Zwolle has a fast growing startup ecosystem, and entrepreneurs here are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey. However, many people didn’t know about all of the resources available, the differences between them, or what resources are right for them. At “How to Start Up in Zwolle”, we gathered representatives from different entrepreneurial organizations, and top local entrepreneurs, to outline the local resources and provide tips on how to build a startup in Zwolle.


Who attended?

  • People who are launching or are thinking about launching a local startup
  • People who wanted to meet local investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, and founders and other startups.
  • People who wanted to learn about the resources available for local entrepreneurs and startups.


What did we do?

  • 17.00u:
  • 17.30u:
Start of the program
  • 17.45u:
‘A startup within a corporate.’ Presentation on innovation and the new IT platform that Wehkamp has launched. Speaker: G. van der Bijl, Manager Marketing Technology Development, Wehkamp.
  • 18.45u:
‘Cooperation between startups and corporates’ Speaker: M. Straetmans, managing director PortXL, Innovatie Port of Rotterdam.
  • 19.30u:
Panel discussion on startups as innovation boosters.
  • 20.45u:


Date : 26 May 2016
Place : Krachtstroom Ruimte, Zwolle
For : Students & High Potential Starters
Organiser : Krachtstroom
Website : Startup Boost



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