90 students, startups and entrepreneurs come together for U-Onderneemt
Get a job at a startup, or start your own company? Explore the possibilities in the startup ecosystem? On December 1st, UtrechtInc brought together over 90 students, scientists, startups and entrepreneurs for U-Onderneemt. The event kicked off with a marketplace for jobs and internships and included a speed-dating session on how to get support when you’re starting a company.
Get a job at a startup
Roel Raatgever, Managing Director of UtrechtInc, welcomed everyone by sharing why it’s so interesting work at a startup: “As an employee you see everything, from strategy to operational process, from very close-up. You have the opportunity to make a big impact. In our incubator are 30 innovative startups. They are all pioneers form which you can learn a lot.”
The startups Bundle and Senfal confirmed this with their pitches. They explained to the eager audience what have to offer and who they’re looking to add to their team. During the speed dating session which followed the pitches, the students and startups got into some very interesting conversations. The young talents could get acquainted with opportunities for (part-time) jobs and internships at the startups. These students and scientists also had a chance to get some advice from the entrepreneurs might they have the ambition to start a company themselves.
Joep Meindertsma, Argu – “Great attendance - there were many motivated, proactive and curious students. As an entrepreneur, you’re always looking to meet new people with that attitude.”
Akshay Patel, SustAnalyze – “I enjoyed speaking to so many ambitious people and seeing them come together in one place. It was really a useful event, and fun too.”
Start your own company
The second part of the U-Onderneemt program focused on entrepreneurs and scientists from Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and Hogeschool Utrecht. People from the UtrechtInc team briefly explained the incubator programs and the ways in which they support startups. Exciting discussions followed between UtrechtInc entrepreneurs and the attendees: attendees had the chance to use the in-house entrepreneurs as a sounding board for their company or concept.
Steven Reiz, Senfal – “It was satisfying, giving my advice to the new starters and sharing our experiences with them.”
Elina Schäfer - UtrechtInc - “The success of a startup depends on the strength of the team. This event brought ambitious people together to find matches with which they can realise great things.”
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Business incubator UtrechtInc accelerates the growth of early stage (IT) startups during their first years of existence. We have created an ecosystem for startups to build innovative products, develop teams, attract funding and grow a successful business. Since 2009 we have supported and guided over 200 startups in Utrecht.