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HAN CvO & Mercator Launch event: Hero Entrepreneurs 2023 (NL)

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Get inspired by local and national entrepreneurial heroes!

On Thursday March 9th 2023, the Entrepreneurship and Retail Management programme, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Mercator Launch will organise Hero Entrepreneurs for the third time at Laan van Scheut 10 in Nijmegen. The entrepreneurial event is aimed at students, alumni and teachers of the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen and Radboud University. With a full evening programme including Meet the Experts, lectures by inspiring local entrepreneurs (mostly HAN and RU alumni) and keynote speakers Thomas Beguin and Erik-Jan Schreurs from IXXI and Sander Schimmelpenninck, journalist, author and founder of Tonny Media.

18.00 – 18.10 Welcome by chairman of the day Joost Broeren from DIE NIEUWE

18.10 – 19.00 Meet the experts
An entrepreneurial market where young entrepreneurs (to be) can get information from experts for the start and/or growth of their business. Examples of experts participating in the market include StartUp Nijmegen, Startclub Arnhem, De Startversneller, Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of Nijmegen. And of course, Mercator Launch and the Centre for Entrepreneurship will not be missing from this market either. The complete list of experts will be announced later.

19.00 – 19.30 Meet the Local Heroes
Visit one of the following lectures by our successful local heroes on March 9th:

19.30 – 19.45 Break (walk-in to main stage)

19.45 – 21.00 Meet the National Heroes: IXXI & SANDER SCHIMMELPENNINCK
Thomas Beguin and Erik-Jan Schreuder of Resnap / IXXI – From top 20 fastest growing company in Europe to walldesign global player
Over a decade ago, RU alumnus Thomas Beguin and HAN alumnus Erik-Jan Schreurs founded the startup Resnap. With their innovative artificial intelligence software, they made it possible to put together a photo book in the blink of an eye. Within a few years, this Nijmegen-based company grew from a startup to a global player. After being among the 20 fastest-growing tech companies in Europe in 2017, they came under the radar of European market leader Albelli, which acquired Resnap that year. In 2021, both alumni took another step in their entrepreneurial careers with the acquisition of walldesign provider IXXI, with which they’re now once again taking the global market by storm. On March 9th, Thomas and Erik-Jan will share their entrepreneurial experiences.

Sander Schimmelpenninck – Experiences and vision on a fairer entrepreneurial Netherlands
Sander Schimmelpenninck became known as former editor-in-chief of Quote and presented television programmes such as De Opvolgers, Dragons’ Den and Op1. He’s currently a television producer for VPRO, for which he made Sander & De Kloof, a columnist for De Volkskrant, creator of De Zelfspodcast and the entrepreneur behind media company Tonny Media, which is best known for its podcast productions. In addition, Sander is plenty in the news with his book ‘Sander en de Brug’. At Hero Entrepreneurs, Sander shares his experiences as an entrepreneur and his vision on the role of entrepreneurship to do something about wealth and opportunity inequality in the Netherlands.

21.00 – 22.00 Networking drinks
Chat and networking over drinks.

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HAN Centrum voor Ondernemerschap & Mercator Launch