Past events

Here are some of the awesome events we’ve had in the past!

 

December
Monthly theme
Closing the Books


Expansion Café

Thursday Gathering December 6th

12:30–16:45 Side Event: From A to aBroad: the event for expanding your startup globally - RVO
Looking for ways to expand your startup business abroad? If you could do with some advice, be sure to attend From A to aBroad. Government experts will share local insight into potential markets. Sign up for this exciting (free) event for businesses just like yours!
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: From A to aBroad: Expanding your startup globally - RVO
Looking for ways to expand your startup business abroad? If you could do with some advice, be sure to stop by this info table. Government experts can share local insight into potential markets. Learn more about your opportunities!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How DutchBasecamp can help you scale internationally
DutchBasecamp helps startups scale internationally. During Venture Café startup founders can learn about the foundation's work and of course how to benefit from it in order to make a lean landing internationally faster and easier.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Cricket based bitterballen by Tjirp - Tjirp
We are on a mission to let the Netherlands get acquainted with the taste of crickets by taking the taboo away. So come join us and try it yourself!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The next Dutch wave is to hit SXSW in March 2019! - New Dutch Wave & City of Rotterdam
To engage and enable as many partners for the next SXSW (8-17 March 2019), in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam, aNew Dutch Wave network event is hosted. Feel free to join in and learn what a trip to Austin has to offer you. Join their break out session at 17:30 or stop by this info table to learn more!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Scaling Global Technology Businesses: Thoughts from Silicon Valley - Entrepreneur-in-Residence at YES!Delft, and Mentor at Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Is your technology business ready to scale up? Join this session with Bret Sewell, who will share some Silicon Valley insights about expanding technology businesses internationally.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: The next Dutch wave is to hit SXSW in March 2019! - New Dutch Wave & City of Rotterdam
To engage and enable as many partners for the next SXSW (8-17 March 2019), in collaboration with the city of Rotterdam we are hosting a New Dutch Wave network event. Feel free to join us and learn what a trip to Austin has to offer you. Take your business on a trip and get connected!
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18:00–20:30 Special Event: IGNITE @Reload: DEVELOPING YOUR IDEA - Reload Greece
Are you interested in developing your early stage business idea while networking with like minded entrepreneurs from 5 countries? Kick start your entrepreneurial journey by joining this IGNITE workshop, you’ll have the chance to work on your early stage idea or the problem you want to solve using the methodology of Reload Greece. Join this session!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Socratic Dialogue: Human Value in an era of Technological Disruption - Socratic Design Academy: Humberto Schwab
We invite ambitious young entrepreneurs to participate in a philosophical dialogue (Socratic Design) about the human value in the era of technological disruption. With disciplined moderation Humberto Schwab creates collective attention that can boost your creative process. Limited seats available!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Growth Funding : The Funding Lifecycle - Symbid
Learn how to fund your business now and in the future: learn how to sustainably fund your company now and in the future. Learn what investors look for before they invest, do's and don'ts, how co-investing works, and more...!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: FinTech 2019: How To Grow & Scale Your FinTech Startup? Lessons learned from successful FinTech startups & scale-ups – Tony de Bree advisor, trainer and mentor and author of ‘The Scaleup Blueprint’
Want to learn how scale-ups inside FinTech have been growing and scaling successfully since 1991 including Dutch scaleups like Spotcap, Alex, Knab and Bridgefund? Want to hear what the most important trends in FinTech will be in 2019? And how you as a founder of a successful startup or CEO of a FinTech scaleup can generate new revenue streams and fund and finance your company in 2019 using new tools? Then join this break out session!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

November
Monthly theme
Health, Wellbeing & Food


MedTech/AI/E-Health

Thursday Gathering November 29th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Queal presents newest product innovation in complete food - Queal
During this evening Queal will introduce its newest product innovation in Complete Foods.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to protect your idea: free IP consult - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Do you have innovative ideas that you want to protect with IP? Get a free consult at Venture Café! Karen Kraan-Sam is a patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Get independent information about IP opportunities, of course with secrecy.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience: Business Speed Date & Program - 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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get To Know Restoranto - Restoranto
Wellbeing & food: they go hand in hand! You can use Restoranto to pre-order in restaurants. This way your food will be ready when you arrive. Perfect for a short lunch break or after visiting Venture Café! Come learn more about it at our info table!
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17:00–19:30 Office Hours: Stress-to-Resilience Strategy Consult - Expat Wellbeing Therapy & Coaching
Low energy, headaches, frequent sickness? Those are among the symptoms of stress, along with constant worrying, problem concentrating or moodiness. Get smarter about stress & ways to manage it with Irene Anggreeni, MA,licensed body psychotherapist. Book your timeslot now!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Life Sciences & Health 010 - Municipality of Rotterdam
November = LS&H010 month! In November 2018 many events will be organized throughout Rotterdam to showcase Rotterdam as THE hotspot for Life Sciences & Health! Looking for new opportunities in the Life Sciences and Health sector? Please join us to learn more about the LS&H initiatives this month!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Pop up FitFestival with Health Checks - Dr Sunshine - FitFestivals
The goal of the FitFestival is to make people from all over the world more aware of the effects of a healthy lifestyle in a fun way. During the venture café on November 29, we provide 3 health checks: Bloodpressure, BMI and Cholesterol.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Applied Science to improve sleep - Chrono Eyewear
How did we support athletes to win over 30 Olympic Medals in Rio2016 and Pyeongchang2018? PROPEAQ Light glasses; the NextGen state of the art wearable light therapy device using Blue light as unique and all-in-one solution. Learn more about it at this info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Envision AI: Enabling vision for the visually impaired
Envision is an intelligent tool that enables visually impaired people to access visual information around them, independently.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Swabit's Launch Party - Swabit
Everything starts with an encounter! If you are an Erasmus University student know more about Swabit's Launch Party!!! Free drinks, snacks, gadgets and the opportunity to socialise and experience Swabit, the new location-based app made in Rotterdam
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Steerable instruments for minimally invasive surgery - Surge-on Medical B.V.
The new era of surgical instruments is here! Our steerable technology provides better reachability to surgical areas with just one instrument, allowing surgeons to make faster and safer surgeries. Get to know our cable-less technology here!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Catalyze - life sciences consultants
Catalyze - a market leader in obtaining funding for biomedical and healthcare innovations, as well as for projects in the related ICT, eHealth, and big data fields.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The era of personalisation using biologic measurements - Omnigen BV
The last decade biologic research has made huge progress and has gained great new insights and business cases. At this Info Table get to know how biology will play a huge role in the nearby future.
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17:00–19:00 Info-table: Businessweek USA/Canada - RVO.nl/Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland
Are you an entrepreneur in the areas of offshore wind energy, life sciences or automotive/mobility? Are you looking for opportunities to expand your business to the USA & Canada? Then join the this Info-Table and get to know more about it!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: 3D Scanning in Healthcare - 3D Scan Solutions
This break out will be about how professional 3D scanning can improve healthcare, patient first! Join Erwin Kanters & check out the 3D scanning options!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Rotterdam is ready to speed up eHealth innovation! - Sven de Langen, Vice Mayor for Public Health, Care, Senior Citizens and Sports at City of Rotterdam
Sven de Langen, Vice Mayor responsible for public health, care, senior citizens and sports, will be a speaker at the Venture Café on November the 29th and will talk about eHealth innovation activities in Rotterdam. Afterwards a couple of startups will be pitching their health solutions. Don't miss out!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Innovations and trends in nutrition - Queal
Inspirational presentation about food lifestyles and product innovations
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18:00–20:00 Special Event: PfizerTalks with Rocco van den Berg (Philips Healthworks) and Edward Huizenga (Maastricht University) - moderation by Melissa Ablett (CIC Rotterdam)
Attend a PfizerTalks during one of the Venture Café Thursday Gatherings and get the chance to network with the keynote speakers during the network drink. This week: interviews with Rocco van den Berg (Philips Healthworks) from 18:10-18:40 and Edward Huizinga (Maastricht University) from 18:50-19:20, followed by an interesting panel discussion starting at 19:30. Moderation by Melissa Ablett (CIC Rotterdam). Stop by for all PfizerTalks or a part of it & get inspired!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Applied Science to improve sleep - Chrono Eyewear
How did we support athletes to win over 30 Olympic Medals in Rio2016 and Pyeongchang2018? PROPEAQ Light glasses; the NextGen state of the art wearable light therapy device using Blue light as unique and all-in-one solution. Learn more about it during this 30min break out session hosted by CEO Toine Schoutens!
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: The era of personalisation using biologic measurements - Omnigen BV
The last decade biologic research has made huge progress and has gained great new insights and business cases. In this session, Berry Kriesels from Omnigen will tell how biology will play a huge role in the nearby future.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation & Academics

Thursday Gathering November 22nd

15:30–17:00 Special Event: Healthcare Innovations | How to get to the finish line - Medical Delta Café
What can researchers and companies do themselves to increase the chances that their future innovations eventually turn into actual healthcare solutions, embraced by doctors, healthcare institutions, policy makers and, of course, patients? The following experts are presenting their thoughts: Antoinnette de Bont (Erasmus University), Rudolf Scholte (Quantib), Jenny Dankelman (Delft University & LUMC) and Time Horeman (Delft University & Surge-on). Join!
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: #WelcomingEurope Campaign - Justice and Peace Netherlands
The goal is to secure 1 million signatures to pass key EU migration reform priorities. The asks focus on community sponsorship, decriminalising service-provision and defending victims of labour exploitation and human rights abuses.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: BI/OND - Hardware for Organs’ Avatars - BIOND Solutions B.V.
BI/OND won the 2018 edition of the Accenture Innovation Awards in the theme Health! Join Cinzia Silvestri, founder of BI/OND, to take a glimpse into the future of personalized healthcare. She will introduce you BI/OND and its product, and how it will be possible to create an avatar of your organs...
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup with Bolayo pot: Joining forces to reduce the plastic soup - Rotterdam Business School
Rotterdam Business School in its graduate department of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, conducted a project for the BOLAYO 100% biodegradable plant pot. The project results will be shared during the RBS CONNECT at Venture Café Rotterdam.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Award Winning iGem Teams - ADOPE & Fifty Shades of Stress
Meet two award-winning iGEM teams from the Medical Delta region: ADOPE from Delft University of Technology as well as Fifty Shades of Stress from Leiden University, who just came back from the iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree in Boston.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Smart pressure ulcer prevention - Momo Medical B.V.
Curious about our solution for pressure ulcer prevention? Come by our stand.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Keep your medication cool! - Meds²Go
When traveling, patients that depend on cooled medication (2-8 °C) have constant worries, which generate a lot of stress and uncertainty about the quality of their medication. It’s time to solve this problem! We invite you to meet Meds²Go!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: (YOUNG) Medical Delta
Medical Delta is a network of life sciences, health and technology organisations. Based in the Netherlands but with global reach, the aim is to bring together the rich body of knowledge and experience present in the enterprising Rhine Delta region, and act as a catalyst for health innovation and cooperation. Also at this table, representatives of the YOUNG Medical Delta board will be available to inform you on their recent and upcoming activities.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Find your Purpose - Market research for Purpose
We at Purpose want to create a smart mirror where the mirror becomes the center point of your life and your purpose. Join Lester Wilson at the info table and fill in the survey of Purpose-the movement.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to get grip on your health data - Drimpy
Drimpy is the online independent health platform where care consumers are able to supervise their own health (including own health/care data).
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: World Startup Factory

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17:15–17:30 Break Out: Come and listen to 7 pitches of EdTech start-ups - ECE, Plnt, YES!Delft
During a specialized validation Edu(Tech) program hosted by ECE, Plnt and YES!Delft 7 start-ups discover their product-market fit and launching customers. Join the session if you want to listen to 7 Edu(Tech) start-ups pitching their business idea.
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17:30–19:30 Break Out: Chain the Pain - Pfizer
What's the societal impact of chronic pain, and what's to gain? Do you want to connect with others and collaborate to create solutions? During the first part you will be challenged by position statements on the societal impact of chronic pain and asked about what you think is most important to change in the near future (17:30-18:30). After a short break, the second part of the session will focus on innovation (18:40-19:30). You will be inspired by interviews of professional experts - Marianna Tryfonidou (Utrecht University) and Martin Smeulers (Rijndam Arbeidsrevalidatie) - who are working on innovative solutions to reduce the societal burden of chronic pain from a unique point of view. The session will be completed by discussing participant’s future challenges, innovative ideas and needs for collaboration. Do you want to be part of the innovations of the future that will reduce the societal burden of chronic pain? Connect to the chain and make it happen!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: From Social Awkwardness To Social Creativity - Sjoerd van Kampen
From school dropout to keynote speaker at schools. From socially anxious to musician. With this keynote Sjoerd van Kempen - experienced expert in field of autism, school drop out and now successful musician and producer - wants to take people with and without autism into his world, how music can help improve social skills and how it can help in education. Join Sjoerd's session!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Entrepreneurship in medicine: how patients can inspire to start a business. - MediMaat B.V.
How dit patients turn a young medicine student into an entrepreneur? Philip Croon will share his personal story and hopes he can inspire young people to think different!
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18:00–18:15 Startup Celebration: Momo Medical
Come to the Café area and meet Momo Medical at the stage: because they have something special to celebrate - and they like to do that together with you! Expect a short speech and of course the presence of the infamous celebration gong... See you at 18:00h!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Ask the Investor/Investee anything Q&A - InnovationQuarter/UNIIQ/Swanbridge Capital/Sensius
Are you a start-up/scale-up with burning questions for investors/investees? Now is your chance! Join the "Ask the Investor/Investee anything" Q&A session and ask our panel members, well...anything! Join to meet investors InnovationQuarter, Swanbridge, UNIIQ and "investee" Sensius!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Startup with Bolayo pot: Joining forces to reduce the plastic soup - Rotterdam Business School
Rotterdam Business School in its graduate department of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, conducted a project for the BOLAYO 100% biodegradable plant pot. The project results will be shared during the RBS CONNECT at Venture Café Rotterdam.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The building blocks of blockchains - Deloitte
Everyone is talking about blockchain. But. Do you really need one? 'What are blockchains and when do you need one?' will be central in this interactive session on the applicability of blockchains in the LS&H industry. Meet Anna van Klapwijk and join this session!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Space Design & Healthcare

Thursday Gathering November 15th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Happiness by Interior Design - Homeshakers
The founder of the online interior design platform Homeshakers, Joyce Wierda, will share how your physical environment can affect the way you feel, the insight that led to the start of her business, and provide tips on how to uplift and personalise your home. Also join her break out starting at 17:30!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Thuisafgehaald.nl - connecting neighbors in Rotterdam by sharing meals - Thuisafgehaald
Learn how Thuisafgehaald connects over 100.000 neighbors in The Netherlands in 2019 by sharing meals and how neigbors become more connected and eat healthier food!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Entnest - Home of Entrepreneurs - Entnest
With so much information online, it's hard to filter out the noise and to connect with the relevant people, products & services. Entnest is committed to reducing online "noise" and improving productivity to help entrepreneurs succeed faster & smarter! Join a.o. David Franzen at this info table.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fit for life in no time- Fit20
Busy, not the gym type or just of age, but still want to stay strong & fit for yourself and the family? Fit20 can get you there and save you time for the fun stuff!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Gifts that make a living - Return to Sender
Return to Sender products are great gifts that give back. By purchasing our products, you give yourself a beautiful product while giving the makers a better future.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Empowering female newcomers to enter the labour market - She Matters
Stop by to learn more about She Matters, a social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to empower female newcomers to enter the labour market!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Happiness by Interior Design - Homeshakers
The founder of the online interior design platform Homeshakers, Joyce Wierda, will share how your physical environment can affect the way you feel, the insight that led to the start of her business, and provide tips on how to uplift and personalise your home!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: GetFunded! Up to €2.5 million in public funding for your innovative company - VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam / Yes!Delft
Are you an innovative company based in Rotterdam? Can you use to to €2.5 million in public funding to boost your business? Are you tired of paying fees to grant consultant? If you have answered 'yes' to these questions, then this session is for you!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: A talk about designing a healthy future for medical devices - Ide Swager (Momo Medical), moderation by Melissa Ablett (CIC Rotterdam)
As global companies seek to make their products stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace, design has earned a place on the CEO agenda. It’s also critical for medical devices. This is especially true in light of more elusive growth in the medtech sector. This week's talk with Ide Swagers, co-founder of Momo Medical, and will focus on this important subject and what Momo Medical's view on this is. Moderation will be done by Melissa Ablett, General Manager of CIC Rotterdam. Join in!
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18:00–19:00 Office Hours: GetFunded! Up to €2.5 million in public funding for your innovative company - VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam / Yes!Delft
Are you an innovative company based in Rotterdam? Can you use to to €2.5 million in public funding to boost your business? Are you tired of paying fees to grant consultant? If you have answered 'yes' to these questions, then this session is for you! Feel free to walk in to meet Giovanni Pazienza.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Hybrid surgery room: technique & collaboration - Haga Teaching Hospital and Hyperbaric Medical Centre Rijswijk
Hybrid operation rooms are new facilities in large hospitals where the traditional “open” procedures are combined with radiological interventional techniques in order to reduce surgical harm and complications to the patients. Join to meet Dr. Bob Knippenberg, consultant vascular surgeon.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Finding space in a world of dis-ease - why relationships matter? - Amaranatho
Amaranatho - using his PlayfulMonk approach - will create a safe space to dialogue on healthcare and share his own experience on why relationships matter. Join the conversations!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The new Erasmus Medical Center, Evidence Based Design - Erasmus MC, Department of Corporate Real Estate
The new build of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam is designed on the principles of Evidence Based Design. How can the building contribute to recovery and health? Learn about this from Rien Goedhart, Sr. Program and Plan Development, at Erasmus MC!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Healthcare Dialogue

