Referenties

Prijzen & Nominaties (or in English)

  • Finalist Zibb Business (Elsevier) Challange “creatiefste ondernemer”
  • Finalist innovatieveer  (vakprijs v/d reis branche)
  • Gespot voor de Emerce Travel Insight
  • Finalist beste start-up Emerce Travel Insight 2008
  • 2 keer in de “top 10 v/h jaar” springwise.com

 

Enkele referenties zoals op Linkedin zijn gegeven:

“Loop je met een business idee en weet je niet hoe je dat idee het best tot leven kunt brengen? Of heb je een bedrijf en bekruipt het gevoel je dat het eigenlijk wel beter kan? Dan heb ik een naam voor je: “Iwan van Geelen”.

Iwan is in hart en nieren (internet) ondernemer. Ik had in 2013 de mazzel hem te ontmoeten. Hij had net één van zijn vele briljante ideeën en ik kon daar als startent ondernemer op instappen. Van Iwan heb ik pas echt geleerd hoe je van A tot Z een bedrijf opbouwt en succesvol in de markt zet.

Iwan bruist van de energie. Hij is snel, scherp, creatief en volledig out of the box. Kan niet komt niet in zijn vocabulair voor en als hij er voor gaat, dan is dat 200%.

Het is een voorrecht om Iwan te leren kennen en met hem samen te werken. Als jij ook het geluk hebt dat hij op je pad komt, twijfel dan niet en grijp de kans met twee handen aan!”

Bas de Rooy, Co-Founder GM-GM

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“Iwan is rare in that he truly understands that the idea is the execution. In implementation of innovative ideas in e-commerce, his vision is creative and broad, his execution is precise and pragmatic, and in dealing with startup problems he hits all the numbers; commited, involved, and always authentic.

Iwan doesn’t just think outside of the box: he pulls the box apart, throws away all the parts you don’t need, and hands you a custom container that solves the problem.”

Jeannine van der Linden,  Manager at Kamer52

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“Iwan is the type of guy that rolls up his sleeves and starts on a job, and does not stop until it’s done. Very practical and down to earth. Having had the opportunity to work together for several years, Iwan has also gained experience in the digial side of business (processes) and thus can very likely contribute to situations where conventional business models need to be shifted towards a more advanced future.”

Bart Jaspers, Founder & Director Business Development, Device Global

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“I met Iwan as we discussed how his company (www.checkmein.nl) could support my foundation (www.healingmiles.nl) by generating some publicity amongst his customer base. Iwan is a very hands-on and pragmatic person that likes to think in terms of actions and possibilities. Working with Iwan was very good.”

Stefan Captijn, Founder, Healing Miles Foundation

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“I know Iwan as a strong negotiator, a partnership builder, someone with a strong execution oriented mind set. Absolutely a great partner to work with.”

Meynald Weerman, (Interim) Manager, MeyHold BV (self employed)

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“Rarely will you come across a more committed and hands-on project manager. Iwan is someone who is dedicated to completing a project and typically delivers more than promised.”

Perry van Beek, Corporate Development Officer, Device Global BV

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“Very sociable colleague, good organiser, strong problemsolver. Very experienced in setting up the infrastructure of a (new) company, knows how to get the job done.”

Jan-Willem Snijder, Owner, Hot Commodity

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“Iwan is very responsible within his job role and a pleasant person to work with.”

John G.M. Mensing (the Netherlands & South Africa)

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“I have worked for over a year with Iwan, first as a student, in a later stage as Sales Manager in South Africa, and I remember him as a dedicated and loyal person with a great commitment for his goals. As we are still collegues, but in an other setting, he is one of the most inspiring persons I’ve met.”

Paul Feldbrugge (the Netherlands & South Africa)

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“I had the pleasure to get to know Iwan in connection with my company´s activity, which also happened to be very close to his interestes and work.

Iwan is a very initiativ and open-minded person, who is full of ideas and who knows how to put them into practice. He is a very reliable person and I will strongly recommend him as a business partner.”

Hristina Jensen, owner, Get-refund.com (Denmark)

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“He was a great manager to work for, he was more of a friend than a manager. But always kept it professional. He never lost sight on what needed to be done. It was a pleasure working with him.”

Desiree van Burick (South Africa)

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“It was a great pleasure to get to know Iwan in connection with our trade-fare and all the others that we attended together. Iwan is an inspiring person, full of ideas and luckily shares his expertise amongst others. He is a very reliable person and I can recommend him as a partner.”

Sanaz Farahmand, SannyMedia (Germany and Italy)

Honors & Awards

Finalist in the Dutch Business Challenge
Elservier December 2007
(most creative entrepreneur)

The Dutch Innovation in Travel Award 2008
TMC Nominated for The Dutch Innovation in Travel Award 2008

year’s top 10 tourism & travel ideas springwise.com
springwise January 2008 Ranked as number 3 and number 10 at Springwise

Emerce Insight Travel & Tourism 2007
Emerce January 2007

Spotted “new”
Emerce Insight Travel & Tourism 2008

Emerce
Emerce Insight Travel & Tourism 2008

Additional Honors & Awards

  • Finalist in the Dutch Business Challenge 2007 (most creative entrepreneur)
  • Nominated for The Dutch Innovation in Travel Award 2008
  • Coach & evaluator for minor entrepreneurs at InHolland (school for economics)
  • Online and offline contributor at www.klmbluelab.nl
  • Ranked as number 3 and number 10 at  http://springwise.com/tourism_travel/2008_this_years_top_10_tourism/
  • Spotted at Emerce Insight Travel & Tourism 2007
  • Invited for best start up at Emerce Insight Travel & Tourism 2008
  • Expert Member @ http://www.higherlevel.nl