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Amy Brown | Phoenix Brand Strategy | Episode 6 | June 24

In this series we’re having an honest conversation with the foreign founders in our community about the up & downsides of starting a business in the Netherlands.

In this episode we sat down with Amy Brown, founder of Phoenix Brand Strategy. As a global brand strategist with an entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for the art of reinvention and storytelling, and over a decade of experience building and leading award-winning teams at Ogilvy and Iris Worldwide – Amy shares her knowledge in this podcast.

Curious to hear her 5th piece advice to other female founders listening? “Innovation is advantaged by proximity to differences” – Nicholas Negroponte.

Stay tuned for the other foreign founders sharing their entrepreneurial story in the upcoming weeks!

This podcast was recorded at: VondelCS – Media & Cultuur LAB AVROTROS.

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Based on the pitch workshop given by Jesper Vieveen on behalf of crowdfunding platform Symbid

“You’ve only got one opportunity to make a first impression.” On Tuesday June 11, Jesper Vieveen, Marketing Manager at crowdfunding platform Symbid kicked of our quarterly Funding Morning with this quote.

In the 2 hour workshop, Jesper shared his knowledge on creating a perfect pitch deck. Followed by four pre-selected female founders that gave their live pitch, the second funding morning of the year was a success. For everyone that couldn’t make it: continue reading for a recap of the 11 key elements of a perfect pitch deck.


The 11 key elements for a perfect pitch deck:

  1. Mission & Vision
  2. The Problem
  3. Target Market
  4. The Solution
  5. Business Model
  6. Traction & Roadmap
  7. Marketing & Sales
  8. Team
  9. Financials
  10. Competitors & Risks
  11. Investment Plan

Do you have any questions on the above? Please contact Jesper via: jesper.vieveen@symbid.com and make sure to sign up as a member to join our next funding morning here.

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NEXT LEVEL BUSINESS STRATEGY

Ben jij een ambitieuze ondernemer en wil je betere resultaten met je business?
Wéét je dat er meer in je business zit dan je er nu uit haalt maar weet je niet hoe?
Is het tijd om nu écht jouw business naar een volgend niveau te tillen én ben je bereid hiervoor te doen wat nodig is?

In deze gratis online masterclass – gegeven door business coach Lisette Tol – leer je alles over de juist strategie om door te breken naar jouw next level in business.
Niet harder werken. Maar slimmer. Met meer focus naar krachtige resultaten.

Klinkt dit als iets voor jou? Meld je dan nu aan voor onze eerste webinar op dinsdag 16 juli om 09:00: ‘De 3 sleutels naar het Next Level van jouw business’ (exclusief voor members van The Next Women).

In deze training leer je:

★ Wat de 3 sleutels van succesvol ondernemen zijn die maken dat je door kunt breken met je business naar het volgende niveau.

★ Hoe ik dit zelf toepas en een paar praktijkvoorbeelden van andere ondernemers die dit heel slim hebben toegepast.

★ Hoe je in een aantal eenvoudige stappen je (business)doelen bereikt, op een ontspannen manier.

★ Wat er voor zorgt dat we vaak blijven stagneren op een bepaald punt in onze business en wat jij kunt doen om dit te doorbreken.

★ Wat er bij mij voor gezorgd heeft dat ik van €30.000 per jaar naar €30.000 per maand ging. En hoe jij dit principe ook jouw business kunt toepassen.

Meedoen? Meld je hier aan.

Lisette Tol is business coach voor ambitieuze ondernemers, die met hun bedrijf door willen groeien naar het volgende niveau. Zij leert ondernemers hoe je kunt groeien met je business. Het bijzondere aan haar werkwijze is, dat ze niet alleen kijkt naar hoe je naar hoe je zoveel mogelijk uit je business kunt halen, maar vooral hoe je dit doet op de meest ontspannen manier. Dus niet groeien door nog meer uren te werken, maar door een strategie te bepalen die zorgt voor zowel meer winst, als meer vrije tijd, voldoening en impact. Een bedrijf dat voor jou werkt, in plaats van andersom.

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Sindhu Holla | KARIGAR | Episode 5 | June 17

In this series we’re having an honest conversation with the foreign founders in our community about the up & downsides of starting a business in the Netherlands.

In this first episode we sat down with Sindhu Holla, co-founder of sustainable fashion brand KARIGAR. The brand takes this basic human need for warmth and protection and further explores how textiles can be both a necessity and a style statement.

How KARIGAR has evolved in Amsterdam, Sindhu shares with us in this podcast.

Stay tuned for the other foreign founders sharing their entrepreneurial story in the upcoming weeks!

This podcast was recorded at: VondelCS – Media & Cultuur LAB AVROTROS.

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Written by Estee Chaikin, Head of Marketing & PR for Antler Amsterdam

Entrepreneurial minds are everywhere! 66% of young professionals want to start a business, yet only 4% take the leap. The biggest success stories make us all dream about the accomplishments, but rarely educate us on all the struggles and challenges that make up a substantial part of the journey. “Founders need to overcome huge challenges using unique and creative ways”.

