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On January 31 Joris Castermans and Susanne de Nooijer discussed their stories about switching. Joris shared his personal story and drive of becoming part of a big corporate. After being part of KPN he realized that corporate life is not completely how he imagined it. Joris switched to entrepreneurship and started with a rather safe freelance opportunity. That position provided him with the necessary inspiration, contacts and freedom to work on his new start-up concerning speech technology called Whissp.

Susanne shared her story about creating a company in a very upcoming field of tax technology. She told about her lessons learned in partnering up with other people: “starting a company together is liking getting married, and indeed ending such a cooperation is like divorce. Really question yourself who you want to work with, because is could be a real problem later”. Susanne her company grew and a large corporate got interested. She said, “we got distracted from earning money for the company, and only thought “we’re going to be millionaires”. Make sure to keep your own business in mind when people are interested in buying you.”.

On January 31 Joris Castermans and Susanne de Nooijer discussed their stories about switching. Joris shared his personal story and drive of becoming part of a big corporate. After being part of KPN he realized that corporate life is not completely how he imagined it. Joris switched to entrepreneurship and started with a rather safe freelance opportunity. That position provided him with the necessary inspiration, contacts and freedom to work on his new start-up concerning speech technology called Whissp.Susanne shared

What: Stories about Switching Where: PLNT, Langegracht 70, 2312NV, Leiden When: 31st January 2019, 17:30 On January 31 Gulliver organizes a new edition of 'Stories about'. This time we will discuss what it means to switch between entrepreneurship and employment in both directions. On the one hand it raises questions like: what does it mean to give up your (successful) job and start your own business, what are the drivers to do so, and how did it work out? On the other hand,

On the 7th of November, we celebrated sustainable entrepreneurship during Gulliver’s first edition of Futureproof. Our chairman Arash Aazami took off with an inspiring keynote about new energy models. One of the important messages he gave us: alternative sources of energy are not that alternative at all. We have been using wind and water power way longer than we have been using fossil fuels. Furthermore, Arash took us into a new concept he is working on with his company Kamangir:

In order to stimulate new entrepreneurship Gulliver organises an annual competition among young entrepreneurs in Leiden. We believe that the three most important factors for the success of a new enterprise are speaking to the right people, gathering and processing valuable feedback and attracting the right amount of funding. By joining the competition as a young entrepreneur you get access to a vast network, organised and ad-hoc feedback and the possibility to win €10.000,- to develop your new enterprise