The preliminary jury process is the most important phase after the entry period has been closed. This is when first impressions and shortlists are made. So, who are the experts in the preliminary jury that will be judging all 271 entries this year? Here is a short overview.
The preliminary jury process is the most important phase after the entry period has been closed. This is when first impressions and shortlists are made. So, who are the experts in the preliminary jury that will be judging all 271 entries this year?
Margriet is chairing the preliminary jury for the 3rd time. She is Deputy Head of the Charity department of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, and she has extensive experience in judging whether or not a plan will make it, and if it’s worth funding.
Alexander van der Have
Alexander is investment manager at DOEN Foundation. DOEN invests in innovative early stage companies with potential for environmental, social and/or cultural impact. As a promoter of people and organisations that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation, DOEN believes in a green, socially-inclusive and creative society. DOEN supports these innovators and brings them into contact with each other. Annually, DOEN supports more than 200 initiatives by means of subsidies, participations, loans and guarantees.
Oscar Kneppers is considered one of Holland's most celebrated serial entrepreneurs in tech and media. After developing several successful new media-related publications (including Emerce and Bright), he is now boosting innovation and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs with Rockstart, determined at helping startups become more successful, faster. Rockstart is well-known for its accelerator programs, co-working space and numerous interactive events. On the side, Oscar has been balancing minds and bodies as a licensed Kundalini yoga teacher.
Aart van Veller
As co-founder and partner of Vandebron – and multiple other sustainable ventures – Aart is living proof that entrepreneurship can have a profound impact and that the economic system can be changed from within. His company Vandebron aims to be the world’s first marketplace for sustainable energy. Vandebron allows you to buy energy directly and inexpensively from the manufacturer, of your own choice.
Since 2012, Guido Braam has been putting all his energy and focus in the transition towards the circular economy. As the executive director of the action driven Circle Economy cooperative he can contribute to this on a daily basis. He strongly believes that social entrepreneurship will become the new standard. Enticing the establishment into the circular economy, a more balanced system full of innovation and (shared) value creation, is the first step. Guido is the founder of several (impact driven) start-ups and co-owns Kirkman Company.
Together, they will be sifting through all the entries, watching the elevator pitches and comparing all the SWOT analyses. They will meet up early July for a full day of though deliberations to end up with their Top 25 of nominees in the running to become finalists. After even further deliberations, research and conference calls, they will announce the 5 finalists on August 17th. Good luck!!