LABNEST was founded in 2021 by Valerie van Zuijlen (27). With a background in design, film and technology, Valerie has studied all over the world to create a​​ to set up a multidisciplinary practice as Creative Director. From a suma cum laude Bachelor in Graphic Design at the ArtEZ Art Academy in Arnhem to Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and Videogame Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Until obtaining the Master in Film Design & Politics at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Master as a valedictorian in Cinema Studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Her work has been presented internationally and has been awarded several titles.  

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Valerie: “There is a huge gap between having already graduated and taking the next step towards business. With the ambition to become a​​ become a self-made entrepreneur and start your own startup. The lack of a guide on how to do this, a real space to develop and like-minded colleagues to brainstorm and share ideas with makes it a leap of faith before you even start."

The transition from student to entrepreneur and pioneer, also the lack of space to share similarly aligned experiences within start-up entrepreneurship, led to the foundations behind the creation of LABNEST.


By collaborating with regional professionals and industry companies (accountants, banks, lawyers, marketers), LABNEST offers a professional think tank incubator accelerator trajectory that not only houses and facilitates the emerging generation of startups to start their "moonshot", but also guides you to place your startup in the world of business leadership.