VentureClass – Slimmer AI
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


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
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 Heyneke
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 Lacarenza
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



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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.

May 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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We would like to welcome you to another version of VentureClass!

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!


About Klippa

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. 

VentureClass: Learning from Mark Vletter – How to grow?
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Mark Vletter is a rebel with a cause and founder of a few fast growing companies, like Voys, Spindle/ VoIPGRID. He fights for an open and free internet. About 12 years ago, Mark Vletter developed a product that radically changed the telecom world: telephony in the cloud. They brought the innovative product to the market under the name Voys. Today, Voys has over 50 employees, has offices in three countries and is thé cloud telecom provider for over 13.000 companies in NL, BE, DE and South Africa. The cloud telephone exchange has developed further in Devhouse Spindle.

In 2003, Mark has set up the foundation to ensure that the last 48% of the world’s population also has unlimited access to modern communication. Both Voys and Devhouse Spindle work according to the principles of Holacracy, where there are no managers and everyone is their own boss. Besides that, Mark Vletter is also a keynote speaker, blogger and columnist about working without managers & job description (Voysmodel / Holacracy), digital transition and entrepreneurship.


On the 28 of October, Mark Vletter will share his stories about these endeavors in the VentureClass, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

07:00 p.m.: Walk-in
07:30 p.m.: Introduction by Aard Groen
07:45 p.m.: VentureClass
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VentureLab Weekend
Mar 25 @ 3:30 pm – Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm

VentureLab Weekend is a 3-day-long event, where aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their startup ideas are viable.

Join us if you want to build your competences and skills, your future dream-team, and, of course, your business. Supported by a variety of workshops, and an international group of coaches and experts from different industries, you will start on Friday with building a coalition around your idea, or joining a team that is going to work on something important for you. On Saturday and Sunday you will attend lectures and workshops, perform market research and train in pitching your ideas. Sunday evening the teams will do a final pitch for a panel of expert entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and potential investors.

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