Thursday Gathering November 8th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Why tech for the disabled will become breakthrough mainstream products - SpeakSee
Did you know that the touchscreen was invented for persons with repetitive strain injury? SpeakSee CEO Jari explains why tech for the disabled has great potential to become part of mainstream products and change the way we work and live.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Viruskenner: Knowledge as Antivirus - Cirion foundation & Erasmus MC
Viruskenner, an international innovative and creative education and communication project for the next generation, which promotes knowledge and awareness about prevention and control of infectious diseases. Join a.o. Prof. Eric van Gorp of Erasmus MC.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Love Control - Remedica & Pfizer (in Dutch!)
80% of young men and woman do not dare to talk to their doctor about sexuality, contraception, pregnancy and STDs. "Love Control" is a special educational program to discuss the sexual health of young people between the age of 16-24 to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs. The question addressed during this session: in what way can we ensure that Love Control lessons are taught at all mbo-schools in the Netherlands and how can we make that financially feasible? Meet Tanja Maathuis (Remedica) and Judith van der Pijl (Pfizer) & think along! This session is in Dutch.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Why tech for the disabled will become breakthrough mainstream products - SpeakSee
Did you know that the touchscreen was invented for persons with repetitive strain injury? SpeakSee CEO Jari explains why tech for the disabled has great potential to become part of mainstream products and change the way we work and live.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Disposable point of care biochip platform - Enzyre B.V.
Enzyre, founded by Waander van Heerde (CSO) and Guido Maertens (CEO/CFO) in 2016, will bring the laboratory to the patient. Their vision is to create a disposable point of care diagnostic platform applicable for disease management. Join to find out more!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Social Obstetrics - The First 1,000 Days of Life - Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam
‘Social Obstetrics’, a movement to increase collaboration across medical care and social fields, and thereby addressing the (psycho)social and environmental needs of vulnerable families with the potential to reduce (perinatal) health inequalities. We should strive for care innovation to involve programs which integrate pregnancy-related care with public health initiatives and youth care particularly in the more disadvantaged sectors of our communities. Meet Adja Waelput, program director of the Healthy Pregnancy 4 All program!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Book launch "The Scale-Up Blueprint" - Tony de Bree
On October 30th Tony de Bree launched his new book "The Scale-Up Blueprint". And he is doing a special launch for Venture Café Rotterdam community members on November 8th. Join to learn more from Tony de Bree about this practical handbook for scale-up strategy and change management!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Life Science Investment Climate & Startup Ecosystem

Thursday Gathering November 1st

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Do's and Don'ts for your next R&D subsidy (WBSO) application: get your R&D costs covered! - EY
Do you have a company that executes research & development projects? And do you want to lower your R&D costs? Then you may be eligible for the fiscal innovation arrangement called “WBSO” (Wet Bevordering Speur- en Ontwikkelingswerk)! Learn about the do's and don'ts in your application. Gerben Hellinga from EY, a tax specialist with broad experience on the WBSO, is available to answer your questions.
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Do you want to start a business or recently have started your business? Sign up for a chat with Cor the Coach!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Erasmus Medical Centre
A healthy population and excellent healthcare. This is what Erasmus MC stands for. Conducting groundbreaking work, pushing boundaries, and leading the way in research, education, and healthcare. Meet Sonja Blaauw, Business Development Manager at Erasmus MC, at their info table to learn more!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Keep your medication cool! - Meds²Go
When traveling, patients that depend on cooled medication (2-8 °C) have constant worries, which generate a lot of stress and uncertainty about the quality of their medication. It’s time to solve this problem! We invite you to meet Meds²Go!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Life Sciences & Health 010 - Municipality of Rotterdam
November = LS&H010 month! In November 2018 many events will be organized throughout Rotterdam to showcase Rotterdam as THE hotspot for Life Sciences & Health! Looking for new opportunities in the Life Sciences and Health sector? Please join us to learn more about the LS&H initiatives this month!
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17:15–20:00 Special Event: PfizerTalks with John Gordon (Pfizer), Rinke Zonneveld (InnovationQuarter) and Annemiek Verkamman (HollandBIO), introduction by Mark Soued (Pfizer)
Attend a PfizerTalks during one of the Venture Café Thursday Gatherings and get the chance to network with the keynote speakers during the network drink. This week: interviews with John Gordon (Pfizer), Rinke Zonneveld (InnovationQuarter) and Annemiek Verkamman (HollandBIO), followed by an interesting panel discussion. Introduction is done by Mark Soued (Pfizer). Moderation by Nicole Kien (LS&H Lawyers). Stop by for all PfizerTalks or a part of it & get inspired!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Bridging the digital worlds of patients and doctors - Open HealthHub
Let’s de-robotise the doctors and improve patients care! A simple and flexible mobile solution could ease the pain and improve the care tremendously. Find out about how to grow a secure, simple and flexible platform for patient-doctor interaction. Meet Open HealthHub's Marco Woesthuis & Martijn Verhoeven!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Value creation through partnerships, how to map yours - Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
This interactive session will focus on helping you map out the value that you can bring into a potential partnership and the value that you want to receive out of one. This session is in the style of learning by doing, so get ready to map! Join this session and meet ECE's Ruben Habraken.
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18:00–18:30 Special Event: Pitches by Social Entrepreneurs - Move2Social Rotterdam
The past three months, 13 social enterprises participated in the accelerator program Move2Social Rotterdam. They are preparing to pitch on November 15th. To share their ideas with the Venture Café community and to practice their pitches, three initiatives will give their 3-minute pitch at Venture Café. Come and find out who these entrepreneurs are, and help them prepare an incredible pitch!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Walk-in session: How we can help to grow your business? - InnovationQuarter & Rotterdam Partners
Join the InnovationQuarter & Rotterdam Partners walk-in session and discover how they can help you grow your business in our region! From funding advice to introductions to relevant stakeholders to expat services and events – they are there to help. Join to meet Sasja Heijman and Sharon Mullen!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

October
Monthly theme
Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions


Dutch Solutions to Global Challenges

Thursday Gathering October 25th

17:00–18:30 Office Hours: How to protect your idea: free IP consult - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Do you have innovative ideas that you want to protect with IP? Get a free consult at Venture Café! Karen Kraan-Sam is a patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Get independent information about IP opportunities, of course with secrecy.
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Dutch lessons - Let's go Dutch
Do you want to impress your colleagues, friends and in-laws by speaking Dutch like a native speaker? Do you need it for business purposes or just to meet new people? Then let's dive into the Dutch culture and language together at Let's go Dutch!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The natural athletic apparel - Iron Roots
Ever wondered why there's only sportswear made from plastic? We did too, and that's why we came up with a natural alternative for this. Come and check us out!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Do you want to start a business or recently have started your business? Sign up for a chat with Cor the Coach!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Finding 200 Syrian Families a new home in Rotterdam - Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam
Learn more about the intensive program of Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam. Which aims to help (Syrian) refugees create a new life in Rotterdam quicker and more sustainable. Come meet Michelle van Toor!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Making the Venture Café logo interactive - CEE Platform
Scan the Venture Cafe logo anywhere you see it (flyer, beer mat, wall) and get up to date info, but also play each week a new game to win something. Try it out! Download CEE App, point camera at the LOGO & click on SCAN. Enjoy.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Master Class Branding: unlock the secrets and #StretchYourself! - The Young
The Young invites you to get to know their Rotterdam based micro global agency and take you along on a ride on the E-bike of the future. Their case study for research-based creative strategy let's you think of the secrets you would like to unravel. #StretchYourself! Join this session hosted by the brand agency who have worked with a.o. Secrid, BMW, senz, fatboy and many YES!Delft startups!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Pitching with Impact: The Power of Storytelling - Van Woerkom Mondelinge Communicatie (in Dutch!)
When people listen to a pitch, it's great when they think: 'Woow, that's the one we want.' With storytelling you can fascinate your audience. And your own life is full of stories which will enable you to make your point! Meet Hans van Woerkom during this session. Session held in Dutch!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Meet Informals @ Money Meets Ideas - KplusV
Money Meets Ideas is an informal investing platform initiated by Rabobank and KplusV. MMI gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to attract venture capital (100K-1.5Mio) from informal investors. In this session you will find out how to participate!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to make climate-friendly choices the new normal - Stichting KlimaatGesprekken
Do you worry about climate change? And are you looking for ways to do more, and involve others as well? Then join KlimaatGesprekken for this inspiring session on making climate friendly choices the new normal.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Protect your idea! The basics of IP - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Do you have innovative ideas that you want to protect with IP? Let's begin with the basics. In this session you get an overview of the most probable IP opportunities for you. Karen Kraan-Sam is a patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland: 0x04 - Welcome Noobs - SecTalks Holland
October theme: newbies! Part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings, touching on a couple of security topics each time,a short CTF & lots of infosec knowledge sharing!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Finding 200 Syrian Families a new home in Rotterdam - Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam
Learn more about the intensive program of Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam. Which aims to help (Syrian) refugees create a new life in Rotterdam quicker and more sustainable. Come meet Michelle van Toor!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
WE ARE CLOSED!

Thursday Gathering October 18th

Stay tuned for the day program of October 18th!
Dutch Solutions to Global Challenges

Thursday Gathering October 11th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Making the Venture Cafe logo interactive - CEE Platform
Scan the Venture Cafe logo anywhere you see it (flyer, beer mat, wall) and get up to date info, but also play each week a new game to win something. Try it out! Download CEE App, point camera at the LOGO & click on SCAN. Enjoy.
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16:30–18:00 Special Event: HortiHeroes Arena: Shoot for the Moon
Thursday, 11 October, the HortiHeroes Arena will be organized at Venture Café Rotterdam. This time the Heroes focus is: ‘Shoot for the moon’, a mindset necessary for business innovation and success.
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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! Today with a special, international guest: Nathan Render from Venture Café Global Insititute!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Where co-founders meet to build new companies - Firmhouse Venture Lab
Finding the right co-founder(s) is hard. Raising your first round takes a long time. Apply to be a part of Firmhouse’s Venture Lab. Meet your co-founder(s), build a company that gains traction and raise a round of 50.000 Euro.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Philips Innovation Award
We will show you how every student can benefit from the Philips Innovation Award. Stop by to learn more about it!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Where co-founders meet to build new companies - Firmhouse Venture Lab
Finding the right co-founder(s) is hard. Raising your first round takes a long time. Apply to be a part of Firmhouse’s Venture Lab. Meet your co-founder(s), build a company that gains traction and raise a round of 50.000 Euro....Learn more about this program from Robbert van Geldorp!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Stress, Trauma & Resilience - a global issue in our personal lives - Expat Wellbeing | Therapy & Coaching
Adaptation process, life pressures and culture of overstimulation lead to stress and hidden traumas, a global issue that affects our personal lives. Irene Anggreeni, licensed dance therapist & founder, gives you a psychophysiological perspective.
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18:15–19:15 Break Out: Seminar Rotterdam - Philips Innovation Award
We will show you how every student can benefit from the Philips Innovation Award. An inspiring speaker will spice things up, and those with guts will get the chance to pitch an idea early.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: felyx - Changing the way we move through cities - e-scooter sharing
Pollution, congestion and increased pressure on public space are three examples of mobility challenges cities face. felyx' Jr. Marketing Manager Philippe van Raalte explains how e-scooter sharing can solve these problems.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
InnovationExpo

Thursday Gathering October 4th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Demo Market: Making a difference with Augmented Reality - TWNKLS
Stop by and meet, TWNKLS' AR expert Marnix Kickert as he shows you how AR can help you learn faster, work more efficiently, and radically transform your processes. Using real-life cases and live demos there's something to experience for everyone.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Shared mobility: threat or opportunity for cities? - Juuve
Is flooding cities with thousands of shared cars and bikes any good? Meet the team behind Juuve and learn about how Juuve can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Chivas Venture - Win a Share of $1million in Funding - Chivas Regal
Got a world changing idea and need funding to take your start-up to the next level? Find out everything you need to know about applying for the Chivas Venture competition for your chance to win a share of $1million in no-strings funding.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Your financial & accountancy sparring moment with EY!
If you have any accounting or tax-related questions please join the EY Office hours!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fun and professional lessons with fast results - Let's go Dutch
Are you looking forward to learning Dutch? Join the Info-Table hosted by Chandra Jainandunsing, where she will tell you more about the Dutch classes that she is giving.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Extra Mile - Airlift Systems
What does the future of last-mile delivery looks like? This is a quick analysis of innovations in logistics and local delivery sector from the eyes of Airlift CEO - Ahmed Mohamedali.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Weather 2.0 - the future of urban weather data for smart city applications - SkyECHO
How can new weather information help cities to be more climate resilient? Yann and Igor, co-founder of SkyECHO, will talk about their vision on the new weather business trends which is more focused on smart city applications. Stop by for an interesting conversation and some pizza!! 🍕
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Win a Share of $1million in Funding for your Startup - Chivas Venture
The Chivas Venture team are on hand to tell you everything you need to know about applying for the competition - which gives social impact start-ups the chance to win a share of $1million in no-strings funding!
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18:00–20:00 Special Event: After Drinks for Innovation Expo!
On Thursday October 4th, we are happy to welcome the guests of Innovation Expo to this Venture Café Thursday Gathering themed "Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions"!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Shared mobility: threat or opportunity for cities? - Juuve
Is flooding cities with thousands of shared cars and bikes any good? Join this discussion hosted by Niki Sie, and learn about the future of our cities!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Making a difference with Augmented Reality - TWNKLS
Join this session hosted by, TWNKLS' AR expert Marnix Kickert as he shows you how AR can help you learn faster, work more efficiently, and radically transform your processes. Using real-life cases and live demos there's something to experience for everyone.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

September
Monthly theme
City & Port Challenges


The Future of the City

Thursday Gathering September 27th

16:30–20:00 Break Out: Escape Room "Fight the Flood" - Corporate Escape
Corporate Escape creates impact with escape experiences. As a sneak preview of the real deal, Kristel Thieme & her team will host thrilling escape rooms of 20 minutes throughout the evening about the impact of rising sea levels on our cities. Claim your spot now!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Beauty of Rotterdam (Street Photography) - SonOfKnowledge
He wants you to see Rotterdam differently. And he will show it through the art of street photography. The buzzing city can be quiet as well. Welcome to Rotterdam! Meet Valentino at his info table to see his work.
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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! Today with a special, international guest: Nathan Render from Venture Café Global Insititute!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Bike & Bite Food Tours - Bike & Bite
Bike & Bite has been offering food tours in Rotterdam for three years now. We have lots of new and exciting things happening which we would love to share with you. Join our table to learn more about our tours and the special deals we can offer you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: What you don't know about Rotterdam City - Madam Rotterdam
Rotterdam is known as the resilient city, the Phoenix that rose from the ashes of her past. Come meet Maria Bahamam and test your knowledge and get a chance to win a souvenir stone taken from an old street that is being renovated at the Coolsingel project.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Our mission and the future of Rotterdam South - Hart van Zuid aka 'Heart of South'
Ever considered dining & wining deep down in Rotterdam South? Probably not, yet you should! This side of the city will be the new urban hotspot. Nina Cranen - manager of the social program- will tell you all about Hart van Zuid 's area development.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Tax update following Prinsjesdag ("Budget Day") - EY
EY presents the "EY Prinsjesdag 2018 update" at Venture Café. We will inform you about the impact of "Prinsjesdag" for startups and scale-ups. Furthermore our EY Tax and Accounting specialists will be available for any (related) questions. Meet Richard van der Pluym & Gerben Hellinga.
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18:00–20:00 Office Hours: How to protect your idea: free IP consult! - Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Netherlands Patent Office
Do you have innovative ideas that you want to protect with IP? Get a free consult at Venture Café! Karen Kraan-Sam is a patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Get independent information about IP opportunities, of course with secrecy.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Our mission and the future of Rotterdam South - Hart van Zuid aka 'Heart of South'
Ever considered dining & wining deep down in Rotterdam South? Probably not, yet you should! This side of the city will be the new urban hotspot. Nina Cranen - manager of the social program- will tell you all about Hart van Zuid 's area development.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How city marketing can help face urban challenges - Rotterdam Partners
Rotterdam is experiencing success like never before! What role has city marketing played to achieve this success and how can we use city marketing again to address the many challenges ahead? Join to learn where we come from, how we faced challenges in the past and how we are planning to do that in the nearby future, but also how YOU can contribute! Hosted by Rotterdam Partners' Jannelieke Aalstein and Ewout Versloot.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Talent Portal Launch Celebration!

