BeStart worksession January 20th: demo at recycling station Omrin

Monday January 20th our startups had their worksession at Omrin in Heerenveen.

In the moring they had a peek (and sniff 😷) at the recycling station in Heerenveen. CEO John Vernooij (also our chairperson) told them his entrepeneur story with some strong advice:

‘Know what is your focus and what not. Be the best in your field. And whatever happens, there is always a plan B’

One of the startup CEO’s Linda Dijkshoorn commented it as “Best tour of the BeStart.nl year. Companies like Omrin turn our current lifestyle to a more sustainable one by recycling and treating our waste in an incredibly innovative manner. But my Lord, we should ban single use plastics… it is scary to see how much is thrown out….”

In the afternoon Martin Tietema, who participated in our programme in 2017-2018, told our startups about the growth of his company Foamplant and the challenges he faced leading his company it to success. More about his company in this radiopodcast!

Next stop: Annemieke Mintjes and storytelling on February 10th. Looking forward to it!

Save the date! Monday March 16th BeStart DemoDay

On Monday March 16th we will have another DemoDay. The final one for the 2019-2020 start-ups and at the same time a selection event for the participants for 2020-2021. Do you want to know what’s new in the cleantech world? Mark the afternoon as ‘busy’ in your agenda!

Expect to be blown away by inspiring pitches about water technology, waste, chemistry, indoor and outdoor farming, food, IT, biotechnology and more! Don’t forget to take your business cards, you will need them.

  • When? Monday March 16th, 14.30 – 18.00
  • Where? Biosintrum, Ecomunitypark 3 Oosterwolde (the building next to ECOstyle)
  • Register: ronald@bestart.nl

BeStart Check worksession 18 november: Agile, scrum and loads of passion

Last monday November 18th we had our first Check work session at the Biosintrum in Oosterwolde. In this perfect and inspiring building our guest speaker Annemieke Mintjes gave an interactive session about scrum. We will soon share her video with the most important lessons here.

Next, our board member Anne Jan Zwart shared his passion and lessons learned in an inspiring presentation about EcoStyle. He told us about his most important driving factor to do business: to decrease our human footprint. That is something our participating startups definitely have in common with him. We will also soon share his video with you.

Last but not least Wilco Dijkstra from CE-Line had a peer-to-peer session with the other startups about the most important challenges he faces right now. ‘It really helped me think out-of-the-box’ he commented afterwards.

Maciej Grajewski and Richard Rushby from SG Papertronics made this vlog about the day. Conclusion: we are doing serious business at BeStart, but there is also plenty of opportunity for some laughs. After all, ‘we zitten allemaal in hetzelfde schuitje’ ;-).