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The rumours are true – Startup Weekend is returning to Amsterdam – and it’s going to be even more awesome than last year. One of the biggest Startup Weekends worldwide – be warned, this event will be a SELL OUT, so do not delay in purchasing your tickets!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a Minimal Viable Product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.




Jul 6
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Venue Closes
  • Work from Lloyd Hotel / Home


Jul 7
  • Doors open
  • Breakfast
  • Mentors arrive
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Venue closes
  • Work from Lloyd hotel / home


Jul 8
  • Doors open
  • Breakfast
  • Mentors arrive
  • Lunch
  • Pitch training starts (optional)
  • Tech Checks start (mandatory)
  • Sunday Guests arrive
  • Presentations part 1
  • Dinner
  • Presentations part 2
  • Winners announced
  • Drinks and Networking
  • Venue closes
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Herman Kienhuis

Sanoma Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Herman is investment director of SanomaVentures, Sanoma’s new initiative to fund digital startups. For the last four years, he has led the digital business development initiatives of Sanoma Media Netherlands, focused on video, social and mobile. He combines a strong interest in digital media, innovation and sustainable development with a love for vintage design, indie music, family life and slowfood.

Mike Lee

Appsterdam   |   LinkedIn

Mike is a Silicon Valley-trained product engineer with a strong history of building great teams that build great products. Mike worked at Apple in Cupertino, has started multiple startups and is the founder of Appsterdam.

Serge van Schie

Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Serge holds the position of Technical Entusiasm Manager at Microsoft in The Netherlands. With a Bachelor's in Computer Science and over 16 years working at technology companies, Serge knows the industry like no other.

Mike Shulmeister

Amsterdam Innovatie Motor   |   LinkedIn

Mike is Clustermanager Creative Industries Amsterdam Area at the Amsterdam Innovatie Motor. His role is about stimulating Digital Media startups & grownups with finding capital, staff, knowlegde, partners and anything else that is valuable.

Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Serial Internet Entrepeneur   |   LinkedIn

Boris started his first company in 1997 and sold it during the hype of 1999. Starting companies, inventing innovative technology and coming up with new ideas is his daily work. A lot of his time is spent on keeping up with new trends on the web, internet and in technology in general and looking for opportunities.

Silver Sponsors

Thijs Gitmans

Funds Manager   |   LinkedIn

Peak Capital is an independent Dutch investment fund that invests in early stage ventures in the Telecom, Media and Technology sector. Thijs is fund manager of Peak Capital II where he’s coordinating the investment of Peak’s smart capital. He started his career as an international tax structuring specialist at Loyens & Loeff, followed by a career at MeesPierson where Thijs was heading the Private Wealth Management team in Amsterdam, serving mainly entrepeneurs. After MeesPierson he joined financial services startup Brand New Day in 2009. Early 2011 he joined Peak Capital. Thijs is a mentor for StartupBootcamp Amsterdam and Rockstart Accelerator.

Matthijs Hoekstra

Developer Evangelist   |   LinkedIn

Matthijs Hoekstra is working as a Developer Evangelist at Microsoft Netherlands. He’s responsible for everything related to apps. He has experience in mobile app development, building large scalable websites and creating architectures for large software projects.

Astrid Hackenberg

Azure Evangelist   |   LinkedIn

Astrid Hackenberg has broad experience with software development. Once started as a developer, she currently works as a consultant, applying her knowledge and experience in translating customer requirements to applications and supporting customers in defining an IT strategy. Before she run her own company focusing on teaching and coaching programmers, software architects and IT consultants on technology, professional programming and software architecture. Her expertise is concentrated on data processing and exchange, application integration solutions and cloud computing.

Martin Tirion

User Experience Evangelist   |   LinkedIn

Robbert van Geldrop

Owner and CTO   |   LinkedIn

Kees van Nunen

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Kees van Nunen is co-founder of SNTMNT, organizer at Lean Startup Machine Rotterdam and an active startup coach. He has a passion for innovation & entrepreneurship in the field of new media and his expertise lies in product & customer development from a lean startup perspective. Kees has won three Startup Weekends and was named Rotterdam Entrepreneurial Talent of the year 2010 .

Timo Mulder

Co-founder and Agile & Lean Coach / Trainer at ValueFirst   |   LinkedIn

Tara Ross

Digital Project Management and Business Operations Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Matteo Manferdini

Freelance iOS developer, photographer, entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Sebastiaan Hooft

Entrepreneur in residence   |   LinkedIn

A pioneer in the Dutch internet retailing starting in 2003, Hooft has built a string of successful internet, fashion and media firms that engineered ground-breaking e-commerce. Hooft advised leading venture capital firms on their investments and worked on a director level at a successful venture listed in the Deloitte TechnologyFast 500.

Since 2011 Hooft focused his skills on charity. He joined the Net4kids Aid Foundation and serves as an informal ambassador. He also is a board member of the Amsterdam Don Bosco Foundation, which’s mission is to help and support homeless and troubled youths and serves as the entrepreneur in residence for a tech startup accelerator.

Manny Soar

Entrepreneur and Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Manny Soar has been involved in multiple startups in the communications, consumer and financial services sectors after starting work with KPMG. He enjoys projects which are internet based, international and innovative. Manny has been involved in several successful launch, build and exits as part of entrepreneurial teams notably in the communications and financial service industries as well as a couple of failures! He was part of the founding team and CFO of one of the first online insurers which was voted by institutional investor as one of the 30 most innovative initiatives at the time and during his 12 years he had hands on participation in strategy, finance, technology, funding and marketing, Currently he enjoys being a mentor at Rockstart accelerator, is advising a new Brazilian comparison site and launching into the english speaking market.

Peter Jaap Blaakmeer

Co-founder & co-owner   |   LinkedIn

Peter Jaap Blaakmeer is an ecommerce entrepreneur with a technical background. He has taken part in his fair share of startups over the past years, most notably Party With A Local, the audience's favorite of Startup Weekend Amsterdam 2011. Especially startups in the ecommerce & retailing sector catch his interest though he is known to wander from this path. In his daily life he runs Elgentos Ecommerce Solutions where he helps to bring offline stores successfully online

Martin Voorzanger

Founder at Toogethr   |   LinkedIn

Martin is an enthusiastic entrepreneur from Amsterdam with solid background in software development and marketing. He worked for IBM/Rational, Lost Boys interactive, and was head of Internet/eCommerce at TomTom. With Toogether he is contributing to building a sharing economy and innovating mobility. He mentors at Lean Startup Machine, Startup Bootcamp Amsterdam, and Founders Institute. As a mentor at SW Amsterdam he will challenge you to validate your ideas, work on real problems, and enjoy the moment.

Other Sponsors
Nick Stevens
Don Ritzen
Joris van Mens
Dwight Gunning
Vincent van Leeuwen
Francesco Mattia
Edith den Hartog

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