Thursday Gathering September 20th

17:00–20:00 Office Hours: Identifying talents and fueling your career! - UQ Talents
The UQ Talent & Motivation Scan is an intuitive, fast and non-influenceable opportunity to identify your talents. It is IQ/EQ-, culture- and language independent. Results are available immediately; ready to start energizing your career!
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17:00–19:30 Special Event: Update your professional profile picture - Headshot by Aad Hoogendoorn
Update your professional profile picture, LinkedIn photo or the headshot on your website! Aad Hoogendoorn will be offering this professional service to you for FREE - 50 spots available!
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Identifying talents and fueling your career! - UQ Talents
The UQ Talent & Motivation Scan is an intuitive, fast and non-influenceable opportunity to identify your talents. It is IQ/EQ-, culture- and language independent. Results are available immediately; ready to start energizing your career!
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: The Chivas Venture - Win a Share of $1million in Funding - Chivas Regal
Got a world changing idea and need funding to take your start-up to the next level? Find out everything you need to know about applying for the Chivas Venture competition for your chance to win a share of $1million in no-strings funding.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get job offers from Europe’s best tech companies - Honeypot.io
Honeypot is Europe's Tech Focused Job platform. On Honeypot, companies apply to tech professionals. Are you planning to grow your tech team? Or are looking for a job in Tech? Let's chat!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to connect mbo students and entrepeneurs - Albeda College Scholingswinkel
Are you interested in how to connect mbo college students to the entrepreneurs in the region? MBO Students have a lot to offer and entrepeneurs can use their talent and knowledge. Join us the Info-Table, and get to know more!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Skyscrapers Traineeship
Skyscrapers believes in people and their dreams and wants to help them achieve their full potential.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Win a Share of $1million in Funding for your Startup - Chivas Venture
The Chivas Venture team are on hand to tell you everything you need to know about applying for the competition - which gives social impact start-ups the chance to win a share of $1million in no-strings funding.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: CIC Startup Visa Facilitation
CIC Rotterdam is a recognized Startup Visa facilitator with a coaching program to help you build your innovative business in the Netherlands. Jochebed Kastaneer, one of the coaches, will give you information about the CIC Startup Facilitation Program
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Discover your Subsidy Potential - Maas & Kleiberg Subsidieadvies
Maas & Kleiberg - The Subsidy Community aims to support innovative companies on a strategical level on their business development. The focus is on grants, crowdfunding and investment funds giving you the assets you need to build your business.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Baby Greens Internships / Talented people in urban farming
Let's talk green! Are you up to make use of your talents to further develop a unique urban farm in Rotterdam? If so, the Baby Greens project might be looking for you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: In search for good mentors for Rotterdam Youth - Stichting B for You
Stichting B for You is searching for mentors from Rotterdam. Supporting the youth between 6-16 years. Talent development, social networking and personal growth
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: LizardApps
LizardApps will host an Info-table and will provide more information about the (international) internships that they are offering for talented students.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Work with us! - Swabit!
Come and connect with Swabit! Swabit is a proximity tool for students to connect with like minded people and explore the places they encounter. We are excited to share our vision with you and look for great talents who join us!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Talent, Recruitment and Social Media by former LinkedIn employee Leslie Peuler
From a deep-dive into LinkedIn for candidates & companies… to the use of Instagram, SnapChat and other platforms… Better get ready to change your ways & revolutionize the job market! Join the workshop given by former LinkedIn employee - Leslie Peuler
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: 9 basics to build strong relations at networking events - World Startup Factory
A single conversation at a networking event could be the difference between -scoring a meeting with your next investor or not, securing an interview call or not. Yet, the majority of us just seem to wing it! Don't you think that's ridiculous?
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Business Model You - Skyscrapers
Do you know the Business Model Canvas? We're going to apply this canvas to you - the Business Model You! What are your own key resources, channels and customers? Come and explore with us!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Win a Share of $1million in Funding for your Startup - Chivas Venture
The Chivas Venture team are on hand to tell you everything you need to know about applying for the competition - which gives social impact start-ups the chance to win a share of $1million in no-strings funding!
Read more >

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Employment law for startups - LexConnect - Wendy de Jong
Are you ready to hire your first employee or do you have them already? You will learn the do's and don'ts in taking those first steps in employment law. Contract, legal rights and all about customary employment conditions & anything you want to know.
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18:30–19:45 Special Event: Talent Portal Launch & Panel Discussion with experts in HR & Talent
The Launch of the Talent Portal with a keynote speech by Director of HR at Gemeente Rotterdam - Abigail Norville, followed with a panel discussion with experts in HR & Talent Acquisition.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
The Diverse City

Thursday Gathering September 13th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: MAEX Rotterdam - MAEX
Make your social value and products visible on the Rotterdam social exchange (MAEX Rotterdam); come meet a.o. Gerda Deekens to learn more about MAEX at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: About WE organization - WE Organization
Inclusion of all is a value for all! Come meet Adel AlBaghdadi at their info table and learn more about the WE organization!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Incubator Program Launch in Rotterdam! - Refugees Forward
Refugees Forward wants to launch its 4-month incubator programme that aims to rebuild the lives of newcomers through entrepreneurship in Rotterdam. In order to realise this, they need to build a network of strong partners. Stop by to get to know Laura di Santolo and share thoughts!
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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! Today with a special, international guest: Nathan Render from Venture Café Global Insititute!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Make your dreams come true - Buzinezzclub
"Everything is about you". The Buzinezzclub helps young professionals to make their dreams come true. Meet Joel Junior to find out more about this great initiative in Rotterdam!
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17:00–18:30 Info Table: Find out more about Venture Café's Talent Portal!
Venture Café's community holds great talent and we want to support that! In the Venture Café way. If you are looking for a new opportunity, need an internship or looking for talent to help your company grow - we have a new and freely available platform for you - Talent Portal. Come & get to know more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: House of Inspiration in the City! - De Nieuwe Poort
Stop by the info table hosted by David, program manager of De Nieuwe Poort, to learn about their activities and social role in the city of Rotterdam! Souzan, a talented Syrian refugee working for De Nieuwe Poort, will also be there - including her freshly baked, delicious cookies for you to try!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Stichting Nieuw Thuis Rotterdam
We are innovating ways and manners to guide refugees towards a new life here in Rotterdam.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Travis Touch - Travis the Translator
Imagine arriving at an airport and trying to explain to a taxi driver where to go to in a language you don’t speak, or even trying to communicate to a doctor after an accident in a language you don’t even know.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Inclusive Area development with Makers - Made In 4Havens Coöperatie U.A.
Made In 4Havens creates an inclusive area development of the Vierhavens Area (M4H) in Rotterdam based on the local DNA. Are you looking for a social makerspace to develop your product innovation while creating local jobs? Come talk business with Ebami Tom!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Personal Stories from a Diverse City - Venture Café, Startup Chauffeur & Madam Rotterdam
Do you also wonder about the stories of your neighbours, Venture Café community members, fellow-Rotterdammers or fellow-Dutchies? Then grab the opportunity to get to learn the personal story of various people with diverse backgrounds this Thursday! Rotterdam is such a diverse city, and therefore the home to diverse personal stories. Join this session where different stories have been prepared from a diverse community.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Silent Dance-oké with Women Connected - Women Connected
Women Connected is a community arts network for women. We come from all over the world, share stories and perform on stage. For 2019, when women have 100 years active voting rights, we will perform with 1,000 talented women in Theater Rotterdam! This week: join our Dance-oké: get your headphone and join this unique dance!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Confessions of an Entrepreneur: 10 Startup mistakes to avoid - CEE Platform
Meet Petrit Kabashi - after 5 years working on his startup he has made many mistakes. Some very obvious and some less expected. In this session he will share the 10 mistakes that you need to avoid so you can make better mistakes and scale up faster!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to best integrate newcomers in the Netherlands? - Refugees Forward X WE Organization
During this session WE Organization and Refugees Forward will address what their two organizations have in common, and what differentiates them in reaching their common goal: to make newcomers feel valued! Meet Laura Di Santolo and Adel AlBaghdadi and think along!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Warm-up World Port Days

Thursday Gathering September 6th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Maritime Simulation: What It's Like to Be a Captain - VSTEP Simulation
During this session a demonstration of the NAUTIS Maritime Simulator will be given. This realistic simulation technology is used for many purposes in the maritime sector. Join a.o. VStep's Ties Klapwijk and experience yourself what it's like to be a Captain!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Youngship Rotterdam - Youngship Rotterdam
Youngship Rotterdam will introduce to our fellow Venture Café friends the amazing opportunities that being part of the largest network of young shipping professionals can bring about. Join a.o. Bart Bauza at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Demo Market: Warp
Warp uses Virtual Reality to train people at anytime, anywhere. During this talk the CTO of Warp, Adriaan Rijkens, will talk about how their VR training solution can be used in the shipping industry.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Do you want to start a business or recently have started your business? Sign up for a chat with Cor the Coach!
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17:00–18:30 Info Table: Find out more about Venture Café's Talent Portal!
Venture Café's community holds great talent and we want to support that! In the Venture Café way. If you are looking for a new opportunity, need an internship or looking for talent to help your company grow - we have a new and freely available platform for you - Talent Portal. Come & get to know more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe! - Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe
Rotterdam has the ambition to be the leading Maritime Capital of Europe! Attracting foreign investors and start-ups depends more and more on how well young people are educated and can tap into the rich maritime knowledge and grow their business. Meet a.o. Maurice Jansen to learn more about this!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: VR training at the port. Ready to board? - Warp
Warp uses Virtual Reality to train people at anytime, anywhere. During this talk the CTO of Warp, Adriaan Rijkens, will talk about how their VR training solution can be used in the shipping industry.
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17:30–18:30 Info Table: MedTech Validation Lab - YES!Delft
YES!Delft selected together with EIT Health, 10 international MedTech teams for the YES!Delft Validation Lab 2018 in september. Come and ask your questions at our info table!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Blockchain Development and Innovation - Rotterdam Blockchain Community & Volareo
This week we are going to discuss with the founder of The Crypto Roadshow, he will be discussing the development and innovation within the blockchain space.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Future Proof Shipping - Enviu
Meet the Future Proof Shipping Program! A game-changing development program for the shipping industry that initiates sustainable systemic change by making zero-emission technologies commercially viable, scalable and economically attractive. Hosted by Tim van Vrijaldenhoven.
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18:00–19:30 Break Out: Cyber Guardian Angels of the Port of Rotterdam + Interactive Challenge! - Zeehavenpolitie Rotterdam / Harbor Police Rotterdam (In Dutch)
Zeehavenpolitie Rotterdam (Harbor Police Rotterdam) will inform you about their activities and initiatives in the Port of Rotterdam... and will involve you in an interactive challenge! Want to join this session and help solve a challenge the Zeehavenpolitie faces in the Port of Rotterdam? Make sure you sign up!
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18:00–18:15 Break Out: Medtech startups pitching their value proposition. - YES!Delft
YES!Delft selected together with EIT Health, 10 international MedTech teams for the YES!Delft Validation Lab 2018 in september. Come and listen to their 1-minute pitch!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Damen, Skoon and electric ships: the future of maritime transport! - Damen Shipyards / Skoon Energy B.V.
Damen Shipyards and Skoon recently teamed up. Today representatives of both companies will take you into the innovative world of full electric shipping: the future of maritime transport! Join a.o. Skoon's founder Peter Paul van Voorst tot Voorst for this session!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Smart Industry 4.0: IBM Watson IoT in practice, From Hype to Insight! - IBM
IoT is one of the most disruptive developments at the moment, which is no longer only a hype, but reality: this will be demonstrated with a few interesting examples during this session! Join Ronald Teijken as he speaks about Watson IoT and how to unlock business value to gain a competitive edge...
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19:15–20:00 Break Out: Edge computing - Deploying AI into the Port Operation! - IBM
Recent developments in machine learning and AI focus on large amounts of data to train complex models. Join this session to learn about the potential use of this in the Port of Rotterdam from an international IBM delegation!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

August
Monthly theme
Summer Detox


Venture Café Book Exchange!

Thursday Gathering August 30th

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Startup School - How to deliver value to your customers? - Nobase Media
Do you have a business idea? Do you want to learn how you can be unique and provide something special to your customers? Join us in our "How to Deliver Value to Your Customers" workshop to meet a.o. Andres Campo.
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17:00–20:00 Special Event: Book Exchange!
We invite you, to bring any and all books that have helped you to exchange them with someone else from the community! Bring any books you thought were inspiring, to trade in for some new knowledge!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: To feel at home, how does one do that? - Expat Wellbeing | Therapy & Coaching
As an expat adjusting to your new job/home, you may feel stressed and overwhelmed. You want to feel grounded and supported, but how? Irene Anggreeni, dance therapist & wellbeing coach, shares experiential tools to help you feel grounded and supported join the session to find out how!
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17:30–18:00 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! Today with a special, international guest: Nathan Render from Venture Café Global Insititute!
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dream with Tony de Bree
Who is better to learn from than the ones who made it. That’s why we would love to invite you to attend the masterclass given by Tony de Bree who is going to share his tips and formats on personal storytelling and public speaking
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18:30–19:30 Summer School: Natural Language and SEO, Score higher by writing better (Session #2) - Hebsite
Do you know how 'good' Google nowadays is in processing languages? Learn how Natural Language Processing is influencing your website's ranking in the Google Search results and how you can get better at writing clear, concise copy for your website! Hosted by Jasper van der Meer.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland: 0x03-Watch out! Honeypots.... - SecTalks Holland
Round 3 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings, touching on a couple of security topics each time,a short CTF & lots of infosec knowledge sharing. Hosted by Nicolas Lymbouris.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Bring your kids to Venture Café!

Thursday Gathering August 23rd

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fit for life in no time- Fit20
Busy, not the gym type or just of age, but still want to stay strong & fit for yourself and the family? Fit20 can get you there and save you time for the fun stuff!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Innovative Way to Measure, Monitor and Improve Employee Engagement - 2DAYSMOOD
To create a positive working climate, measuring is key. We believe that the traditional, yearly way of measuring employee engagement does not offer you the most effective approach. Therefore we have developed 2DAYSMOOD.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Bring Your Kids to Venture Café - NOOX City Kids
Hi there! We are Inoek & Kristi from NOOX City Kids; a new brand for kids inspired by Rotterdam. We design and produce original gifts for newborns to discover the city together. More info? Come visit us or check out www.nooxcitykids.nl!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Bring Your Kids to Venture Café: Virtual Reality Demos! - VR-House
In this session there will be some great Virtual Reality demos available. VR-House will bring different types of VR-headsets so you and/or your kids can try different VR experiences!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Bring Your Kids to Venture Café - A Robot Arm & Call For Partners - Stichting 010010
Do you think that more boys and girls should have a passion for computers & technology? Come try out a robot arm & let's talk!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Improve organizational and team performance by leading with happiness! - 2DAYSMOOD
In this session, Robin van der Meulen - Chief Happiness Officer at 2DAYSMOOD – would like to discuss and share experiences about Workplace Happiness. Research and practices that have shown that happy and engaged employees consequently lead to better business performance. Why is leading with happiness important now? What is happiness at work? Which tools and interventions are working?
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17:30–18:30 Summer School: Mindset and entrepreneurship - How to grow and become unstoppable - Fresh Brand and Marketing Agency
Have you ever wondered what your mind is capable of? What YOU are capable of? Being an entrepreneur taught Chau that mindset is more important than knowledge in order to be successful. Come join her during the Summer School unbeatable mindset session.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Bring Your Kids to Venture Café - Welcome EveryBODY - Irene Anggreeni
Inviting our little innovators to explore the amazing wonderland that is our body. Playing through dance and rhythms, we engage our creativity to discover what our body is capable to express. Join this opening dance guided by Irene Anggreeni in the Café area at 17:30!
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18:30–19:30 Summer School: Thriving... In Spite of it All! (Session #2) - Lauren Kiraly
As entrepreneurs, it can feel like we have to do/be everything our business needs in order to be successful. Coupled with today’s 24/7 “on” culture, life is in overdrive. The result? We each walk a fine line between a life of potential & burnout.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Detox from destructive assumptions - Socratic Design Academy
A Socratic Design session about how to reset your mind. How can you get rid of your fixed assumptions, which are hidden away in the dark corners of your self? We will deep dive into real virgin like thinking. Join Venture Café's house philosopher: Humberto Schwab!
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18:30–19:30 Summer School: Natural Language and SEO, Score higher by writing better (Session #1) - Hebsite
Do you know how 'good' Google nowadays is in processing languages? Learn how Natural Language Processing is influencing your website's ranking in the Google Search results and how you can get better at writing clear, concise copy for your website!
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dream with Rob B. Tol
Maria Bahamam & Timo Nieuwboer invited over expert speaker Rob Tol to talk about Successful Business Networking Masterclass ”Give & Grant” A mix of Entrepreneurship, Personal Branding and Public Speaking and 3 audience members will share their dreams
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19:30–20:00 Break Out: Bring Your Kids to Venture Café - Closing Dance on our Innovative Journey - Irene Anggreeni
After learning a lot about innovation, let's give the brain a break and allow our body to decompress. By moving our experiences in dance, we will come home with a reflection that's not only in the mind but also in the body. Guided by Irene Anggreeni in the Café area!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Detox

