Celebrating 15 Years of NIKOS - Social Entrepreneurship via Product Co-Creation

Christof Hawle and Juan Jauregui Becker took the floor on the 17th of November. The topic of the VentureClass was Social Entrepreneurship via Product CO-Creation.

Christof and Juan will discuss the role of business incubation processes for supporting people living in deprived conditions. While Christof will focus on his experience working with refugees in the Netherlands through his social business DeliteLabs, Juan will explain how the Product Co Creation Centres projects of the University of Twente is installing incubation living labs that impact positively a community while enabling doing research on topics like social entrepreneurship and sustainable development.


Christof Hawle 

Christof’s current enterprise is to create a non-profit startup school to foster entrepreneurship in regions with high youth unemployment. To realize this, he spends H2 2015 in Valencia, Spain, to get the pilot off the ground.

DELITELABS offers a 5 weeks program, that provides a safe zone for aspiring entrepreneurs to foster business skills as well as personal development. Christof enjoys working with and encouraging young people. Hence the motivation to create DELITELABS: combining his professional skills of business model innovation, with the passion to work with young people and the drive to make a societal impact. DELITELABS has been nominated by Duurzame Dinsdag (Annual Dutch sustainability prizes where initiatives get presented to the Dutch cabinet).

As a management consultant, Christof has helped multinational, predominantly chemical and petrochemical companies over the past 10 years with their business transformations. His activities in other industries include consumer electronics, aviation, banking, health-care, and logistics. His work spanned across a variety of functional areas, from marketing and sales excellence to operations and supply chain topics, as well as R&D, innovation, and strategy. Over the past few years he has specialized in combining this broad experience into a holistic view on (digital) business model innovation and transformation. Since 2014, he has assumed the competence group lead for the BNL Capgemini Consulting practice of business model transformation.

Juan Jauregui Becker

Juan is a Venezuelan national with undergraduate studies in Venezuela and Italy and a PhD in Design engineering at the University of Twente.  As an assistant professor at the design department of the University of Twente, he has researched the implementation of the Lean methodology in Product Development, working in close cooperation with Dutch high tech companies (e.g. Oce, PHILIPS, Tebodin). In joint venture with Business and Administration Department (NIKOS) and Sustainable Development Department (CSTM), Mr. Jauregui has been working on PC3 (Product Co Creation Centers), which is a design driven business accelerator for entrepreneurs coming from deprived conditions.

See Juan at his TEDxTwenteU talk: The Power of Product Development


19.15 – doors open and coffee
19.45 – introductions
20.00 – lecture and discussion
21.00 – drinks
22.00 – closing


VentureClasses are public lectures, organised by NIKOS and VentureLab International. They are open to anyone and free of charge. The lecture topic relates broadly to ‘business and science’. The speakers who share their experiences with the audience, have made their mark as an entrepreneur and/or enterprising scientist. See also the overview of speakers of the past six years. The official language at the VentureClasses is English, unless it can be in Dutch.

Registration for this free event is mandatory.