VentureClass “Entrepreneurship in Networks”

November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
van Swinderen Huys
Oude Boteringestraat 19
9712 GC Groningen

On 24 November we celebrate the 3 year anniversary of UGCE – the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship, and would like to warmly invite you to the special VentureClass: Entrepreneurship in Networks, given by Ton Vries, CEO of Syncom. Syncom, a RUG spin-off from 1988, is today a global leader in customized synthesis solutions for pharma and biotech. How can a university start-up raise to a global level, and how can networking help in this – these will be the main questions discussed during the evening.

The festive evening will be opened by Aard Groen, Dean of Entrepreneurship, and Jan de Jeu, Vice President of the Board of the University.


19:00h:                         Doors open: Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen.
19.30h:                           Welcome & Introduction VentureLab International by Aard Groen

20.00h:                          Celebration 3 years UGCE by Jan de Jeu
20.15h:                          Entrepreneurship in Networks by Ton Vries, CEO Syncom

21:30h:                           Networking drinks: van Swinderen Huys, Oude Boteringestraat 19, Groningen


Ton Vries

Ton Vries has been Syncom’s CEO since 2000 when he succeeded Prof. Hans Wynberg, founder of Syncom.  Since 1991 Ton has worked in various roles of increasing responsibility in Syncom as Research Chemist, Group Leader and Director of Research. He has been involved in many different aspects of Syncom business including scientific development, chiral technologies, business development and business strategy.

Ton obtained his MSc in 1988 and received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in the field of chiral resolutions in 1996 from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.


Syncom is a global leader in providing the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with custom syntheses solutions. The company has an excellent track record dating back to the foundation of the company in 1988. They count both leading global pharmaceutical companies as well as small virtual start up companies among our clients. In addition to their pharma activities Syncom serves the diagnostic, fine chemical, electronic, and pigment industries as well.


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