Thursday Gathering August 16th

17:00–20:00 Info Table: Unwind with a massage by Auxiliadora
I will be hosting chair massage. Unwind and relax with massage. Give your body what it needs!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Future of networking - Shake-on
Try out our patented technology to exchange contact information with a handshake. Meeting new people in real life and connecting with them online has never been this easy!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Work-Life- Balance - STEALL & Santastic
Being an entrepreneur is like playing in the Olympics. It's important to keep your work-life in balance. The STEALL Egypte Retreat gives you the opportunity to re-charge yourself personally & businesswise. Hosted by Sandra Borg.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to make blockchain & crypto simple & mainstream in every home? - Volareo BV
The visionaries of blockchain & crypto see a world where crypto is common, simply a part of every home, with everyone. In reality, how can it be that we have to jump through loops to buy and use crypto? How can we make it simple for everyone?
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Yogayounity workshop: reduce your level of stress & physical tension (Session#2)
The Yogayounity workshop inspires you how to use the practice of yoga & meditation in daily life to reduce stress and live happily. You will get a Yogayounity session of 30 minutes.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Work-Life- Balance - STEALL & Santastic
Being an entrepreneur is like playing in the Olympics. It's important to keep your work-life in balance. The STEALL Egypte Retreat gives you the opportunity to re-charge yourself personally & businesswise. Sandra Borg will be hosting this session.
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18:30–19:30 Summer School: Awakening to your true potential: PlayfulMonk Master Class with Amaranatho - Mindfulness out of the box
If you are not giving yourself time and the skills to reflect you are missing insights that can transform your life and business. Join former Buddhist monk Amaranatho for this practical master class workshop on how to deeply listen and reflect.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Detox Your Mind - Mindcafe
Is it continuously rush hour in your mind? Do you want to enhance your sense internal compass or refresh your internal battery? In this teaser-workshop we go beyond the hustle and bustle to re-calibrate in a creative way. Join the session hosted by Jeanine Molina.
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dream with expert speaker Duke Urbanik
Do you dream of a day you stand on a stage and charm hundreds of people? Come join Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer and learn about voice modulation and witness how Duke Urbanik gives a speech.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Detox

Thursday Gathering August 9th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Skill-based online-volunteering platform for people&companies - The Time Donors
How to make volunteering more meaningful and with bigger social impact? How to make it more comfortable and as simple to do? How to make professional consultancy available for millions? Even how to increase your happiness level? At The TimeDonors we are working on a solution for all these questions.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Funding Event
We believe in making the world better by spreading inspiration and innovation. We give startups a platform to pitch their ideas to an interested audience and also give the chance to the local community to indulge in the fascinating world of new ideas
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Resilience through a creative, embodied & mindful community-based program - The Expat Wellbeing Project
What's needed for a smooth transition in your new home country? We believe in a community-based program to teach essential life skills, build resilience, and at the same time, nurture real human connection. Talk with us if our project speaks to you.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Your AI powered SCRUM master - Comb
Missing a deadline destroys trust in a software development organisation and erodes profits. Comb is a tool that monitors your sprint and informs you when you’re likely to miss deadlines, so you can reassign resources, or manage client expectations
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Testing Swabit - The Merging Project
Try out Swabit for the first time! Swabit is a new app which lets you connect and interact with people and places you physically come across. You have the chance to download Swabit right at Venture Café and start play with its great functionalities!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Empowering female newcomers to enter the labour market - She Matters
Stop by to learn more about She Matters, a social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to empower female newcomers to enter the labour market!
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17:30–17:40 Pitches: Meet the entrepreneurs of Operation Launch!
Over the next 3 months, CIC Rotterdam is providing free office space to six motivated entrepreneurs. And you can meet them this evening at Venture Café! Listen to their 1 min pitch & connect with them at their info tables!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: - How to find balance in a digital world- Digital Detox Academy
How addicted are you to your digital “tools”? Join us for an animated and interactive session with Christine Wittoeck. Insights on the impact of digital working with inspiring examples/cases and usable tips and tricks.
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17:30–18:20 Break Out: Bitcoin VS Ethereum - Volareo
Andres Campo of the Rotterdam Blockchain Community will explain more about the differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Yogayounity workshop: reduce your level of stress & physical tension
The Yogayounity workshop inspires you how to use the practice of yoga & meditation in daily life to reduce stress and live happily. You will get a Yogayounity session of 30 minutes.
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Summer School: Thriving... In Spite of it All! - Lauren Kiraly
As entrepreneurs, it can feel like we have to do/be everything our business needs in order to be successful. Coupled with today’s 24/7 “on” culture, life is in overdrive. The result? We each walk a fine line between a life of potential & burnout.
Read more >

18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dream with expert speaker Dirceu Da Silva
Do you dream of a day you stand on a stage and charm hundreds of people. Come join Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer and learn about voice modulation and witness a TEDx Speaker and coach Dirceu Da Silva give a speech. He has something special prepare
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Detox

Thursday Gathering August 2nd

15:00–16:30 Off-site Summer School: All you Can Art 3 - David Bade, Instituto Buena Bista
Spark your creativity, and join this off-site summer school session at the Kunsthal! For the third year, 'All you can Art' will aim to give you the opportunity to join the artists in making art according to the master-apprentice principle. Participate and put your creative skills to the test! RSVP to confirm your spot, min. 10 participants required. *Entrance for Kunsthal ticket is not included*
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Testing Swabit - The Merging Project
Try out Swabit for the first time! Swabit is a new app which lets you connect and interact with people and places you physically come across. You have the chance to download Swabit right at Venture Café and start play with its great functionalities!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to make blockchain & crypto simple & mainstream in every home? - Volareo BV
The visionaries of blockchain & crypto see a world where crypto is common, simply a part of every home, with everyone. In reality, how can it be that we have to jump through loops to buy and use crypto? How can we make it simple for everyone?
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Skill-based online-volunteering platform for people&companies - The Time Donors
How to make volunteering more meaningful and with bigger social impact? How to make it more comfortable and as simple to do? How to make professional consultancy available for millions? Even how to increase your happiness level? At The TimeDonors we are working on a solution for all these questions.
Read more >

17:30–19:00 Summer School: Let's analyze sensor data from your smartphone in the cloud! - IBM
During this session IBM will stream sensor data from a couple of smartphones in the audience to the cloud, capture it in a database, and then have a script analyze the data. You will get to learn about IoT, Node-RED, SQL & NoSQL, data science with Python and Spark. Join IBM's Damiaan Zwietering for this session!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Decentralization of Things - Volareo
Andres Campo from the Rotterdam Blockchain Community will share a presentation on the importance of decentralization in our society.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Explore, Play, Love: Detox the PlayfulMonk way with Amaranatho - Mindfulness out of the box
Do you want to maintain optimum performance in complex situations? Amaranatho is a former Buddhist monk who regularly mentally and physically detoxes. He will share simple practicals ways to detox the mind/body using the Playfulmonk approach!
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dream with expert speaker Sangbreeta Moitra
Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer invited over an award-winning TEDx speaker, Sangbreeta Moitra who is going to talk about the following topic" Transform Your Presence: How to Win Your Dream Client & Customer"
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Active body = active business - by Cor the Coach
A lot of people know mindfulness, which gets the feedback of being not very active. He rather calls it the active alternative to mindfulness. Cor the Coach gives an hour session on how you can move your business, by simply moving.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

July
Monthly theme
Future Travel


Future of Travel

Thursday Gathering July 26th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Travel without Baggage! - GIBBON
Defying conventions: How GIBBON is bringing Travel and Fashion together to enable travelling without baggage! Meet the co-founders Joanna Chen Wanzi and Tyr Astaroth Ding at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: felyx - Changing the way we move through cities - felyx e-scooter sharing
Pollution, congestion and increased pressure on public space are three examples of mobility challenges cities face. felyx' Jr. Marketing Manager Philippe van Raalte explains how e-scooter sharing can solve these problems.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Reinvent the way you travel in Europe - Green Tickets
Green Tickets helps you to reinvent the way you travel in Europe: come and see our MVP that will change the future of travelling. We’d love to hear your thoughts about smart & sustainable travel in Europe and share some of our tips & tricks.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Nocto - Seize the Night - Nocto International B.V.
Do you want to be at the right place at the right time? So do we! Nocto is here to help people and nightlife businesses seize the night! Join a.o. founder David Franzen at their info table!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: The Millennial Preach by Niki Sie
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; accompanied by live piano music. This week's Millennial Preacher: Niki Sie, owner of Juuve Carsharing!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get Directly Served - MenuBlender
MenuBlender allows you to never again waste time at the restaurant. No more waiting for a table, food, waiter, or the bill. On top of this you get your meal for an exclusively discounted price. Come visit our info-table to find out how!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Influentials is ready to get funded - help them to reach their 250k crowdfunding target! - Influentials
Influentials is the total solution for influencer marketing. With the investment they will further infiltrate the marketing department with their software platform. They will continue to develop the platform into the total solution for influencer marketing - stop by to learn more about their crowdfunding campaign from a.o founder Jolique Moller!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Be Part of the Conversation & Support their Crowdfunding Campaign - SpeakSee
SpeakSee shows the Deaf and hard-of-hearing what's being said in real time. They already reached their target of 50k on Indiegogo, but are now aiming to reach 100k (their current status is 82k). Stop by to meet founder Jari Hazelebach and learn more about their campaign!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Exploring the Future of Travel in Europe: challenges and solutions - Green Tickets
Travel is going to change in the age of climate change. In Europe, there are still many challenges regarding the future of travel. Together, we will think about these challenges, and brainstorm about concrete solutions and innovations.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Salsa workshop 💃🏽🕺🏻 - El YoYo
Get the Salsa Loco virus, join this awesome salsa session with Rahiem in the Café Area!
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17:30–18:30 Panel Discussion: What is the Future of Travel? - Juuve, Felyx & Skoon
Join this discussion and offer your thoughts with this #mobility focused panel! Sit in with Niki Sie from Juuve, Philippe van Raalte from Felyx & Peter Paul van Voorst from Skoon.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Blockchain & Real Estate - Volareo & Rotterdam Blockchain Community
Do you want to meet like-minded people to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with, or are you interested to learn more about Crypto and Blockchain? Join us for good talks and a great network of people to connect with!
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking, Sell your dreams! - Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer & expert speaker Michèle Sparreboom
Get inspired; discover essential hacks to stand out with your public speaking skills; get the chance to exercise in a safe environment while being coached by top speakers! Your hosts are Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer. This week's expert speaker: Michèle Sparreboom!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: All You Can Art 3 - David Bade, Instituto Buena Bista
Join this session to meet the renown artist David Bade (born in Willemstad, 1970) and some of the Curaçao summer school students who are participating and exhibiting as part of "All You Can Art" at the Kunsthal Rotterdam this summer!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: 0x02 – The hacker in your pocket - SecTalks Holland
Round 2 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings, touching on a couple of security topics each time,a short CTF & lots of infosec knowledge sharing.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Future of Travel

Thursday Gathering July 19th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: How to digitalize the cooperation between business and academia? - KNOWCO BV
We want to solve the challenge to bring research to life faster and to bring new innovations to society by sharing academic and start-up knowledge. Are you with us? Join our conversation on Thursday!
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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!
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17:00–18:30 Summer School: Learn to code your own landing page, for beginners (Session #1)- Ironhack
Learning how to code enables you to give life to your ideas. Bring your laptop & you will learn enough about coding to be able to create your first landing page in just 2 evenings (19- and 26-July)!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Travelling with temperature sensitive medication - Meds²Go
Imagine travelling with medication, that needs to stay between 2-8 °C. A delay is then not just a hindrance, it’s a major problem. Currently, no sufficient solutions exist, not yet... Med²Go is innovating the last mile of the cold chain of medication!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Information about your possibilities! [dutch] - Travel Impact Lab
Come find out about the different ways to help you innovate in our Travel Impact Lab! Meet Loes van Kooten at the info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Wine Experience - Lekker Wijnig
Difficult to pick the right wine? Not anymore! Come and check out how we made it easy to choose a glass of wine and try to win a bottle of Champagne. Amanda Christianen will tell you all about creating a unique wine experience on your own event or party! Some of their final wine ice creams will also be served during the evening...
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet the EIT Health BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp 2018 - YES!Delft
10 early stage startups from all over Europe designed and validated their biotech business concepts during an intensive eight-week BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp organised by BioM, in Munich. The teams are on a road trip, and are now visiting Venture Café to pitch to you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Langplanck electric skateboards - Langplanck
Langplanck is developing an electric longboard since we've became too lazy to skate, and some other reasons... 😉
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: CreativeMornings Rotterdam
CreativeMornings is a breakfastlecture series. It started 10 years ago in New York, to inspire and bring together the creative community. By now it had spread all over the world and over 180 cities organise monthly breakfast talks. Meet with Diantha at this info table to learn about the next CreativeMornings session on July 27th!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to make blockchain & crypto simple & mainstream in every home? - Volareo BV
The visionaries of blockchain & crypto see a world where crypto is common, simply a part of every home, with everyone. In reality, how can it be that we have to jump through loops to buy and use crypto? How can we make it simple for everyone?
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: ESNC Idea Generation Workshop - European Satellite Navigation Competition
The European Satellite Navigation Competition challenges entrepreneurs to come up with the next killer app using satnav. This workshop will help you to kickstart your idea.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Blockchain & Crypto with IoT & Smarthome - Volareo BV
How can blockchain and cryptocurrencies applied in our regular work & lives in smart homes & our IoT lifestyle? Join this session hosted by Nick Yap, and get the scoop! 2nd half of the session, we'll open up with "Ask me anything" - so make sure you come with your questions and bring your learning hat!
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17:30–17:50 Break Out: Pitch sessions by EIT Health BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp 2018 - YES!Delft
10 early stage startups from all over Europe designed and validated their biotech business concepts during an intensive eight-week BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp organised by BioM, in Munich. The teams are on a road trip, and are now visiting Venture Café to pitch to you!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Airbnb Operations Behind the Scenes - Century Group Ltd
A behind the scenes growth story in a traditional industry. Join Péter Dovak, founder of Century Group, as he shares his insights, personal endeavours and learnings!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: What's The Future of Mobility? - NS
How will we get to work/visit friends/go on holiday in the future? What are the forces that could shape the world of Mobility? Will Rail get eaten by Autonomous vehicles? Join Charles Mander, innovation manager at NS, for an interactive discussion!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: A Seamless Travel Experience: All-in-one mobile travel platform for large enterprises - Roadmap
Want to discover how Roadmap can create a seamless travel experience for travelers? Then join CEO Jeroen van Velzen during this session!
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18:30–20:00 Summer School: Public Speaking - Sell your dreams! - Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer
Maria Bahamam and Timo Nieuwboer will fly in Ronnie Overgoor, one of the nations most wanted professional public speakers, to share their expertise in PUBLIC SPEAKING. This weeks sub theme is: Using schedule and a top of class intro.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Future of Travel

Thursday Gathering July 12th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join the ambitious and entrepreneurial women in the Rotterdam community - Female Ventures
The Female Ventures Rotterdam team is looking forward to meeting you! We are curious what your ideas are and would like to discuss our philosophy. We aim to build a strong and sparkling international female community online and offline in Rotterdam. Join a.o. Marjolein van Noort & Rachel Terry at this info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Localie is Looking for Friends - Localie.co
As we're new to South Holland community, we would be happy to get new friends from the area! Just drop by to meet the team and see how we build a future of travel right today.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Successful Public-Private Pilots for Mobility Innovations - AT Osborne
Pilots in public space (like mobility innovations) often lead to disappointment. The pilot is successful but leads nowhere due to restricting regulations. AT Osborne shows in this break-out how to optimise your public pilot for future sales success. Meet Gerben Hofmeijer and Erik Arends, consultants at AT Osborne, at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Travis Touch - The Product Garage
The Product Garage is launching hardware products in 90 days. Stop by to learn about their latest developments!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Public Transport Reinvented! - Witteveen + Bos
The city of tomorrow needs affordable public transport of high quality. Conventional metro or tram is too expensive for Dutch cities, and trams and busses take too much public space. Techniques are already available for autonomous cars can be used perfectly in a new public transport system! Stop by to meet a.o. Erik Jongenotter, advisor traffic & mobility of Witteveen + Bos, and think along about the future of public transport!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Successful Public-Private Pilots for Mobility Innovations - AT Osborne
Pilots in public space (like mobility innovations) often lead to disappointment. The pilot is successful but leads nowhere due to restricting regulations. AT Osborne shows in this break-out how to optimize your public pilot for future sales success. Meet Gerben Hofmeijer and Erik Arends, consultants at AT Osborne, at this session!
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17:30–18:30 Summer School: Getting started with Blockchain & Crypto - Volareo
What is cryptocurrency? Why it is important? Is Blockchain & Cryptocurrency the same thing? What do I have to watch out for? ... All these questions answered & more, by Nick NM Yap, founder of Volareo.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How We're Building the Future of Travel Today - Localie.co
A team of dreamers from around the globe has joined forces to create a platform to reinvent travel experience. Localie CEO Nick Nedelchuk will explain the vision that empowers the project and let it grow internationally at almost zero marketing cost.
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18:30–19:30 Summer School: How to attract paying customers for your startup and scale-up... fast! - Tony de Bree
Most founders of startups in The Netherlands make the mistake of focusing too much on financing and on getting subsidies. In this session Tony de Bree will explain his system for turning prospects into happy paying customers. Online and offline how to co-create winning solutions.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Public Transport Reinvented! - Witteveen + Bos
The city of tomorrow needs affordable public transport of high quality. Conventional metro or tram is too expensive for Dutch cities, and trams and busses take too much public space. Techniques are already available for autonomous cars can be used perfectly in a new public transport system! Join Erik Jongenotter, advisor traffic & mobility of Witteveen + Bos, and think along about the future of public transport!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Future of Travel

