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At Startup Weekend Zwolle, Mentors provide actionable advice and valuable insights, help to design the experiments and guide participants in building a strong business foundation. Sharing their competence, knowledge and aspiration, Mentors will bring out the best of your team!

So we’re very pleased to have these Mentors on board at Startup Weekend Zwolle:

Rene Assies

Rene is a Principal of Blackbird. Prior to joining Blackbird, he was Managing Director of SecurityWorks, a complete security systems integrator that provides security solutions and services for the retail market throughout Europe with a specific focus on the leading EU brands like Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, Media Markt, Samsung, Belgacom, McGregor, McDonald’s, and many more. SecurityWorks is a division of TKH Group (http://www.tkhgroup.com), a large, publicly listed Dutch Security Conglomerate.

Prior to this role, Rene founded as a startup, SecurityWorks which quickly became the retail security solutions provider of choice throughout the BeNeLux by developing, producing and marketing unique, state of the art and patented retail security systems that allowed mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders, and similar electronic devices to be displayed in a live yet secure way so that retailers could provide their customers with a realistic and actual ownership experience.

Eelco Bakker

Over the last 5 years he has developed several entrepreneurship programs for Universities and local governments (De Noorderlingen, TopProgramma Drenthe). Within these programs they combine aspects of lean start-up, effectuation and a coaching and expert support program. Next to these programs he supports businesses that are in need of (growth) capital, to find an informal investor or start-up a crowdfunding campaign. Over the years he has seen thousands of ideas, hundreds of start-ups and dozens of succesfull businesses. His goal is to support start-up entrepreneurs in the early stage, get them to search for the right businessmodel, but also develop their personal skillset.

Elmer Bulthuis

After leaving his last company in facility management (Measuremen), Elmer is now working on a game server solution with his new company (Gameye). Together with his girlfriend he has a company (Elmer en Denise) that help startups with their technical challenges and Elmer also has his own software company (LuvDaSun) in wich he works as a freelance developer from time to time. Elmer has a lot of experience as a CTO and thinks technology should be an integral part of a company, just like any other discipline. He’s known for his famous saying: “A problem without a solution is not a problem”.

So, What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events were you can share ideas, learn more about startups, expand your network, learn new skills and build great products.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams receive valuable feedback from mentors and experts. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for a feedback, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Why should you join?

Expand your professional network, take your own idea from concept to creation, join / build the team, meet experienced, talented and passionate entrepreneurs, follow the latest startups, learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, find business partners or even clients. And of course have fun!

What do you get?

  • Foods & drinks for the whole weekend
  • Inspiring work places at Hanz & Launchlab
  • Support from mentors and experts
  • Workshops from sponsors/partners
  • Branded Startup Weekend Zwolle t-shirt
  • Good’old Goodie bag
  • Great after party

How to get your ticket?

Please click here to visit our Eventbrite page and get your ticket.

Do you have a question?

Please email us at zwolle@startupweekend.org
Or get in touch via Whatsapp: +31 6 83 86 96 22


Jos Veldwijk Jos Veldwijk