Why The Hague ?

Just 15 minutes from an 11km beach, The Hague is not just the international city of peace and justice, home of the Dutch King and its Government, and a centre for arts, crafts, culture and diplomacy. It’s also got a thriving nightlife and, with events year round, it’s ‘a festival city par excellence’. (https://denhaag.com/en/).

Join Ent-Ex in The Hague for an intensive 3 days of workshops and social activities. Here you’ll meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, and with the help of our Coaches, identify and develop the skills which have made them successful. And in the final day you'll have the chance to practice your networking skills, and present yourself or your business idea to local entrepreneurs, corporate managers, support agencies and local government representatives.

The event is FREE for students; you just have to pay your catering costs (which works out at just 20 euros per day !).

After each day’s workshop activities, the Ent-Ex venue team and alumni, will help you get to know the city and make the most of the social activities it has to offer, whilst building the networks which will energise your career.

In partnership with CB&I and the Haagse Hoogeschool.

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Social activities

After day programme & workshops, the Ent-Ex team will introduce you to the local culture:

<54>You will have the possibility to get to know each other with external, social activities, creating a real network of like-minded people.

-See the most exciting city spots

A tour of the city will be organised for you to see the wonders of this city.

-Try local cuisine


-Experience the night life of the city.

A walking tour of the city will be organised by our local partners, giving the participants the opportunity to (re)discover the city.

What can you do in The Hague? Have a look at these website to get some ideas:




Location and registration


Haagse Hogeschool

Johanna Westerdijkplein, 75

2521 EN Den Haag



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Last year's Speakers were

Harley Lovegrove

Chairman of The Bayard Partnership

Chairman of The Bayard Partnership. Thought leader in the field of change, program and project management. Broad experience within both SME's and large multi-national companies. Business coach and expert in running visionary workshops at all levels in business. Author of four books: 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership' and 'Making a Difference' (an interim manager's view on solving tough business problems and how to bring about change). Guest lecturer in Change Management at at various management schools. Specialities: Coaching teams in handling sensitive change issues. Advising on how to structure and managing highly complex projects and trouble shooting projects in peril. Installing new energy and discipline into businesses that have lost their way. Communication between project teams, departments and senior management. Challenging the status-quo in order to ensure the delivery of what is needed and not necessarily what is originally asked for.

Nicole van Haelst

Founder of the International Community Platform, Check-NL and Lift

Nicole van Haelst is a serial entrepreneur. She currently is the founder/director of the International Community Platform (since 2008) and Check-NL (since 2012). In 2015 Nicole together with Robbert Dijkstra founded Lift. An app that recommends career opportunities based on your passion, purpose and potential. Previously Nicole was a program manager at ING Bank, Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Global Program manager at KPN. Nicole has 2 Master degrees in Political Sciences and Germanic Philology. Her passion: connecting people and business, internationalization and growing business. Nicole’s LinkedIn

Mat Siffels

Partner at Professional Rebel

Mats is a partner at Professional Rebel- an agency that injects the entrepreneurial spirit in large & fast-growing organizations. With unconventional training programs, we help people break out of their comfort zone & provide them with the mindset, skill set and tool set to focus on the growth of their organization and themselves. Whatever it takes. To accomplish this, we use new perspectives and best practices directly learned from our international network of original front runners. Mats started his career at an international marketing agency where he served as a digital strategy director for clients in a range of industries (mobility, pharma, insurance, banking, government). He has a background in Political Sciences.

Frederick Rustler

Founder of Restart Network

I'm passionate about lifelong learning, innovation and finding solutions to all sorts of problems. Preferably the big and hairy ones. Nowadays these solutions increasingly involve some advancement of technology, so I'd also consider myself a tech enthusiast. Sometimes I put down what's on my mind in word and publish it either over here or on my website. Feel free to get in touch, I'm always looking for new connections and opportunities for the co-creation of projects!
✚ PERSONAL MISSION: Democratise tech and use it as a force for good
✚ PASSIONATE ABOUT: Innovation, Crowd-based Business, Internet of Things, Lifelong learning
✚ THINGS I DID: Helped raise over 100.000€ in total contributions for 3 tech initiatives while finishing my business major. Dozens of public speaking gigs about social entrepreneurship and tech for good. Currently I am helping to build the next generation of web developers in Rotterdam with our initiative Restart Network.

