Prins Hendrikkade 104A | 1011AJ Amsterdam | Netherlands
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CET)


What’s it like to work in a startup or launch your own business?
Startups careers are becoming increasingly popular and students are the largest group of new entrepreneurs. The number of businesses started by under 24s has doubled in the last 8 years, and more than 150.000 new businesses have been started in 2019 so far in the Netherlands alone! But what’s so attractive about startup life? Sure, completely flexible work hours, being your own boss, the freedom to work and travel, and the chance to make a meaningful impact on the world (as well as a potentially at a big financial payout) all sound great. But what is startup life like in reality?
Find out all the pros and cons of starting your own business at Start Ups/Downs. Hear first hand about startup life from a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, get their feedback on your startup ideas and aspiration, and finally connect and engage with other entrepreneurially minded students. If you’re thinking of starting your own company, working as a freelancer, are interested in joining a startup or are considering launching an enterprise, then you’ll have the chance to hear about all the glamour and struggles of startup life from newbies to serial entrepreneurs.

Lete Hulscher

Co-founder and Facilitator of the Facilitation Agency Mischief Makers. Mischief Makers made her jump the Globe and work with clients such as Emirates, Uber and The Next Web – introducing new ways of working by implementing effective collaboration, the power of creativity and playful interactions into the workplace.

Julia Skupchenko

Julia is Co-founder of Think Tank AlterContacts, Mentor and Co-founder at BusinessGreenHouse.org,  Mentor in the Artificial Intelligence program at Rockstart, and Guest Writer at Entrepreneur.com.

Julia has an international background and experience working with clients from a wide range of industries including Oil & Gas, IT, Consumer Goods, Social Media Marketing, New Technology & Innovation on the European and Russian markets.

Claudia Deken

Claudia graduated from Team Academy in the summer 2019, she went on to open the first vegan sushi restaurant in Amsterdam: Plant Based Sushi. Claudia, a vegan herself, realized that there was a gap in the market for vegan sushi in Amsterdam as the selection on offer was very limited. She started by hosting regular events over the last year which became increasingly popular, leading to her opening her own restaurant in Amsterdam West this January.

Isabella van de Graaff

Currently in her final year at Team Academy. Isabella has worked on numerous entrepreneurial ventures including event management, a fashion line and, ASIF (Amsterdam Student Investment Fund). Recently her passion for fine jewellery has resulted in Art of Simplicity Jewelry. A line of fine jewelry which focusses on timeless design and unforgettable details.