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Our goal is simple. We help you as a founder with growing, scaling and lifting your business to the next level. We offer you a vast network of experienced entrepreneurs and operators to coach you, at your request. If you or your co-founder is studying in Rotterdam / Delft or has graduated within 5 years in one of these cities, don’t hesitate to apply for coaching. After you have filled out the form via the button ‘Apply for coaching’ below, we are going to match you to a coach that we think is best suited to help you.

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Alexander Collot d'Escury
CEO Bruynzeel Storage Systems
Alexander Collot d'Escury
CEO Bruynzeel Storage Systems

Alexander Kist
Co-founder and managing partner NewSkool
Alexander Kist
Co-founder and managing partner NewSkool

'If you think you have everything under control, you're going too slow. Making money first but also 'Karma Entrepreneurship'. Competition is good: believe in own strength. Business development AND Market Development.

Alexander Ribbink
General Partner at Keen Venture Partners
Alexander Ribbink
General Partner at Keen Venture Partners

1. Niet geschoten is altijd mis. 2. No gain without pain.

Alexander Stromberg
CEO & Co-founder Apolix
Alexander Stromberg
CEO & Co-founder Apolix

You can't control the cards you're dealt, just how you play the hand

Andrea Wassink
CEO at Enrico B.V.
Andrea Wassink
CEO at Enrico B.V.

Don't hestitate to ask everything, there are no stupid questions.

Anneke Sanderse
Supervisory boardmember Gelre Ziekenhuizen
Anneke Sanderse
Supervisory boardmember Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Every day that we spend not improving quality of healthcare is a wasted one.

Annemarie Haverhals
Annemarie Haverhals

Think big, focus on finding a balance of doing the right things and doing things right, and use your network!

Annemieke Rijke
Directeur Innovations / CCO in en voor Retail
Annemieke Rijke
Directeur Innovations / CCO in en voor Retail

Be driven by a strong belief in your company, not by making money on short term.

Anouk Kooijmans
Coach The Creative Greenhouse
Anouk Kooijmans
Coach The Creative Greenhouse

Think Big, Start Small, Work Hard.

Arco van Nieuwland
Partner at CNBB Equity Partners
Arco van Nieuwland
Partner at CNBB Equity Partners

Passion and curiosity is fuel for growth.

Arend van de Stadt
Co-founder SmartEagle
Arend van de Stadt
Co-founder SmartEagle

Plan for success

Arjanneke Teeuw
DGA Sardijn
Arjanneke Teeuw
DGA Sardijn

Barbara van Hussen
Lawyer (partner) JB Law
Barbara van Hussen
Lawyer (partner) JB Law

Dare to ask for advice!

Bart van Geluk
Consultant
Bart van Geluk
Consultant

Although the solution, service or product is impeccable, there is still a massive stakeholder field (suppliers, government, customers, process owners, and so on) to be organized and geared towards the success of the startup, initiative or organization. As a recipe for success, this is to be orchestrated robustly from the start

Bas van Heel
Executive Mentor Helium Consult
Bas van Heel
Executive Mentor Helium Consult

Start with a small team building a deep understanding of customer needs/competitive advantage. The rest is iteration/perseverance.

Bastiaan Witvoet
Owner Oranjegroep and Euro-Caps
Bastiaan Witvoet
Owner Oranjegroep and Euro-Caps

Become an entrepreneur because it gives you a lot of energy and you like hard work. Then success will come naturally.

Benno van Dongen
Senior Partner at Roland Berger
Benno van Dongen
Senior Partner at Roland Berger

Grow - your team! Stretch - no boundaries! Act - clients first!

Bob de Kuyper
Former CEO Koninklijke de Kuyper
Bob de Kuyper
Former CEO Koninklijke de Kuyper

Believe in yourself but surround yourself with people to compensate for your weaknesses.

Boukje Koch
Founder A4M group
Boukje Koch
Founder A4M group

Chill when things do not go as planned: iterations are part of creating a great product or service.