Thursday Gathering July 5th

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Do you want to start a business or recently have started your business? Sign up for a chat with Cor the Coach!
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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!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Blockchain music - Volareo
Volareo is a smart voice speaker, just like Alexa, with a splash of love for musicians. Designed by music lovers, we cherish the music discovery experience, enjoy the interaction with the musicians, and show the musicians some love with a tip.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Enjoying the unexpected: How to accept what you can't influence - dnnr
Entrepreneur and marketeer Herman van den Berg makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for accepting the unexpected. To challenge the way we're running our startups. Stop by to learn more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Jewelry that is born Smart! - FY Fine Jewelry
FY Fine Jewelry and TPG (The Product Garage) are dedicated to producing Smart Jewelry that is created to help you accelerate your business development! Join Ferlin Yoswara to check out a brand new design!
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17:00–20:00 Movie: Tram Tales of Waking Rotterdam - Rodney Luxemburg (2017)
As seen at IFFR this year! Rodney Luxemburg, a Rotterdam tram driver since 2003 and has been filming his routes. One of his routes will be played continuously in the Venture Café area this Thursday. Grab a seat and travel along as the tram crosses through the city of Rotterdam, the city we hold dear.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Your Outdoor 3D Videos - Relive
Relive is an app that helps you create memories worth sharing. Go out there, and inspire others with your unique outdoor adventures! Stop by for an introduction of the app and its (future!) different features by Laurent Dieste, Marketer at Relive.
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17:30–19:00 Break Out: Learn how to build your very own blockchain app & answer the C4C challenge - IBM
Are you eager to increase your blockchain skills, but lack the time to do so? In that case, come join us and learn the basics of permissioned blockchains and how to build your very own blockchain application. Your hosts are IBM's Marije Ferwerda, Technical Leader Developer Ecosystems, and Edward Ciggaar, Developer Advocate (IBM Cloud, Watson and Blockchain).
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Blockchain & Crypto for Music Lovers, Musicians & Content Creators - Volareo
We value creative work. Yet these days, musicians, creators are struggling - struggling to find a connect with fans, struggling with bread on the table. There's a wind of change. How can blockchain & crypto help musicians & content creators? Join the discussion with Antonio Talarico, Volareo Music Community Manager, and Daniel Lawton, Musicoin Ambassador!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: What Legacy Will You Leave Behind? - Sangbreeta Moitra
We are living in a phenomenal transformative age. What is new today will be outdated tomorrow. In the midst of this unimaginable pace of change, where the future is unpredictable, what legacy will you leave behind?
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: Enjoying the unexpected: How to accept what you can't influence - dnnr
Entrepreneur and marketeer Herman van den Berg makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for accepting the unexpected. To challenge the way we're running our startups.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

June
Monthly theme
Cross Culture


SPECIAL EDITION! Guest Curator Jan Peter Balkenende

Thursday Gathering June 28th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Lightest Table Ever Made! - Studio Wynd
Within the Info-Table, one of our works will be showcased, which includes visuals and a short description of how a frame-less ultra-lightweight furniture piece is wound from a continuous fiber with minimum possible material usage
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: The Millennial Preach by Yoeri Meessen
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; accompanied by live piano music. This week's Millennial Preacher: Yoeri Meessen, Witte de With’s Associate Director Education & Public Affairs!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A whole new point of view on circular economy! Get your piece of Willemsbrug, Maastunnel or "De Kuip"! - The Talk Of The Town
What happens with the waste materials from community renovation-projects or demolition works? Especially from some of Rotterdams famous icons. Nothing…until now! TTOTT is collecting these waste materials and transform them into new interior products: Willemsbrug lamps, Maastunnel benches... Come and meet the founder of TOTT: Linda Post!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Building online businesses with a startup studio - We Are Builders
Ever wondered what it’s like to build a startup with a startup studio? Join the Break Out session from 18:00-18:30, to get the whole story then meet the We Are Builders team to find out more about this concept and how you and benefit from it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Between two worlds - StatusQuoCollective
Successful, wealthy, happy, healthy If you had to, which 2 would you choose? Even though in life people don't actually have to, they choose for a limited option from these four. Why? Looking forward to hearing your perspective.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: My neighbours - Charlois Edition - Tasha Orlova
Come and see what happens when a professional photographer meets the citizens of Charlois, the heart of the international community in Rotterdam. Learn how an art project can connect neighbours and make them curious about each other.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Welcome to the 'Stresszone', stress can be enhancing! - Jamzone
Join this 'The happy brain' presentation by Bernard Maarsingh! Afterwards there will be a Demo Stressjam ‘Digital Innovation of the Year!’ where you get to play with your stress system using VR tech + biosensor tech + applied immersive gaming. Demo Darejam: dizzying vertigo experience in VR.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Learn about 'Change the System' expo - Annemartine van Kesteren, conservator Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen & Gyonne Goedhoop, Rdamse Nieuwe
Join this presentation about the next generation of Change Makers in art, design and innovation hosted by Annemartine van Kesteren (Boijmans van Beuningen) & Gyonne Goedhoop (Rdamse Nieuwe)!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Visualizing innovation through Art in Architecture - Arttenders
Art as a tool to showcase innovation?! YES! How? We will show you based on some of our recent projects, ranging from 'Urban Jungle' at CIC, the LED ceiling of the Kalverpassage, to the launch of 'Glasbak' by de Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. Presented by Siobhan Burger.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Building online businesses with a startup studio - We Are Builders
Ever wondered what it’s like to build a startup with a startup studio? Founder Michael van Lier shares how We Are Builders acts on ideas from investors and accomplished entrepreneurs. Learn how to apply their principles yourself during this session.
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18:30–20:00 Demo: Welcome to the Stress Zone! The place to create 'The Happy Brain' - Jamzone
'The Happy Brain': make stress your friend and rewire your brain for better health and more vitality! Join us at our tropical island in a spectacular VR game with a biofeedback sensors on your chest. Experience your own super power and play with your own stress system in realtime!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: 0x02 The Information Security Gathering - SecTalks Holland
Round 2 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings, touching on a couple of security topics each time,a short CTF & lots of infosec knowledge sharing.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Gardening Mars - Het Nieuwe Instituut
Het Nieuwe Instituut's Klaas Kuitenbrouwer will tell you about Gardening Mars: the transformation of Mars into an environment that is suitable for earthly life. Join this session and lets together imagine Mars as a second, 'other' earth - the actual start of terraformation!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: A whole new point of view on circular economy! Get your piece of Willemsbrug, Maastunnel or "De Kuip"! - The Talk Of The Town
What happens with the waste materials from community renovation-projects or demolition works? Especially from some of Rotterdam's famous icons. Nothing…until now! TTOTT is collecting these waste materials and transform them into new interior products: Willemsbrug lamps, Maastunnel benches... Come and meet the founder of TOTT: Linda Post!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: My neighbours project - Connecting people through art - Tasha Orlova
Come and see what happens when a professional photographer meets the citizens of Charlois, the heart of the international community in Rotterdam. Learn how an art project can connect citizens and make them curious about each other.
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18:30–19:00 Guided Tour: Arts & Architecture at CIC! - CIC & Arttenders
Join CIC Rotterdam's director Melissa Ablett and Arttenders' Siobhan Burger for a guided tour through the CIC space and Arttenders work as part of it!
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19:00–20:00 Break Out: Round Table - Culture & Strategic Urban Development - moderated by Jan Peter Balkenende
Culture should get a much more important role in the total urban planning strategy of the city of Rotterdam. What message should be given to the new council of Rotterdam? Panel members: Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis), Janneke Staarink (De Doelen) en Jacob van der Goot (Rotterdamse Raad voor Kunst en Cultuur). Moderation by Jan Peter Balkenende. Join the discussion!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Jazz, Architecture, Expats & Rotterdam South #CrossCulture

Thursday Gathering June 21st

15:30–17:00 Break Out: StartupDelta On Tour - Empowering your global expansion 
StartupDelta will tell you all about the upcoming missions Slush 2018 (Helsinki), Websummit 2018 (Lisbon) & CES 2019 (Las Vegas) and how you can join them. Including a panel discussion of successful founders, moderated by Special Envoy for StartupDelta Constantijn van Oranje (in Kriterion, 7th floor).
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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.
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Examples of Robotics & 3D printing in Construction - CONCR3DE
Construction, one of the oldest and traditionally most conservative industries in the world is now transforming. The CONCR3DE team will show you their technology and products. Stop by to learn more from a.o. Eric Geboers!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: StartupDelta on tour: register for Websummit, Lisbon 2019 - StartupDelta
StartupDelta is here to tell you more about upcoming Websummit tech conference. Meet a.o. Leonie Timmermans at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: StartupDelta on tour: register for Slush, Helsinki 2018 - StartupDelta
Learn more about upcoming mission to Slush, Helsinki and how you as a startup can take part in this conference. Meet a.o. Leonie Timmermans at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: StartupDelta on tour: register for CES, Las Vegas 2019 - StartupDelta
Learn more from StartupDelta about the upcoming startup mission to CES Las Vegas 2019 and sign up. Meet a.o. Leonie Timmermans at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: My neighbours - Charlois Edition - Tasha Orlova
Come and see what happens when a professional photographer meets the citizens of Charlois, the heart of the international community in Rotterdam. Learn how an art project can connect neighbours and make them curious about each other.
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17:00–19:00 Side Event: International Welcome Event for Expats
We can imagine that you and your family want to know more about Rotterdam, the Dutch culture and his habits. Rotterdam Expat Centre is your partner in helping you to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. At the International Welcome Event for Expats we will provide you with practical information and introduce you to expats who already know their way in Rotterdam and several service providers. Join us on 7th floor Kriterion!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Blockchain music - Volareo
Volareo is a smart voice speaker, just like Alexa, with a splash of love for musicians. Designed by music lovers, we cherish the music discovery experience, enjoy the interaction with the musicians, and show the musicians some love with a tip.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: The art and architecture of supporting next stage organisations - The playfulmonk experience
Do you want to develop a more harmonious work and personal life, improve the way you engage with your customers and retain talent? The Playful Monk Experience brings the attitude needed to explore next stage organisation which are characterised by self-managing, wholeness and with an evolutionary purpose.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: LIVING ACROSS CULTURES: TIPS & TOPS - Lina Robayo Dominguez, Cultural Manager from Bogota-Colombia.
Intercultural journeys are one of the most rewarding experiences, yet they can challenge your comfort zone. But what is life without a challenge? Let’s find meeting points where cultures can understand and work with each other!
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17:30–19:30 Info Table: The taste of curiosity -EsQuisine Catering Services
Do you like to have the EsQuisine experience? The taste of exotic food? The weirdest food that you never encountered? Or just a simple food that trigger your sense of taste and feed your mind. Are you curious now?
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17:30–19:30 North Sea Jazz Round Town: Jasper van Damme, Mark Schilders & Cas Jiskoot
Expect Jasper van Damme, Mark Schilders & Cas Jiskoot (photo) to warm you up for North Sea Jazz Round Town! Especially for Venture Café's Thursday gathering these three amazing artists are teaming up to indulge you with 30-min jazz music sessions starting at 17:30 and 19:00.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophize: Change ourselves by changing our surrounding space - Humberto Schwab
Philosopher Humberto Schwab (www.socraticdesignacademy.com) is back at Venture Café and will dialogue with the participants around changing ourselves by changing our surrounding space - in line with Venture Café's monthly theme "Cross Culture"!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Lessons Learned: Taking experience from my failing Art startup - Firmhouse
We launched an online art fair to connect art collectors with high end art galleries throughout the world. We have sold a painting worth 150k online, but the company failed. What went wrong and how could this be prevented? And how can you apply these learnings in your art startup? Join Bob Jansen and Pim Baljon (Firmhouse) in this Q&A session!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Way up South! - Stichting Dit is Zuid
During this interactive session Teun de Booij, director of foundation "Dit is Zuid", will be talking about new urban dynamics of South Rotterdam, and how working together on cultural programming can contribute to an attractive ánd authentic South Rotterdam. Join in!
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20:00–21:30 Break Out: Designing Community! Co-creating XL urban transformations - Architecture Institute Rotterdam
Learn about co-creating large-scale urban area development. As part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month, AIR will examine new ways in which community involvement informs urban design, architecture, and planning. Featuring a.o. anthropologist Viktoria Walldin, architect Anna Edblom and Jeroen Dirckx, partner at KCAP!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Expansion Café powered by INCO Business Group

Thursday Gathering June 14th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Visa - CIC/RVO
Looking to start a business in The Netherlands? The startup visa allows you to! Come have a chat for more info.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Strategy and Story with Chuck Goldstone (Digital Office Hours!) SOLD OUT
It’s about the story..... and a clear and focused strategy. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. Join the first Digital Office Hours with Chuck Goldstone, Boston based strategist! Make sure you sign up for your 30 min session!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get Global. Expand your company overseas. - INCO Business Group
During this Info Table, INCO Business Group gives you the opportunity to discuss your needs regarding start-ups, internationalization, business development and get more information about our services.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Gourmet Yoghurt Tasting with Luwia - Handcrafted Yoghurt
Rotterdam's grass-fed milk united with ancient traditions to create the first gourmet yoghurt of our city! Come and creatively combine gourmet yoghurt with various options, while receiving information about what to look for in truly healthy dairy products.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: How to deal with risks abroad? - Marsh and Bridge
International growth is challenging but exciting. Your business goes well. You are in the driving seat, but do you have the necessary brakes? Marsh & Bridge offer you guidance, assistance, advise on aspects related to risks that come with doing business abroad. Join a.o. Edwin Zuidhoorn during this session!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: US/Maryland/Baltimore: Expansion is easier than you think! - Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee
Programs, opportunities, and connections to get you started and help you along the way. We'll cover the current business climate in the state of Maryland and its largest city, Baltimore, as an anchor and starting point for business growth in the US!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Access a new market with a limited budget! - INCO Business Group
In this Breakout Session INCO Business Group will tell you all you need to know on how to access a new market for a limited budget!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Best Practices: How to take your startup International! - Travis Foundation, Lizard Apps, DashTag & US Embassy
Interested in understanding if you are at the right place to expand your company? Or want to better understand how the process looks? Join this session as we have Nick Yap from Travis Foundation, Epco Berger from DashTag & Jeremy Raes from Lizard Apps discuss about their challenges when they decided to take their company internationally! Moderated by US Embassy representative Matthew Bott.
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17:30–19:00 Info Table: How to deal with risks abroad? - Marsh and Bridge
International growth is challenging but exciting. Your business goes well. You are in the driving seat, but do you have the necessary brakes? Marsh & Bridge offer you guidance, assistance, advise on aspects related to risks that come with doing business abroad. Stop by at the info table to learn more about it from a.o. Edwin Zuidhoorn!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Go International: The Cybersecurity Soft Landing Program to Maryland - InnovationQuarter & Baltimore-Rotterdam Sister City Committee
Are you a Dutch cybersecurity company looking to expand into the North American market? We have an exciting opportunity for you to soft land in the state of Maryland, an epicenter of research & innovation in cybersecurity -- your gateway to the US. Learn more about it from InnovationQuarter's Philip Meijer!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to make an overseas company profitable! - INCO Business Group
In this Break Out Session, INCO Business Group will provide you with guidelines and tools to ensure profitability of your overseas company.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Entering the US life sciences market - Holland US Bridge
This session will teach you what it takes to successfully enter the US life sciences, healthcare, and capital market. We will quickly outline what the Holland US Bridge does and what lessons we learned so far when entering the market or raising funds.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
VR & AR in Architecture #CrossCulture

Thursday Gathering June 7th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Think art is easy? Then go against the Artist! - Victory art: Helping emerging artists
Visit Victory art's booth to learn why being an artist and putting yourself out there requires more than just having a "gift". It takes blood and sweat and most importantly courage. Go against one of our artists and find out if you have what it takes!
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A fun way to network - Erasmus Venture Lab
Our technology makes networking more playful and easy. No need to bring your business cards – contact details can be shared digitally with your newly made connections. Join us and try it out yourself!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A use case of VR as common part in engineering and design. - ABT
An use case about the possibilities of virtual reality in building design and engineering. VR becomes an common part of our integral solutions to enhance communication, visualisation and simulation.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn more about Accenture Innovation Awards!
What are the Accenture Innovation Awards? How can I apply? What can I win? Learn at this info table and meet the representatives yourself and ask all the questions you want to better understand how you can get the most of it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Virtual Dutchmen
Stay tuned for what they have in store! 
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17:00–18:00 Info Table: Architecture Month Rotterdam - Rotterdam Festivals
Rotterdam is a true architecture city. With renown bureaus such as OMA and MVRDV, and architectural pearls like Central Station and Markthal: there is enough to be proud of! Let's together celebrate this in June. Come find out about all events organised this month!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Health & Ageing Challenges - Startup Validation Session - World Startup Factory
World Startup Factory and the City of The Hague will organize a Health Challenge on June 22, during the ICT & Health World Conference. Startups and healthcare and welfare organizations are challenged to work together on innovative healthcare solution
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Accenture Innovation Awards Information Session - Accenture
During our session we will inform the attendees about the Accenture Innovation Awards. This year will be the 12th edition of our annual program and we are looking for new innovative concepts to join our program.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: The future of design will be immersive. - Mecanoo architecten
VR and AR has the potential to change the way we think and interact with spatial design. In this talk Johan will take us through the brief history of digital design tools, and show how virtual reality affected the architectural practice.
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18:30–20:00 Info Table: Learn about Health & Ageing Challenges - World Startup Factory
World Startup Factory and the City of The Hague will organize a Health Challenge on June 22, during the ICT & Health World Conference. Startups and healthcare and welfare organizations are challenged to work together on innovative healthcare solution
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: The use of VR as common part in engineering and design. - ABT
ABT has been exploring the possibilities of virtual reality in building design and engineering. VR becomes an common part of our integral solutions to enhance communication, visualisation and simulation.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - Arts & Architecture - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open table discussion about Arts & Architecture weapons. Join this meet up to connect with like-minded innovators on a deeper level!
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: The Virtual Dutchmen
Stay tuned for what they have in store! 
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