Starting a company is not smooth sailing

The hard truth is that starting a company is far from smooth sailing, and many entrepreneurs lack the knowledge on the type of support they need. In the last decade, the emergence of startup accelerators and incubators has grown rapidly across the Netherlands.

Such generators like: The Next Women, Rockstart, Yes!Delft, Startup Bootcamp and more are looking for early-stage startups and established teams working on an idea to contribute to the growing startup ecosystem. However, what about the majority of brilliant and determined people that want to become an entrepreneur but have no clue where to start. Should they look to find a co-founder to help them on their journey?

What does the ideal founder look like?

According to Magnus Grimeland, CEO of Antler, there are three main traits to look for in future founders: drive, problem-solving skills and a clear spike.

“We strongly believe that those provide a good foundation when building a fast-growing company.”

Common traits amongst the most successful startup founders include:

·        Leadership potential

·        Fast learner / quick thinker

·        Humble

·        Drive and discipline

·        Technical or domain expertise

·        An average of 7 – 8 years of professional experience

Entrepreneurs must realise that joining a startup generator program is a demanding task. Magnus reinforces that in order to succeed, “founders need to overcome huge challenges using unique and creative ways.”

The founder selection process

There are a couple of things you should prepare for in order to make a strong application to become a founder at Antler. Prospective entrepreneurs should expect a rigorous selection process, with both online and offline interviews as well as cognitive skills tests, which are conducted in order to access the candidate’s skills and mindset. All of these steps leads Antler to selecting only the top 3% of applications.

How a startup generator helps female entrepreneurs

“I learned a lot about startups, building teams and most importantly the kind of business I am passionate about.”

Participating in a startup generator program helps provide a ton of value to entrepreneurs. When looking for this type of program make sure you research well. Things that should weigh in your decision: ensure there is a broad mix of experienced tech and business/product founders; investigate the duration of the programs – shorter programs will enable you to be more ambitious; make sure you know whether you get funded to join the program or you need to pay.

Furthermore, look for programs which offer intensive mentorship, access to global networks and prestige, as this can positively impact your own personal brand.

Startup generator programs provide an outstanding opportunity to those that want to take an entrepreneurial leap and transform an early concept into a real enterprise. With the right ambition to become a founder, you can take the leap and help build the next big wave of tech companies.

According to this Forbes article, only 15% of venture capital funding is given to females. Antler Amsterdam’s first cohort had a 20% ratio of females with an aim to make it 50/50 in future cohorts.

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Founded in Singapore in 2017, Antler is a global startup generator and early-stage VC that is building the next wave of tech. With the mission to turn exceptional individuals into great founders, Antler aims to create thousands of companies globally. They help you find the right co-founder and connect you to a top tier network of advisors and experts worldwide.

Antler breaks the barriers to entrepreneurship by providing funding from day one and building strong teams from the ground up, while enabling founders to rapidly launch and scale their ideas. Find out more about their program in the Netherlands and London, starting January 2020. Applications are open now, apply here.

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Lucy von Sturmer | The Humblebrag | Episode 4 | June 10

In this series we’re having an honest conversation with the foreign founders in our community about the up & downsides of starting a business in the Netherlands.

In this first episode we sat down with Lucy von Sturmer, founder of The Humblebrag. As a platform and a consultancy, The Humblebrag is dedicated to amplifying the voices of innovators, forward-thinkers and industry disruptors driving positive change across sectors.

How The Humblebrag has evolved ever since Lucy decided to move to Amsterdam and start her business, she shares with us in this podcast.

Stay tuned for the other foreign founders sharing their entrepreneurial story in the upcoming weeks!

This podcast was recorded at: VondelCS – Media & Cultuur LAB AVROTROS.

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TheNextWomen by Maxime Ten Brinke - 2w ago

#GES2019 Opening Ceremony - YouTube

Women receive less in early-stage capital than men. Yet, startups founded by women, generally deliver over two times per dollar invested than those founded by men.


Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima opened the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 with an empowering statement and set the tone for the rest of the summit: it’s time for change and that time is now. With the official launch of the F€mpower Your Growth program by The Next Women and FMO on behalf of all stakeholders: Rabobank – ING – ABN Amro – Better Future, we’re not only talking the talk – but walking the walk. “The Future Now”, this year’s theme of the GES and F€mpower Your Growth is an excellent example of this. June 19 is the official starting date and we’re kicking it off with 29 ambitious female entrepreneurs and 29 committed bankers.


The third and last day of The Global Entrepreneurship Summit GES 2019 #GES2019 was closed in a festive way with the Mind the Gap panel moderated by Simone Brummelhuis with panelists Mona Keijzer, Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Nitin Rai & Kristina Perkin Davison, followed by a power lunch where over 140 women gathered to discuss the Golden Tips for Women Entrepreneurship.

