join VentureLab North, VentureLab Health, and Energy VentureLab on May 19 at 17h/5PM.

 

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Jun
2
Fri
Kick Off New Group
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

With the preparations wrapped up, we are happy to kick-off the new VentureLab Group on June 2, 2017!

Jun
22
Thu
VentureClass ‘Serious Gaming
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

VentureClass “Serious Gaming”.

 

We are happy to invite you to the next VentureClass on Thursday 22 June with speaker Tim Laning, founder of Grendel Games

 

Tim Laning and Grendel Games

Tim Laning is owner and founder of the serious gaming company Grendel Games. He started developing games from an early age, and founded his first game development company in 1998, meanwhile also giving lectures at the NHL Hogeschool. During one of these lectures he met Jan-Jaap, who would become his partner in Grendel Games.

Grendel Games is a serious gaming company that wants to make serious games accessible for everyone, coming up with out-of-the-box solutions. Examples of award winning games are: Underground; created to help trainee surgeons challenge their skills (Best Serious Game 2013), and Wijk en Water Battle; created to help customers change their water and energy consumption behaviour (Best Serious Game 2016).

During this VentureClass Tim will explain more about the possibilities and the future of serious gaming.

The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A session where Tim 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 22 June!


 

 

 

 

 

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Sep
15
Fri
Information meeting
Sep 15 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Do you want to know more about the VentureLab programme? The VentureLab team will be happy to answer all your questions about the possibilities to join VentureLab North, VentureLab Health, and Energy VentureLab on 15 September at 16.30h/4.30PM.

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Sep
21
Thu
VentureClass: “The men from ENIE.NL”
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

“The Men from ENIE.NL”

It’s a family affair – father and sons merged their ideals for a sustainable future into a business plan and founded ENIE.NL. At this Energy VentureClass brothers Milan and Patrick van der Meulen will demonstrate how ideals can become a business model and materialize into a bright, sustainable future for the company ánd their customers.

After seeing Al Gore’s documentary ‘The Inconvenient Truth’ Milan and Patrick in a whim decided to contact Gore. The man himself invited them for a training in Miami, preparing them to pursue their ambitions to work on a sustainable future, resulting in the foundation of their company ENIE.NL. The company offers a solar power lease plan that makes solar power accessible to everyone, including people who rent their home.

The energy transition starts right here! Join us at the VentureClass to find out more!

Program:

07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks (Bar Bubbels – Oude Boteringestraat 9, Groningen)

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Oct
6
Fri
Kick off New Group!
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We are looking forward to kick-off with a new group of motivated entrepreneurs on October 6th!

Do you want to know more about participating? Send us an email or join on September 15th!