Ambition, Talent, Experience.

How Start-ups Shape Our Future, April 13th 2017

 trepreneurial Inspiration Day (EID), a day to be excited about entrepreneurship. Our goal is to link ambition with experience and talent, and we're proud to welcome Christian Stadil, Jan-Peter Balkenende, Marjan Van Loon and many others to share their stories and advice.

Don't miss your chance to meet like-minded world-changers.
Grab a ticket and join us!

About the EID

The Entrepreneurial Inspiration Day (EID) by UniPartners - for Students & Entrepreneurs

How will start-ups shape our future ? Join EID 2017 to find out.

A panel discussion, keynotes, workshops and inspiration sessions where ambition (you) connects with experienced professionals & prolific entrepreneurs.

Christian Stadil is one of the panel speakers, owner of 120 successful companies which follow Christian's principle of "doing good while doing business". He is joined by Marjan van Loon, Royal Dutch Shell's first woman CEO who tackles energy transition. Councilman Maarten Struijvenberg offers the city of Rotterdam's perspective on startups, their role and their impact. Finally, Steef van de Velde joins the panel. Rotterdam School of Management's dean, heads a University where much of Rotterdam's entrepreneurial spirit is born.

... & a host of other speakers excited to spread entrepreneurship, be sure give the day's program a peek. 

 A chance to dive into Virtual Reality ft. the VR Room 



Come find out what the hype around Virtual Reality is. In-betwen speakers, the VR Room takes you on an experience that's out of this reality. Scroll down and check out stories of EID 2017's other speakers & program. Student tickets are €5 (early bird) and €7.50 (normal). 


See You at the EID 2017 ! 

Speakers at the Entrepreneurial Inspiration Day

Alderman Employment
& Economy, city of Rotterdam. To the panel discussion, Maarten brings a governmental perspective and the role of startups in Rotterdam's economy.

Maarten Struijvenberg


Entrepreneur, owner of 120 companies, Investor, Author, Professor, and general amazing human. Christian brings his countless experiences and lessons to the panel discussion.

Christian Stadil


CEO Shell Netherlands, Marjan gives a speech on energy transition and the role of startups, and joins the panel discussion.

Marjan van Loon


Professor of Management & Technology, Dean of RSM. Steef van de Velde joins us in the panel discussion.

Steef van de Velde


Former Dutch Prime Minister, External Advisor at EY, Professor of Governance, Institutions and Internationalization. Jan-Peter hosts a lecture on entrepreneurship.

Jan-Peter Balkenende


Founder of Camarilla, the world's smallest social network. What is Camarilla & how did it come to be? Constance shares her journey as an entrepreneur, her successes & faillures, and how she got where she is today.

Constance Scholten


Serial entrepreneur in the Netherlands and the U.S. Peter shares his experiences and leads a workshop on international entrepreneurship

Peter Laanen


Commercial Director of Rotterdam's BlueCity010 startup incubator, Lars hosts an Inspiration session.

Lars Crama


Founder of Kartent, Jan leads a workshop and guides you to think outside the box (Yes, Kartent makes tents out of carton boxes).

Jan Portheine


Atte has been involved with start-ups since he graduated from RSM. Co-founder of two companies, Atte explains how to build accountable start-ups, and his experiences juggling the roles of student and entrepreneur.

Atte Anema


Straight from the growth hacking agency Rockboost, Jonathan leads a workshop on growth hacking.

Jonathan Flores


Co-founder and CEO of Flymble, a start-up which aims to change the way you look for flights and how you pay for them. Henry & Vincent share their experience founding & running a start-up as students.

Henry Wynaendts & Vincent Hus


Michel co-founded several companies. His latest is BimBimBikes, a world-wide bike-rental platform. Michel shares fuck-ups and successes, stupid mistakes, smart moves and a steep learning curve.

Michel Willems



This years EID Edition, on April 13th 2017, will truly stand out. We aim to make it as international as possible and have a strong focus on personal development. We want to empower you by sharing life experiences and inspiring you to build a sustainable future.
We strive to inspire & connect 150 (international) participants to build a better world, and strengthen them to embrace the challenges that the future will bring. A Google Forms will be sent out to your email shortly before the event, through which you can indicate your preferrences which Inspiration sessions and Workshop you'd like to attend.

Pitch competition

Around 8 of you get to pitch your business idea to a panel of judges. This is your chance to receive feedback & advice from experienced professionals, as well as from the audience. 

Who are these judges ?

Frederic Marcillaud, founded several companies and has an exceptional ability to grasp ideas and translate them into unique business models. 
Wouter van den Bijgaart
, founed the VR Room and has a strong suit for data-analysis. 
Max Kleyweg
, growth hacker at Rockboost.

