“Knowledge is power”. Every entrepreneur knows it. This may be a big part of why more and more entrepreneurs come to UniPartners Tilburg.
The board of UniPartners endeavours to find interesting projects for students of Tilburg University, which are executed for a fair price at companies. For students this is a unique chance to gain experience at companies, while for entrepreneurs this is a unique chance to gain university knowledge in an accessible way. Who does not want to profit from that? That is why there is an Advisory Board that assists the UniPartners board with networking opportunities and contacts. The output our students create is the input for your new ideas!
Rien van Linschoten
Brabo Horeca Group
Students have a different look on things. They approach things from a different perspective. Younger, fresher, more open-minded, more flexible and with a lot of enthusiasm.
I have worked with students for more than 25 years and have been a member of the Advisory Board of UniPartners for several years. UniPartners students have a professional approach, which gives them an advantage over other students. They are united under the UniPartners umbrella and have direct access to the most recent academic knowledge. In all areas.
The students that UniPartners offers always manage to bring their academic knowledge to businesses. Tilburg is a distribution city, and with the help of UniPartners, it is also a city of knowledge distribution.
Managing Director Midpoint Brabant
Midpoint Brabant strives for – from the Centre of Brabant – regional innovation that leads to economic growth with societal benefits. Herein, we cooperate closely with business, education, government and societal partners. Midpoint Brabant can be more than happy with a region where partners with such broad knowledge and expertise are present. UniPartners Tilburg is such a partner! We have gotten to know UniPartners as a bureau with knowledgeable and ambitious student consultants.
We work to achieve a region that excels in applying innovations in practice, preferably in experimental settings. This is in line with what UniPartners does: give students the opportunity to prove their worth in projects in the working environment of business. By solving broad sets of questions and challenges, UniPartners Tilburg contributes to the growth of the Heart of Brabant and to innovations that have an effect outside of the region too.
With the help of UniPartners we work together for a smart, sustainable economy and society.
Dream it. Do it. Make it. From the Heart of Brabant.
Linda van Hoof
Partner at Van Boekel Accountants & Advisors
My name is Linda van Hoof-van der Schoot. I have been a student at Tilburg University myself, and since 2004 I have been a partner of Van Boekel Accountants and Advisors. Before that, I worked at PwC in the field of international audits, but I wanted to be more involved with medium- and small-sized businesses. We support these entrepreneurs in issues of accountancy, fiscal, takeovers and mergers, but also in issues of payroll/HRM. The dynamic of medium- and small-sized businesses is challenging and bringing together students and businesses is crucial.
UniPartners Tilburg searches for projects at these kinds of businesses, and ensures that students are able to bring their expertise into practice. This connects theory and practice.
Manager Business Development at HVB Groep
Director Stapelfinancieringen B.V.
UniPartners Tilburg allows students of Tilburg University to gain real-world experience at businesses in Tilburg through the execution of an assignment or project. This allows businesses to introduce young academics to their company, and let them execute an assignment or project. Think of: marketing plans, lean projects, digitalization, legal questions, etc. This benefits both parties, and that is why I am eager to support UniPartners.
Teamleader External and Campus Communication at Tilburg University
As team leader corporate communication at Tilburg University, I am responsible for the appearance of the university with all target groups. This is a great challenge at an organization that is constantly changing and stands in the middle of society. Making society better for citizens, that is what drives us. Who wants to understand society, has to actively and consciously be involved with it. That is why we educate our 17.000 students of over 100 nationalities to be Tilburg University-shaped professionals: responsible and entrepreneurial thinkers that are able to innovatively exert influence and shape a quickly changing society.
This connects seamlessly with the mission and activities of UniPartners Tilburg. As a member of the Advisory Board, I gladly contribute to this.
Co-Owner Logistic Force Tilburg/Waalwijk
In our city – the logistical hotspot of the Netherlands – there is of course a host of logistical activity. With my broad logistical experience and expertise, I was asked to take place in the Advisory Board of UniPartners Tilburg. We expect a lot of logistical companies to offer projects to students of Tilburg University of UniPartners. I will use my network to put the UniPartners brand on the market.
It is great to guide a new generation in the world outside of the University.
I am Maarten Wolters and since May of 2018 I am the CFO and co-owner of Pondres. Pondres has a long history in Tilburg and is active in the area of personalised, effective customer communication and distribution. I believe in the power of the local network economy and have work experience abroad, in which I have been able to see to which appealing results this can lead to.
To show students how fun it can be to work in an SME, we have started with internships and a student pool. Besides that, further research is being done to see what could move students to choose for a career start in an SME in Tilburg. Herein, I have experience myself what the benefit of UniPartners is. Additionally, it is a nice combination to let students gain experience and use their knowledge and insights to further strengthen the SME’s of Tilburg.
Niels van Stappershoef
Party leader of VVD Tilburg
As a councilor and party leader for the VVD of Tilburg, I think it is extremely important that we know how to link our students to the entrepreneurs of the municipality of Tilburg. As a former university student, I know that the emphasis is often on larger companies from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. And that is a missed opportunity for Tilburg. Our region has a strong SME sector where (graduated) talent can also go. This would be a win-win for both parties. In addition to this cross-fertilization between students (education) and entrepreneurs (business), I think it is important that students can develop themselves and grow into the best version of themselves. I did this myself during my studies in various board positions, and by following the government traineeship I also gained more insight into a good connection between education and work. Based on that knowledge and experience, supplemented with a broader network in politics and within entrepreneurial Tilburg, I think I can be of added value to the Advisory Council.
Director Citymarketing Tilburg
Started in Tilburg as a law student, graduated and now working as director of City Marketing Tilburg, where I deal with the question: "how do we get more people to choose Tilburg?"
Our team also brings Tilburg and all its possibilities to the attention of students and entrepreneurs.
The DNA of Tilburg: a city in which we are there for each other, enter into experiments and thus continue to create in all kinds of areas is truly unique.
I am a connector and think in terms of opportunities and concepts.
Besides city marketing I work as a musician and because of the many side activities in and around the city I have a large network.
I would like to help UniPartners Tilburg in their development and visibility!
Con van Rijswijk
Under the motto youth is the future, I approached two young guys during a networking event, curious about their story. Both gentlemen turned out to be from UniPartners - a startup I thought at the time - and offered them a cup of coffee at my office. That turned out to be a very pleasant introduction during which I got to know UniPartners better. In that conversation I spontaneously offered my help as a sparring partner and I joined the Advisory Board of UniPartners Tilburg.