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It's been a while since our last newsletter, but now Marijke joined Fortify, we rapidly develop the w

Paul Musters - Fortify

May 21 · Issue #8 · View online
Create the Best Culture to Grow Your Company

It’s been a while since our last newsletter, but now Marijke joined Fortify, we rapidly develop the way we communicate :-).
We love to continuously improve ourselves so that we can help founders grow even better. That is why we chose to share more about how we analyze and inspire impactful companies — starting with an interview by our new partner: Accenture Innovation Awards.
Also, our collaborations with Postcode Lottery Green Challenge,, and Lightyear are hopefully an inspiration for you.

Inside Entrepreneur Mind: Paul Musters on startup company culture. | by Innovation Awards
Scale Up Academy – May 15th
What an energy, enthusiasm and inspiration during the Scale Up Academy Event on May 15th, powered by Accenture Innovation Awards! A selected group of 25 entrepreneurs listened to Maijke Receveur from Lightyear and Charlotte van Leeuwen from Bord&Stift, who told their stories about the growth of their companies and development of company culture. Afterwards, the participants shared experiences and got insights from the experts.
“So inspiring to not only listen to the stories of Charlotte and Maijke, but also to share insights, challenges and experiences with fellow-entrepreneurs.”
Investor Round Table
Earlier this month we visited Brussels for a special Round Table Event, organized by Paul gave a presentation about the ´Key Factors of a Winning Startup Team´ to group of private investors.
“What an eye-openers for us as investors. This will make investing a lot more fun!”
One of the Key Factors that Paul shared is about psychological safety. The number one requirement for every high-performance team. When you are interested in hosting a talk by Fortify, let us know in a reply!
The last nine months we had the great pleasure to coach the five fascinating finalist startups selected by the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge Program and DOEN Foundation. It was very inspiring working with The Great Bubble Barrier, AlgiKnit, LettUs Grow, Reverse Resources and AquaBattery. With special thanks to Rockstart, for facilitating the assessments, mentorships and the DeepDive Week.
Anne Marieke Eveleens (Founder, The Great Bubble Barrier):
“We started our company as three friends and knew each other quite well. Thanks to Fortify, we not only got to know each other even better, we also started to apply and combine our talents to build our company.”
Anne Marieke Eveleens (Founder, The Great Bubble Barrier)
Customer story: Lightyear
Everybody involved in innovation, knows Lightyear. This amazing company who’s developing the first production solar car grew from 10 to 120 people within 2 years. They did that while staying really close to their values.
Maijke Receveur became responsible for growing the organization. Her primary challenge was building up culture and structure to facilitate this fast-growing company. Two of her main questions:
1. How to gain insights into changes in the workplace? With which – due to the rapid growth – you quickly lose the feeling.
2. How to keep company values strong, motivation high and collaboration sharp?

Lightyear is presenting their proto-type on the 25th of June, stay tuned!
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