Previous Speakers included

Thomas Bunnik

CEO of Pritle

Thomas (32) started his career with ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam in 2006 where he held positions across investment advisory, business development and investment products management. During the last 3 years of his career with the bank he was globally responsible for the investment funds and listed real estate offering as well as the headquarter's and international office's products and services approval processes of the bank's global private banking business. He has been able to learn the rights and wrongs about the financial sector, corporate strategy and politics. Having been closely involved with senior management from a young age he was able to learn about management and leadership under euphoric and distressed circumstances. On his 30th birthday he left the bank trading larger corporate experience for pioneering and became CEO of the largest independent online funds supermarket and online wealth manager of The Netherlands and brought along an international management team and several specialists. One recommendation from Thomas: Follow your dreams.

Dennis Tan

Managing Director & Co-Founder of Dashmote

Tech geek/nerd/lover to the max and major (youth) entrepreneurship ambassador! Entrepreneur with a track record of failures & successes, grateful to have had the opportunity to do business beyond continental borders. Furthermore I am happy and excited to be living in a world were there are so many opportunities to make a positive impact on other people there lives. I hope to encourage as many people to use the low barriers in our time (thanks to tech and other innovations) to their advantage and to get the best out of themselves!

Melissa Marijnen

Founder of Professional Rebel

Melissa founded Professional Rebel, a company specialized in entrepreneurship and innovation. Professional Rebel delivers insights and practical tools - learned from the experience of 150+ frontrunners - to organizations who want to adapt to the fast-changing market. She believes an entrepreneurial mind-set pushes innovation in every organization, no matter the size. In addition she's one of the two Young on Board members on the Amsterdam Economic Board, where she shares her insights with high-level corporate and governmental decision makers.

Jorrit Schaap

Founder of Ooidesign

I'm a Dutch web entrepreneur from Amsterdam, co-founder of the startups FreeLoops.tv and Suppleye.nl, founder of OOIDESIGN and Young on Board member at the Amsterdam Economic Board. I enjoy building MVPs (Minimum Viable Products, a startup term) and evaluating and analyzing ideas and concepts. I love to share how I think you can build your MVP faster or test your concept without spending all your money on development. I've given talks about this particular subject and I'm hosting a Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Fast-Innovation-Scrum/ I have been crazy about the internet ever since I wrote my first line of HTML back in 1996, and released my first search engine one year later (it was crap, but just before Google). Nowadays, I am what you may call an internet entrepreneur with technical and design skills, and with a healthy interest in sales and marketing.

Dwight Oldenhof

Founder of Bar Oldenhof

Dwight is a Dutch pioneer when it comes to crowdfunding in the hospitality industry. He was the first in the Netherlands to crowdfund his own bar, Bar Oldenhof, in Amsterdam. Dwight’s family has been active in the hospitality industry for years, and after studies in Hotel Management, several internships and a master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, he harbored the desire to start his own business – Bar Oldenhof. He financed his dream through a creative, successful crowdfunding campaign, and Bar Oldenhof has been a busy hotspot ever since!

Erik Boer

Director of Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Amsterdam

Erik Boer has been Managing Director at the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE). In this position he is responsible for stimulating and initiating broad co-operation programmes in the field of entrepreneurship education and -outreach. He holds contacts with entrepreneurs, the city of Amsterdam, and other organisations. ACE is located at the University of Amsterdam and is a joint center of the University of Amsterdam,VU University, and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Before 2008, Erik Boer held several positions, such as Director of Communication at VU University Amsterdam as well as positions at Hogeschool Windesheim and Erasmus University in the field of internationalisation, university strategy and education policy.

Erik de Heer

Senior Manager - Business Tax Advisory at Ernst & Young

Drs. Erik de Heer has been working at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) for over ten years in the (international) tax advisory practice. He has served many Dutch based clients with (international) tax issues and structuring as well as international clients doing business in the Netherlands. Both mature companies as well as young fast growing companies. He has worked in the Dutch Caribbean for EY for several years. In recent years Erik has been involved more and more in advising young fast growing companies and start-ups. He has been heavily involved in EY’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award (which includes a category for emerging entrepreneurs) and the EYnovation initiative in which EY seeks cooperation with start-up ventures.