ADC Talks: Entrepreneurs: Makers and Mentors

On December 3rd at 7pm at the Apple Store, Amsterdam, join Daniel Gaspersz, winner of the Philips Innovation Award, along with John Argento from Detroit design brand Shinola and Margot van der Krogt, founder and editor of The Makers Amsterdam and host of Creative Mornings Amsterdam, as they share their insights on social enterprise and building a successful brand.

Daniel Gaspersz
Daniel Gaspersz is an entrepreneur on a mission: He wants to build and grow ventures that take on humanity’s greatest challenges and push the world forward through social innovation. He was already passionate about this mission during his student time at the Erasmus University, where he co-founded an online mentoring platform that won the Philips Innovation Award in 2014. Now he’s realising this mission in the space industry, where he works closely with space pioneer Rick Tumlinson and former NASA employees to build the New Worlds Institute, a US-based organisation aimed at enabling humanity to thrive in space. He also is the founder of, a global community of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs dedicated to realizing human settlement on Mars. Daniel is also the founder of Awesome Foundation Amsterdam and an alumnus of ECE’s Student Entrepreneurs Excellence Program.

John Argento, Managing Director, Bedrock EMEA (Shinola & Filson)
With over 20 years of experience spanning marketing, branding, and sales, John Argento joined Bedrock in 2014 to lead business & brand development for both Shinola and Filson. Prior to Bedrock, Argento worked with many leading luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, Diesel, Marc Jacobs, and several others, primarily focused on international markets. He has previously lived and worked in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Montreal & Lausanne and is currently based in Amsterdam.

Margot van der Krogt, Founder The Makers Amsterdam
Margot van der Krogt is a maker enthusiast and Founder of The Makers Amsterdam – an online platform for the city’s creative entrepreneurs and makers. Founded to share their stories with the rest of the world, Margot has built a dynamic network of makers and maker enthusiasts. She works as a freelance copywriter, editor and content specialist, and hosts the Amsterdam chapter of CreativeMornings.

The talk will be moderated by ADC’s ambassador in The Netherlands, Jennette Snape.


  • 2015-12-03 00:00:00
  • Apple Store, Amsterdam
  • Hirschgebouw, Leidseplein 25
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands