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UPCOMING EVENTS
August 18, 2022
Special Event: Weekly Walk *Special Edition to Hofbogen*
Thursday Gathering - Venture School & Investment Café
August 18, 2022
Special Event: Weekly Walk *Special Edition to Hofbogen*
It’s summer time! So our walks will consider hot temperatures and we keep things “tranquillo”. This week: a special walk to Hofbogen, guided by Ellen van Bodegom of Business Walk and Talk. Let’s go for a walk and get inspired by what Rotterdam’s Hofbogen have to offer!   When we return to our office: you can come upstairs and buy a refreshing ice cream (your purchase will include a donation to Venture Café)! ___ Would you like to make some connections with the innovation community during your lunch break? In need of some serendipitous connections? Looking for a shot of vitamin D and exercise? We have a great solution!   We are hosting a weekly walk through the vibrant city of Rotterdam. Every week on Thursday at 12pm we discover points of interest in the ecosystem and Rotterdam’s heritage, all whilst personally connecting with others and increasing your step count. We’ve seen a lot of excitement for the walks and have decided to integrate them into our weekly program offering. We’ll look into different ways to keep these walks exciting and we’ll aim to add something new every week!   Please pre-register via this page and add this walk to your calendar. Let’s connect, walk & share!   Meeting point: Lebkov & Sons at Stationsplein (corner of Groot Handelsgebouw)
August 25, 2022
Special Event: The Future of Quantum Tech
Thursday Gathering - The Future of Quantum Tech ft Erasmus Enterprise
August 25, 2022
Special Event: The Future of Quantum Tech
Erasmus Enterprise & Venture Café Rotterdam are teaming up to bring you a special event on “The Future of Quantum Tech” on August 25th from 4:00-6:00pm! During this vibrant event we aim to get you properly introduced to the quantum technology and get you inspired about the possibilities it offers. Key players and experts will demystify quantum tech for us, provide updates on the status of the technology and also show the applications and opportunities it offers to society. Also, we’ll build in time for deep-dives into quantum tech applications in areas such as cyber security and healthcare in break out sessions hosted by subject experts such as QuTech, SingleQuantum and Amazon Web Services. And of course there’s plenty opportunity to make valuable connections! We specifically aim to connect (tech) talent to the organizations that are presenting, so that the technology can be further developed quickly. Agenda: 4-5pm: Plenary presentations to Demystify Quantum Tech! Speakers: Freeke Heijman (Quantum Delta Nederland), Daniel Howell (House of Quantum) & Mark Buningh (TNO) 5:15-6pm: Break Out sessions with deep dives into Quantum tech applications plus info tables hosted by speakers in the Innovators Lounge Speakers: Henry Montagu (Amazon Web Services), Ingrid Romijn (QuTech) + Dimitri van Esch (Quantum.Amsterdam) & Sander Dorenbos (SingleQuantum) 6pm onwards: Time to make valuable connections! Networking with speakers and other visitors in our Innovators Lounge and at info tables hosted by speakers and businesses In essence: we are bringing together the (inter)national innovation community and anyone interested in quantum tech is most welcome to join. We aim for you to leave inspired and better connected in the field of quantum – you don’t want to miss this! Please note that by pre-registering to this event your sign-up details will also be shared with co-organizer Erasmus Enterprise.
