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Pitch Event for Entrepreneurs & Investors, 2 November, Amersfoort

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The NextWomen invite you to The Next Women Pitch event, a pitching & networking afternoon with investors on November 2, 2012. Register via

The Pitch Event aims to support women-led businesses prepare and practice their investment pitches with a real panel of investors. The event will give women founders (experienced or with little or no experience in fundraising) a first review of their business plan by experts and investors and initial practice of their pitch in a friendly environment, gaining first-hand insights and feedback from experienced investors from the judging panel.

10 women-led startups will follow a pitch-workshop to practice their pitch in the morning , and in the afternoon will present their pitch to a panel of investors and audience of guests. (register via eventbrite as pitch-preneur)

Guests will be able to watch the pitches in the afternoon (register via eventbrite as attendee)

2 Inspiring key-notes by an entrepreneur and an investor

The Pitch Events for Female Entrepreneurs are highly appreciated events organized since the start of The NextWomen end of 2008 at the request of our readers. It provides an excellent networking opportunity with the possibility to make lasting business connections. More than 100 female entrepreneurs have pitched through The Next Women.

"It was such an experience to participate in TheNextWomen! The feedback from the panel was invaluable, the people met most intriguing, and the whole experience exhilarating. Thank you for making the event such a blast! I truly enjoyed every minute of it, but can only imagine how much work it took to make it happen so smoothly."

For more information & registration go to:

Also watch our video report:

Agenda: [masked] closed sessions for pitchpreneurs only)

9.00 Registration Pitch-preneurs

9.15 Welcome by Margot de Bekker - Ondernemersplaza

9.20 Introduction The Next Women Pitch event by Simone Brummelhuis

9.30 -12.00 Workshop for Pitch-preneurs.

12.00 Lunch and possibility to record Pitch

Agenda [masked] open sessions: for all)
[masked] Registration, Networking, Arrival other Attendees, Speakers and Panel

13.00- 13:10 Introduction by Simone Brummelhuis - CEO The Next Women

13:[masked] Investor talk by Anthony Hoogeveen - Informal Investor, and Henny van der Pluijm - author,
[masked] Introduction Judging Panel & Investor Tips

13.45 - 15.00 Funding Pitches & Demo's by 5 companies

15.00 - 15.15 Networking Break

15.15 - 15.30 Entrepreneur talk by Jaqueline Zuidweg - Business Woman of the Year 2012

15.30 - 16.45 Funding Pitches & Demo's by 5 companies

16. 45 - 18.00 Winner announcement, Closing & Networking

If you want to attend this Event please respond asap via simone at thenextwomen dot com and register via eventbrite

If you want to present at this evening as an entrepreneur, please contact simone at thenextwomen dot com and register via eventbrite

You will need to submit your power point with your presentation slides 4 days prior to the event.


The Pitch Events are being supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (EL&I) of The Netherlands.



Jaqueline Zuidweg - Business Woman of the Year 2012

Anthony Hoogeveen - Informal Investor

Henny van der Pluijm - author,

Panel (more to be confirmed )

Sacha Engels -Founder Engels & Partners, Independent Consultant SME

In 1992 Sacha took the decision to leave her ‘comfort zone’ of a fine job in the world of advertising and started out Engels & Partners, an agency for very skilled freelance communication and marketing specialists. The agency has meanwhile developed into the authority pur sang in the field of freelance work. With over 130 handpicked associated freelancers. Exclusively working for Engels & Partners, active for over 200 different clients. In 2008, Engels & Partners is sold to the Works Group. Currently Sacha is using her experience, passion and commitment to inspire and assist SME business owners, be a business sparring partner, be a catalyst, and offering constructive feedback.

Heleen Dura-van Oord - founder DQ&A Media Group, co-founder Peak Capital

Heleen Dura-van Oord founded DQ&A in 2001 in the Netherlands. DQ&A Media Group operates in 9 countries in the field of real time performance online marketing . She is also a co-founder and partner of the investment company Peak Capital, and the LOEY Awards the Leading Online Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.Heleen also serves on the advisory board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and is a board member of Bizworld and serves on the jury of the Accenture Innovation Awards

Mark Voermans - Microsoft Bizspark, The Netherlands

Mark Voermans is Emerging Business Manager at Microsoft and passionate about how technology innovation influences the world. He started his career in ICT in 1995. After working at a large Dutch telco, Mark joined Microsoft in 2000. Since 2000 he held different positions in the Dutch subsidiary of Microsoft and in his current role as Emerging Business Manager he is responsible for helping and supporting start-ups to become what’s next. He manages a portfolio of over 650 software startups in the Netherlands and is always keen to spot the really interesting companies with the highest potential.

Marja Ruigruik - owner Ruigruik NetPanel, co-founder Headline Integrated Communication

Marja Ruigrok is owner of Ruigrok | NetPanel (, a market research bureau, with expertise and passion for online high quality research. Since Marja started as a one-woman-company in 1991, the company has grown. It now consists of 20 professional and enthusiastic employees. The company focus lies on the the three P's: Pleasure, Person and Pragmatic. Marja is also a VVD member of the city council Amsterdam ( And in 2010, together with her brother, Marja started her own advertising company Headline Integrated Communication (

Marnix Borghouts Owner at Brevi Solvende BV

Marnix Borghouts has 20 years of international corporate finance experience, gained with large public listed European and US Fortune 500 companies. Through his company Brevi Solvenda BV he currently works as an external advisor to both Dutch and international companies; he holds a number of interim management and project roles and is co-founder of an on-line wine shop. His overall focus is on M&A, compliance, including turnaround management and international business development

Harry Helwegen - Chairman Business Angels The Netherlands (BAN)

Harry Helwegen is Owner at Diligence, Intermediary for M&A, and Founder & Chairman of Business Angels Network the Netherlands

René Steuns - Finance Director at Bakeplus Holding BV

René Steuns started his career at Neom, DSM and Van Berkel. He has worked abroad for 16 years and has held several international financial positions at Océ in Spain, Zwitserland and Norway. Now he is back in Holland, where he has worked as a deputy director / head units LIOF NV. Since October 2011 René is Finance Director at Bakerplus Holding BV, a progressive and innovative importer of i.a. bread and other food products.

For more information:

Simone Brummelhuis (simone[at] or [masked]