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Futurepreneurs Dutch Open 2022

Starting Winter 2023

Futurepreneurs is a pre-acceleration programme for impact-driven (future) entrepreneurs. It runs well in Lithuania and came successfully to The Netherlands last year.

The programme inspires and teaches students how to start and run a business that can contribute to societal change. Together we strive for a better future.

During the 3–4-month (free) program, you will work in teams on your own business idea or on a challenge that is brought in by a partner.

Sign up now for this winter!

Futurepreneurs Dutch Open and Future Builders Challenge are joining forces this year! That means we will have special attention for – but not be limited to – student that want to develop concepts solving challenges related to Distribution of functions, Energy transition and infrastructure, Future of work and Value of construction.

Therefore, we strongly encourage three groups of students to join the program:

  1. Students in the related disciplines of construction and building;
  2. Students outside the related disciplines, but with ambitions or visions within the domain of construction and building; and
  3. Any student, from any discipline that wants to develop a futurepreneurial concept that is either related or unrelated to construction and building!

Check out the Nu Bouwen aan Morgen scenarios by Bouwend Nederland for more information on the building and construction themes. You can pick a challenge provided by Future Builders or bring your own idea. But only when it has impact on the built environment, the world we live and work in. Application is open for individual students from all fields of study and for teams. Participation is free of charge.

Click here for this year’s special Future Builders track!

About Futurepreneurs

The Programme

This programme is for students from any discipline who would like to explore important challenges and to learn to kickstart their own or other’s impactful ideas into a business. During the program, participants learn everything about meaningful entrepreneurship from top mentors. If you want to validate your idea and learn about setting up your team, making the first steps in concept development and pitch for a jury, this is the programme for you.

The programme consists of a series of 6 masterclasses and workshops, all online.

The programme ends with a presentation of your team’s ideas and progress. Whoever gives the best pitch on Future Builders Day will win six monthly coaching sessions by Pure Birds and WorldStartup. Of course, we can't promise that your start-up will be a success, but it sure gets very close.

Application is open for students/ young professionals and teams. Participation is free of charge.

February 1, 2023

0. Kick off

February 8, 2023

1. Purpose Definition

February 15, 2023

2. Impact Definition

February 22, 2023

3. Impact Development

March 1, 2023

4. Impact Infrastructure

March 8, 2023

5. Impact Prototype, Run & Test

March 15, 2023

6. Impact Project Launch

March 22, 2023


Mentors and speakers

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Ivana Dvořáková

Ivana is a sustainable Food Enthusiast and Co-founder of Terraz pasta. Terraz Food is creating the Pasta of The Future, pasta as fully nutritional dish by adding superfoods from sustainable sources.

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Pieter Ham

Pieter is a researcher and founder of Finch Floating Homes. Through innovative architecture and design, Finch Floating Homes provides affordable, sustainable and typhoon resistant housing for the vulnerable delta’s of developing economies.

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Sander Peltenburg

Sander and his team are focussed on changing peoples perception on crickets and grashoppers by making tasty and appealing products for the food service industry. With de Krekerij they bring this future food to events and restaurants right now.

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Kees Klomp

Kees Klomp is co-founder of THRIVE Institute, social entrepreneur and author of multiple books in the field of purpose and business. Kees introduced the concept of purpose economy in The Netherlands, and is a sought-after speaker on purpose and business.

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Coen Faber

Coen Faber, partner at Pure Birds, is a serial impact entrepreneur engaging in several startups and large corporations to realize a sustainable, circular inclusive society and economy. Coen has been involved in the Futurepreneurs programme in Lithuania in recent years.

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Daniël Steginga

Being a director of WorldStartup Labs, Daniël is an expert in turning ideas into businesses. Using his creativity and entrepreneurial experience, he contributed to the birth of dozens of impact startups.

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Svitlana Khrystenko

Svitlana is a sprint facilitator and her tasks are sprints/workshops design and facilitation with design thinking methods as a base. She has background in product design and digital design that she applies in her work. Additionally, she is responsible for communication and management of participants in Hackathons and other programs.

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Han van Nieuwaal

Han van Nieuwaal works at the Thrive Institute. His areas are entrepreneurship, talent initiatives and research. His strengths are programme development and conceptual analysis. Big fan of Coca-Cola and Croky bolognese chips.

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Alexander Gunkel

Entrepreneur with a passion for innovation and social impact. Building, consulting and mentoring tech companies helping our society and environment.

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