January 24th to 31st, 2015
Presentations and work in English.
January 24th to 31st, 2015
Presentations and work in English.
What is Brightlands?
At Brightlands we live to find solutions to the great global challenges in materials, health and nutrition. Leading international researchers, entrepreneurs, and students work together on healthy and sustainable solutions. Collaboration and cooperation that crosses scientific, geographical, and organizational boundaries.
NV Industriebank LIOF was established in 1975 as the regional development and investment company covering the Dutch province of Limburg. As independent authority we focus on the development of the regional economy and promotion of its business climate. Shareholders are the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Provincial Government, the Chamber of Commerce and several municipalities in Limburg. LIOF is headquartered in Maastricht and has a branch office in Venlo.
Last year, a remarkable Pirate sailed to Maastricht all the way from Bremen, Germany, to join our journey. The moment he got aboard for Startup Pirates Maastricht 2014, Raju never would have imagined to become the winner of the final pitch competition.
Here is Raju's story:
"I am happy for having randomly stumbled upon Startup Pirates' webpage; I am happy I pushed myself into joining the program to learn more on entrepreneurship. Startup Pirates was the reason I ever reached Maastricht- a city so beautiful and so full of inspiring students who share an enthusiasm to create an impact in the world we live in. I simply had so much to take in from this week long entrepreneurial experience. The workshops were beneficial to better evaluate the idea and feasibility of the start up in mind. The mentors were enthusiastic and allowed me to rethink the idea from diverse perspectives, and also helped me hone my presentation skills for the final pitch at Chemelot. The participants in the event were all awesome in their own ways and the whole week was filled with hard work and constructive criticisms. Pascal Kwee, who also hosted me during the event, volunteered to join me for the whole week and contributed his perspectives. The whole ecosystem of entrepreneurs and mentors was well balanced by the energy we all contributed. In short, we were all inspiring and impacting each other at personal as well as professional level.
With an aggregate of all the knowledge I gained at this event, I was able to come up with an honest and a simple pitch on the potential use of a specific fungi for pest control and I won the pitch and became a “Startup Pirate”. It is a feeling that still gives me a chill and inspires me; I still could not believe it even hours after I had won but during that moment, I could feel an evolution going on inside my system that made me even more confident. Experiences like these have really helped shape who I am today.
In my opinion, nothing can buy an experience like Startup Pirates. Startup Pirates really helped me realise my inner potentials and gave me stronger feeling that everyone of us can have an impact in the intricate meshwork of community we live in. We are here to inspire each other and to learn from each other. Join Startup Pirates and get one step closer to discovering your potentials."
- Raju Gurung
Raju finished his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and Neuroscience at Jacobs University Bremen and is now on the quest for the next adventure. Want to know more? You can get in touch with Raju on Facebook and LinkedIn!
Have you already joined the crew for the 2015 edition of Startup Pirates Maastricht from 24th to 31st of January? The application deadline is getting closer - only 13 days to go! Apply now!
For all the aspiring Pirates who were sailing through remote seas last night and could not make it to our info session – here come’s a short wrap-up!
Startup Pirates… What was that about?
A lot of fun but a lot of hard work too!
Support of amazing mentors from places like Berlin, Amsterdam and the UK!
It’s all about people! People from different cultures. People with different ideas. Work in groups, increase your network!
Teambuilding counts, workshops make your team count!
9 to 5 is standard. We are Pirates! Let’s try 9 to 9!
Everbody wants them. We have them. Investors!
What do experienced Pirates and Captains say about their journey through Startup Ocean? Nick started ENLITE during Startup Pirates - a tutoring business for “learning in teams efficiently”.
Here is Nick’s testimonial:
"Startup Pirates was a great experience, we learnt so much! After joining the program, I knew what I wanted to do! I was hooked on the whole idea of entrepreneurship. I got so many new skills and with our idea, we won the pitch competition - so we must have really convinced the judges. But it’s not just about the idea, but the people that you get to know and the networks that you build. Two of the participants are now my best friends. I work with them on a new project called Love Foundation, which is becoming really big. Looking back, I can say that Startup Pirates was one of the best weeks of my life, though this sounds a bit cheesy. I can just recommend everybody to join!"
Yanick already was a mentor in last year’s edition of Startup Pirates, and we are more than happy that he will join us again! What are his reasons to spend a whole week with a crazy and wild pack of 30 rebels?
Yanick loves to meet people who are entrepreneurial-minded like himself, who always want to learn more. Owning a successful recruitment company himself, he enjoys to help teams in the development of their business models. And he loves Pirates! His concluding advice: “So come and join the boat!”
But we were not only there to talk. To give everyone an idea of how dynamics on the boat create amazing results in the shortest time, each aspiring Pirate had the chance to develop ideas, pitch them to their crew, vote and develop them further in teams!
“I got so valuable feedback – I first hesitated to come here, but now I am so glad I did and shared my idea!”.
There is only one more thing left to say: See you in January!
Do you remember our holy honorable Pirate Code? “A Pirate does not find limits neither in the sky, nor in the sea” and “meets people in every docking station”!
One of our applicants has already proven to have a lot of what it takes to be a Pirate! We are super-excited to have our first crew member joining from MEXICO! He will embark on a flying ship and cross the ocean to spend this game-changing week with us. He develops and implements technologies that help to solve a lot of challenges through safety devices based on magnetic technology.
Just like last year, Startup Pirates Maastricht will not only come to life through the diversity of backgrounds of our crew - we unite various nations and form teams that cross the borders of what they thought to be possible!