Starterscafé | Finding your way to funding

Tuesday 14 March 2023, 19:00 - 22:00 hrs.
AHK Culture Club
Kattenburgerstraat 5
1018 JA Amsterdam

Learn smart and effective ways to run your business at the AHK Start-Up Café. Get the basics sorted so you can focus on what you really want to be doing: being creative!  
First grab a drink and get to know the current and former students from a wide range of fields. After that, your inspiring trainer will teach you all the ins and outs of running a business. If you want to join us, go to

What you’ll get from this session  
How on earth do you go about fundraising? Find out how potential financial backers will see your project. Discover the differences between educational, participatory and professional projects. Explore alternative ways of generating income, such as crowdfunding, sponsoring and partnership deals. You’ll get all the tips and tricks you could wish for. Oh yes, you’ll be needing a smartphone or laptop, so please bring one along. By the end of the evening, you’ll be able to find your way to funding for your project.

Damani Leidsman is the expert this evening. He’s a performing arts practitioner, creative producer and freelance consultant. He believes everybody deserves a sustainable working practice – he’ll go in-depth with you, giving you insights into the connections between artistic and business practices. Damani is a founding board member of CLOUD/Danslab, a platform for dance and movement research. He also worked as an adviser to the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts), CultuurSchakel and CAWA, the City of Amsterdam’s committee for arts incubators.

Interested in more? Check out our other workshops from THEME TAG D – Raising Money: ‘Prepairing your plan for the funding application I, ‘Prepairing your plan for the funding application II, ‘Getting grip on your taxes’ or ‘presentation training’. 

Evening program  
A warm welcome  

Meet fellow students and grow your network.   

Tips & tricks   
The teacher will tell you everything you need to know when starting up, opening the doors to a new world. We provide the pen and paper, so you can note down all the tips and tricks.   

Get to work  
Roll up your sleeves, because we’re going put what you’ve learned into practice right away. Sometimes the teacher will ask you to work with a specific case study, but usually you’ll be applying it to your own situation.   

Chill and chat  

The bar is open! You’re welcome to stay and connect with fellow students or put questions to your teacher.   

Who it’s for
The Starterscafé is aimed at current and former AHK students.   


  • Free for current students and recent graduates (from 2019 onwards).   
  • € 12.50 for AHK alumni who graduated before 2019.   
  • € 15.00 for non-AHK participants.   

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