ADS Webinar | What Makes a Great Startup?

In this webinar, in collaboration with ACE, we explored the journey of a startup, the challenges founders face and how to navigate through them. With speakers Daniela Redondo and Maxime ten Brinke from ACE and Ruben Halfhide from Gymspaces.


Watch the full webinar.

ACE is the university incubator in Amsterdam and is supported by UvA, VU, AUAS and Amsterdam UMC. ACE helps to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and entrepreneurship by means of their programs for (graduate) students, researchers and academics.

Maxime ten Brinke is a communications professional residing in Amsterdam. In her current role as Marketing & Communications Manager at ACE, she’s actively working on a diverse and inclusive startup community and increasing ACE visibility within the Dutch academic startup ecosystem.

Daniela Redondo is passionate about the startup ecosystem, and has been a serial entrepreneur herself. She is currently working as Program Manager at ACE, where she manages ACE networks of Mentors, Investors, Partners and Corporates, and supports startups to succeed.

During this session, Daniela Redondo explained the importance of human, social, and financial capital in entrepreneurship, as well as the importance of the team, and the motivations behind starting a company. Talking about what makes a startup great, also guides us to the question: “Why do startups fail?”. For that, Maxime ten Brinke explained the most common reasons for startup failure and how ACE is supporting startups to succeed.

Ruben Halfhide is the founder and CEO of Gymspaces, he is a Data Science graduate who uses his tech knowledge to change the fitness industry. Throughout his entrepreneurial journey he has learned the ins and outs of running a startup and he is actively sharing his knowledge to inspire others.

The startup journey is not what many believe. It consists of many late nights, uncertainty and getting out of your comfort zone. Yet, it is a journey worth pursuing. During his presentation, he discussed what he’s learned while going from a mere idea to a platform that is used.

Read More

  • CWI spin-off DuckDB Labs partners with Motherduck, which raises $47.5 million

    CWI spin-off company DuckDB Labs helped create startup MotherDuck which aims to connect DuckDB to the cloud. MotherDuck sports some big names: its CEO is Jordan Tigani, founding engineer at Google’s BigQuery, Google’s fully managed data analysis platform. A big part of the $47.5 million funding comes from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm, specialized in technology startups.

  • The start of a new international research community: HHAI Conference 2022’

    Breaking ground as the first international conference on Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence, HHAI22 held its first-ever in-person meeting in Amsterdam in the summer of 2022, establishing the beginnings of an international research community. ADS contributed to the conference by hosting a Meetup around the topic of Hybrid Intelligence.

  • Lectoral Speech Nanda Piersma

    There are legal rules and ethical frameworks, but little or no practical guidance on responsible design. In her inaugural lecture “System error, please restart”, Nanda Piersma argues what ‘responsible’ means and how we can carry out the (further) development of IT systems in such a way that it also earns our trust.