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The Very First Startup Weekend Maastricht is an EPIC success!

This weekend saw the very fist Startup Weekend Maastricht – and what an EPIC weekend it was! This time around I was invited as a coach to help the participants flex their entrepreneurial muscle and help out my wonderful friends on the organizing team with supporting the regional ecosystem


The hands are doing the talking: The thin vs the broad side of the wedge

Visit their Facebook page for many more great photos and videos from the EPIC weekend that was Startup Weekend Maastricht!

Update: Sjoerd Jansen, participant on the winning team wrote a post-event blog post. Here are some quotes:

One of the best weekends of my life.

So to recap this weekend; I’ve learned great things from great people like John Ramey and Vidar Andersen, I’ve met great people, but most importantly I walked away with a trained startup muscle. I learned that while everyone might want to own a startup, only a few will succeed.

I held a Lean Startup Crash Course for the participants new to the methodologies

I held a Lean Startup Crash Course for the participants new to the methodologies

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Introducing the free & open Lean Launchpad Düsseldorf

So I recently retired from facilitating and organizing Startup Weekend and Startup Next.

But fear not. I’m not going away and I’m not about to stop caring about entrepreneurial education for startup founders in our region. On the contrary, I’m ramping up my efforts.


That’s why I have chosen to offer the Lean Launchpad (LLP), the world’s premier pre-accelerator program from Stanford, Berkeley and hundreds of other universities and used by numerous F500 companies, FOR FREE to early-stage startups.

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I’m retiring from organizing and facilitating Startup Weekend & Startup Next

I’m officially retiring from facilitating and organizing Startup Weekends and Startup Next, effective immediately. (You can still invite me as a coach, though).

SW Tourism Tehran, Iran 2015

Waving goodbye (SW Tourism Tehran, Iran 2015)

So long and thanks for all the EPIC awesomeness. I’m forever grateful for the experience and the people I’ve met on my journeys and the chance to have an impact on entrepreneurship and inspire individuals worldwide. It has certainly added more than a 10x meaning and value to my life.

Note: For those of you who don’t know, Organizers and Facilitators of Startup Weekend work on an entirely voluntary basis – aka for FREE. Keep that in mind the next time you are participating at a Startup Weekend or when you’re organizing a Startup Weekend with a facilitator shipped in from out of town.

So why am I retiring now?

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