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Thursday Gatherings

We have a weekly gathering every Thursday from 17:00-20:00 full of interesting programs – all in English. Feel free to drop by anytime on any Thursday! Check-in starts at 16:30!


Monthly theme
Think Green

CleanTech & Circular Economy #ThinkGreen

Thursday Gathering May 24th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience - Venture Café Rotterdam
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Café experience, with short introductions and new connections! We will inform you about Venture Café mission and the programming offered. You get to share what you are looking for and can make some first serendipitous connects!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: For social entrepreneurs with city officials! - City of Rotterdam
If creating (positive) impact is the core of your business, you are probably eager to talk to the city of Rotterdam about your business. The office hours with the city of Rotterdam create an opportunity to spar with city officials, including Marie-Louise de Bot.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: CleanTech & Circular Economy - Part 1 - Framing the Circular Economy (in Dutch) - Plennid & Clean Tech Delta
During this session we will dive into the circular economy, with a practical perspective. Do you want to learn more about how circularity can create value for your organization? Or how you get your customers involved in this transition? Come to this session for fresh insights and to discuss the topic with others! (NB this session will be held in Dutch)

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Farming in the city with a social touch - Baby Greens
How can we reduce the distance between farm and consumers? Can we leave a positive printout by doing agriculture in a city environment? Baby Greens presents its urban farming project to enthusiasts, visionary entrepreneurs and aspiring partners.

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Tasting: Farmer Produce - Rechtstreex
Have you tasted CIC's tomatoes and local fruit? Do you like it? If you do, come by the Rechtstreex info table & taste some more of our farmers' products!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Funding for your innovation - Maas & Kleiberg Subsidieadvies
Maas & Kleiberg aims to support innovative companies on a strategical level on their business development. Their focus is on grants, crowdfunding and investment funds, giving you the assets you need to build or scale-up your business. Stop by to meet a.o. Rik van der Laan and see how they can support your company!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Flexpackerz - working remotely
Doing business is in human nature. We tend to forget how important the human relations are when thinking business. Thanks to Flexpackerz. Find all the closest cool places to work and meet the people there. Build your network now!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Circular Question Hour! - Noorderwind
Do you want to learn more about circular economy and entrepreneurship? Or want to be more "blue" yourself? Stop by this info table to pose your questions to Noorderwind's Joni Reijven and Jill Setjadiningrat!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Why sustainability doesn’t work in organizations (yet) - Stevin Technology Consultants
Most organizations have aspirations to be more sustainable but often their green initiatives fail. Stevin has developed a seven level model that visualizes the organizational changes necessary to transition from having a green vision to breathing green. Join this break out to learn more about it from Stevin's Caroline van Wijk!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Fireside Chat with Arash Aazami- Kamangir
How will our world look once we transition to 100% renewable energy? Join this fireside chat lead by Arash Aazami, and share your thoughts!

18:00–19:00 Info Table: Move2Social Rotterdam - KplusV
Move2Social Rotterdam has started: an innovative, new collaboration between government and entrepreneurs. Move2Social is aimed at furthering social entrepreneurship - stop by to learn more about the initiative from Joost Clarenbeek!

18:00–19:30 Break Out: CleanTech & Circular Economy - Part 2 - Patterns of Nature by The Zero Waste Consultant
To solve our climate challenges, we can look at Nature for inspiration. With almost 4 billion years of innovation experience, Nature has found solutions for almost any challenge we currently face. During this session, Alexander Prinsen and Mauro Gallo will talk about the impact this thinking has on innovation and the solutions we so hardly need for our Spaceship Earth.

18:15–19:30 Break Out: Workshop: Building Circular Ventures - Noorderwind
"Together we shape a future we want to be part of". Do you want to apply circular economy principles to a practical case? After getting inspired by Plennid & Cleantech Delta from 17:00-18:00 (Framing Circular Economy, Part 1), you get the possibility to act hands-on with Noorderwind's Boukje & Sanne!

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Scaling for Success - workshop for industrial start-ups - Tebodin (CANCELLED)
Join our workshop by the Tebodin start-up team and learn how to scale-up your industrial circular economy or biobased start-up successfully. We will assess your value chain, the value of partnerships and explain industrial scale-up ins and outs.

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Challenges & Opportunities of the Circular Economy in Rotterdam - Gemeente Rotterdam
Meet the Cleantech team working on behalf of the City of Rotterdam to implement innovative technologies based on Circularity! We will introduce projects we are working on and are seeking new initiatives to make Rotterdam ready for the ‘next economy’!

These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
A MORE Sustainable YOU! - Sustainable Fashion Evening #ThinkGreen

Thursday Gathering May 31st

17:00–17:30 Break Out: The Millennial Preach by Jonas Martens
De Nieuwe Poort Rotterdam and Venture Café Rotterdam team up to to bring you a 20-minute Millennial Preach: a preach by a millennial for the (young) generation of entrepreneurs and professionals. Expect an inspirational story about life, work and our society; accompanies by live piano music. This week's Millennial Preacher: Jonas Martens!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Border Sessions Tech Festival - Border Sessions
Border Sessions is presenting its program and is looking for enthusiastic participants for the yearly tech culture festival taking place June 13-16. Stop by their info table... and get the chance to win some free tickets!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to grow from start-up to scale-up? - Your Professional Coach
You have great ambitions on how to let your business flourish? And you struggle with the alignment of business and organization?

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Hemp & Bamboo Sports Wear - Iron Roots
Why do we workout in glorified plastic bags? Isn't there a natural, more sustainable alternative for this? At Iron Roots, we've made it our mission to make natural sportswear mainstream!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with Jonathan Zwaan, representative from JOA Ventures. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. They’d love to hear from you. And if they see a match: there are funding opportunities!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Sustainable & ethical alternatives to fast fashion in the footwear industry - Cano Clothing Company
Learn about CANO and our approach to fair fashion. Get to know our innovative solutions to create alternatives to the fast fashion industry and how we try to revolutionize the global footwear market.

17:00–19:00 Info Table: WoodWatch Sustainability
At the info table info, we will show our watches and talk about our sustainability initiatives. Planting a tree for every watch sold and CO2 neutral parcel deliveries.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to build digital confidence to achieve digital transformation? - ContentKings
Without digital confidence there is no digital transformation. Then why are most transformation strategies focusing on 12% of your employees only? Book a session with Ellen Altenburg (ContentKings) and learn how to win the Early majority.

17:30–19:00 Office Hours: Propose your Cleantech Project to the Gemeente Rotterdam! - Gemeente Rotterdam
We have presented our current activities and shared our approach to accelerating innovation and collaborative we want to hear from you! Do you have a proposition that will contribute to the Cleantech ambitions of the Gemeente Rotterdam? Feel free to stop by at any time to share your thoughts with Wouter van Rooijen!

These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

Monthly theme
Cross Culture

Cross culture: Arts & Architecture

Thursday Gathering June 7th

Stay tuned for the day program of June 7th!
Cross culture: Arts & Architecture

Thursday Gathering June 14th

Stay tuned for the day program of June 14th!
Cross culture: Arts & Architecture

Thursday Gathering June 21st

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: For social entrepreneurs with city officials! - City of Rotterdam
If creating (positive) impact is the core of your business, you are probably eager to talk to the city of Rotterdam about your business. The office hours with the city of Rotterdam create an opportunity to spar with city officials, including Marie-Louise de Bot.

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophize: Circular Economy is a Tautology! - Humberto Schwab
Philosopher Humberto Schwab ( is back at Venture Café and will dialogue with the participants around economy and circularity in the mental dimension - in line with Venture Café's monthly theme "Think Green"!

These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.


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