CES – CODE event support is a monthly meeting for young entrepreneurs. The place to build your network, learn valuable skills during the workshops and receive advice and funding for your project. From the summer onwards you can join the Build this city contest, which is a part of CES. 



What would you create with 4000 euro at your disposal?


CODE043 empowers young adults by giving them the chance to create their own projects. Discover your talents and use them to improve the living quality of our city. We give financial support, coaching sessions and help to build your network. You can come to us with your own ideas for this support. For this particular project we have set the theme ‘together for the city’ but you can make it your own. Filling in the blanks is the contest!


Do you want to win 4000 euro to make Maastricht a better place? Enter the contest, attend the meetings and pitch your project during the final on Thursday 28th November. Details are listed below. May the  best idea win! 

Please note that our office is closed during the summer months. If you have questions about the competition, feel free to contact us from the 2nd of september 🙂


The goal of this project is to use your talents to connect people here in Maastricht. Bringing them together to meet each other, learn from each other and create something that increases the living quality in Maastricht for all its inhabitants. Creating a community we all thrive in. How you want to do this is up to you. Be creative and use your personal interests and strengths to build our city. Every idea is valuable and can make a difference, give it a shot!



Of course we will support you with the process of creating your own project. After the start of the new school year there will be several meetings and workshops that will help you to create your project and help you prepare for your pitch. Attending these meetings is mandatory for participation in the contest.

  1. Preparing for the contest: Thursday 24th October 19.30 – 21.30
  2. Pitching workshop: Thursday 31th October: 19.30 – 21.30 
  3. Semi-final: Thursday 14th November: 17.00 – 22.00
  4. Finale: Thursday 28th November 19.00 – 22.00

For help you can contact us: info@code043.nl (Please note that the office is closed during the summer break from the 3rd of July until the 1st of September!



  1. You’re a young adult in the age range of 12 to 25 years old
  2. You live and or study in Maastricht
  3. Your project takes place in Maastricht 
  4. Your project is not a fundraiser or a school project
  5. Your project is non-profit



Use the link below to apply for the contest following these steps:

  1. Name your project starting the name ‘CONTEST’ so we know it’s for this contest. For example: ‘CONTEST – dancing on the Vrijthof’.
  2. Fill in your contact information and a brief description of the project and submit the plan. Now you have an account to work in. The plan is not final until you submit all the information and apply in the Toolbox. (This will become apparent once you start).
  3. In your account you can work on your project and fill in all the required information. 
  4. Make a budget for your project taking note of the available budget of 4000 euro. Upload this budget in the Toolbox. 
  5. If all the requirements are met you can make your application final. 
  6. If your project meets the requirements we’ll send you a confirmation and invite you to the meetings.
  7. Attending these meetings and the end pitch are mandatory. Every project for this contest will pitch during the CES. Otherwise your project will be disqualified. 
  8. Click on this link to start your project.
  9. Enjoy and make the world a better place!


The aftermovie of the previous Build this City contest:

Check the programme below for the different subjects that we will cover during these events. In the Facebook events you will find the specifics for every event. Participation is free.


Would you like to pitch your project for funding or reserve a spot for a workshop? Please send us an email.


28 February 2019 - #4 Starting a business - Project management

Host: Peter Powell of Team Academy

Workshop: Lean Project Management

CES#4 will give you the tools to create and manage a successful project with a workshop and interactive networking event hosted by Peter Powell form Team Academy. Come by to attend the workshop to work on your project or come by to network with the young entrepreneurial community of Maastricht.



Lean management methods are being implemented all over the corporate world in large and small organizations alike. From IBM to Airbnb, Lean methodologies empower those closest to the problem to solve them in an efficient, effective way, moving fast with minimal waste. In fact Lean methodology is so effective it has been a major contributor to the successes of businesses including Toyota, Facebook, & numerous others. However, though popular and far more effective than traditional project management methods, Lean is rarely applied to event based or non-profit projects. In this interactive workshop I’ll show how you can use the Lean build-measure-learn cycle in your projects for everything from team, to event management. During the workshop participants will learn the basics of Lean management by creating an initial prototype of (part of) their project, testing it, evaluating the feedback, and creating the next iteration based on this feedback. Please note: Participants should have a project they are currently working on which they can test/prototype with relative ease.


