Starterscafé | Making dreams come true I

Monday 16 January 2023, 19:00 - 22:00 hrs.
AHK Culture Club
Kattenburgerstraat 5
1018 JA Amsterdam

Learn smart and effective ways to run your business at the AHK Start-Up Café. Get the basics sorted so you can focus on what you really want to be doing: being creative!  

First grab a drink and get to know the current and former students from a wide range of fields. After that, your inspiring trainer will teach you all the ins and outs of running a business. If you want to join us, go to  

What you’ll get from this session
Your idea is ready to go, and you can picture the final result in your mind. But how to start making it happen? What do you need to do? How do you get to the finish line? Across two sessions you’ll bring your own ideas to life. You’ll come together with fellow students and exchange ideas about how to go about things. Then we’ll get down to work – and if you ever feel like you don’t know which way to go, someone will be there to nudge you in the right direction. Make sure you also come to the second session on 23 January, when we map out the perfect path for you.

The coach for this session is Onno van Swigchem. He’s a saxophonist, composer and bandleader who has run projects combining dance and film throughout the Netherlands and abroad. He also gives talent training sessions and teaches classes at HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, and the conservatoires in Arnhem (ArtEZ, University of the Arts) and Zwolle.
Interested in more? Check out our other workshops from THEME TAG C – Launching your Idea:: ‘Making dreams come true II | Choosing your next steps’, ‘Understanding the market’, ‘Turning your idea into a concept’, ‘Powerful pitching’. 

Evening program  
A warm welcome

Meet fellow students and grow your network.

Tips & tricks   
The teacher will tell you everything you need to know when starting up, opening the doors to a new world. We provide the pen and paper, so you can note down all the tips and tricks.   

Get to work  
Roll up your sleeves, because we’re going put what you’ve learned into practice right away. Sometimes the teacher will ask you to work with a specific case study, but usually you’ll be applying it to your own situation.     

Chill and chat  

The bar is open! You’re welcome to stay and connect with fellow students or put questions to your teacher.   

Who it’s for
The Starterscafé is aimed at current and former AHK students.   


  • Free for current students and recent graduates (from 2019 onwards).   
  • € 12.50 for AHK alumni who graduated before 2019.   
  • € 15.00 for non-AHK participants.   

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