VentureClass Hempflax
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2019 on Thursday evening 28 February, 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, February 28, 2018
Time:               07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator:   Aard Groen
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 Aard Groen
07:45 p.m.: VentureClass by Eelkje Oldenburger
09:00 p.m.: Networking drinks

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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 – The Seaweed Company
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Joost Wouters

Joost Wouters is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. He started his professional career at Procter & Gamble in 1995. Later he joined the Management Team of Pepsi Cola Benelux. When his first son was born, Joost decided to quit his job and start a Management Consulting firm, so he could blend work and family life. Over the last 16 years, Joost worked with the leadership teams of large and small companies such as Danone, Unilever, Heineken and Reckitt Benckiser, in places all over the world.

In 2006 Joost and his family moved to Spain, where he built a house and Leadership Center at the Mediterranean. Ten years later, he returned to The Netherlands to continue his adventure and contribute to a liveable future for his kids and the generations to come. As SeaEO of The Seaweed Company he and his team aim to implement CO2-reducing seaweed-based business models at large scale.

The Seaweed Company

The Seaweed Company combines unique biological and technological expertise to integrate the seeding, growing, harvesting and processing of seaweed. As a result they are able to cultivate certified seaweed on a commercial scale at open sea, and produce seaweed in the quantities needed to fully benefit from large-scale CO2-reducing applications.

Without using any land, fresh water, or fertilizer.

At their concession in Ireland they have started a commercial seaweed site. This will be the first step towards achieving their goal to deliver CO2-reducing seaweed products and applications on a large scale.

Join us on June 27 for this VentureClass and networking drinks


Date:                Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time:               07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator:     Aard Groen
Speaker:         Joost Wouters
Location:       Startup City, Kadijk 4, Groningen
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Summer BBQ
Jul 12 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
VentureClass ‘From Ampelmann to FORWARD.one’
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2019 on Thursday evening 26 September by David Cerda Salzman, co-founder of Ampelmann and FORWARD.one.

Date:              Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time:             07.00-10.00 p.m.
Moderator: Aard Groen
Speaker:      David Cerda Salzman
Location:     Startup City, Kadijk 4, Groningen

David Cerda Salzmann

David Cerda Salzmann is a Civil Engineer who graduated within the section of Offshore Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in 2004. Subsequently, he started a PhD research entitled “Ampelmann – Development of the Access System for Offshore Wind Turbines” which was completed in 2010. During his time as a PhD student, he was involved in developing and teaching different courses inside and outside the Offshore Engineering curriculum. He remained involved in education at the Offshore Wind group at the Delft University until the end of 2012.

While conducting his PhD research, he co-founded Ampelmann Operations BV In 2007. Within this company David was responsible for the software development, design, calculations and certification of the Ampelmann systems. He became Manager R&D in 2011 and developed the Educations program for the company in 2013. He has been working as an Internal Consultant for the company from 2014 until 2018.

In 2018, together with two of his Ampelmann co-founders and two former bankers, David founded a Venture Capital firm named FORWARD.one – a VC specialized in investing in innovative hardware startups. He has been and still is actively involved in the coaching and mentoring of several startups.

Join us on September 26 to hear David’s story and afterward for networking drinks.


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Farewell Group 8
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Kick-off Group 11
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm