Startup Weekend Groningen 2019
8 - 10 Nov, 2019, Het Kwadraat
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A connection, a bond or common feeling between people. That’s what you will experience at Startup Weekend Groningen. In just 54 hours you will work with enthusiastic people on what potentially could be the next great startup. But even more important are the valuable lessons you will learn and the people you will get to connect with.


hours of

Designing / Developing / Validating / Hacking

Networkings / Friends / Mentoring / Learning / Building

Drinking / Partying / Not sleeping / Nerfgun battles / Karaoke
Games / Longboarding / Eating / And a whole lot more!

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources

Groningen has a lot of people who want to further the region from an eco- and not an ego perspective.

Over the last few years we have seen people connect and become friends. It is is great when meaningful friendships arise between entrepreneurial people. It creates space to cooperate and build businesses together. Friends know each others talents and pitfalls and understand what they can do for each other.

The collaboration between corporations and startups has become crucial

“A good startup ecosystem proves to be better at shortening the cycles of innovation, exploiting technology, enhancing existing business models, and inventing new ones more quickly and effectively than big corporations.”

Prats.J & Amigó. P (2017) Corporate Venturing: Achieving Profitable Growth Through Startups, by: IESE Business School University of Navarra

This is how your weekend will look like


17:30 - Venue is opened
Registration starts. You will receive your name badge, t-shirt and a goodiebag
18:00 - Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practise pitches, get to know fellow participants
19:00 - Opening
Kicking off the event
19:40 - Pitch time!
Line up to give your pitch. Although it is optional we strongly encourage you to take the stage. We all know how scary that is, so we will support you! Ideas can be transformed into something great throughout the weekend.
21:20 - Voting
Participants vote for the top pitches. The ideas with the most votes will be announced shortly after and can form a team.
21:40 - Forming teams
Find the team you want to work with during the weekend on an idea of your liking.
22:00 - Start Working
Register your team to get a workspace assigned


08:00 - Doors open
08:15 - Breakfast is ready
09:00 - Workshop: How to do validation
10:00 - Start working
Make sure you validate that you are solving a real problem
10:30 - Coaches arrive
11:00 - Smoothies
13:00 - Lunch is being served
14:00 - Work, work, work, work, work it
18:30 - Dinner time!
19:30 - pop-up pitches
Fake it till you make it. It is a great opportunity to get valuable feedback
21:30 - Energy booster
Great activity to boost the energy
22:00 - Continue work as long as you like


08:00 - Doors open
08:15 - Breakfast is ready
09:00 - Start working
Finish up your business model canvas
10:00 - Workshop: pitch training
Mark Meinema is an expert on how to get to the core of a story. Learn from the best!
12:30 - Lunch is served!
14:30 - Presentation prep.
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation
16:30 - Wrap-up
Clean your workspace and make sure nothing is left behind.
17:00 - Dinner
18:00 - Final presentations
Your presentation may take 5 minutes and we are pretty strict about it.
20:30 - Judging & Awards
Judging criteria: validation, execution and business model
21:30 - Afterparty @The Cult
With a well-known DJ

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Support from the best coaches
we could find for you

We found the best coaches that are able to support you throughout the weekend. Our coaches have knowledge and skills in a wide range of fields. The one-on-one advise given to teams can be invaluable and a key factor in achieving success. The coaches love to help aspiring entepreneurs.

Get judged by experts

Our panel of judges will look at the process the team has gone through. Has the idea been validated? Is there a viable business model? What are the unique selling points? How does it compare to the competition? Is there a proof of concept? What is the minimal viable product?

Meet the organizing
team of this event

The organization of this event consists out of volunteers only. We love to organise events for the startup community. Organising events beside our daily jobs require a lot of help from others. Do you want to help? Reach out to us!


Thanks to these awesome companies and organizations, we're able to make it happen!

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Learn from the best and start your next adventure.
Get your tickets now for Startup Weekend 2019!

  • Includes 7 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), snacks and drinks
  • Includes a goodie bag filled with great items
  • Access to an entrepreneurial network
  • Having an unforgettable weekend
  • Mentoring from the best coaches
  • And much more…