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Superconnectors is an organisation aiming to level the playing field for startup entrepreneurs by providing access to the social capital needed to succeed and grow.
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the fOunding idea

As a startup founder himself, Jan Hein Hoogstad noticed that almost all startup events are focused on raising money and very few are about finding the right people.
This puzzled him, as finding social capital proved to be much harder and more important than financial capital. He teamed up with Stein Fortuin and decided to fix the problem by creating their own event, called Superconnectors and organised the first editions during Rotterdam’s startup festival ‘Upstream’.

Motivated by overwhelming positive feedback, in early 2022 they assigned a dedicated team lead by Alexander Broekman to turn Superconnectors into a scalable global event format like TED, Fuckup nights and Pecha Kucha.


To maximise the positive impact of our organisation, we choose to prioritise startups that made our world a little better, for example by contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our team

Alexander Broekman

Co-Founder & CEO

Evgeny Astapov


Rebeka Yaneva

Events Manager

Gianluca Bellan

Program Manager

Dina El Hage

Content marketeer

advisory board

Irene Rompa

Ecosystem builder and event moderator at TEDX Amsterdam

Arjanne Hoogstad

Government relations and CSR for corporations like Coca Cola

Jan Scheele

Organiser of over 50 TEDx events around the world

Lars Crama

Organiser Upstream and founder of Angel investment network

Marjolein Boer

Superconnector in the dutch maritime and innovation sector

Pepe Villatoro

Co-founder of Fuckup Nights, organised in over 300 cities

Elwin Stevelink

Event branding and concept expert




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Logo of our partner: CitizenM


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