Born and raised in Heerlen, Lars Pacbier remains proudly connected to the city he describes as “having come a long way from being one of the major crime cities in the Netherlands” to winning the 2016 World Travel and Tourism Council’s Best Travel Destination in the World Award. In fact, Lars and his company FB4 have become one of the driving forces responsible for attracting international attention to Heerlen and the surrounding areas.
When she was just 13, Schrode—American citizen activist and youngest US congressional candidate in history—cofounded Turning Green, a national non-profit organization devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.
“It might be a bit philosophical, but what’s the purpose of life?” Koser asks. “For me, it’s growth. It’s growing on any facet. I want to be growing from what [I was] a second ago or a year ago.”
The 2016 edition of the Innovator Challenge was supported by representatives of Centraal Orgaan opvang Asielzoekers (COA), which helped bring current asylum seekers to the Challenge to assist the students in understanding the issue, as well as non-profit organisation Enactus Maastricht.
Last year, while changing the nappy of his 2,5-year-old son, Charlie, Arend-Jan Majoor realized a way to combine two of his strongest passions: entrepreneurship and social consciousness. Majoor, who earned his masters at the Maastricht University School of Business and Economics (UM SBE) in 2007, is the founder of the Dutch nappy recycling foundation, Luierrecycling Nederland.
This is the last of a series of articles focusing on the activities and accomplishments of the LaunchBase programme, an incubation platform of the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E). Composed out of two specific programmes, LaunchBase covers a comprehensive approach to business development. If you are interested in signing up, the deadline is 5 February.
In the past month, several articles have been published covering the LaunchBase programme, the entrepreneurial eco-system in Maastricht and the opportunities and challenges for founders associated with it, as well as some of the events which are tailored to foster entrepreneurship within the Limburg region. But who are the young minds which are participating in the current round of Base, a a pre-incubator programme that provides its members with entrepreneurial knowledge, ideas and networks?
Former director of Creaforti and Maastricht University (UM) School of Business and Economics (SBE) alumnus Willem van de Kerkhof spoke with us about entrepreneurship and its challenges. As one of the founders of Creaforti back in 2004, van de Kerkhof saw his company flourish: Creaforti is a KPN excellence partner and a Vodafone solutions partner. He shared with us his experiences of the launch, the growth and his exit from the company.
If you are interested in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the creative ideas of the population in and around Maastricht, the week of Monday, the 16 November was loaded with interesting events relating to those topics.
According to the webpage of the Maastricht region, “the people of the Maastricht region have the best of several worlds: the free and open nature of the Dutch with the joie de vivre of the French and Belgians and the precision of the Germans.” This international environment is supported by one of the best universities in the Netherlands, and a young, open-minded and creative student population sparkles the region with new ideas. Together, this should create an environment which is perfect for entrepreneurs and people who seek to start up their own businesses. I went to see what opportunities potential entrepreneurs in Maastricht really get offered and how Maastricht is dealing with the loss of high-potential students after graduation.