The results of the Women Empowerment track part of #GES2019? 6 Golden Tips for Women Entrepreneurship:

1. Dare to ask, don’t be shy
2. Be persistent, don’t give up
3. Let go the idea of perfection
4. Invest in yourself, get a mentor
5. Don’t compromise on self-care
6. Build and use your network
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The good news? The Next Women can check all 6 boxes for you! Are you a female founder interested in becoming a part of our community? Get in touch by sending us an .
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Christina Moreno | She Matters | Episode 3 | May 31 2019

In this series we’re having an honest conversation with the foreign founders in our community about the perks & downsides of starting a business in the Netherlands.

In this first episode we sat down with Christina Moreno, founder of She Matters. She Matters is a social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to empower refugee and migrant women to build their social and economic capital, boost their self-confidence and become leaders in their homes, businesses and communities.

How She Matters has evolved ever since Christina decided to move to Amsterdam and start her business, she shares with us in this podcast.

Stay tuned for the other foreign founders sharing their entrepreneurial story in the upcoming weeks!

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With the power of time off Ingrid revitalizes people and organizations. In the upcoming weeks Ingrid will share her wisdom on this topic with you as a guest editor on our website. When working on your business there is always a high pressure to deliver the best results. Today you can read the inspiring personal story of entrepreneur, author board member and adjunct professor Wouter Scheepens. How did he gain new insights to take his personal and professional life to the next level? 

“When working in my business there is always a high pressure to deliver the best results.”

When I first talked to Wouter about the power of time off, his first reaction was “I don’t think you can ever expect me to become one of your clients”. To be honest, I was shocked and surprised but respected his choice. Several months later I received a phone call from Wouter about wanting to join one of our retreats as part of his planned sabbatical. Maybe you totally understand his initial reaction, and would react in the same way? If so, read his personal story and get inspired!

Before

“After many happy but intense years running both a family with three teenagers and my own company, I planned a three-month sabbatical from October to December 2018. Broadly speaking, for two purposes. Firstly, to disconnect from my work, to relax and to enjoy nice things. Secondly: I also wanted to use the latter part of my sabbatical to reflect on my work in the years to come. How can I (better) combine things I like to do and what additional pathways can I explore? I wanted to combine both having fun and productivity.

I decided to connect with Ingrid from the power of time off. I’ve known her for many years, and know that whatever she does, she does with her heart and a lot of professionalism and expertise. We talked about how to spend these three months of my sabbatical and I expressed my intention to join one of the retreats. Although it felt slightly unreal to sign up for a retreat, I knew that this is what I needed and that I would be in safe hands with Ingrid.

I was a bit worried about my total lack of yoga experience. But Ingrid convinced me not to take it too seriously, and just see it as just one of the tools in the toolbox to revitalize and become still inside. So, for the first time in my life, I booked myself on a retreat.

When working in my business I there is always a high pressure to deliver the best results. In the past I have tried several things to disconnect a bit. For example, I participated in a mindfulness course but didn’t manage to keep up regular and frequent meditation. I also once downloaded a mindfulness app but after four days stopped using it. I thought it would be great if the retreat could give me some experience, guidance and (practical) skills to help me integrate yoga and mindfulness into my daily life after the retreat.”

After

‘The power of time off created an environment enabling me to step totally out of my hectic daily-life. I was able to fully focus on revitalizing and there was a lot of time and guidance for reflection. Not everything was easy though. The yoga sessions were quite challenging for me, but on the other hand I did enjoy them and definitely learned to relax. Luckily Ingrid was not too strict on the coffee ban. The week was good for mind and body. I gained new insights to take home to my daily personal and professional life. The week taught me how yoga, meditation, silence and nature can help me continue to boost my emotional intelligence (mindfulness, (self-) compassion and connectedness), and increase my professional influence.

Now, I roll out my yoga mat every morning before going to the office, practicing mindfulness stretching my muscles. And I even take weekly yoga lessons in a yoga studio around the corner from where I live.

I enjoyed my three-month sabbatical and was able to put valuable and practical ideas given by Ingrid into practice.   I joined the retreat without any yoga or meditation experience. A week full of reflection, relaxation and laughter with a nice group of people, pleasant and knowledgeable facilitators who are 100% committed to providing you with an experience with long-term impact, in a wonderful environment in the nature. I can thoroughly recommend planning a sabbatical and talking to Ingrid to create a the power of time off plan. Even if you just have one week, I would recommend booking yourself in a retreat too.’

Learn more about our retreat-calendar here!

Inspired after reading Ingrid’s blog? Click on one of the following options to let us know your preference(s):

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Beth Massa | Ozarka | Episode 2 | May 24 2019

In this series we’re having an honest conversation with the foreign founders in our community on the perks & downsides of starting a business in the Netherlands.

In this first episode we sat down with Beth Massa, founder of the zero-waste packaging business “Ozarka” focused on sustainable, zero-waste takeaway boxes for prepared foods businesses.

How Orzarka has evolved ever since Beth decided to move to Amsterdam and start her business, she shares with us in this podcast.Stay tuned for the other foreign founders sharing their entrepreneurial story in the upcoming weeks!

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