May
Monthly theme
Think Green


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!
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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!
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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?
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: EcoPlanks
We are EcoPlanks and together with 3 leading Dutch universities we have found a way to transform coconut husk into wooden material. Material, that is both stronger and more sustainable than high-quality medium density fibre boards.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Producing 0.5 Million Sq.ft of Sustainable Leather - Join ELM
Interested to know how 135 tanneries are producing 0.5 Million sq.ft of leather sustainably. How Dutch technology and design is contributing to it? Join us...
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17:00–19:00 Break Out: Collectors item - Annebel & Esther
We use the smart technology against the fast fashion industry. We do this with a selfie collection that's questioning the value of a "Like" these days.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: DON SIMON - DON SIMON
Simon Samuels is a student of International Business and Management Studies of Hogeschool Rotterdam and currently writing his thesis about the clothing industry. He recently started a sustainable clothing brand, DON SIMON, that he will present tonight. Stop by to learn more about it!
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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 projects...now 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!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Scaling-Up Cleantech Innovations - Gemeente Rotterdam/ Cleantech Delta (SCALE-UP)
The SCALE-UP Program does match-making between between cleantech companies in the scale-up phase and corporations. Do you have a Cleantech innovation and are you looking for opportunities to scale-up? Join our session!
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18:00–19:00 Info Table: Look for Detail
Meet Jenny Netten, the founder of Look for Detail! A fashion designer, that designs clothing from plastic bottles.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: A new electronics industry - Fairphone
Do you have old electronics laying around at home? Have you ever wondered how they are made? Do you wish they were easier to repair? Come to hear all the challenges of making the electronics industry fair and sustainable.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Circular Fashion & Blockchain - Tshared
Interested in the future of fashion? Then join the session of Jeroen van der Heide - the founder of Tshared.eu.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
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!
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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’!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Smart Grid & Blockchain #ThinkGreen

Thursday Gathering May 17th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Future Flux Festival - Port of Rotterdam
Future Flux Festival is coming on the 15th of June. Become part of the festival where you are able to dive deep in the future of industries. Meet the Makers and heroes of innovation. Reserve your ticket for free via futurefluxfestival.nl
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Hiring young international talent - College Life
It has become obvious that having an international team is imperative in order to remain competitive. We'll talk about how you can effectively source young international talent from the best universities across the Netherlands.
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Do you want to start a business or recently have started your business? Pass by for a chat with Cor the Coach
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: One stop shop for tech startup support - Startup Corner
Startup Corner is your go to platform for startup support powered by the tech industry. Find startup friendly deals and launching customers, ask the community for support and visit unique partner events. Receive more info & sign up for free!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: The GDPR is almost here, your organization is still in time to comply! - PrivacyPerfect
The GDPR is fast approaching. Bas Oostveen, Business Developer Manager at PrivacyPerfect, will show you how easy is to comply with the GDPR.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Rotterdam Biohub: where bio meets make - GroenCollect
The session will go into more detail concerning Rotterdam's newest hub: The Rotterdam Biohub. We will elaborate on the plans and added value to the current startup ecosystem.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Challenges & Opportunities of the Energy Transition by Gemeente Rotterdam
Come and meet the Cleantech team working on behalf of the City of Rotterdam to implement innovative technologies for the Energy Transition. We will introduce the projects we are currently working on and are actively seeking new innovations and companies to collaborate with to make Rotterdam ready for the 'next economy'!
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18:00–19:30 Break Out: Four Winning Blockchain Prototypes for Energy! - Blocklab
Teams that won the Small business innovation call have developed prototypes for the first phase. These are first four innovation projects BlockLab aims to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition. Projects are presented by CGI & Eneco; Clearwatts; ToBlockchain, Engie & The Green Village; and, Intrinsic ID & Guardtime.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Closed for Ascension Day!

Thursday Gathering May 10th

17:00–20:00 Special Event: CLOSED for Ascension Day!

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

Thursday Gathering May 3rd

15:00–17:00 Side Event: A Pinch of Law - Pan Premix Netherlands BV (Connecting Asia & the Netherlands)
Ms. Martine Adyana-Flipse, LLM (Attorney at law-LGV Advocaten) & Ms. Jovanka Pigot, LLM (Legal Advisor-Qarah Juridisch Advies & Coaching) will answer your questions about business/resident visa, family/relationship matters according to Dutch law.
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Finding profitable solutions in circularity – Plennid
Curious how you or your business can add more value to the circular economy? Or just searching for new circular challenges? Take this chance to discover new opportunities together with Plennid. Niek Franken and Kees van Rengs are happy to talk to you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: WeUp App Preview - WeUp
Imagine An App That Can Get 1 Million People To Do The Same Thing At The Same Time For 30 Days. Stop by to learn more about it from Voltaire Xodus!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Intro of Skin Bliss. A new way to look at cosmetics ingredients. - Skin Bliss
Skin Bliss is an app that analyzes cosmetics ingredients. Stop by to get to experience the app, be invited to test it and provide feedback. Also: Maria is looking for a potential co-founder, beta testers, collaborators or advisors... interested? Learn more at the info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Introducing Swabit - The Merging Project
Swabit is a fun proximity social network, a "face-to-facebook" and a service to provide first hand information from Places to Users. Join the founders at their info table this week as they are testing their app!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn what Startup in Residence Noord-Holland can do for your startup - Provincie Noord-Holland
The province of Noord-Holland is initiating a Startup in Residence program, in which startups are matched with challenges. Specific sponsors have issued challenges for which they make a budget available of 5.000 to 10.000 euro. Stop by to learn about this!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Cleantech Initiatives in/for Rotterdam - City of Rotterdam
The City of Rotterdam, with its very own Cleantech-Team, is always looking for new initiatives and enthusiastic entrepreneurs to learn from, collaborate with and actively support. Stop by to meet a.o. Wouter van Rooijen!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Protect you innovation with Intellectual Property rights - Markenizer BV
Any creative or innovative development of your company can be protected by Intellectual Property. In fact, investors in your company would like you to show that you own your creations/innovations. Why, what and how will be explained by Marieke Westgeest, owner of Markenizer BV. Join this session to learn more about how to protect your IP from a company that serves a.o. Zara, Hotel New York and Peerby!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Intro into thinking and acting green - The Zero Waste Consultant
Alexander Prinsen from The Zero Waste Consultant will share what it takes to go 100% Green, meaning No Waste, No Pollution and No Emissions. He will share the trends and underlining thinking of Radical business models and Innovations.
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18:00–19:00 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 Thijs Weenk!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Cleantech Initiatives in/for Rotterdam - City of Rotterdam
The City of Rotterdam, with its very own Cleantech-Team, is always looking for new initiatives and enthusiastic entrepreneurs to learn from, collaborate with and actively support. Join this interactive session hosted by Wouter van Rooijen!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - Human impact - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open table discussion about talent and how important it is in your own work and in your colleagues. Join Andreas Stillman during this meet up to connect with like-minded innovators on a deeper level!
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April
Monthly theme
Get Growing!


Rotterdam Capital Days Closing Celebration #GetGrowing!

Thursday Gathering April 26th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: The Millennial Preach by Constance Scholten
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: Constance Scholten!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join the Get Growing Contest - Seedble + 10hourcompany
Get Growing: in 20 hours we help you to focus on your most urgent problem and subsequently move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your company precious hours and financial resources. Stop by the info table to meet Mirco Rossi and learn more!
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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.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Do it like Elon @ Venture Café: A step-by-step masterclass on public funding - Node1 & The Funding Company
Do you think it's hard to find funding for your ideas? Stop by the info table to get insight in the possibilities of public funding and more information for your business case!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet Symbid! - Symbid
Stop by the info table to meet a.o. Robbin Hoogstraten to learn more about Symbid, their role in the innovation ecosystem and their services!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A TASTEFUL AFFAIR: Indonesian Soto and A Pinch of Law on 3-May - PAN PREMIX NETHERLANDS BV
A Pinch of Law is a talk show taking place on 3-May about the Dutch law system in regards to the visa requirements of starting your own business and all about partnership/marriage affairs for both Dutch and Internationals. Stop by to learn more about it from Monique Natahusada! (open for public, by free registration)
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Seed business angel scheme - Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)
With the Seed business angel scheme the Dutch government focuses on improving the accessibility of finance for early stage start-ups by providing loans to business angels. Stop by to learn more about this!
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17:30–19:00 Break Out: Do it like Elon @ Venture Café: A step-by-step masterclass on public funding - Node1 & The Funding Company
Do you think it's hard to find funding for your ideas? This event offers an insight in the possibilities of public funding. Three speakers, including funding experts will provide the masterclass to give you more information for your business case.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: EXTREME SPORTS AS AN ASSET IN YOUR BUSINESS - Aiste Ridikaite
Learn how to transform your body and brain reactions to stress in order to perform well under pressure. Learn from RedBull featured extreme sports enthusiast, photographer and traveler about mastering fears, educated risk taking and deep focus!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to build a financial forecast for your startup? - EY Finance Navigator
Are you looking for funding? Then you need a kick-ass financial plan to convince investors! Learn how to build one at this session Financial Planning for Startups organized by EY’s experts in entrepreneurial finance: the Finance Navigator team.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to earn the right to the next step with the investor? (Ready.Set.GROW!) - Tony de Bree Consulting, Training & Coaching + Fintech Startup Partners
Founders of startups find different types of investors, but they do not know what to do next. In this session, Tony will describe how 'to earn the right to the next step'. It is critical that you 'sell' yourself, your idea & your solution well.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Connecting Money, Talent & Ideas #GetGrowing!

Thursday Gathering April 19th

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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn what Startup in Residence Noord-Holland can do for your startup - Provincie Noord-Holland
The province of Noord-Holland is initiating a Startup in Residence program, in which startups are matched with challenges. Specific sponsors have issued challenges for which they make a budget available of 5.000 to 10.000 euro. Stop by to learn about this!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience - Venture Café Rotterdam team
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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join our Developer community - Restart Network
No tuition or experience required - We just opened our July and October admissions for the ONE Program at Rotterdam's toughest and most rewarding coding school. Come by and have a chat if you are into tech!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Pitch Clinic (Ready.Set.GROW!) - TEDx Speech Coach David Beckett
Make yourself investable! Find out what investors REALLY want to hear in your pitch! Join TEDx Speech Coach David Beckett for some inspiration, tips & tricks and some practice! This session is part of Venture Café's Ready.Set.Grow! sequence, to prep both investors and startups for their meetups during the Rotterdam Capital Days. Open to all!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Learn what Startup in Residence Noord-Holland can do for your startup - Provincie Noord-Holland
The province of Noord-Holland is initiating a Startup in Residence program, in which startups are matched with challenges. Specific sponsors have issued challenges for which they make a budget available of 5.000 to 10.000 euro. Join their break out to learn about this!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to create a Pitch Deck aimed at Business Angels? Ready.Set.GROW! - INVESTOR ready
This session is about presenting your company to an investor. A big challenge for startups is 'acquiring investments from angels' So: how do you make a good pitch deck? What needs to be in it and what doesn't? In this session, hosted by Pieter Vermeer, you will find out the essentials!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How did Symbid do it? Learn from their experience! (Ready.Set.GROW! Course 3 of 3) - Symbid
Join Symbid as they get personal and tell you all about their road and experience. This is the final session of 3 in Venture Café's Ready.Set.GROW! sequence!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Open Mic Night Pitch Contest (Ready.Set.GROW!)
We are giving YOU the opportunity to pitch in front of audience about your newest innovation, these pitches will be judged by an experienced panel, and the winner will win a Capital Tour XXL ticket! Read.Set.GROW!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: 0x001 - Hello World! - SecTalks Holland
Kick off for SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join us for a short intro, and brief sessions on a couple of security topics of interest to get things rolling for the rest of the year!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
All about Blockchain #GetGrowing!

Thursday Gathering April 12th

16:00–20:00 Side Event: Startup Funding Event Rotterdam - Startup Funding Event
This year Startup Funding Event is launching in Rotterdam. 42k€+ worth of marketing materials will be given away to the winner as a donation, no strings attached. Visitors are free to come and network with corporates, investors and startups!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Introduction to Blockchain - Kryha
Whether you're familiar with blockchain or not; there's no denying the disruptive potential that it poses. Join this session as Tobias from Kryha, dives into the fundamentals of blockchain technology, smart contracts and its use-cases.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Blockchain Start-up Scout YES!Delft - YES!Delft
YES!Delft is looking for Blockchain Start-ups! Visit YES!Delft's Start-up Scout Emma Kluwen and Blockchain Manager Merijn Zondag at their Info Table.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Inside look in reward based crowdfunding statistics - JackSavior
Laptop is on the table. Statistics are freely accessible, join Bouwy van Sambeek and together play and learn with crowdfunding campaign data!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience - Venture Café Rotterdam team
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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Starters4Communities Rotterdam: spring 2018 - Starters4Rotterdam
In the training programme Starters4Communities we are working towards a win–win–win situation: for Rotterdam based social initiatives, for starters and for the city. 2 starters will tell you all about the programme and our crowdfunding campaign - stop by!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A smart speaker on blockchain - Volareo
Volareo is a new disruption to the music industry, the way we listen to music and the way appreciate musicians. What iPod did for iTunes, and Sonos did for music streaming, Volareo will do for Musicoin music blockchain.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Five Insights for Growth from a former Buddhist Monk PlayfulMonk in Convers - Mindfulness out of the box
This interactive talk will focus on innovative ways to support personal and organizational change and will be led by Amaranatho who was a Buddhist monk for 15 years.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Blockchain in Supply Chain - Kryha & BlockLab
Together with our partner Aljosja from BlockLab, we'll explore the use-cases for blockchain technology in supply chains. BlockLab is a field lab in Rotterdam for experimenting with blockchain technology. Tonight they will show us a working prototype.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Fintech Meetup - Crosspring
Join this FinTech meetup! This session is all about bringing FinTech enthousiasts together and making interesting new connections. Several international FinTech companies will give a 1-minute pitch about their company and are happy to connect.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to prepare your 'Investor Memorandum' (Ready.Set.GROW! Course 2 of 3)- Symbid
Join Symbid as they tell you all about the Investor Memorandum. This is the second session of 3 in Venture Café's Ready.Set.GROW! sequence!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Blockchain on Drones - Kryha
Kryha won Blockchaingers 2018: The biggest blockchain hackathon in the world! They will demo Grex; a decentralized swarm intelligence platform for drones.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Blockchain in Corporate - Kryha & KLM
Kryha works with KLM Digital Studio to develop proof of concepts throughout the organization. Linda Bos from KLM Digital Studio will show us prototypes built with blockchain from within the corporate environment.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to create a Pitch Deck aimed at Business Angels? Ready.Set.GROW! - INVESTOR ready
This session is about presenting your company to an investor. A big challenge for startups is 'acquiring investments from angels' So: how do you make a good pitch deck? What needs to be in it and what doesn't? In this session, hosted by Timo Dammers, you will find out the essentials!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Meet ecosystem leaders from Berlin, Paris & Vilnius - Crosspring
Want to learn more about Berlin, Paris and/or Vilnius? Don't miss this opportunity to meet with ecosystem leaders from these respective cities!
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18:30–20:00 Info Table: Meet the Startups- Startup Funding Event
This year Startup Funding Event is launching in Rotterdam. 42k€+ worth of marketing materials will be given away to the winner as a donation, no strings attached. Visitors are free to come and network with corporates, investors and startups!
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: Blockchain in Logistics - Kryha & BlockLab
Ilhan Ünlü of BlockLab Rotterdam will demo us a blockchain case they've done in the logistics sector!
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19:30–20:00 Break Out: How to find the right investors & what do they want to know? (Ready.Set.GROW!) - Tony de Bree Consulting, Training & Coaching + Fintech Startup Partners
Startups always have trouble finding the right investors and to present their ideas online and offline. In this session Tony de Bree will give you practical tips on how to do that, including info on what professional investors want to know!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Let's talk about Capital #GetGrowing!