Carlos Prada
Cofounder / CFO
Carlos Prada
Cofounder / CFO

Value creation comes first Cash is king

Coen van Oostrom
Founder Edge
Coen van Oostrom
Founder Edge

You have to be the biggest optimist that life can be because you have to wake up every morning and say yes I can do this! But you also have to wake up every night and be scared shitless of what can go wrong.

Coenraad de Vos van Steenwijk
Founder DDV
Coenraad de Vos van Steenwijk
Founder DDV

What is the customer problem you are trying to solve?

Daan van Helsdingen
Partner at Flow Real Estate
Daan van Helsdingen
Partner at Flow Real Estate

Daan van Manen
General Manager Diagnostic X-Ray
Daan van Manen
General Manager Diagnostic X-Ray

Dare to experiment and always stay humble.

Dian Besseler
Entrepreneur
Dian Besseler
Entrepreneur

If somebody says no , what do you do?

Diederik van Styrum
Co-founder Xindao
Diederik van Styrum
Co-founder Xindao

'Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan dus ik denk dat ik het wel kan' - Pippi Langkous

Frans Haafkens
Founder i4hi
Frans Haafkens
Founder i4hi

It begins with passion for an idea and guts. If you possess those you go to Graduate Entrepreneur!

Frans van Houten
CEO Philips
Frans van Houten
CEO Philips

1. Get the right people on your team 2. It's all about learning fast. Make a plan, get started, learn and adapt. 3. Customers, customers, customers!

Gerben van der Werf
Founder and CEO
Gerben van der Werf
Founder and CEO

Take advise but make your own decisions

Gert Jan van der Hoeven
Managing Partner at H2 Equity Partners
Gert Jan van der Hoeven
Managing Partner at H2 Equity Partners

Gijs Dullaert
Non-executie, former CEO
Gijs Dullaert
Non-executie, former CEO

Dare to scale-up internationally and go abroad yourself to make it happen. Take really, really good care of your customers and employees.

Gijs van Lookeren Campagne
Founder Easy2Pay
Gijs van Lookeren Campagne
Founder Easy2Pay

Gijs was also the co-founder of Greenwheels.

Hadewych Cels
Partner Karmijn Kapitaal
Hadewych Cels
Partner Karmijn Kapitaal

A business plan will, of course, never turn out the way you predicted it, but it definitely helps you and your team to make one, if only to make sure you are all aligned.

Han de Groot
Founder Metrixlab
Han de Groot
Founder Metrixlab

If you can’t explain your idea clearly, keep quiet, and work on it until you can!

Hans van Ierland
Founder HPE Growth
Hans van Ierland
Founder HPE Growth

Persist and keep going, even if your friends don't believe in your business!

Harald Swinkels
Writer | Director | Producer
Harald Swinkels
Writer | Director | Producer

Make sure you have fun and make profit.

Inkie de Jong-Stoop
Owner Wijs letselschade
Inkie de Jong-Stoop
Owner Wijs letselschade

Don't hesitate, just do it!

Jaap Kerstjens
Partner Health Venture Partners
Jaap Kerstjens
Partner Health Venture Partners

In medtech and life science: do not trust that a great product sells itself, focus on getting to scale early on

Jan Willem Eleveld
CEO and Founder Norman Health
Jan Willem Eleveld
CEO and Founder Norman Health

Set your self ambitious growth targets and build an infrastructure that can support such (international) growth. Focus, focus focus

Jan Willem Gerritsen
Co-founder Metrixlab
Jan Willem Gerritsen
Co-founder Metrixlab

Think carefully about your business model from day one so it remains good when you grow.

Jasper Beerman
Investment Director Rotrip
Jasper Beerman
Investment Director Rotrip

Create a plan, stay focused, but above all the difference is in the execution.

Jasper Geselschap
Investment manager Innovation Quarter
Jasper Geselschap
Investment manager Innovation Quarter

Discipline equals freedom.

