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Pitching & Networking Afternoon 24 Feb. 2012 (Amsterdam)


Friday, February 24, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CET)

Pitching & Networking Afternoon 24 Feb. 2012...

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Pitching entrepreneurs. Submit your pitch document to simone at thenextwomen dot com if you want to pitch. Pitching entrepreneurs must attend the workshop in the morning 9-12.
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The NextWomen Pitching & Networking Afternoon- 24 February - Amsterdam

The NextWomen invite you to a Pitch Afternoon with Investors on February 24th in Amsterdam. The events aims to support women-led businesses prepare and practice their investment pitches with a real panel of investors.

The European Pitch Events for Female Entrepreneurs are highly appreciated events organized since the start of The NextWomen end of 2008 at the request of our readers, and it provides an excellent networking opportunity with the possibility to make lasting business connections. More than 100 female entrepreneurs have pitched through The Next Women.

"It was such an experience to participate in TheNextWomen! The feedback from the panel was invaluable, the people met most intriguing, and the whole experience exhilarating. Thank you for making the event such a blast! I truly enjoyed every minute of it, but can only imagine how much work it took to make it happen so smoothly." 

The event will give women founders (experienced or with little or no experience in fundraising) a first review of their business plan by experts and investors and initial practice of their pitch in a friendly environment, gaining first-hand insights and feedback from experienced investors from the judging panel.

Up to 11
women-led startups will pitch.

Up to 75 guests will join for the event.

Location: RAI, Elicium, Room D, Europaplein, Amsterdam.

Date: February 24th

  • 13.00-13.10 Introduction by Simone Brummelhuis
  • 13.10-13.15 Welcome Imke Carsouw, Member Management Team Entrepreneurship Department at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
  • 13.15-13.30 Entrepreneur Talk: Danielle Kleyheeg, I4Talent
  • 13.30-13-45 Investor Talk: Harry Helwegen, BAN
  • 13.45-14.00 Networking
  • 14.00-14.20 Introduction Judging Panel
  • 14.20-15.20 Funding Pitches & Demo's by 6 companies
  • 15.20-15.40 Networking
  • 15.40-16.40 Funding Pitches & Demo's by 6 companies
  • 17.00 Winner announcement, Closing & Networking

If you want to attend this Event please respond asap via simone at thenextwomen dot com and register via eventbrite

If you want to present at this evening as an entrepreneur, please contact simone at thenextwomen dot com and register via eventbrite with:

name company

name founders

description company

You will need to submit your power point with your presentation slides 4 days prior to the event.



Harry Helwegen - Chairman Business Angels The Netherlands (BAN)

harry helwegenHarry Helwegen is Owner at Diligence, Intermediary for M&A, and Founder & Chairman of Business Angels Network the Netherlands

Imke Carsouw - Member Management Team Entrepreneurship Department at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

Danielle Kleyheeg - CEO & Founder i4talent

Danielle Kleyheeg is founder and proud owner of i4talent. She studied Commercial Economy after which she worked in the temporary employment agency business for six years. In this time she also got her degree in Business economics. After working in secondment company’s for several years she started her own secondment company. In 2005 she started i4talent which has grown into a professional partner over the last years. 

Mark Voermans - Microsoft Bizspark, The Netherlands

Mark Voermans is Emerging Business Manager at Microsoft and passionate about how technology innovation influences the world. He started his career in ICT in 1995. After working at a large Dutch telco, Mark joined Microsoft in 2000. Since 2000 he held different positions in the Dutch subsidiary of Microsoft and in his current role as Emerging Business Manager he is responsible for helping and supporting start-ups to become what’s next.  He manages a portfolio of over 650 software startups in the Netherlands and is always keen to spot the really interesting companies with the highest potential.

Patty Zuidhoek - Senior accountmanager Triodos Bank

Maarten Beucker Andreae - Serial entrepreneur and angel investor

Maarten is serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Maarten co-founded 2dehands.nl, currently market leader in Belgium. Through his web-development company TTY, they combine innovative ideas, knowledge and network to successfully launch new start-ups, including Sellaband.com, Jaap.nl, Zwapp.com, Paypool.com and EU1.tv. In 2009 Maarten was elected Amsterdam Entrepreneur of the year.



Heske van Eyck van Heslinga - Founder, Women Professionals Group

Heske van Eyck van Heslinga is co-founder of Women Professionals Group and CEO of Crownstone. She is an senior executive with 25 years of experience in industry and professional services including Akzo Nobel, Bakkenist Management Consultants, Berenschot, and ConQuaestor. At the moment, she works as a temporary board member  at enterprises often assigned to by the High Court of Justice of Amsterdam. Furthermore, she’s member of the Turner Boardroom Advisory council, where she acts as a sparring partner of dga’s and management boards. Heske has published several articles on general management issues and is author of the book ‘Dividend van Diversiteit’.



