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Mentor Idea Review

Fall 2011 Amsterdam Semester

Can you pitch your idea in three minutes and survive the scrutiny of seasoned CEOs? How viable is the idea itself? Can you present the idea in a meaningful and articulate way? Have you done the research necessary to understand the market and prove that the idea is valid?

Review your idea with Mentors.
2011-11-08, 06:30 PM


Marc Van Der Heijden
CEO, Tonson Enterprises BV

Current Marc is currently the CEO at Tonson Enterprises BV. He is also a member of the advisory board at Parthenon Data Centres, a member of the supervisory board at VastMobiel, a member of the advisory board at RadioAccess B.V., and chairman of the supervisory board at ...

Simone Brummelhuis
Founder, The Next Women

Simone is the VP Europe at and the founder, CEO at, an online business magazine and platform with a focus on news, deals, female business heroes and interviews. She previously founded Brummbooks, served as managing director of IENS Independent I...

Ton Aan De Stegge

Ton aan de Stegge richtte in 2009 Purplefield Investments op. Daarvoor werkte hij ruim 30 jaar in de ICT-, telecom-, en mediasector in managementfuncties bij Volmac (later Capgemini), Getronics en CSC Computer Sciences en als bestuursvoorzitter bij Ericsson, Telfort en Pc...

Veronique Pauwels
Partner, Bain and Company

Veronique is a partner at Bain&Company. During last 13 years, she has worked in a number of industries with primary focus on Consumer Goods and secondary focus on Industrial Goods and Services. Functional expertise includes helping Executive Boards of large corporations o...

Peter Van Gorsel
Educational Business Developer, University of Amsterdam / Serendip

Peter is at present the educational business developer at University of Amsterdam/ UvA / HvA. Prior to this, he served as the Dean at the University of Applied Science at the University of Amsterdam. Peter has significant sales experience in the media and communications ...

Frans Nauta

Frans Nauta, Professor of Public Sector Innovation at HAN University Innovation columnist at Business News Radio Columnist at Binnenlands Bestuur Consultant and writer at Department of Imagination Past secretary/member national Innovation Platform at Prime Minister...

Joris Van Heukelom
Partner , Makerstreet

Joris is currently a partner at Makerstreet. He was previously the CEO of ilse media, an online publishing and media search company. Prior to ilse, he served as director of content and consumer marketing at KPN telecommunicatios. Additionally he has also worked as VP of c...

Floris Van Alkemade
Managing Partner, Solid Ventures

Floris van Alkemade has over 15 years of experience in venture capital, M&A, business development. He currently manages Solid Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in early stage Dutch technology companies, that he founded in 2006. Before Solid Ventures, he was a ...

Yuri Van Geest
Founder and CEO, Trend8

Yuri is the founder and CEO of Trend8. He is also a member of the Topteam Creative Industry at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, head of Emerging Technologies at THNK Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership, double alumnus at Singularity Univers...

Lucien Burm
CEO, Kimengi

Lucien Burm is co-founder and CEO of a Dutch recommendation technology company called Kimengi. Out of that company, f»dforward emerged, a smart widget network providing cross-blog suggestions for articles to read next. f»dforward has been available on tens of thousands on...

Jim Stolze
Founder, TEDxAmsterdam

Jim is a creative strategist who has founded several companies in the media sector. In 2009 he organized the first TEDx in Amsterdam. He writes books about the digital society and attends and speaks at TED-events. He has a degree in the field of communications from Rotter...

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