VentureClass “The Entrepreneurial Journey”

March 17, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
VentureLab North
Herestraat 106
9711 LM Groningen

With pleasure we invite you for the VentureClass of March. During this VentureClass we will discuss the Entrepreneurial Journey – how to step onto the entrepreneurial path and become entrepreneur. The two speakers of the evening are Ron van Helvoirt from Ronth Management ltd., and Padmakumar Nair, Director of LM Thapar School of Management in India.

Nowadays you have to be entrepreneurial minded. But how do you become a real entrepreneur, running a successful business? From his rich experience Ron will discuss how he makes things happen. What are the patterns of entrepreneurship and the characteristics of an entrepreneur? Which key stages will you be facing on the way, and what has leadership got to do with this?

Second speaker Padmakumar Nair (material scientist, board room consultant for many tech firms, professor of leadership, dean business school) will introduce the entrepreneurial theory of life, taking experiences from his own life as an example. We are all unique and have our own view of the world. How does this influence the entrepreneurial journey?

We invite you to take part of the discussion afterwards, and there’s plenty of room to ask questions. Prof. dr. Aard Groen will be the moderator of the evening.

About the speakers

Ron van Helvoirt:
Ron van Helvoirt is an experienced leader, entrepreneur, trainer and facilitator. He worked for small and big companies, as well as a self-employee, and set up firms and departments within complex environments. He completed a diverse range of projects, among others at Rabobank, Van der Gang Watches, Muelink & Grol, Imtech, Philips/Norma-IMS, Teijin Aramid, NUON, VAPRO-OVP, Jansen & Heuning, Villeroy & Boch, Hanze UAS, Noorderpoort, ProRail, NedTrain en Oranje Nassau Energy. For years he taught hbo-students on developing entrepreneurship and public leadership in a constantly changing and increasingly complex world. In 2005 he established Ronth Management ltd., active in business development and change management. Since 2014 Ron is developing and shaping the governance and organisation of the CIV Energie – Eemsdelta within a Public Private Partnership. Ron has now more than 15 years experience as an executive. Moreover he is the founder and (co-)owner of 4 ltd’s, and a holding. In 2009 he was nominated for the “Groninger Ondernemersprijs” and in 2015 he won the “Eemsdelta Innovatieprijs”. When Ron is not working, he practices endurance sports to stay fit.

Ron from the perspective of others: renewing, sharp on what the market wants. Tough in business, going after his goals, but with eye for the process and context. Very knowledgeable about leadership and able to bind people.

Padmakumar Nair:
Padmakumar Nair is Director of the LM Thapar School of Management run by Thapar University. An eminent researcher and management consultant of international repute, Dr. Nair, who has to his credit more than 50 research papers in international journals and more than 1,500 citations in academic journals, has worked both in academia and industry. He has an experience of over 25 years in diverse industries, including oil and gas, education, consultancy and advanced research and development. Dr. Nair Specialises in organisational leadership, entrepreneurship and nanotechnology and is a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, University of Twente, Chonnam National University and Wuhan University.

7.00 p.m.              Doors open & coffee
7.30 p.m.              Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
8.00 p.m.              VentureClass
9.30 p.m.              Networking drinks

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