Eva Hukshorn - Financial & strategic advisor, entrepreneur, management and partner of EFactor.com

Eva has 7 years of experience as a financial & strategic advisor in Investment Banking in London, Amsterdam and New York. In 2010, she became an entrepreneur & investor herself. Eva is Managment and Partner of EFactor.com, the largest network for Entrepreneurs in the world. Eva coaches several start-ups and is Board of Advisory of TreFoil Energy, CleanDrinks and Global Thinkers. Eva was nominated La Femme Formidable 2012 by Marie Claire Magazine, #1 category Entrepreneurship.


Johan van Mil - Entrepreneur, owner & founder of Peak Capital

Johan is owner & founder of venture capital fund Peak Capital which invests in starting and fast growing companies in TMC (Technology, Media & Communications). He is shareholder and founder of private equity fund Dialogue Company. He is also an entrepreneur founder of Adatus. In 2005 Johan published the book "Entrepreneurship: Just do it!". Prior tot this Johan founded Mailmedia in 2002, which was sold in 2009 to OMG (Online Marketing Group). Johan worked as a Commercial Director at BNR Nieuws Radio and held various sales, marketing and management positions at different publishers.

Coen van Duiven - Investor, Henq capital

Coen van Duiven (1969), holds a master degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delft, the Netherlands. Coen has worked his whole professional life (nearly 20 year today) in Capital & Investment environment, from Unilever (based in NL, Moscow and Morocco), via the biggest privately owned company in Madagascar, to partnership in a Private Equity firm, to his present position as a founder and CEO of HENQ where he can live his real passion, helping and coaching technology ventures to realise their growth and international ambitions. Coen is on the board of 6 companies, mendix, mads, wakoopa, xite, getseoshop and campalyst which is where he can contribute to the founders and management in making their dreams come true.



Patrick Leers - Fund manager, Investment manager ad interim MIND HUNTER

Patrick Leers is an investment manager and has experience in financial strategy management and start- up companies. Currently, he's Fund manager/ Investment manager at MIND HUNTER Participations B.V with a portfolio of 35 companies. He is also Managing Partner at MIND HUNTER Corporate Finance & Capital Search B.V., 1,500 companies per year request assistance in fundraising. Previously, Patrick was CFO at Danone/ Numico Benelux, at SnowWorld Holding B.V. and Financial manager at Ricoh Europe SCM BV.



Simone Brummelhuis - VP Europe, Astia and CEO of The NextWomen

Simone Brummelhuis is the founder of The NextWomen, the Female Business Brand for entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors. She is VP Europe of Astia and on the European Advisory Board of Astia.org, the global network and venture accelerator for high-growth women-led companies. She is co-owner and was managing director of IENS, the largest restaurant guide platform in The Netherlands. She is judge on StartupWeekend, 3DaysStartup, The Founder Institute, the Accenture Innovation Awards, the Everywoman in Technology Awards, the Sprout Challenger Awards and more. She is a frequent speaker through  TheNextSpeaker.

Simone Brummelhuis (simone[at]thenextwomen.com or + 31626068919)

About The Next Women

TheNextWomen.com is the first award-winning online Women’s Business Magazine with a focus on startups and growing businesses, led, founded or invested in by women. It brings news on business, events, funding and tech from a female angle and interviews and profiles Female Business Heroes, making them notable and quotable.

The NextWomen is on a growth path to become the definitive international Female Business Magazine, both online on the i-pad and in print, while connecting women-led companies with each other, investors and experts through its The NextWomen Business Club.

The focus is on early stage and growing business, be it in the media, service, retail, communication or any other industry, with a tech or internet angle - from Silicon Valley to Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

The NextWomen run Pitching & Funding events – Dragon’s Den workshops for women-led companies – Kitchen Dinners for leading entrepreneurs and other high profile networking events. It has developed an international paid mentoring programme to connect entrepreneurs with serial entrepreneurs and experts.


The Pitch Events are being supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EL&I) of The Netherlands.


Testimonials of Previous Events (in Dutch and English)

“Dank voor het goed georgansieerde en geslaagde event afgelopen dinsdag! Ik heb veel geleerd en hele leuke reacties gehad en 4 hele goede business cards!”

“Ik vond het helemaal geweldig gister, en de avond heeft me veel gebracht. Wat een positieve energie (ondernemer)

“Dank voor de erg geslaagde avond. Er zijn een aantal dames die ik verder op weg zal helpen”. (investeerder)

"Vond het een mooie mix, van mensen die al echt een business hebben gebouwd en starters."

“Ik was erg onder de indruk van de kwaliteit van de ondernemers” (investeerder)


"Thankfully, it was not Dragons Den and the feedback I got was both constructive and positive, and as I watched the other 9 women pitch I realised that raising money is a process, a journey, some of whom were much further along than others, but EVERYONE has to walk a similar path if they are to succeed in raising money for a business that you are brave enough to go out there and grow."  


"Because I pitched at the event, I got 3 meetings actually with different interesting people/VC's :)"


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RAI Elicium
1078 EZ Amsterdam

Friday, February 24, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CET)

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TheNextWomen builds formats to support the growth of female entrepreneurs -from startups to companies making millions. We provide entrepreneurs from around the world with access to capital, resources and networks, offering our community a support infrastructure critical for success.

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