Meet the Startup in Residence mentors

Startup in Residence

The Startup in Residence program will officially kick off on September 14, but before we announce the final selection, we’d like you to meet the four mentors who will guide the startups to world domination in the coming five months. So without further ado and a drumroll for good measure, here they are!


Marco de Jong

Marco has worked as a consultant for Ogilvy & Mather, in telecom (the predecessors of Ziggo) and 10 years as general manager of webagency theFactor.e. Since september 2016, he has been focussing on investing and accelerating new internet ventures in several industries, with his G-Force investment fund. He also founded the Northern Online Entrepreneurs, a group of more than 50 Northern Dutch established companies.

Niek Huizenga

Niek is an entrepreneur, consultant, coach and lecturer at the Hanze University. He is also the co-founder of the Launch Cafe co-working space and has worked with a number of successful startups and companies, such as Tvilight, Ytec, Chordify, Noordhoff Publishers, VentureLab North, Windesheim UAS.

Robert Reekers

Robert is a licenced coach and a member of the investment committee of the Groningen Investment Fund. He previously worked as Director for Business and Private Banking for the Rabobank in Groningen and is a is guest lecturer of financing at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

Nick Stevens

Nick is co-founder of The Big Building, Chief Digital Officer of the Digital Office Groningen, Global Facilitator of Techstars and an Angel Island team member. He has spent more than 15 years working for and with large traditional companies/organisations and more than 10 years working as an entrepreneur and with startups.

Join the kickoff!

Curious about the startups these four will be working with? Join the official Startup in Residence kickoff on September 14, at the Groninger Forum at 3 pm.