It’s our pleasure to announce the first VentureClass of 2020 on Thursday evening 23 January by Ronald Apeldoorn and Robin Spelbrink of Avebe.
Avebe is a cooperative of starch-potato growers focused on the market. Traditionally the focus was on extracting starch from potatoes. However, by developing innovative methods Avebe now also extracts proteins from potatoes that are intended for the food industry. But there is more…. A potato is a source of opportunities with even more ingredients that can be turned into value. In other words, if it’s in there, Avebe will extract it! Every day 1,350 Avebe employees work on using all the opportunities provided by potatoes to make life pleasanter, healthier and more convenient – for clients, members, and society as a whole.
In this VentureClass you have the opportunity to learn more about Avebe as a company, their innovative projects, and one project in particular: In addition to starch, the potato tuber also contains protein, which in the tuber serves as a nitrogen storage, defense mechanism against food and as enzymes to catalyze the metabolism. When the protein fraction of the potato is extracted via mild processes, the enzymatic action of the protein is retained. It appears that a large part of the enzyme fraction of the potato consists of lipase, and this lipase can be used not only to hydrolyze ester bonding but also to synthesize it. Under water-poor conditions, potato lipase appears to be able to form esters from fatty acids and small alcohols, thereby forming biodiesel. Avebe has filed a patent on this and has made this patent available to VentureWeb and IHOG to set up and work out a business case for this.
Join us to hear more about Avebe – and the following networking drinks on January 23!
It’s our pleasure to announce the next VentureClass of 2020 on Thursday evening 27 February by VentureLab alumn Ludo van Hijfte of Fizzy Transitions.
Fizzy Transition Ventures delivers solutions for a smooth transition to a sustainable world by building on the foundations of our current infrastructure. We are front runners in building the “carbon capture and storage (CCS)” chain by developing the world’s first CO2 transportation system over water that delivers directly to depleted offshore gas fields. In parallel we are designing super-diversity “ECO-Reefs” on existing offshore structures that help restore the marine environment and can support both eco-tourism and local communities.
Ludo van Hijfte
Ludo van Hijfte (50) has enjoyed a varied career after graduating from McGill University with a degree in Mining Engineering. He started as an engineer with a Canadian mining company, became a research analyst with a Canadian investment bank and subsequently spent 15 years at Shell where he gained experience in various roles in the fields of corporate strategy, portfolio management, business planning, economics and new business development. He is Managing Director of Fizzy Transition Ventures which he founded in 2017.
Join us for the VentureClass to learn more about the divers and exciting things happening at Fizzy Transitions!
07:30 p.m.: Welcome & Introduction by Aard Groen
07:45 p.m.: VentureClass by Ludo van Hijfte
09:00 p.m.: Networking drinks
In the Netherlands alone nearly 3 million people live with chronic pain. A huge potential market. One that Reducept founders Louis Zantema and Margryt Fennema are taking by storm. Reducept is a virtual reality training for chronic pain treatment. With chronic pain, using medication might not be your favorite solution. The good thing is, you brain can be trained to decrease the pain itself. All the pain you feel, is made in the brain. The Reducept Method focusses directly at the brain. As a patient a person can train their brain to send out less pain signals, and experience less pain. The Reducept Method functions like a gym for the brain, without having to leave home. By exercising regularly, a person can teach their brain to increase control and reduce pain. Train towards a ‘muscular’ brain that has more grip on your pain in the long term!
In 2017 when Louis Zantema met Margryt Fennema, he was a psychologist at Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden, where he gave training at the pain outpatient clinic. Together Louis and Margryt saw the possibilities of developing a tool to help more than just these patients, and started to develop their method, together with the patients. Nowadays Louis is the Chief Science Officer at Reducept and he will join us to share the story of Reducept.
Artificial Intelligence is hot. But what can you actually do with AI? How does it work, and why is it useful? In this VentureClass Slimmer AI CEO JC Heyneke and Slimmer Labs Managing Director Giuseppe Lacerenza will share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Slimmer AI develops software products that support industries, solves real-world challenges and takes professionals into the future. Slimmer AI products ‘learn’ and get smarter over time, freeing up their customers to do less routine, repetitive work.
Now with their history of applied AI resulting in 100+ successful AI projects and two successful business units (Science and Sentinels) Slimmer AI is taking this lab-to-impact approach to the next level in their innovation and venture studio, Slimmer Labs. Slimmer Labs creates, builds, and scales people-powered B2B AI solutions.
JC is passionate about software businesses. And he believes AI is the single most important transformative technology of our time. This combines in Slimmer AI where innovative AI software products are developed to accelerate the broad positive impact of AI on people in business.
Giuseppe is a doer, dot connector, and force multiplier. Leading the Venture Studio arm of Slimmer AI to create, build and scale people-powered B2B AI solutions. Currently scouting for the next problem that only AI can solve.
Join us for the VentureClass with JC Heyneke and Giuseppe Lacarenza and learn all there is to know about Artificial Intelligence and Slimmer AI
19.30h : Introduction by Aard Groen
19.45h: VentureClass by JC Heyneke, CEO Slimmer AI & Giuseppe Lacerenza, Managing Director Slimmer Labs
Register below and you will receive the link for the online environment of the VentureClass on November 25.