August 31, 2022
Special Event: MKB010 Next: Digital & sustainable solutions for SMEs - VCR x HR
Special Event: MKB010 Next Digital & sustainable solutions for SMEs! - VCR x HR
August 31, 2022
Special Event: MKB010 Next: Digital & sustainable solutions for SMEs - VCR x HR
Are you an SME (2-49 employees) and:Would you like to get a free quick and digi-scan of your company?Do you want your company to become more digital and do you wonder where the opportunities internally lie?Or perhaps you want to become (more) sustainable and circular and you look for advice on how to get started or take the next step?Then sign up now! 300 Business Administration students of Hogeschool Rotterdam are happy to help you out!In the period 31-August 2022 until 13-January 2023 several groups of students are working on several projects to help 18 SMEs in Rotterdam with their questions and challenges. Venture Café will be the linking pin between you and these groups of students and we ensure that your time investment will be kept to a minimum (expect one hour per week). We are sure that this is going to be a win-win situation where young talented students get more business experience, and you will get inspired by them and their ideas! The options: Project “Digitalising your Organization”: a quick and digiscan of your companyPeriod 31 August – 21 OctoberProject “Optimising a Process”: analysing a process, making it leaner and spot digital opportunitiesPeriod 7 November – 13 JanuaryProject “Making your company more sustainable”: getting insight into your rest and waste streams and getting advice on how to make them more sustainable/circularPeriod 7 November – 13 January
September 8, 2022
Special Event: The Next Walk (in Dutch!)
Thursday Gathering - Sustainable Development Goals
September 8, 2022
Special Event: The Next Walk (in Dutch!)
Are you a local entrepreneur (Dutch-speaking) and are you looking for inspiration during your lunch break to become more sustainable, circular and/or digital? Then join The Next Walk! Every 2nd Thursday of the month our Weekly Walk goes Next Level! This walk is especially meant for SMEs (2-49 employees) and entrepreneurs who would like to visit a local SME to get inspired about sustainability, circular and digital solutions. A great opportunity to mix and mingle with like-minded people and at the same time build a strong network amongst relevant SMEs and startups. Each month we will be guests at a great SME from the city of Rotterdam. And as the cherry on the cake, since this walk takes place during your lunch time, we will provide you with a lunch package! If you want to be sure of a lunch package it’s essential to pre-register via this page (see button at the top of this page)! Not able to join in the end? Please let us know so we can prevent any lunch packages going to waste! These walks are organized in collaboration with Voorgoed Agency and are in support of MKB010 Next program of the City of Rotterdam. 8-September visit: STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES! >> Pre-register via this page to let us know that you are joining! This way you are also ensured of a lunch pack. Meet us at 12:00pm in front of Lebkov & Sons (at Stationsplein).
November 25, 2022
Special Event: The Next Shower
MKB010 Next >> The Next Shower Event
November 25, 2022
Special Event: The Next Shower
Wesley dos Santos: 'The idea is to organize a business 'baby' shower where people start tinkering, hosseling and think circular. An event where starting and advanced entrepreneurs come together to celebrate milestones, expand each other's perspectives, dare to express challenges, get to know each other's network or digital resources and set off for home with a gift.'Expect an inspiring and relaxed setting with an enormous dose of inspiration! The event includes an awesome line-up, but also aims to get you (better) connected. There's a "feedback corner" where experts will answer any question you may have around digitalization, sustainability and circularity. Also we'll have a safe space, where you can hand out with like minded entrepreneurs and exchange experiences. Upfront all SMEs present will think of a present they could give or share with others that are present. Each visitor leave with a digital Goodie Bag. For whom? SMEs based in Rotterdam >> companies with 2 to 49 employees. You can be the owner of the bakery around the corner, a designer, content maker, fashion lover, accountant or engineer.Host of the day: Paulo Lopes Program15.00 - 15.10 OPENINGOpening by alderman Economy of City of Rotterdam and organizers Anoesjka Imambaks & Wesley dos Santos. 15.10 - 15.30 INSPIRATION TALKSInspirational talks with a host and entrepreneurs15.35 - 16.15 "TINKEREN" & "HOSSELEN"In groups you'll formulate solutions to realistic challenges.15.30 - 16.00 THINKING CIRCULARTime to give gifts!16.00 - 16.05 WRAP UP & END Wrap up by Spoken Word artiest Derek Otte. Followed by drinks, bites & networking.16.30 - 17.30 BUSINESS STAND UP COMEDY SHOW 
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