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The Garage: Under Construction #2

Door Marcellien Breedveld op

Update 2 Read update 1 here The Garage Under Construction is a 3-weekly update for those interested in sustainability, entrepreneurship, startups, healthy living, smart cities, data analytics and nudging. Due to your interests and expertise we invite you to help form The UtrechtInc Garage into an inspiring and successful experimentation lab for us all! Why At UtrechtInc, when we look at the future, we see that cities all over the world are expanding. They are attracting more and more people who need to work, eat, learn, travel, live and consume in a healthy manner. We believe that bright entrepreneurs are the ones who can make this healthy urban lifestyle feasible for companies, policy makers …

Building a healthy (urban) living lab in the Garage

Door Marcellien Breedveld op

When I asked our startup community at UtrechtInc if they knew what Healthy Urban Living (HUL) was, nobody knew. Smart cities, sustainability yes, but healthy urban living? Just another concept invented by policy makers? So why the hack should entrepreneurs actually care? Most people and so most entrepreneurs care about their kids’ future. Cities all over the world are growing and changing rapidly as they attract more and more people who all need to eat, learn, travel, live, consume and work. How do we make that growth possible in such a way that we remain healthy and happy? Innovations are needed of …

The Garage: Under Construction #1

Door Elina Schäfer op

Update 1 The Garage Under Construction is a 3-weekly update for those interested in sustainability, entrepreneurship, startups, healthy living, smart cities, data analytics and nudging. Due to your interests and expertise we invite you to help form The UtrechtInc Garage into an inspiring and successful experimentation lab for us all! Why At UtrechtInc, when we look at the future, we see that cities all over the world are expanding. They are attracting more and more people who need to work, eat, learn, travel, live and consume in a healthy manner. We believe that bright entrepreneurs are the ones who can make this healthy urban lifestyle feasible for companies, policy makers and citizens. Why? …

Rabobank Utrecht en QwikSense gaan voor duurzaam en vitaal

Door Elina Schäfer op

Rabobank Utrecht en QwikSense gaan voor duurzaam en vitaal Een duurzamer gebouw, vitale medewerkers en verdere groei van een Utrecht Inc start-up. Dat zijn de resultaten van de samenwerking van Rabobank Utrecht met QwikSense. Meten is weten Een aantal jaren terug meldden een aantal jonge ondernemers zich met een idee bij Utrecht Inc: plaats sensoren in een gebouw die de temperatuur, vochtigheid en CO2 niveaus meten, mix dat met data over mensen en werkzaamheden, optimaliseer de klimaatbeheersing en een duurzamer gebouw, lagere energiekosten en vitalere medewerkers zullen uw deel zijn. In 2016 hebben Paul Stomph en zijn mannen de droom gerealiseerd. De …

Why most startups have a Customer Acquisition Channel problem

Door Startup Juncture op

If you read as much articles about startups, growth and entrepreneurship as I do, it sometimes looks like starting an online company is the ultimate paradox. It has never been easier to start a company online, but it has also never been more difficult to attract users and gain initial traction. By Bas Prass Every week I advise, meet and talk to multiple founders about their growth, business models and ways to gain more traction that could lead to sustainable growth. I still strongly believe that one of the most overlooked areas amongst startups is user retention. Please make sure your users …

Girls in Tech: celebrating Dutch female founders

Door Startup Juncture op

Oh boy, 2015 has been quite the year. It was the time when startups really got mainstream in The Netherlands. There was a bucketload of media attention for startups, and funding was easier to get by – resulting in more deals. But one thing is still missing: the much needed gender diversity in the Dutch tech and startup scene. StartupJuncture recognizes this. When walking around in the typical incubator, it’s really hard to not notice the majority of men working in tech. This obviously leads to, well, rather one-sized startup insights given in interviews. We’re missing the female point of view of …

Introducing: Mentor Tibor van Melsem Kocsis

Door Elina Schäfer op

Since October this year we welcome Tibor van Melsem Kocsis as a new mentor at UtrechtInc. For our startups these mentors are access to valuable knowledge and experience. Tibor: “Never ever forget to enjoy the ride and never stop asking questions!” For those who don’t know him yet, please read the blogpost below where we proudly introduce him. Tibor van Melsem Kocsis: Energetic, positive, results driven, curious, enjoying the journey and always hungry Love to travel the world with my family Passionate about learning new things Over the past period I’ve been fortunate enough to build up my experience in a global environment as CEO, CMO and Supply Chain …

Even voorstellen: Mentor Martin Toskov

Door Elina Schäfer op

Martin Toskov is mentor bij UtrechtInc. Voor onze startups betekent hij toegang tot waardevolle kennis en ervaring. Martin Toskov: “Persoonlijk geloof ik niet dat ondernemerssucces afhangt van het aantal uren dat je maakt.” Voor wie hem nog niet kent, hieronder stellen we hem met trots aan je voor. Martin Toskov: Strategie, result driven, marketing, organisatie, HR en leider. Wie ben jij in 6 woorden (persoonlijkheid, vrije tijd) Ambitieus, ongeduldig, altijd de beste willen zijn, eerlijkheid, do-attitude en doorzetten. Wat maakt ondernemen zo interessant en leuk? De vrijheid die je hebt om elke dag te doen waar je zelf voor kiest. Ik zie ondernemen als een ontdekkingsreis. …

Success story Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (CHE) is experiencing a grateful period. Just like last years, CHE was awarded to be the best medium-sized University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. A magnificent performance. We spoke with Ludo Zwaan, CIO of CHE, and Albert Jan Bouwman, ICT Manager of CHE, about the success story of CHE. ‘We are a medium-sized University of Applied Sciences and we invest in an intensive relation with our students. We’re strongly focused on the student, with motivated professionals.’ It is not surprising that CHE has won this award for consecutive times. They have a clear strategy, with good …

Managing a university business incubator

Door Roel Raatgever op

“What are the activities of a Managing Director of an incubator on an average day?” Since we have sent out the vacancy for a new Managing Director for UtrechtInc, I’ve been asked this question frequently. That’s why I am writing this blog. (And do check out the awesome video vacancy made by our graduate Vicancy). 7 years ago I started at UtrechtInc as Incubation Manager and later became Managing Director (MD). Since my first day as MD there hasn’t been a dull moment. Being MD of UtrechtInc is simply a fantastic job. This is something that I’m made aware off over and over …