About Us

THE TEAM!

We are UtrechtInc Students, the hub for students at UU who are interested in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Rick Bonants

Chairman of the Board & Entrepreneur

Dimitra Moussa

Ambassador Program Director

Manon De Lijster

Marketing & Communications Manager

Martijn Wiarda

Innovation Program Director & Entrepreneur

Gerard Coen

Innovation Project Manager

Rick Bonants

Chairman of the Board & Entrepreneur

Hi guys!

My name is Rick Bonants, I'll be the chairman of this year's UtrechtInc Students board. Some years ago I moved from Venray to Eindhoven to start my Bsc. Mechanical Engineering. Since, I live in Utrecht to do my MSc. Sustainable Business and Innovation.

As a newbie, I figured that it might be interesting to get to know more about entrepreneurship, so I signed up as an ambassador for UtrechtInc Students. From there on things escalated: I became a board member of Dutch Students for Entrepreneurship (DutchSE), I started as a startup scout at Starthubs, and recently I co-founded a startup called Yupper.


What I hope for the board of 2018-2019 is that we get as many students as possible interested in an entrepreneurial career. If you have any personal questions, feel free to add me on https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickbonants/ and we'll speak there! :)

Dimitra MOUSSA

Ambassador Program Director

Hello everyone,

I am Dimitra Mousa a master student of Animal Behaviour in the University of Utrecht. I come originally from Lebanon and Greece where I grew up and finished my bachelor in Biology. I decided to move to Utrecht two years ago, in order to follow my passion for research on animal and human behaviour.

After couple of my trips to the motherland of startups, California, I realised my interest in entrepreneurship and coming back to Utrecht I looked for the options. That is how I came across UtrechtInc and an elective course, the “Co-create life’s professional challenges”, which included a lot of elements of innovation and entrepreneurship and after this I followed 6 months of managing courses out of which I was mostly attracted by entrepreneurship.


I am currently finishing my master and working as a communication assistant for the Co-Challenge, while I now a board member of UtrechtInc Students. Other than that, I am planning my next steps in creating my own business. I will be more than happy to welcome you in the family of UtrechtInc and help you with any questions.

Please reach out to us at students@utrechtinc.nl!

Manon de lijster

Marketing & Communications Manager

Hi guys!

My name is Manon and I’m currently in my fourth year of Social Sciences. In my second year of studying, I decided to join @Enactus Utrecht and that’s where I developed my interest in entrepreneurship. I’m currently a team captain of one of the social enterprises at Enactus, called @Toekies. We want to improve the education and integration of refugee children in Utrecht.

Soon, I was working for @Centre for Entrepreneurship as a student assistant at the marketing and communication department. The Centre aspires to motivate as many students and teachers as possible to get involved with entrepreneurship. My board year at UtrechtInc students fits perfectly with all my current activities.

I want to reach as many students as possible – but mostly students who are not familiar with entrepreneurship or have a whole different field of study. Everyone could benefit from entrepreneurial skills and I see it as my own personal goal to reach these students too!

MARTIJN WIARDA

Innovation Program Director & Entrepreneur

Hi there, I’m Martijn.

I always thought I would end up in the Dutch Royal Naval College for an officer training. But after finishing my Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and serving in the army reserve for 4,5 years, I subsequently became the new board member for UtrechtInc Students, mainly focussing on external relations.

This was only a logical choice after starting my Masters in Innovation Sciences and being an UtrechtInc Students Ambassador. It’s inherent to my master that I'm obsessed with innovation and entrepreneurship. This interest got initially sparked after working in the Utrecht Incubator for a MedTech Startup where I co-designed EEG electrodes for medical diagnosis purposes. Working on the development of an innovation and experiencing such a process gave me a lot of energy and very much intrigued me. Hence, it became my dream to one day start my own high-tech business.

In the meantime I co-founded Yupper. An organisation that aims to increase the engagement of students and young professionals in personal development opportunities organized by third parties. Promoting challenges and business cases forms a significant part of our daily tasks.

I hope that we can make Utrecht more innovative and entrepreneurial this year. Contact us if you share this ambition. let’s innovate some more!

GERARD COEN

Innovation Project Manager

Hi everyone, I’m Gerry.

I have also been travelling quite a bit and spent the two years in Mexico City. Before that I was working in brand management and new product development at Unilever in London, and L’Oreal in Paris. I am kind of addicted to learning new things so my curiosity around themes such as the circular economy, artificial intelligence and blockchain led me back to the Netherlands to join the MSc Innovation Sciences program. Alongside my studies I also work as a member of the Innovation

Research Group at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services), an institute of KNAW and NWO. I am passionate about advocating for the intelligent adoption of new technologies in a way which promotes sustainable development. I think the main thing I would like to do as part of the team of UtrechtInc Students is help promote innovation and entrepreneurship among women and minority groups! Let’s find the next #GirlBoss this year!! Gerry