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Start Ups & Downs – May 19th

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May 6th – 19.30-21.00
Interested in finding out what it’s like to work as an entrepreneur, in a startup or as a freelancer? Join our free online panel discussion and hear from 4 entrepreneurs and freelancers about the good, the bad and the ugly of startup life!

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What’s it like to work in a startup or launch your own business?
Startup careers are becoming increasingly popular and students are the largest group of new entrepreneurs. More than 150.000 new businesses have been started in 2019 in the Netherlands alone! What’s so attractive about startup life? Sure, completely flexible work hours, being your own boss, the freedom to work wherever, whenever you want, 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, workling as a freelancer or in a startup during this online panel discussion. 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.
Amsterdam based entrepreneur Stean Fasol was born in Kenya. After working in a number of East African countries he developed a passion for sustainable coffee production. After actively seeking new methods and opportunities for growing, sourcing, importing and roasting sustainable coffee beans he founded Stean’s Beans ( a coffee roastery working together with small holder producers in 3 countries to bring Amsterdam coffee lovers beans that are ethically produced from farm to filter. An active caffeine evangelist, Stean also frequently gives trainings on ethically sourced coffee and the art of being a barista.
Marc Vollebregt is a Process Designer & Facilitator ( When businesses think and talk about work they usually want to change and innovate their products or services. Do it bigger, better, or different. However, to be successful, they need to change how they work together. However good your product, service or idea might be; It’s worth nothing in the end, if you can’t work together with others. That’s where Marc comes in. He helps organisations to build the right culture – so that everyone can do their best work.
Onno van der Poel
Onno is currently managing director at Timm & Pimm (, an Amsterdam based social-media Agency. Previously he co-founded TicTag, a Dutch Connectivity Technology startup and co-founded Bobbie Rose, an e-commerce platform to connect consumers to local florists. Before his startup experience he worked for 13 years at KPN, as director of Simyo, and a director at Telfort.
Tim de Zwart
Tim de Zwart is a sales wizard with 16 years of sales experience. From sales representative to sales manager, from the streets to the boardrooms, startups to big corporates, during booms and busts, he’s seen and done it all. He’s always been an entrepreneur at heart, Tim currently owns three businesses: and His newest company  Recruitim, supports businesses in finding the ideal candidate for sales roles. Tim loves passing on his knowledge and enjoys mentoring & teaching young entrepreneurs and sales-people either in a classroom setting or 1 on 1.



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