CEMS Alumni of the Year 2017, June Candidate: Niels van Deuren

The CEMS Alumni of the Year is a joint campaign by the CAA in close collaboration with the CEMS Student Board, which gives the CEMS community the opportunity to learn about CEMS alumni on a monthly basis and vote for the favorite candidate as the CEMS Alumni of the Year.

Meet Niels, the June candidate for the CEMS Alumni of the Year 2017 election.

Niels graduated from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University from CEMS in 2012 with his exchange at NOVA School of Business and Economics. He is the Founder of HousingAnywhere.com, which enable local and international students to search for rooms in 300 cities worldwide. They provide a safe platform for outgoing students, verified local landlords, as well as social and commercial operators. Niels is extremely committed to the CEMS Network, he shares his experiences at Alumni Panels and invites students to Housing Anywhere get togethers.

1. How would you describe yourself in a tweet?

Passionate entrepreneur that is growing his own startup to a global player and ready to inspire other starting entrepreneurs.

2. What are the three most important things that have personally shaped you?

1.) Moving out: In my first student year, moving out of my parents house and buying my own apartment to live there and partly rent it out

2.) Study abroad: Singapore NUS, Lisbon NOVA and interning at Heineken Ethiopia.

3.) Studying business: Getting into the true mindset of doing business

3. How did the CEMS network contribute to your professional achievements?  

When I launched HousingAnywhere.com in Rotterdam and later the rest of the Netherlands, my CEMS friends helped me pitching the platforms to universities around Europe.

The CEMS network helped me to launch the platform is multiple cities across Europe.

4. What advice would you give to current CEMS students?

If you want to start your own business, do it now, and not later. Now you're independent and free. Don't think any longer, but act now.


The voting for the Alumni of the Year 2017 will take place end of October among the CEMS community and will take place in our social media communication channels, where the winner will be announced in the begin of November.

CEMS Alumni of the Year 2017, June Candidate:  Niels van Deuren
26 Jun 2017