Peter is a musician by training and an entrepreneur by accident. He’s been obsessed with creativity since the age of 6: making music, painting, building furniture or just solving interesting problems. After discovering a knack for business Peter has built two businesses and is currently working on launching a university for aspiring entrepreneurs. He has lectured in universities and facilitated workshops and design days on creativity, entrepreneurship, marketing and more for organizations around Europe. He has worked with a variety of organizations including The BBC, Atkins Consulting and the Limburg Police. He’s passionate about learning and is determined to convince the world that everyone is creative. To learn more about what he’s up to you can visit www.teamacademy.nl or www.changemaker-collective.com


28 March 2019 - #5 Marketing through Storytelling

Host: Nathan Vandy

Workshop: Marketing through storytelling

CES#5 is all about giving you the tools to connect with your network, clients and stakeholders in a meaningful way. Learn how to market your project with an interactive workshop and network event hosted by Nathan Vandy of Clique

Come by to attend the workshop to work on your project or come by to network with the young entrepreneurial community of Maastricht.

2 May 2019 - #6 Sustainability

Host: Michele Gherardi

Workshop: Sustainability

CES #6 Sustainability is hosted by Precious Plastic Maastricht

Imagine you are a plastic bottle. Your life seems pretty simple right? You are created, people drink out of you then you are tossed into the recycling bin. But what happens after that? Where do you go? The answer may surprise you.

During this CODE event support Michele Gherardi answers this question and many more as he takes you on a journey through the life cycle of plastic waste. This simple, yet resilient material may be one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Although, with all its advantages, plastic comes with a cost, and our planet is paying the price. However, it’s not too late. Today, our society is finally realizing the importance of managing our waste, especially when it comes to plastic. Come join Michele as he shows you how you can make a positive difference right here in Maastricht.



 Learn why responsible recycling is important
 Learn tips and tricks for sustainable living in Maastricht
 Create your own products out of used plastic
 Participate in fun, interactive team building activities



Michele Gherardi is a first-year bachelor’s student who came all the way from Texas to study at the Maastricht Science Programme. He’s only been here half a year, yet he’s already fallen in love with
the local community and its environmental awareness. Michele’s passion for our planet began ironically with his passion for astronomy and the cosmos. No one understands the importance of
keeping our planet safe more than he does, and it was with this that he decided to take action.

In January, he joined a small group of other like-minded students to start Precious Plastic Maastricht, a community driven initiative dedicated to eliminating plastic from Maastricht’s waste stream. To do this, they collect local plastic waste and bring it to their work space where they transform it into renewable products. Since their conception, Precious Plastic has been on the move, collecting plastic, hosting workshops, and this summer they will marry recycling with recreation with their Mass Maas Cleanup sustainability festival. To learn more, follow Precious Plastic Maastricht on Facebook and Instagram.


Hope to see you all there!

Questions: gerard@code043.nl

30 May 2019 - #7 Mental Health

27 June 2019 - #8 Summer drinks en contest anouncement

The CODE office closes for the summer, so let’s raise some glasses during this network evening to a new season in september with new ideas and projects. Oh and coach Gerard will anounce a new build the city contest…stay tuned!

26 September 2019 - #10 Networking, Meet and Greet the community

24 October 2019 - Build the city contest - preparation for the contest

Please note that this evening has two different sessions. One is in Dutch from 5 pm-7  pm and the one afterwards is in English from 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm


Build your City – preparation for the contest – Dutch workshop: thursday 24 october, 5 pm – 7 pm

Build your City – preparation for the contest English workshop: thursday 24 of october, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

31 October 2019 - #11 Build the city pitch workshop

During this CES you will learn everything there’s is to know about pitching your project.

Please note (!) that there will be two different sessions this evening. One workshop is in Dutch (5 pm – 7 pm), the one afterwards will be given in English (7.30 pm – 9.30 pm).


CES – Build your City – Dutch pitchworkshop: thursday 31st of oktober from 5 pm – 7 pm

CES – Build your City – English pitchworkshop: thursday 31st of oktober 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm

14 November 2019 - Build the City Contest - Half finals

CES – Build Your City – The half finals – thursday 14th of november from 5 pm – 10 pm

28 November 2019 - Build the City contest - the Final

CES – Build Your City – The Final – thursday 28th of november from 7 pm – 10 pm

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