Demonstrator Lab Summer Pitch Event 2024 – May 16th

March 29, 2024

Demonstrator Lab is showcasing and celebrating the new generation of entrepreneurial students of the VU on May 16th, during the second edition of Demonstrator Lab’s Summer Pitch Event + Demo Market. Are you ready to meet them?

Around 45 new projects that have entered the Demonstrator Lab this academic year, will have the opportunity to take the stage and pitch their start-up idea in a pre-final round. Only six projects will go through to the final pitch event and have a chance of winning one of three 1000,- vouchers to spend on their start-up project.

The jury is composed of four esteemed partners of the VU entrepreneurial ecosystem: Bettina Zijlstra, Oscar Kneppers, Ross Gordon and Saskia Verstege.

For the pre-final rounds a panel has been put together, chaired by Chief Impact Officer Davide Iannuzzi, founding father of Demonstrator Lab, and the winners of last year’s Summer Pitch Event: Madglove, Pulse, Omnia, Respira and VU-AMS.

Demo&Drinks – The afterparty 

You are welcome to congratulate the winners of the Summer Pitch Event straight after the final, during the Demo&Drinks starting 5 PM at the StartHub on the VU Campus square.

Enjoy pizza&prosecco, good music and conversation and plug into the entrepreneurial spirit of the VU. All of the participating start-up projects will be there to talk to you about the product or service they’ve been developing; A festive end to an exciting day, celebrating all of Demonstrator Lab’s projects for putting in their time, passion and energy to bring their ideas to life.

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Since the first edition of the Summer Pitch Event in 2023 turned out to be a great success, this new years edition we will take it a step further to make it an even more memorable event. Your great spirit will help us achieve this!

Spots to the final pitch are limited, but if you think you should be in the audience (4 PM, Theaterzaal 5, NU-building) then you are probably right. In any case, we would love for you to come toast with us afterwards, during the Demo&Drinks.
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Previous Summer Pitch Edition

Winners of the 2023 edition are Madglove, Pulse Sport and VU AMS. All of them are still highly valued members of the Demonstrator Lab community, passing on their experience to peer projects. Soon they will take the next step in the VU Entrepreneurship ecosystem and move their office to the VU StartHub. We would like to use this occassion to express our pride of how far these projects have come and we are excited to graduate more excellent start-up projects of the Demonstrator Lab in the future. 

What is Demonstrator Lab

Do you have a promising idea that might be the start of a business?  

Demonstrator Lab is the academic incubator facility of the VU and UvA: The entrepreneurship laboratory where you can transform your ideas into a tangible product or service. Demonstrator Lab is a learning-by-doing environment open to students and staff members. Maybe it will be you who’s pitching at the next edition? We look forward to hearing from you >