VentureClass ‘Scale-ups’

May 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Geertsemazaal, Academy Building
Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen

UPDATE: Unfortunately Edwin Kuipers is not able to join us coming Thursday. After Marco Jansen talks about his experiences with scaling-up with Catawiki, now we have organised a panel discussion on scaling-up where Marco will be joined by Fadi Khalil from XPose and Peter Hager from Simplicate.

If you are not able to join the VentureClass we have a special treat for you. The event will be live streamed! On Thursday 19.30 click here for the live stream.

We warmly invite you for our next VentureClass on Thursday evening April 26. For this VentureClass we invited the speakers Marco Jansen, founder and CTO of Catawiki; Europe’s fastests growing online action house, and a panel discussion with Fadi Khalil from XPose and Peter Hagen from Simplicate.


24 to 28 May is Startup Fest Europe, a nationwide festival of events, that help startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). With Catawiki being the fastest growing technology company in Europe achieving an unbelievable 45.000% growth in revenues over the past four years (Deloitte Technology Fast 500 ranking), and Crowdynews being the world’s largest social media curation platform, this Startup Fest VentureClass explores the topic of rapid growth: how do you bring your startup on the road of scaling up? Marco Jansen and Edwin Kuipers will share with you the secrets of the art of scaling up, as well as their stories and struggles of raising the capital necessary to achieve a break-through on the market.

The VentureClass will round up with a Q&A session where Marco and Edwin will be available to answer  your questions.


Marco Jansen and Catawiki

Marco Jansen is founder and CTO of Catawiki: Europe’s fastest growing online auction house for special items. Since 2011, Catawiki has been hosting weekly auctions in 80 categories, from classic cars to vintage watches, from Whisky to Coins, from Art to Jewellery. Marco has a MSc in Computer Science (University of Twente). Before starting Catawiki in 2008 he worked as Agile project and delivery manager for ThoughtWorks in London and Bangalore.



  • 7.00 p.m.: Doors open & coffee
  • 7.30 p.m.: VentureClass
  • 9.30 p.m.: Networking drinks (van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen)

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