She is founder and CEO of The Next Women, The Female Business Brand publishing the First Women’s Internet Business Magazine and behind concepts as Female Internet Heroes, Kitchen Dinners, Funding & Pitching Events, Job Swaps and The Next Women Mentoring programme serving the Growing The Next Women Community. Simone Brummelhuis was VP Europe of Astia.org, the premier venture accelerator and entrepreneur programme for high-growth women-led companies, and currentky 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 is frequently asked to be a judge or mentor on business plan competitions & awards, 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.
She was guest-editor-in-chief for the Dutch Female Business Heroes Issue of Sprout in cooperation with The Next Women, she has presented the internet program SHE (interviews with business women) on Blueshotstv, she sat on the Dutch City Luncheon Committee in London, on the committee of Recommendation of the www.1procentclub.nl and is a frequent speaker through Women. Inc and The Next Speaker on subjects as entrepreneurship, social media, networking, innovation and internet concepts.
She was nominated as online Media Woman of the Year 2010, won the Pioneering Award 2008, is among the 20 women to follow on Twitter for Business, Marketing, Technology advice on Forbes.com and among the influential 50 entrepreneurs nominated by Sprout.
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