Director

The NextWomen
Netherlands

Simone Brummelhuis is founder and CEO of The Next Women, The Female Business Brand publishing the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine Simone Brummelhuis was VP Europe of Astia.org, the premier venture accelerator and entrepreneur programme for high-growth women-led companies, and currently serves on the Astia European Advisory Board. She worked for 10 years as an international corporate lawyer (Skadden, New York & Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Amsterdam, New York) before becoming an entrepreneur by setting up her own B2B publishing company Brummsbooks. Thereafter, she joined VC backed IENS.nl as co-owner and managing director; she developed this start-up into the no. 1 user generated content database publisher of restaurant guides in The Netherlands. Simone has a lot of experience in judging business plan competitions & awards and has previously judged or mentored competitions such as the yearly Accenture Media Innovation Awards, UK Pitch ’09, Sprout Challenger competition, Suikeroom Pitch competitions 2010, UK Everywoman Technology Awards 2011 & 2012, Startup Weekend Amsterdam, The Next Women Mentor program, Startup Leadership Program, London, Founders Institute, Amsterdam and 3DayStartup.