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Tilburg University: the first young inventor

Student stories 29 September 2008, 00:00

Five years ago, Yorn Soeteman (22, Business studies) started the website budgetgaming.nl, a price comparison website for video games. This is the first portrait in a series about Young Inventors at Tilburg University.

Five years ago, Yorn Soeteman (22, Business studies) started the website budgetgaming.nl, a price comparison website for video games. This is the first portrait in a series about Young Inventors at Tilburg University.

"It all began five years ago with a topic I started on the cost of gaming. I am an enthusiastic gamer and I know that having this hobby can be quite costly. To buy all the toppers is simply unaffordable. Therefore, you have to select. But how? Furthermore, prices aren't the same in all shops. Some overview was needed. That was my idea.

I always liked to collect and complete things. I think I have known this since the age of four. I discovered a topic on a forum about games where this was done. But it was done badly. So, I listed games along with the cheapest places to buy them and the price of the games. The topic became quite popular. That gave me the spirit to transform the small topic into an organised and professional price comparison website.

Our site is a golden opportunity for young, not so rich people who are fond of games. But also for producers and shops. Customers have the opportunity to react. Moreover, in conjuration with the magazine Power Unlimited we publish game reviews.

It was pretty difficult to manage everything. Now we work on the website with thirty people I met through the internet. They are passionate about the whole concept and happy to volunteer. For now, it seems to work. Recently we found a silent investor. I can not tell more about this, but thanks to him we have a really good opportunity to reach our goal: in two years we are going to be the market leader. Yes, we will even beat the Dutch site kieskeurig.nl!

 To all others students I'd say to just go for it when you have a good idea and believe in yourself. The other day I saw a guy during a break in a lecture. He was playing with his portable gaming computer, surrounded by people but totally apart from everyone. That is how I might have been without Budgetgaming: Quiet and shy."

 

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