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.
Join in for our new guest speaker Siete Hamminga, and dive deep into the entrepreneurial world. You will receive a link to attend with when you sign up for this event. Don’t miss out!
Going from one failure to another, ..without losing enthusiasm
Your ability to cope with setbacks is crucial to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Despite the success story of Robin Radar, Siete claims that most things he tries, don’t work out. He went from inventing a “GSM doorbell” in 2001 to Smart Metering, wireless parking sensors and supporting the Police in dealing with camera phones. Most were too early. None of them were successful. Siete will share his adventures and learnings in high tech entrepreneurship. About converting technology into businesses and about all vulnerable moments in between, when one set back follows the other.
About Siete Hamminga
Siete (46) is a serial tech entrepreneur and speaker. He studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Twente (where Aard Groen was his mentor). He finished his studies in Silicon Valley, wrote a book called “Beyond the Hype” and then started his entrepreneurial career. In 2010 he bought a technology from TNO Defence & Security to spin it out and pursue market leadership. The company is called Robin Radar Systems of which he serves as CEO today.
About Robin Radar
Robin develops radar systems to detect small objects like birds and drones. Robin radars are currently being deployed at airports like Heathrow, Schiphol, Fraport and Berlin. But also in Wind farms across Europe and Asia. Its specialized drone radars are used in security markets and protected events like the NATO summit and G7. The company passed 10M revenue last year, now has over 60 employees and is considered to be one of the most innovative and fastest growing high tech companies of the Netherlands.
Join in for our new guest speaker Yeelen Knegtering, and dive deep into the entrepreneurial world. You will receive a link to attend with when you sign up for this event. Don’t miss out!
Klippa is a SaaS company from Groningen that focuses on automated document & image processing. Klippa helps companies around the globe to reduce cost, improve efficiency and prevent fraud by applying AI to many types of administrative workflows. Klippa is on a mission to become the biggest automated document processor in Europe, with respect for people and the environment. With technology Klippa eliminates administrative and repetitive work, to free up time that can be spent on the things people love to do.
About Yeelen Knegtering
In 2013 Yeelen Knegtering finished his bachelor’s degree in Information Science at the RUG. Instead of moving forward with a masters degree, or looking for a career in IT, he pursued an online marketing career. After a few years in marketing Yeelen decided to start a software company called Klippa. Currently Klippa has offices in Groningen and Amsterdam, 40 employees and serves customers in 25 different countries. Yeelen leads the company and product strategy as Co-founder and CEO. And that marketing experience? That might be one of the most valuable assets in international growth.