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Startup Weekend is all about learning new things, we arranged the best coaches for you to get the most out of your Startup Weekend! Here are the last 5 out of 10 coaches!


Niels Grootenboer

Niels is Marketing Manager at family distillery Hooghoudt. Over the last years, he – together with his colleagues – has developed new directions for the company to move into while maintaining the authentic side of it. As co-owner of De Straatmarketeer Niels specializes in new marketing strategies and knows how to get your product or service straight to your costumer. 


John Franke

John Franke is a 52 years old serial entrepreneur who has been enterprising in a wide range of businesses over the last 35 years. From co- and founder of furniture shops, hairdressers’s shops, bookstores and an accountants office, to CEO of one of the biggest trade fair complexes in the Netherlands. In the last two years he’s been busy with organising various cycling events like the TTdrenthe500 in which contenders cycled 500 laps over the circuit of Assen. He’s happy to help you during the weekend with his expertise as an entrepreneur and in the financial field of starting a business!

Jolijn Creutzberg

​My name is Jolijn Creutzberg. I founded Van Hulley three years ago. Van Hulley is a social enterprise that turns your favourite but worn out shirt into a boxershort (m/f). ​The women that make your boxers get work experience at Van Hulley and go  to school together. We help them bridge the gap to the labor market. 


Stefan Wobben

Stefan is always striving to make the world a better place. He is very passionate when it comes to creating user (internet ) experiences. He understands complex situations and knows how to translate this into valuable concepts and strategies. When Stefan is not busy making the world a better place, he likes to travel and do sports. His knowledge and numerous examples make him a good mentor for Startup Weekend Groningen!


Joshua Peper

Startup Weekend and Groningen have a special place in my heart. Since the second edition i’ve been participant.

I’m honored to be one of your juges, and being a coach this year. I’l be there throughout the weekend (friday-sunday). I will help you with your concept and finetuning it, will remove technical obstacles and, off cource, drinking all beer (work hard, play hard).
As a juge I will pay extra attention to originality, feasibility (also technical) and design. Don’t forget you need to add some value in the chain. Finding a business model is much easier that way.
Don’t forget to enjoy the weekend!
PS: Don’t be “social responsible” to be “social responsible”. It is NOT a good basis for running a business. Don’t depend on financial support of the government, and other subsidised funding.

Let’s celebrate the startup community during the 10th edition of Startup Weekend Groningen.In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you. Go to swgro.nl for more info and tickets!

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