TheNextWomen Science Stories - meet experienced entrepreneurs to share your ideas



14:45 - 18:00 hrs


Faculty Club Leiden University, Rapenburg 73 Leiden


RISE & TheNextWomen, in collaboration with dr. Aletta Debernardi, director Knowledge Partnering (Leiden University Knowledge exchange office, Luris), offer the unique possibility to participate in the free Science Stories. Group sessions with ambitious scientists, entrepreneurs, professionals, and experts. Beginning entrepreneurs and interested scientists get the opportunity to ask questions and gain advice, from each other and experienced entrepreneurs. TheNextWomen invites experienced entrepreneurs to each session to support participants with advice and contacts. Do you have an entrepreneurial idea or do want to share a business issue select 'yes' when you register for your seat and we will let you know as soon as possible if you have been selected to get on the spot advice and help.

Target audience:
This workshop is for female scientists in the beta sciences.

We specifically invite assistant professors, associate professors and professors to participate. PhD’s and post-docs who have an entrepreneurial idea or are interested in entrepreneurship in general are also welcome.

Available places: 55

If we get more applicants than places available we will organize an extra meeting later this year.

Date and time: March 18th, 15:00 - 17:30

Location: Faculty Club Leiden University, Rapenburg 73, Leiden


14:45 – Walk-in

15:15 – Intro Startup Stories by Leiden University

15:20 – Pitch by Melanie Rieback (founder Radically Open Security) is a former Asst. Prof. of Computer Science at VU who performed RFID security research (RFID Virus and RFID Guardian), that got worldwide press coverage, and won several awards (VU Mediakomeet, ISOC Award finalist, NWO I/O award, IEEE Percom Best Paper, USENIX Lisa Best Paper). Melanie also worked as a Sr. Engineering Manager on XenClient at Citrix, where she led the Citrix Vancouver office. She was also a Sr. Managing Consultant in the Cyber Crime Expertise and Response Team (CCERT) at ING Bank, where she set up the CCERT Analysis Lab and was the lead technical project manager of the ING Core Threat Intelligence Systems. For fun, she founded the Dutch Girl Geek Dinner in 2008. Melanie was also named 2010 ICT Professional of the Year (Finalist) by WomeninIT, and one of the "400 most successful women in the Netherlands" by Viva Magazine (Viva400) in 2010.

15:30 - Pitch by Sabrina Bos (founder AccessArt) Sabrina lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is 27 years old. She has a strong international background showing in both her academic and corporate career. Sabrina graduated from her MSc in International Management (CEMS) from the Rotterdam Business School in 2013. After several internships and exchanges abroad she started working as an IT consultant with Accenture in Amsterdam. Having worked here for 2 years, she decided in January 2015 to say farewell to the security of her consulting job and to become an entrepreneur. Sabrina is is currently working on her startup accessART full-time.

15:40 – Pitch by prof. Jacqueline Meulman (prof. of Applied Statistics, Mathematical Institute, co-director of Leiden Centre for Data Science, female pioneer in combining science with business development activities at the Leiden University). She is also Visiting Professor of the Department of Statistics of Stanford University and project leader of the LeidenUniv-IBM/SPSS project in which statistical software is developed for advanced multidimensional data analysis. The royalties for this are around $ 850,000 per year used for new research.

15:50 – Pitch by dr. Nettie Buitelaar - PhD in Bioprocess Engineering from Wageningen University, MBA from TSM Business School,  former managing director Leiden Bio Science Park, Chief Business Officer of BiosanaPharma BV, Chair of the board of Check-Points BV, owner of Buitelaar Biotech Business, board member of Noviotech Campus Nijmegen and advisory board member of Healthy Ageing Campus Groningen.

16:00 – 2-3 issues by participants + questions & answers

17:00 – Network

18:00 – End

About RISE and TheNextWomen:
Researchers In Science for Equality (RISE) is the network for female beta scientists of the Leiden University, Faculty of Science. The mission of RISE is to build an inspiring work environment for female scientists, to stimulate their personal and professional development and advance their careers to top positions in beta sciences.

TheNextWomen offers a unique ecosystem and enlarges the engagement, influence, and impact of female startup founders, business leaders, and investors. It is a challengers platform for female high potentials with ambition, optimism, and persistence. As a member of TheNextWomen you will get access to all the knowledge and tools you need to boost your capital and network.

What others say:

"Incredibly valuable and inspiring! It has again brought me many new ideas, where I can get to work properly. I am now at work putting my concept on paper. Additionally, the focus tips help me when it comes to pitching your concept and to sharp formulate your requests for help."

"Very inspiring and effective."

" thank you for a wonderful 1st meeting! I had almost no expectations and I have enjoyed it a lot, it was very useful for me, since I just recently started my 1st startup :) thank you for everyone's contributions and hopefully you also found my contributions useful"

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