Jean-Jacques Sliepen
Development Director 0Entropy
Jean-Jacques Sliepen
Development Director 0Entropy

A good idea is worth nothing without execution.

Joop Heijenrath
Impact Investor
Joop Heijenrath
Impact Investor

Joost Romeijn
Founder Sunweb
Joost Romeijn
Founder Sunweb

Make sure that in your business plan your product is not only well defined, but also think of how to sell it. Who is my client and how will I reach that client?

Julie van Loef
Partner Development Manager
Julie van Loef
Partner Development Manager

The world of tech is a jungle! Realize that each misstep or mistake you make is actually progress that brings you closer to your goal - keep this growth mindset and you will come very far.

Karin van Lookeren Campagne
Karin van Lookeren Campagne

Next to a good business plan a great external pitch can make the difference.

Lourens Ruigrok
Investment Manager Finch Capital
Lourens Ruigrok
Investment Manager Finch Capital

Set the bar at the front door and hire someone more capable than you are every time.

Machtelt Groothuis
Co-founder Rubio Impact Ventures
Machtelt Groothuis
Co-founder Rubio Impact Ventures

Surround yourself with diverse people, be flexible to adapt your plans and just go for it!

Marcus Groeneveld
COO Ciphix
Marcus Groeneveld
COO Ciphix

Everyone can be an entrepreneur, as long as you are willing to work hard for it! Like a top athlete that wants to go to the olympics.

Mariet Schreurs
Partner A4M group
Mariet Schreurs
Partner A4M group

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Mark Witteman
Founder & owner of Mister Rotterdam & Mister M
Mark Witteman
Founder & owner of Mister Rotterdam & Mister M

Speed up and don’t be afraid to fail… and if you fail, do it fast, often & forward!

Mathijs Gast
CEO and co-founder Ciphix
Mathijs Gast
CEO and co-founder Ciphix

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with ;-)

Matthijs Havinga
CEO Pink Elephant
Matthijs Havinga
CEO Pink Elephant

Be true to yourselves and others - Realize your commitments - Be daring and imaginative - Create opportunities for everybody.

Menno Antal
Non Executive Director Action & Egeria
Menno Antal
Non Executive Director Action & Egeria

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid to miss the opportunity.

Merlin de Graaf
Partner at Bloom
Merlin de Graaf
Partner at Bloom

Having the right team in place is the key to success!

Michelle de Rijke
Lawyer/Partner Van der Feltz advocaten
Michelle de Rijke
Lawyer/Partner Van der Feltz advocaten

The only way to find a new way is to leave the beaten track.

Michiel Muller
Co-founder Picnic
Michiel Muller
Co-founder Picnic

Start today, momentum and energy is everything!

Michiel Wentges
CDO at Xcentric Hotels
Michiel Wentges
CDO at Xcentric Hotels

Just do it, we're there to help!

Michiel Westermann
MedTech marketing & strategy
Michiel Westermann
MedTech marketing & strategy

Make sure you are well informed, but make your own choices

Mijke Ketting
Owner Breinmeesters
Mijke Ketting
Owner Breinmeesters

How can I help?

Mijntje Lückerath
Professor and non-executive director
Mijntje Lückerath
Professor and non-executive director

Reach for your own dreams and not those of somebody else.

Mirjam van der Linden
Owner Motion at Work
Mirjam van der Linden
Owner Motion at Work

Invest in building a strong team with counterbalance powers and no hierarchy.

Nick van Hussen
Founder i4hi
Nick van Hussen
Founder i4hi

It's good to be impatient, it's even very important.

Nico Schuurbiers
Managing director Petplan
Nico Schuurbiers
Managing director Petplan

Believe in your plan, stay focussed and surround yourself with the right people (buid a team that is complementary to eachother and challenges eachother).