Thursday Gathering April 5th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience - Venture Café Rotterdam team
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!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Make your Value Chain profitable! - The Zero Waste Consultant
Learn how you turn your business model into a Zero Polluting Value Chain and generate profitable revenue streams from the wasted Matter and Energy. Sounds too good to be true? Sign up and be amazed of the possibilities you never knew existed!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up Coaching office hours- Cor the Coach
The office hours provided by Cor the Coach, will be on startups building their companies. If you want to start your business, or you already started one less than 2 years ago, you can have a session with Cor the Coach - to spar, to feedback or to reflect on what you are working on now.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Your Next Meaningful Job - Stichting Restart Network
Are you excited about tech and social innovation and looking for a job with purpose? We are hosting an info table to tell you more about job opportunities within our growing social enterprise Restart Network.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Usefulness and uselessness of digital detox - Digital Detox Academy
Do we have to put our smartphone in a volt, limit wifi access in order to find peace and quietness and in order to be able to live in the "here and now"? Join Christine Wittoeck of the Digital Detox Academy to discuss about this oh-so interesting subject!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to choose the right type of funding (Ready.Set.GROW! Course 1 of 3)- Symbid
Angel Investing, Crowdfunding, Series A...there are so many different types of funding options, but what is the best option for you? Join Robbin Hoogstraten, as he explains what kind of funding fits best with your startup and what the next steps will be. This is the first session of 3 in the Ready.Set.GROW program!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Get growing by gaining massive publicity! - DelanoPR
Do you want a lot more fun while searching your company in Google? During this interactive workshop about pr, Dutch communication specialist Jennifer Delano will show you how to create more exposure than you ever imagined.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Onboarding the Right Employees & Personal Development at Bynder - Bynder
Bynder will share how their innovative approach to onboarding employees enabled growth from 6 to 320 employees, across 7 international offices in 4 years. Ruben Vermaak oversees the onboarding, training and personal development of all "Byndies". They also want to debate with you about their recent acquisition in the USA & how they should continue to bind their employees!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: 3 Funding Success Stories! (Ready.Set.GROW!) - HousingAnywhere, JackSavior & Restoranto
Join this session to learn about the finance and fund stories of these three amazing entrepreneurs! Niels, Bouwy and Ralph will share the story of their company, where they are at right now, their funding structure AND will share experiences and tips & tricks around getting your business funded! This session is part of Venture Café's Ready.Set.GROW! sequence.
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19:00–20:00 Break Out: Philosophize: Personal Growth & Money - Humberto Schwab
Philosopher Humberto Schwab (www.socraticdesignacademy.com) is back at Venture Café and will dialogue with the participants on personal growth and money this week - in line with their monthly theme "Get Growing"!
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19:30–20:00 Info Table: Take your press release towards the next step! - DelanoPR
Did you plan a pressrelease in the near future? Or do you have no clue what kind of title would attract press? Pr professional Jennifer Delano will provide you the right title for or honest feedback on your pressrelease.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

March
Monthly theme
Got Talent


GOT TALENT?!

Thursday Gathering March 29th

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to get from Startup to Scale up - Your Professional Coach
You have great plans on how to let your business flourish? And you struggle with the alignment of business and Organization? Then it is time for sparring session with Jan Vrencken as a business impact specialist with over 15 yours of experience.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: CityLab010 seeks innovative plans for Rotterdam - CityLab010, program of Municipality of Rotterdam
With CityLab010 grant fund is available, containing an annual amount of three and a half million euros in total for innovative plans that help further improve the city of Rotterdam. Come meet a.o. Rob van den Bos and Daphne Bos at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Tech Education Ecosystem - Turing Society
Turing Society is hosting a break out session on how to get started with coding. You can come to our info table for more information about us and what we do.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: CityLab010 seeks innovative plans for Rotterdam - Municipality of Rotterdam
With CityLab010 grant fund is available, containing an annual amount of three and a half million euro’s in total for innovative plans that help further improve the city of Rotterdam
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Victory art - Victory art
Victory art will inform visitors of Venture café about what it is exactly doing by giving them information about the artists, the marketing strategy, the customers. Victory art, a.o. Viktória Pikovská, will also answer all the questions you have about art!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: The Millennial Preach "From 'Musts' to 'Wants'" - Lindsy Szilvasi
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. This week's Millennial Preacher: Lindsy Szelvasi.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to create impact with full potential - The Playmakers
If you want to create impact, you must have a clear idea of the goals and purpose your company is working on. What are the leading principles? How are you personally aligned? Discover your impact in this creative session hosted by The Playmakers, with a.o. Maaike Huisman.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Talent development and business yoga - Yogayounity
Are you aware of your own unique talents? This inspiration session, hosted by Yogayounity's co-owner Jan van de Maagdenberg, will give you an insight in the importance of staying grounded and connected to uncover your talents and become the happiest and most successful version of you.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to Hire International Talent - VanHack
Thinking of hiring talent from abroad? Already hired international talent and need ideas to improve the process? Join Fionna Faulk, from VanHack, for an evening of insight on the "do's and don'ts" of hiring international talent!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to get started with coding, and what to do when you have done so. - Turing Society
Turing Society is back at Venture Café! Join this session with Maksut Gavaz as he presents about the student-led social enterprise, that focusses on innovating tech education! They will be hosting a session on coding, how to get started and what to do when you have done so!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: CityLab010 seeks innovative plans for Rotterdam! - CityLab010, program of Municipality of Rotterdam
CityLab010 grant fund is now available, containing an annual amount of three and a half million euros for initiatives to improve Rotterdam. Join a.o. Rob van den Bos and Daphne Bos at this session to learn about it and see if there is a match!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: From Talent to Success - Aimée Floris HRM & professional development
Hiring talent doesn’t mean success if you don’t know how to make use of that talent. Let’s find out how you can make talent into success. Join Aimée Floris and get inspired!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
GOT TALENT?!

Thursday Gathering March 22nd

15:00–17:00 Side Event: Next Gen Women Meets Venture Café: Top females in board positions. How do we do this? - The Next Gen Women & Venture Café Rotterdam
Join this event and listen to interesting keynotes around the subject of top females in board positions. NB This event is in Dutch!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Talent & Employment law by NautaDutilh - NautaDutilh N.V.
The often complex field of labour law is rapidly developing and raises lots of questions. Joyce Trebus works in the employment team of NautaDutilh. She is specialised as all-round employment law lawyer and is happy to answer all your questions.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: BPO Pacific - Remote Staffing - BPO Pacific
Join Alexander Onia & Johan Jansen to learn more about their platform BPO Pacific (a Dutch/ Philippine organization), and how it can help you connect with highly skilled remote employees!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Demo Market: the future of dining out - MenuBlender
MenuBlender is the revolutionary dining-out platform - stop waiting and spend your time on things you love. Our innovative concept will be revealed for the first time at the CIC Thursday gathering on 22nd March!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Maximize your Venture Café Experience *SPECIAL EDITION* - Venture Café Tokyo Opening!
Today Venture Café is opening in Tokyo Japan! Stop by this info table to learn about our most recent location & let's talk about how we can help you maximize your international expansion efforts with a little help from our global community.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: E101Card - E101Card
The Elegancy101 Membership Card (E101CARD) is a membership community that inspires,  educates and entertains young women. Get your free Membership Card today!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Experience LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® - Dutch design school STUDIO.WHY
LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) is a proven effective method for developing shared vision and strategy, teambuilding, business planning and innovation. The power of LSP is that everybody is able to share knowledge and opinions through the LEGO®-bricks. Join this session - limited spots available!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: BPO Pacific - Remote Staffing - BPO Pacific
During this session join Alexander Onia & Johan Jansen to learn more about their platform BPO Pacific (a Dutch/ Philippine organization), and how it can help you connect with highly skilled remote employees!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Blockchain for the energy grid! - S&P Global Platts and Blocklab
S&P Global Platts’ innovation lead Isabel Tang and Blocklab’s energy lead Janjoost Jullens will share insights from their innovation sprint: a demo blockchain application that provides new pricing mechanisms for the energy grid. Development teams from both partners will be available for questions and exchange of ideas with you!
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18:00–19:30 Demo: Try out these mobile VR devices! - Warp Industries
Immersive VR/AR technologies have been around for decades, but are now really starting to add value. A.o. Adriaan Rijkens (CTO Warp Industries) will showcase some mobile VR devices. Stop by their info table to try them out!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The Future of Immersive Learning - Warp Industries
Immersive VR/AR technologies have been around for decades, but are now really starting to add value. Adriaan Rijkens (CTO Warp Industries) will talk about VR/AR, immersive learning, and what's possible in the near future with these technologies.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The future of talent (yes, you!) - Base Cyber Security
The future of talent, the future of you - championing your development and career growth, in a fast-changing digital world is a challenge, and a great opportunity. Cease the day; join the conversation with a.o. Nicolas Lymbouris, and level up!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The story of Cyberwerkplaats & The Human Factor in Cyber Security (in Dutch!) - Mary-Jo de Leeuw
Mary-Jo de Leeuw, founder of Cyberwerkplaats, is happy to share the story of why and how they landed in Rotterdam. She will also show you a recent social engineering challenge the Cyberwerkplaats took on, showing the importance of human factor in any well-protected organization!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
CIC OPEN HOUSE #GotTalent

Thursday Gathering March 15th

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to get from Startup to Scale up - Your Professional Coach
You have great plans on how to let your business flourish? And you struggle with the alignment of business and Organization? Then it is time for sparring session with Jan Vrencken as a business impact specialist with over 15 yours of experience.
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17:00–20:00 Guided Tours: CIC Rotterdam Open House! - CIC Rotterdam
Explore CIC's brand new 4K m2 of space during an open house! There'll be drinks, bites, entertainment, and more. Guided tours will leave from the Venture Cafe space every 15 minutes.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Funding possibilities for startups & scale-ups - De Breed & Partners bv
Join a.o. Carel Bruinings of De Breed & Partners at their info table: they will give you a broad overview on the possibilities for funding for startups and scale-ups, and how they can support you in your quest!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: ISR Career Days - International Students Rotterdam
Attendees will be engaged in conversations regarding integration of international students into the Dutch labor market, and will be given the opportunity to actively participate in the event. Stop by this info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Talent Development in the Organizaton of the Future - Hello Monday
Stop by to meet Angelique Slob - talk with her about exploring the future of Talent Development, reflecting on the past and the future, and speaking about what Talent Development in the 21st century organization will look like.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Professional identity, because your future - Martin Reekers, training & advice
Discover your talents in dialogue by playing a game! Join Martin Reekers to find your professional identity...through the most interesting way! Come find out how...
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Funding possibilities for startups & scale-ups - De Breed & Partners bv
Join a.o. Carel Bruinings of De Breed & Partners during this presentation: they will give you a broad overview on the possibilities for funding for startups and scale-ups, and how they can support you in your quest!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Talent Development in the Organisaton of the Future - Hello Monday
In this presentation together with Angelique Slob you will explore the future of Talent Development, reflecting on the past and the future, and speaking about what Talent Development in the 21st century organization will look like.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Plasticity of Problem Solving: Finding Talent in the US - Venture Cafe St. Louis
Come chat with us about the evolving views on skill development and source of skills in the US. Panelists are Jessica LaBozzetta is the Director of Innovation Hall at Venture Cafe St. Louis and her husband Mike is an attorney focusing on start ups.
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18:00–19:00 Info Table: Dutch Down Dinner June 2018 - Albeda College
Stop by the info table to learn more about the benefit dinner "Dutch Down Dinner" which will take place in June 2018!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Upskilling for the Future - 361degreesLAB
Is future a threat or an opportunity? What skills do you need to deal with the new reality of the workplace in coming 5-10 years? In this 1 hour Break Out we will talk about what skills do you need to prepare for the future of work and life.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: aha' - it starts with a click! - Handle Hands B.V.
The 'aha' moment - if you act on it, it can forever alter your life, move you continents… from Africa, to North America, to Europe. Join Annemie Fourie as she pays tribute to all parties that led them to plant their businesses in fertile Dutch soil.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
GOT TALENT?!

Thursday Gathering March 8th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about SpareSpace - SpareSpace
SpareSpace is a new concept in Rotterdam. We have developed a new interactive platform, were we are able to connect/link different kinds of entrepreneurs with different kind of backgrounds. they are able to share there knowledge, experiences
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17:00–18:15 Break Out: Female Empowerment Talks (in Dutch!) - The E101CARD
During this session we would like to discuss the yearly theme of International Women's Day 2018: equality #PressforProgress! Two women from two different generations  will speak: Esther van der Lecq (entrepreneur) and Marlissa Arthur (student) and address their experiences . NB This session is in Dutch!
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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!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam100 - SMO - Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming
Rotterdam100 is a talent competition & innovation challenge. Their goal is to curb our city's transition into a sustainable and future-proof Next Economy. Stop by to learn more about this!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: ECE Students Job Portal - ECE Students
Are you looking for young talents? Join a.o. Philip Klien to learn about ECE Students' job portal that matches startups with students! ECE Students is the largest entrepreneurial society at Erasmus University and uses its great network to bring bright people together.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: World Startup Factory Info Table - World Startup Factory
World Startup Factory is dedicated to helping founders build successful ventures with positive impact by exploring, learning and investing together.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café
Have something to say? Need a community to bounce ideas off? On March 8th, Venture Café is the stage that you have been looking for!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Rotterdam100 - SMO - Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming
Join Blendi Qorri as he explains the Rotterdam100 program! It is a talent competition & innovation challenge. We want to curb our city's transition into a sustainable and future-proof Next Economy.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: 'aha' - it starts with a click! - Anonymous
Join this session and go on an exploration journey, a journey that starts with a click! On this journey you will have an opportunity to put your talents and creativity to the test, be spurred on to experience your own ‘aha’ moment.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Funding for your innovation - Maas & Kleiberg Subsidieadvies
On the 17th of april, the MIT-subsidy will open. During this session a.o. Rik van der Laan of Maas & Kleiberg will give you tips & tricks and success stories on how to get this popular grant. What are the instruments in this program and what works for an applicant? Step in to get a better idea of this!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Customer Loyalty in a Disruptive Age - ContentKings BV
How loyal are your customers? Want some help focusing on your customers’ real needs? Rob Punselie and Ellen Altenburg from ContentKings take the ‘Jobs To Be Done’ framework one step further. Anyone who wants loyal customers should join.
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18:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Entrepreneurship MBA: Lessons from Sydney - Rotterdam Business School / University Technology Sydney
This talk delves into the very heart of entrepreneurialism and what it means to become an entrepreneur. Visiting professor Jochen Schweitzer, from University Technology Sydney, is here to share his thoughts with you!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Should we keep celebrating International Women's Day? - The E101CARD
The debate is organized by E101CARD, Nene Merrit, and will revolve around the question: Should we keep celebrating International Women's Day? Join this session and share your opinion!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
All about connecting talent! ⚡

Thursday Gathering March 1st

17:00–18:30 Break Out: Philosophizing "Dare to Think" (in Dutch!) - Filosofiegroep Rotterdam
Those who want to ask questions to themselves about their talents in a critical and philosophical way, should join this session. Also anyone else interested in the essence of philosophy is welcome to join Jan de Bas, who is behind the Filosofiegroep in Rotterdam. Please note that this session is held in Dutch!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up coaching by Cor the Coach
Every Thursday afternoon from 17.00 - 20.00 There is Venture cafe. The place to be in Rotterdam to learn on start ups, on tech, on innovations. Cor the Coach is one of the companies within the CiC community. He will provide office hours on the 1st
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore the funding ecosystem in one day! - Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018
Interested in learning more about local investors? Want a chance to meet with relevant investors and speak with them? Stop by our info table and we can answer your questions on how Capital Tour can help you!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Create your own business in 10 hours! - 10hourCompany
Join Mirco Rossi in a FREE exclusive programme to create your own business! During “Got Talent” month we want to accelerate the potential of talented and optimistic people. Therefore, the programme is totally free for one time only. Join and unlock your potential!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - How important is talent? - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open table discussion about talent and how important it is in your own work and in your colleagues. Join Andreas Stillman during this meet up to connect with like-minded innovators on a deeper level!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: How to build a successful founders-team, lean startup-team and scale-up team? - Tony de Bree
The success of your business depends a lot on yourself and 'with whom you are going to do it'. In this masterclass, Tony de Bree will share practical tips and experiences on how to build your founders-team, your lean startup-team and your scale-up team and how to build your own unique business ecosystem.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

February
Monthly theme
Robodome


SingularityU, Chemical Meet-Up, Cyber Security & 3D Printing at #RoboDome!

