Founder and CEO in The Next Women
Simone Brummelhuis is VP Europe of Astia.org. Founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley, Astia is an innovative global not-for-profit organization that propels women's full participation as entrepreneurs and leaders in high-growth businesses, fueling innovation and driving economic growth. Astia offers programs for high-growth start-ups that deliver results.
She is founder and CEO of The NextWomen, the Female Business Brand publishing the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine and Community and behind concepts as Kitchen Dinners, Funding & Pitching events and TheNextWomen Mentoring programme.
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 information in The Netherlands; currently she is on the Advisory Board of IENS.
Simone is a frequent judge on business plan competitions & awards (such as yearly Accenture Media Innovation Awards, UK Pitch ’09, NACUE Varsity Awards, Sprout Challenger competition, Suikeroom Pitch competitions 2010, UK Everywoman Technology Awards 2011, 2012), she was guest-editor-in-chief for the Dutch Female Business Heroes Issue of Sprout in cooperation with The NextWomen, she has presented the internet program SHE (interviews with business women) on Blueshotstv, she sits on the committee of Recommendation of the www.1procentclub.nl and is a frequent speaker on subjects as female entrepreneurship, social media, networking, innovation and internet concepts.
She was nominated as online Media woman of the Year 2010, won the Pioneering Award 2008 and was among the 20 women to follow on Twitter for Business, Marketing, Technology advice on Forbes.com.
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