Olaf Lawerman
Founder Company Webcast
Olaf Lawerman
Founder Company Webcast

1. Get your first customer, quick! 2. Think big and be ready to scale 3. Create a scalable business model

Peer Swinkels
CEO Royal Swinkels Family Brewers
Peer Swinkels
CEO Royal Swinkels Family Brewers

You only can win if you dare to lose.

Peter Frohlich
Ex Oil Trader
Peter Frohlich
Ex Oil Trader

work hard and keep focus and opportunities will always arise

Peter Goedvolk
Founder First Dutch
Peter Goedvolk
Founder First Dutch

A very important development in Metropool Rotterdam. There is already a very good eco system but the missing link was cooperation!

Peter Gommers
Director Peter4Strategy
Peter Gommers
Director Peter4Strategy

It's not a sprint but a marathon or even a few marathons. You need to: visualise the race, have a great start, the right shoes, well planned nutrition support and the ability to adapt to tough times. Perseverance and agility are equally important.

Peter Potters
Owner MintoA
Peter Potters
Owner MintoA

Talk, talk talk to your future customers, and check your assumptions Don't hesitate to think big!

Petra Vos
CEO Fatboy
Petra Vos
CEO Fatboy

Balance passion with knowledge.

Pieter van Doorne
Investor
Pieter van Doorne
Investor

The client will notice nothing of your vision but will notice your execution!

Pjotr van Schothorst
Investor PVS
Pjotr van Schothorst
Investor PVS

Only start a company when you are really passionate about the subject and purpose, otherwise you will get bored. Make sure you do your homework well before making and presenting your business plan.

Roelof Vuurboom
Business Coach/Mentor
Roelof Vuurboom
Business Coach/Mentor

3 rules that invariable come up in every coaching session: (1) Focus (2) Focus and (3) Focus

Roos Damen
MD Damen Yachting
Roos Damen
MD Damen Yachting

Roos Damen is the Managing Director of Damen Yachting.

Ruben Verkuijl
Founder Interim Valley
Ruben Verkuijl
Founder Interim Valley

Let your internal vision, motivation and ambitions drive you. Be persistent, focused and don't let external circumstances hinder!

Rutger van Raalten
CEO CarbonX
Rutger van Raalten
CEO CarbonX

Listen to others, set your own course!

Sander Smits van Oyen
Co-founder SOVEC
Sander Smits van Oyen
Co-founder SOVEC

Believe. Persevere. Be creative. Succeed.

Sandro van Hellenberg Hubar
Co-founder Xindao
Sandro van Hellenberg Hubar
Co-founder Xindao

Start your business for the right reason (not money or ego) and show great co-founders leadership interaction. I love straightforward, professional, passionate and purpose-driven people, devoted to some crusade, as real team-players.

Saskia van 't Hof-Looije
Business owner/HR(D) Ssaz
Saskia van 't Hof-Looije
Business owner/HR(D) Ssaz

Go for what you believe in, be bold, have fun and develop yourself to your full potential!

Saskia van Walsum
Executive Coach, Informal Investor, Supervisory Board SPAR Holding
Saskia van Walsum
Executive Coach, Informal Investor, Supervisory Board SPAR Holding

Don't let anybody kill your dream.

Sheila Struyck
Venture Partner NBI Investors
Sheila Struyck
Venture Partner NBI Investors

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Stefanie Landman
Strategy & Business Development Bol.com
Stefanie Landman
Strategy & Business Development Bol.com

Undertake activities that you love to do, don't get stuck in activities that cost you a lot of energy > delegate

Taco Carlier
CEO Van Moof
Taco Carlier
CEO Van Moof

Don't postpone. Start your own company right now, when you are still at university. Conditions will never get better. Don't wait for a great idea either, its the least important thing there is.

Tijo Collot d'Escury
Managing Partner Roland Berger
Tijo Collot d'Escury
Managing Partner Roland Berger

Rely on yourself and keep going!

Tim de Zeeuw
Owner AmNova
Tim de Zeeuw
Owner AmNova

Discover and stay tuned to your primary purpose!

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