Dwillo continues its success globally

Dwillo, the winner of the I WILL Award 2014 at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), won the Dutch Pitch session at the Northside Festival and Trade Show in New York City in June 2014. The mentor community had been selected for a boot camp for entrepreneurs organised by the Dutch consulate in New York City.

Mentor community Dwillo was among 11 promising Dutch startups that were selected for a week-long immersion in the tech and startup scene in New York City. The programme, “Holland in New York”, was organised by the city’s Dutch consulate and included visits to New York-based startups, Google New York, Cornell's tech campus, workshops, training sessions and pitches to investors.

“It was an unforgettable experience that has resulted in many new insights, interesting contacts and ideas,” said Daniel Gaspersz, co-founder of Dwillo and RSM MSc alumnus, who kept a blog during the visit. Part of the boot camp was a visit to the Northside Festival and Trade Show in Brooklyn, a startup, tech and innovation-focused forum and expo. All 11 startups pitched there for a jury of American investors and entrepreneurs as part of the "Dutch Pitch sessions”. Dwillo and two other Dutch startups, Screen6 and Chordify, were voted as winners. The mentoring community won three months of free office space in New York City and market research in the USA.

Connecting students and alumni

Dwillo used the second week of the trip for follow-up meetings with investors, universities and fellow entrepreneurs. Gaspersz said they visited RSM's partner school NYU Stern School of Business, and through RSM’s alumni network they met Stefan Hendriks, President of RSM’s alumni chapter in New York.

Dwillo provides online mentoring communities for universities and organisations to help mentees with study, career and personal development choices. Earlier this year it won the I WILL Award at RSM for their ambitious idea that showed willpower and could change the world. Dwillo used part of its € 15,000 prize money from the I WILL Award 2014 to strengthen their team with two new country managers for Germany and Italy, and a developer intern.

RSM uses the mentoring community under the name RSM-MentorMe to benefit its alumni, students, and network. Since its launch, the successful initiative has fostered 377 active mentors and 456 mentees from RSM’s bachelor, master and MBA programmes.


Dwillo provides online mentor communities for universities and organisations. The communities facilitate mentoring and coaching relations between students and young professionals. Having a mentor helps mentees in making difficult choices related to study, career and personal development. In return mentors enjoy a fresh perspective and gain intrinsic satisfaction by giving back. Dwillo’s aim is to connect 1 million people by 2017.


Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked among Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has offices in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district and in Taipei, Taiwan.

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