 On the day itself,the following events will take place:

10:15 Registration & Introduction
11:00 Keynotes by Marjan van Loon & Christian Stadil
12:00 Panel discussion ft. Marjan van Loon, Christian Stadil, Maarten Struivenberg, Steef van de Velde.
13:00 Lunch & Virtual Reality ft. the VR Room
14:00 Inspiration sessions & Workshops
15:00 Entrepreneurship Lecture ft. Jan-Peter Balkenende
16:00 Inspiration sessions & Workshops
16:45 Pitch competition
17:45 Networking drinks

Get Creative & Connect.

You've listened to incredible guest-speakers share their story, experience and knowledge, now don't miss the opportunity to take part in exciting workshops and to connect with successful start-ups!

RockBoost Flymble

 Mix marketing with data analytics, add a dash of software engineering and you get Growth Hacking. Jonathan Flores, Growth Hacker at Rockboost, explains Growth Hacking and the Growth Hacking mindset to rapidly grow.

Flymble, a beautifully designed way to find the cheapest flights & pay after you've booked your flight. What did it take Henry & Vincent to build Flymble, and how do they run and grow it? Henry & Vincent were students when they founded the company and share their experiences (the good and the ugly).


Kartent BimBimBikes

How is it like for students found & run a startup? Kartent designs cheap, printable carton tents to sleep in at festivals, that are entirely recycled after use. Jan shares what he learned whilst running KarTent and will talk about his experience as a student starting his own company.

 How did BimBimBikes grow to become the most important bike renting website in the world over the course of one year? Founder and CEO Michel Willems shares his stories about fuck-ups and successes, stupid mistakes, smart moves and a very steep learning curve. The session includes brainstorming elements for your active participation.



Startup Insight
 Atte Anema is Co-founder of LAB15 and Startup Insight, two companies involved in blockchain and building accountable start-ups. Atte will explain why & how to build an accountable start-up, and follow with his experience as being both an entrepreneur and a student. Additionally, he'll tackle the best way for start-ups and corporates to collaborate.

The EID 2017 is all about inspiration.
Inspiration to pursue what you believe in.

Inspiration sessions are an opportunity to learn from fascinating personalities. Entrepreneurial CEOs and serial entrepreneurs share their path and discuss their vision of the industry for the coming 10 years.

Constance Scholten is an international entrepreneur and founder of Camarilla, the world's smallest social network. Camarilla stripped social media back to its basics by letting you share content with 15 of your closest friends. Camarilla is present in 160 countries, but how did Camarilla's team reach that point? Constance shares her entrepreneurial journey and the successes and faillures that led Camarilla to where it is today.


Lars Crama is the commercial director of BlueCity010, Rotterdam's newest incubator located in a 12,000mformer swimming pool. The incubator is a hotbed for innovative startups that live & breathe the circular economy. Lars' shares BlueCity010's vision and explains how entrepreneurial minds encourage the transition to a circular economy. All participants are invited to share their thoughts on how to improve the city.
   What are the possibilities abroad, what should you look out for? Peter Laanen, serial entrepreneur in the USA, the Netherlands and founder of Laanen - the Brand, has key takeaways for international entrepreneurs. Peter shares a lifetime of experience, including founding his company, taking that company public, being International Trade Director at the Netherlands Business Support office in San Francisco, and much, much more.  



The Entrepreneurial Inspiration Day is powered by:


ECE Students Rabobank Gemeente Rotterdam Erasmus Trustfonds MKB Nederland R'damse Nieuwe Matrans Delft University Centre for Sustainability Rotterdam Consulting Club


Frequently asked questions

General sign ups are open until April 11th, 23:59.
Early Bird tickets are available until Sunday 23:59, April 2nd.

Attendance to the event for students is possible for a small fee of €5 - early bird and €7.50 - normal ticket price.

Non-student ticket are priced at €50

Non-student tickets for MKB members are priced at a 50% discount, €25

Prices include lunch, drinks during the day and afterwards.
Dress code is Business Casual ! 

If your payment was confirmed, you are good to go! Simply check-in with your full name at the event, you don't need any ticket.

Please contact us via e-mail. You can reach us at  

Inspiration sessions and Workshops are open to everyone. We will kindly ask you to indicate your preferences on a Google form which we will send you. We will try our very best to carry out your preference.

We will send you detailed information on your personal schedule the week before the event.

You do not need to be an entrepreneur yourself or have a private company to attend the event.

We aim to share the entrepeurial spirit and inspire you to pursue what you believe in.  

The event will be in English. We aim to make it accessible to (international) students and entrepreneurs.


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