Welcome

I am Alexander Wijninga

Entrepreneur

  • Age 24
  • Business Address Europalaan 400, 3526 KS Utrecht
  • Email hello@alexanderwijninga.com
  • Phone +31 30 291 99 55
  • Birthday 17 August

Who am I?

I’m an entrepreneur who started experiencing the peaks and valleys of business at a young age. That experience has defined the way the companies I run. Go to work: work hard, make mistakes and do everything possible to make it better. It’s important to me that my businesses operate on transparency, honesty and determination. It’s that indomitable team spirit that allows us to bring amazing tech products to market together.



Ventures

Watermelon

Customer service Tech

Watermelon

Customer service Tech

Function
CEO & Founder
Phase
Growth
Duration
2016 - present

melon.ai

Tech

melon.ai

Tech

Function
Stockholder
Duration
2016 - present
Phase
Growth

Melon

Investment

Melon

Investment

Function
CEO
Phase
Growth
Duration
2016 - present

Leaders of Today

Tech

Leaders of Today

Tech

I consult with and invest in entrepreneurs to help grow their businesses as a member of the Leaders of Today advisory council.

AVOCADO

Delivery service

AVOCADO

Delivery service

After two years of experience being an entrepreneur, I started to discover the world beyond being a service provider to another company. I had thousands of ideas that all seemed viable, but focus is key and I left many on the drawing room floor. I participated in “Startup Weekend Utrecht, powered by Google” and took home second prize with the AVOCADO team. Our idea was to create an online delivery service for healthy food.

 

In the press

 

Awards & Prizes

🏆 Most promising young entrepreneur 2016

Alexander Wijninga and Charl Haas were chosen as the best young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. Although Watermeleon is largely dependent on the development of WhatsApp, co-founder Wijninga has a plan to change that if needed. 

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🏆 Sprout’s 25 under 25 2016

The 25 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 25 are young and full of talent and energy. Don’t be fooled by their crazy hairdos or overconfidence – before you know it you’ll be racing to keep up.

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🏆 Nomination: Young Creator of the year 2017

Everyone in startup tech has heard of Watermelon. After an ‘issue’ with WhatsApp came bankruptcy, but also a new start. Alexander has a few years of entrepreneurial experience under his belt and continues to build business with Watermelon Messenger and Watermelon Ventures.

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🏆 Finalist: Best Startup in the Netherlands 2016

They have passion at Watermelon, and ambition too. The jury of the Computable Awards 2016 chose Watermelon as a finalist for Best Dutch Startup. The pitch had a good balance of storytelling and facts, a healthy mix of a grounded present and a future with wings. Answering the jury’s questions delighted the crowd. The jury concluded that Watermelon knows where they are and are prepared to do anything to get to where they want to go.

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🏆 Semi-finalist: Present your Startup

Present Your Startup, the first format of Haarlemvalley, takes its inspiration from the popular TV shows Dragons Den and Shark Tank. A new brwed of investing that combines making money with making a difference.

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🏆 Semi-finalist: Young Business Award

175 startups competed to be name the best Young Business of the Netherlands, with prizes worth up to 12,500 euro!

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Skills

Entrepreneurship 95
Marketing 92
Sales 95
Commmunication 90
Leadership 85
Creativity 87

 

I work with

 

References

  • Alexander is one of the most inspiring young entrepreneurs that I know. When we first were introduced I could tell instantly that he's full of energy. You can sense his drive in every interaction. This personality and character make Alexander a true entrepreneur - the title of most promising young entrepreneur 2016 is well-deserved.

    Alexander is amicable, ambitious, tactical and inspires others as only a true leader can. He creates an environment where he and his team can develop their best selves. Alexander added a lot of value as an Adviser by Leaders of Today. He's a role model - he'll dare you to go further than you thought you could. You'll be full of energy after you have a conversation with him.

    Alexander will always be an entrepreneur, no matter the context in which you encounter him: as an employee, colleague or partner. I have a deep respect for Alexander and recommend and commend him.

    Andre Damian CEO - Leaders of Today
  • When I was a mentor, I got to know Alexander as a young, ambitious entrepreneur who is very grounded. He's knowledgeable, and his results prove that. He's got huge potential for the future. Alexander has an intelligent sense of humor and I would describe him as open-minded, honest, loyal and trustworthy.

    Pieter Buisman Experienced Sales & Marketing Manager/Consultant Int.
  • Alexander gave a fantastic workshop to a group of volunteers who wanted to learn more about how to use social media for their nonprofits, associations and foundations. They found the session exceptionally valuable and left with many actionable tips and tricks they could use right away.

 

Education

2013 - 2015

International Communication and Media

Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

2012 - 2013

Law

Utrecht University of Applied Sciences

2006 - 2012

High School

RSG Magister Alvinus

 

My interests

I’m typically working 60 hours a week on growing and developing my businesses, but taking the time to relax is also important. I enjoy fitness and a good film in my free time. 

  • Cycling
  • Watching movies
  • Table tennis
  • Golf
  • Swimming

 

Get in touch

Get in touch with me