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Venture Lab Humanities Bootcamp


This February, for the first time, ACE Venture Lab organized a Humanities Bootcamp, simultaneously with our regular Tech- and Science Bootcamp. The  Venture Lab Humanities project is currently running in a pilot version until the end of the academic year. It aims to inspire the Humanities students and raise their interest in entrepreneurship, help them explore the viability of their creative ideas and facilitate the students in starting their own  innovative company. The recent Bootcamp was part of a set of three programs, alongside an Explore program that took place December last year, and a Validation program starting coming Friday.

During the intensive, 5-day Bootcamp  program, we invited expert mentors to teach the participating startups everything they need to know to develop their startup idea, business plan and company. Every possible perspective was discussed through interactive workshops and mentoring sessions, covering topics like determining your market and target customers, developing your business model and financial plan, and juridical issues that startups face. On top of this, they also covered more general topics like the driving forces behind entrepreneurship and innovation and general challenges that starting companies have to face in the startup ecosystem in Amsterdam.

Hereby, we would like to introduce you to the startups that participated in this Bootcamp. Just like during the Tech- and Science Bootcamp, this program also ended with a pitch demo day, which resulted in a winning startup: Interclass!

Interclass is an online platform for students to practice what they learn in class outside of their books. They won the demo day with their well-worked out concept of offering interactive ways of learning in harmony with the guidelines of the Dutch Ministry of Education.

StoryPix is a new platform for high resolution displays in public spaces, based on communication technologies that connect smartphones to a screen. Supported by geolocation, your phone will give information about what you are looking at through text and audio, to connect the user to screens in museums, lobbies in companies and other ‘smart city’ architecture.

Kunstdiners organizes art dinners in a unique location, offering a vibrant evening with art, a culinary highlight and entertainment. Goal is to promote and sell her own and guest-artists’ art, and to create a network of potential buyers and other people interested in art.

De Taalprof is an educational agency which supports courses and language centers in applied science with improving the Dutch language proficiency among students. They work with a team of twenty teachers and correctors, and they facilitate the collaboration between education and commercial parties.

De Bijlesmarkt offers an online tutoring platform in public libraries.

Switch21 offers transition analysis and management for companies and individuals. Transition management is a new approach to help organizations become future-proof. Switch21 contributes to this process by selling trainings, workshops and advice to companies and individuals.

Centre for Fashion Research attempts to reveal the mechanism behind the fashion industry, which is currently already widespread throughout popular culture. The goal of the platform is to counteract the erosion of knowledge within popular culture and modern journalism, and to show how fashion can serve as a reflection of social political problems in society.

Instituut voor Beeldtaal is developing an interdisciplinary curriculum about the interaction between image and language. They mainly target professionals in corporate business and government, and they aim at increasing knowledge and proficiency about the interplay of image and language.

Hologram Studio makes Optoclone, full colour hologramps, like optical replicas from original objects. They will offer stock images, and offer workshops to students, and one of their holograms is admitted to the permannt collection of the MIT museum.

Vuurwerk Philosophizing over dinner creates connection, solidarity and equality. It serves to make abstract topics more approachable and insightful.