VentureClass – 5 years UGCE
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

We are happy to announce that alumni EV Biotech, Sustainable Buildings, CC Diagnostics, and Med E-Link will be speaking at the VentureClass!

On 20 September we had a wonderful celebration of 5 years UGCE, together with the opening of Northern Knowledge and the new building, on 22 November we carry on the celebration of our first lustrum with a special VentureClass.


Date:            Thursday, November 22, 2018
Time:            06.00-11.00 p.m.
Moderator:   Aard Groen
Speakers:     VentureLab Alumni
Location:     StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen


During this special VentureClass, we will look back, and ahead. We have invited several VentureLab alumni to take the stage, and we will officially launch our 5 Years UGCE Magazine and the new VentureLab Book. We will start the evening with a dinner.


Join us on November 22 for this celebratory VentureClass!

06:00 p.m.: Doors open & dinner
07:15 p.m.: 5 years UGCE by Aard Groen
07:45 p.m.: VentureLab Alumni take the stage
09:15 p.m.: Networking drinks 

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VentureLab Christmas Drinks
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Group 6 Farewell Drinks
Jan 18 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm


Join us for the certification and farewell for group 6 who finalise the programme on 18 January 2018!


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VentureClass –
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

A new year – a new series of VentureClasses. We are very excited for the VentureClasses in 2019 and we hope you are too.
We kick off the year on 24 January with a VentureClass by Jac Ten Kate.
Jac is managing director and owner of DCP Ingredients and


Date:            Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time:            07.00-11.00 p.m.
Moderator:   Aniek Ouendag
Speakers:     Jac Ten Kate
Location:     StartUp City, Kadijk 4, Groningen


DCP Ingredients is an international producer and marketer of highly functional collagen proteins for the food industry. Founded in 2008 the company has shown strong growth.Their protein solutions create value for customers in more than 30 countries. With collaboration and innovation they help find our customers product improving and cost reducing options.
In 2012 DCP took into operation its new production facility in northern Netherlands. In this new facility they are able to produce their collagen proteins using the most up-to-date production techniques. Under the brand name end products are distributed around the world.

Join us on January 24 for this first VentureClass and networking drinks of 2019!


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Kick-off Group 9
Jan 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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!

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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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