Startup mentors in Rotterdam

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Nira de Waele

Pitch deck audit & edit/ Startup coach & mentor/ Ex-founder
I have a lot of experience helping early stage startups getting 'funding ready'. I helped many founders receive investments by creating a better more coherent & convincing stories of their pitch & deck. You can send me your deck for an honest audit & edit.

Justyna Ciecierska

Head of Growth
Head of growth with agency experience. Designed and implemented growth strategies for big corporates like Cisco, as well as SMBs like StartMail. Strengths: getting sh*t done, finding focus, aligning teams company-wide to achieve growth goals. Weak spots: PPC.

Fay Lodder

Growth Marketing Consultant
Helping companies spot and execute growth opportunities, with a holistic view on customer journeys and growth marketing strategy. I have built up experience working with +50 start-ups, (international) scale-ups and corporates and am specialised in defining growth strategies as well as execution.
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Thomas Stoffer

Growth Specialist
I want to help you improve your digital brand experience so you can become a top 1% company. Graduated MA in Media & Business. I've worked on both the client and the agency side for a wide range of startups, scaleups and corporates.

Yvo Wander

Startup Founder & Growth Marketing Consultant @ Dapper Rhinos - 🔥 Let me roast your online marketing
I'm an entrepreneurial marketeer with a Dutch no-nonsense mentality and a desire for impact. Love to get in touch and think about how to move you to the next stage of growth. ☑️ Growth Hacking ☑️ Marketing Strategy ☑️ Manage scaling

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Rotterdam Startup Ecosystem

Rotterdam’s booming startup scene is in part thanks to the city’s universities and numerous entrepreneur programs that support first-time founders. 

According to Eu Startups, there are currently over 500 startups based in Rotterdam, and the ecosystem is growing thanks to an increase in accelerators, incubators, and scale-up programs. Organizations such as Techleap provide various loans and programs for startups looking to scale. 

The city is home to several VCs who are becoming increasingly active. In 2021, the digital freight forwarding platform Shypple raised  €25.5 million. Thanks to Europe’s largest port in the city, shipping and logistics are big businesses in Rotterdam. This has led to dozens of shipping-related startups relevant to appear in the city. 

Coolblue and Mp Objects, and MetrixLab are other prominent Rotterdam startups with high investments. 

Sustainability and a move towards a more circular economy are also important aspects of the Rotterdam ecosystem. Blue City is a community of circular entrepreneurs who have a workspace. Prominent Dutch eco startups such as Fruitleather are from Rotterdam. 

Rotterdam’s cost of living is much lower than neighboring Amsterdam, making it a great place to live while starting out.  

WeTechRotterdam works to attract investors to the city, encourage entrepreneurship, improve STEM education and build knowledge exchange. They also host regular events for the startup community in the city. 

Are you a Rotterdam-based startup that needs some help with scaling? Reach out to one of our mentors.

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