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#FounderoftheMonth: Nilofer Christensen and Swap-studio

©Photo credits to Sophie Laubert Some of our daily habits, such as shopping for clothing items or something for the house, can have a huge environmental impact on the planet hosting us. An impact, we aren’t aware of, or better we do not take into account yet – as much as we should at least -. …

#FounderoftheMonth: Lianne Bergeron & Nathalie Hennequin and Loops Audio

Too shy for TikTok? Can’t get into Clubhouse? Forgot granny’s birthday? Or just want to cheer up a friend? Loop it up with this fun easy audio messaging tool called Loops Audio. The idea for this app started at the kitchen table while Nathalie Hennequin and Lianne Bergeron were brainstorming about how they could bring …

#FounderoftheMonth: Arosha Brouwer and Quan

Since October, the number of employees affected by burnout has almost doubled, as reported by CNV. The research took into account over 2,600 employees, with 1 in 5 workers being on the verge of burn-out. That the mental health consequences of the prolonged coronavirus crisis are becoming ever more prevalent comes at no surprise, and …

#FounderoftheMonth: Steffy Roos du Maine, JBL&G and Mindful & Miljonair

*Pic credit to Stance Photography Imagine finding yourself in the dusty desert surrounded by sage and slate gray. Around you only 400 square mile of what is known as the Black Rock Desert. Catapulted in another reality, where the phone doesn’t work and money doesn’t exist. That’s how Steffy du Maine felt, 4 years ago, when she …

#FounderoftheMonth: Elja Abdullaeva and ConnectHer

Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, states the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021. A too long time according to Elja Abdullaeva, 34, based in Amsterdam, founder of ConnectHer,  who has decided to roll up her sleeves and take matters into her own hands. Born in Azerbaijan, Elja …

#FounderoftheMonth: Sandra van Beest and The Social Handshake

We want to talk, listen and tell together inspiring stories of founders, who decided to kick off with their own business: this month has been dedicated to Sandra van Beest, founder of The Social Handshake. A fintech company, that makes doing good easy. Indeed the social handshake offers LoonGift, a new fringe benefit for progressive …

#Founderofthemonth: Charlotte Zhu and TripCell

The effect triggered by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, as far as tourism is concerned, is in front of everyone’s eyes. Amid closed borders and rain of cancellations all over the world, travel came to a virtual standstill. Although a range of protocols, covering the new normal, for providers such as airlines, shops, hotels …

#FounderoftheMonth: Monique Ansink and Jumbo Cargo Products & Spanbandfabrikant.nl

Amsterdam, 1996. Monique Antoinette Ansink became Nestlè’s first female account manager. “I was an experiment” she explains “they thought sales was really a men’s job”. But that wasn’t her first work experience. Her career started previously in Hoorn in a small company selling security straps. Despite her success at Nestlè, it only lasted until 1999. Until …

Female entrepreneurs, what is your version of success?

Food for thought from Hannah Ray, Business + Career Coach, TAKE coaching Amsterdam. When you think of a successful female entrepreneur... Who comes to mind? How does she speak? How does she stand? Where does she do her work? What does she look like? What does she wear? What time does she get up and …

The Representation of female leaders and women working in the European Tech Startup Ecosystem

We have partnered up with StartupGenome to study female leaders and women working in the European technology startup ecosystem. Supported by StartupAmsterdam, we are working together to analyze the women in technology landscape in Europe and rank the 25 top European ecosystems for female leaders. We have considered the percentage of funding that female founders received, the overall …