Thursday Gathering February 22nd

14:00–17:00 Side Event: Chemical Meet-Up - Jong KNCV [CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED!]
On Thursday 22 February Jong KNCV will visit Venture Café. The visit will give a good image how to run a chemical enterprise and how young chemical engineer students view their challenges. There are 30 spots available, so register quickly (link)!
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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. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Examples of Robotics & 3D printing in Construction - CONCR3DE
Construction, one of the oldest and traditionally most conservative industries in the world is now transforming. The CONCR3DE team will show you their technology and products. Stop by!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Grant advice by Ugoo - Ugoo
Ugoo is a consultancy firm specialized in obtaining grants and other fiscal instruments for innovative tech companies. You will leave the office hours with insights on relevant funding opportunities and all the necessities for acquiring these. Come meet Peter Laurens van Keulen and Stephanie Baneke!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to apply as a startup or get a free visitor ticket - Startup Funding Event
This year we're giving away 42,000€ worth of marketing materials to one inspiring startup, no strings attached + FREE tickets for visitors! Stop by this info table to ask Lova Kremer about Startup Applications or free visitor tickets!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam100 - SMO - Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming
Rotterdam100 is a talent competition of creative and ambitious innovators. We want to facilitate Rotterdam's transition into a sustainable, innovative and future-proof Next Economy.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: GDPR AWARENESS - ICT 2.0 BV
After his session join Daniel Wongsodikromo at this info table if you have further questions surrounding awareness about Cyber Security, GDPR and the solutions they provide!
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17:00–19:00 Demo: The Future of Robotics & Sleep - Somnox
Stop by the info table to learn about the future of robotics and specifically: sleeping robots! A.o. Julian Jagtenberg, one of Somnox' founders, is happy to give you a demo and tell you more!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: GDPR AWARENESS SESSION (in Dutch!) - ICT 2.0 BV
Join Daniel Wongsodikromo in this session as he aims to create awareness about Cyber Security, GDPR and the solutions ICT 2.0 provides!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Robotics & 3D printing in Construction - CONCR3DE
Construction, one of the oldest and traditionally most conservative industries in the world, is now transforming. The CONCR3DE team, a.o. co-founder Eric Geboers, will show you what that means and what is happening right now in Rotterdam - one of the world's most innovative architectural cities!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: The Future of Robotics & Sleep - Somnox
The future of Robotics. What does the future of robotics look like? Join this session to learn about YES!Delft startup Somnox, their recent Kickstarter experience AND to philosophize with them around the future of robotics. Julian Jagtenberg, one of Somnox' founders, is happy to share his view!
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18:30–21:30 Side Event: Rotterdam Impact Challenge (in Dutch!) - SingularityU Rotterdam Chapter & Municipality of Rotterdam
We invite you to think along with a.o. active Rotterdammers, students, alumni of SU university and Municipality of Rotterdam about technology and social challenges of the city of Rotterdam and to together create local impact! Note that this session is in Dutch.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
#RoboDome

Thursday Gathering February 15th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerate your sustainable start-up - EIT Climate-KIC
Meet Catelijne Vandermeer from EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator and learn more about how EIT supports start-ups with a focus on climate impact with funding, coaching and education. At the Info Table you can learn more about the accelerator and find out how your business idea fits into the program.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk - SBIC Noordwijk
Meet the Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk - the place to be for everybody who is interested in space and entrepreneurship. Join a.o. Martijn Leinweber, community manager of SBIC, at their info table in the Café area!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about SpareSpace - SpareSpace
SpareSpace is a new concept in Rotterdam. Join Nian Wetsteijn and her team to learn how they have developed a new interactive platform, were we are able to connect/link different kinds of entrepreneurs with different kind of backgrounds. These entrepreneurs are able to share there knowledge, experiences.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Get EU funds for your startup in 2018! Fast and efficient! - c*funds
Join Katalin Gallyas as she and her team guides you through the tips & tricks around EU funds. Based on best practices. After this session you will know if EU funds would be something for you and what are the next cutoff dates for you.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Deep learning for robotics & the future effect on society - Fizyr
We will explain the used technologies, the enormous variation of applications and the potential effect AI based computer vision and robotics has on society. This session is hosted by Fizyr's CEO: Herbert ten Have.
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18:00–19:00 Info Table: Get EU funds for your startup in 2018! Fast and efficient! - c*funds
After our Break Out, join Katalin Gallyas at this info table to speak with us 1:1 to understand your opportunities to receive an EU grant!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Philosophy in Robotics & Cyber Security at RoboDome!

Thursday Gathering February 8th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Revolutionizing Nightlife! - Nocto International B.V.
Do you want to be at the right place at the right time? So do we! Nocto is here to help you have the best nights out, and to consult the local venues to cater their services to the people! ~ www.noctoapp.com ~
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Before You Know, You Have A Date! - De Nieuwe Poort
Stop by the info table hosted by David, program manager of De Nieuwe Poort, to learn about their amazing, upcoming event on Saturday 11- and 17-Feb when seniors are going on a date with young professionals and youngsters from Rotterdam. Subscribe for this amazing event!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get your brand funded - Maas & Kleiberg subsidieadvies
M&K supports innovative companies in their business development. They focus on giving you the assets you need to build or scale-up your business. Their experienced consultants will give you an insight on how they can support your company. Stop by to exchange thoughts with them!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Philosophize: What it means to live a human life surrounded by AI - Humberto Schwab
Philosopher Humberto Schwab (www.socraticdesignacademy.com) is back at Venture Café and will dialogue with the participants on how to realize the Symposium of Plato.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: IT Cyber Security awareness - Tosch / City of Rotterdam
During the interactive workshop about IT Security Awareness an ethical hacker will show the highest risk in IT Security: People. In most cases an attack could be performed due to an mistake by an employee or even yourself without realizing it. Sign up for a free scan afterwards!
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17:30–19:00 Info Table: IT Cyber Security Awareness - Tosch / City of Rotterdam
Stop by the info table to learn about the highest risk in IT Security: People. In most cases an attack could be performed due to an mistake by an employee or even yourself without realizing it. Stop by to talk to a.o. Peter Schuiten and sign up for a free cyber security scan!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - Autonomous weapons - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open table discussion about Autonomous weapons. Join this meet up to connect with like-minded innovators on a deeper level!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
RoboDome Kick-Off & Project Profile Film Festival

Thursday Gathering February 1st

14:00–15:00 Side Event: Project Profile Film Festival (Block #1) - WdKA
The first, second and third year students Audiovisual Design of the art academy in Rotterdam will host a Film Festival!
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15:30–17:00 Side Event: Project Profile Film Festival (Block #2)- WdKA
First, second and third year Audiovisual Design students from the art academy in Rotterdam host a Film Festival! Project Profile Film Festival, join in and be apart of it!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up office hours - Cor the Coach
Do you like to have a good sparring session about your start up? Or do you want to discuss your ideas for your startup? Feel free to pass by the Office hours of Cor the Coach
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: RoboValley in Rotterdam - RoboValley
Anouschka Versleijen (RoboValley & TUDelft) and Kevin van Hecke (DroneClash & TUDelft) at their info table at Venture Café to learn about their global robotics community, fly a drone & experience VR world to get a great feel of the DroneClash competition.
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17:30–19:00 Side Event: Project Profile Film Festival (Block #3) - WdKA
The first, second and third year students Audiovisual Design of the art academy in Rotterdam will host a Film Festival!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Make yourself heard! What should be discussed during the Election Debate for Young Rotterdammers when it concerns Rotterdam as an entrepreneurial city? - Venture Café
Young Rotterdammers - make yourself heard! On 21-Feb during the Election Debate for Young Rotterdammers, what should the party leaders (lijsttrekkers) of the political parties debate about, when it concerns the future of Rotterdam as an entrepreneurial city?
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

January
Monthly theme
Futurescapes


IFFR Giveaways, Get Your Brand Funded & #FutureScapes!

Thursday Gathering January 25th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Playful Monk - Courageous Conversations - Playful Monk
What if you could truly rest in uncertainty? Amaranatho is a former Buddhist monk and now Mindfulness based executive coach. He creates a safe space for people to awaken to their true potential through developing presence and clarity.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: GIVEAWAY 2 TICKETS FOR VR @ IFFR! - IFFR
Enter to win a give away for 2 tickets to the VR @ IFFR event! Drop by our info table, to participate.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get your brand funded. - Maas & Kleiberg subsidieadvies
M&K supports innovative companies in their business development. They focus on giving you the assets you need to build or scale-up your business. Their experienced consultants will give you an insight on how they can support your company. Stop by to exchange thoughts with them!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Portraits of Rotterdam Entrepreneurs - Rotterdam Partners
Want to get inspired around the great entrepreneurial climate in Rotterdam? Then step in this space and have a look at two filmed portraits of Rotterdam-based inspirators!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How Can You be a Public Leader? - Public Leadership Foundation
How MAD will you be in 2018? Explore Public Leadership, be inspired and inspire others to Make A Difference. What is Public Leadership? How do you want to Make A Difference this year? What is your Energy, Purpose, Identity & Courage?
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Looking back, looking forward!, Impact Report for 2017 - Venture Café
Join this session to learn about Venture Café's 2017 impact on the innovation ecosystem and what they have planned in 2018. Also: time for you to share your ideas on the programming in 2018!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: How to enjoy the unexpected - dnnr
As a business owner you are always busy. That's why it's important to prioritize and focus on what's really important. How to enjoy life! Start the new year more spontaneously and learn how to enjoy the unexpected.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Circular Economy Week & #FutureScapes

Thursday Gathering January 18th

17:00–17:45 Break Out: Nudge yourself and impact your world - Kenniscentrum Business Innovation - Kenniscentrum Business Innovation
Nudging: If you understand human psyche and our social wiring it becomes easier to subtly change your own behavior and that of others for the better. Arie de Wild, lector Kenniscentrum Business Innovation, will tell you all about it - come join this session!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: I Give a Dam - Rotter-DAM
Dam, Rotterdam's money fits in seamlessly because Dam connects local entrepreneurs and local individuals and encourages cooperation. In a fair, personal and committed way. With the 'I GIVE A DAM Campaign'! Learn more by stopping by, a.o. Timo Nieuwboer is happy to tell you more about Rotter-Dam!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Finding profitable solutions in circularity – Plennid
Curious how you or your business can add more value to the circular economy? Or just searching for new circular challenges? Take this chance to discover new opportunities together with Plennid. Niek Franken and Kees van Rengs are happy to talk to you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: ECE Students Job Portal - ECE Students
ECE Students is the largest entrepreneurial society at Erasmus University. Through our new job portal, we aim to match startups with students for internships, part-time jobs and full-time positions. Stop by to get to know us!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How do you wish to be inspired in 2018 at Venture Café? - Venture Café
Stop by to talk to Laura, Venture Café's program & partnership manager, and let us know how you wish to be inspired in 2018 at Venture Café!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Circular hour exchange - Noorderwind
Are you working on an innovation and could you use help in bringing your idea to market? Try out trading your hours and expertise with other like minded innovators in this hands-on exchange of circular human flows? Hosted and moderated by Thijs Weenk and Boukje Vastbinder!
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17:45–18:30 Break Out: Buy social in 2018! Together nudging citizens into conscious consuming - City of Rotterdam
Buying social is about using your money, as an individual or an organisation, to create a positive impact on the world we live in. How can we 'nudge' more people into buying social? Join this exploring session about conscious consuming hosted and moderated by Marie-Louise de Bot of the Municipality of Rotterdam!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: CIC Rotterdam's First Year in Data with Vice Mayor Struijvenberg - CIC Rotterdam
CIC Rotterdam's Melissa Ablett will share data from CIC Rotterdam's first year, including the growth of CIC companies, funding raised, and more. Deputy Mayor of Rotterdam Maarten Struijvenberg will also speak, followed by a first peek at CIC's new space!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Re-inventing Yourself - wealthcoach
Instead of change on intellectual level, changing on emotional level is where the real magic happens. During this session together with Dinesh Koesal you will dive into how pure thoughts and positive emotions can help you to change successfully in 2018.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Futurescapes & Venture Lab Program Closing & New Year's Celebration

Thursday Gathering January 11th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: International Career Day - Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Rotterdam
International Career Day (31st of January 2018) will take place at CIC. The aim of the event is to connect international Erasmus University Students to internationally minded organisations. This will be achieved through workshops/cases & networking.
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16:00–18:00 Special Event: New Year, New Headshot! - Aad Hoogendoorn
Start the new year with updating that profile picture, LinkedIn photo or the headshot on your website! Aad Hoogendoorn will be offering this professional service to you for FREE - 50 spots available!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft 2018 Activities - YES!Delft
YES!Delft will be at Venture Café this week to answer all your questions about their upcoming programs and the selection process. Stop by their info table!
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17:00–18:30 Break Out: Firmhouse Venture Lab - Startup Pitches - Firmhouse
Grand Final of the 3-month Venture Lab program by Firmhouse, in which 6 entrepreneurs collaborated to create startups out of nothing.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How do you wish to be inspired in 2018 at Venture Café? - Venture Café
During this open office feel free to step in & let us know how you wish to be inspired in 2018 at Venture Café! 
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - #inspiration - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open discussion about inspiration.
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18:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Coaching - Cor the Coach
Are you ready to start your business or already setup something? Cor the Coach will provide feedback and reflects back the questions that you have, to give you a direction on your startup
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Culture and the Future in Rotterdam - Rdamse Nieuwe
Professor Michael Shanks (Stanford University) shares his thoughts around the future of Rotterdam and its culture scene. Join us to see how we can blend entrepreneurship and arts to foster local urban development in Rotterdam!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

2017

December
Monthly theme
Big Data, You and AI


Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality with VR010 & Friends of Venture Café Holiday Gathering

Thursday Gathering December 21st

16:00–19:00 Demo Market: Shacking the Augmented Reality cage - ArtiShock.com
Come by to check out practical Augmented Reality cases in (for example) health-care and applied AR e-learning. Also a human-machine learning (XR) experience with a working scale-model combined the Microsoft Hololens.
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16:00–19:00 Demo Market: "Highly efficient VR360 Streaming" - Tiledmedia
Tiledmedia providers the world’s highest fidelity VR360 and panoramic streaming solution, removing the virtual from VR, and delivering an experience that approximates reality.
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16:00–20:00 Demo Market: How AR changes the way we compete - TWNKLS | augmented reality
At our info table, we will show and tell about our award-winning AR applications we have made for IKEA, Wemo and Lamborghini engineering
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16:00–19:00 Demo Market: Windows Mixed Reality - Microsoft
Experience the new Windows Mixed Reality headset!
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16:00–19:00 Demo Market: VR gaming Oculus Rift + Touch Game: Arizona Sunshine - VR4Play
VR4play offers the possibility to play virtual reality games with the oculus rift. Thanks to virtico games, people can play Arizona Sunshine. One of the top games of this moment!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: How AR changes the way we compete - twnkls | augmented reality
Gerben Harmsen, founder of twnkls will tell about the award-winning AR applications twnkls is responsible for like IKEA Place, Wemo Operator 4.0 and Rexel Solar panel installer. No gimmicks but AR applications that create serious business value! (€)
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Windows Mixed Reality 101 - Microsoft
Join this break out as Martin Tirion from Microsoft leads a discussion about fully immersive experiences to holograms in the real world. Windows Mixed Reality opens exciting opportunities across a spectrum of devices and scenarios!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Shooters & Strategy; Lessons learned from Skyworld & Arizona Sunshine - Vertigo Games
Join in as Trevor Blom, Lead Programmer Vertigo Games, will talk about his experience of developing Skyworld and how many of the lessons learned from creating VR shooter, Arizona Sunshine, are transferable to other VR genres. Learn about their Unity tools, tricks and hacks that they use!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Shaking the Augmented Reality Cage - ArtiShock.com
In this session Cristian Vorstius Kruijff from ArtiShock will enlighten you with a burst of practical cases, market insights; trends and a tiny-tech-talk on XR (eXtended Reality) using real-time datafeed and the Microsoft Hololens.
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19:30–20:00 Break Out: Special International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 Preview!
Join this presentation by IFFR's Ronny Theeuwes & Marit van den Elshout on Propellor Film Tech Hub & the IFFR Unleashed project, an innovative and online Video on Demand platform. Also they show a preview of a short film to get you ready for the upcoming IFFR in January 2018 - don't miss out!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Live podcast recording, Future of Education & much more

Thursday Gathering December 14th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: TheTutorist — Meet The Future Of Education - TheTutorist
— Join the conversation about the new face of education — Meet the international team building this revolutionary skills marketplace — Discuss strategies of expansions and new marketing tools
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16:00–18:00 Info Table: Restart Network Impact Week Projects - Restart Network
This is your chance to meet the Restart Network students, the world's first crowdsourced tech school. The students will be presenting the projects they built during the Impact week.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Project Time Assistant - ProTiAs
ProTiAs: Project Time Assistant. To be more effective and efficient in work, plus have more fun!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Validation of Innovation - Inholland University - Engineering Entrepreneurship
The teams of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program of the Inholland University will show you their latest high tech innovations. They'd like to talk to you! To help them validate their ideas and get your tips on how to improve there ideas.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Lessons Learned working on blockchain - Kryha.io
Blockchain is something new and exciting but nobody knows where to start. In this session, Tobias Disse will share his experiences working on blockchain with both corporate and government organizations.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Pitch & Connect: Innovations need Validation - Inholland University - Engineering Entrepreneurship
Help the teams of the Engineering Entrepreneurship Program of the Inholland University validate their ideas! Join the session as 3 teams pitch their latest high tech, aeronautical innovations to you, and give them your best practices advise. Afterwards they'd like to connect with you!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Live podcast! The Future of Education - Launchtime Podcast | CIC | Venture Café
On Thursday, December 14th Launchtime Podcast will be organizing a live edition during Venture Café in Kriterion (7th floor Groothandelsgebouw). This edition will focus on the future of education and will consist of a panel with Prof. dr. Bob de Wit (Nyenrode Business Universiteit) and Teodor Cătăniciu (Restart Network)!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: To be digital, be human! - Sanoma
Join this session by Patrick van Buuren, Brand Director at Sanoma, to learn about the possibilities that arise out of collecting data and how to stay relevant to your audience... as well as how to make money with data!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Big Data, You and AI and Socratic Design

Thursday Gathering December 7th

17:00–19:00 Break Out: Inaugural EthnoBorrel - Ethnoborrel
The purpose of EthnoBorrel is to bring together ethnographers working in a wide range of professions, in the Netherlands and beyond. Join this inaugural meeting! The idea is to meet on a monthly basis to support each other's professional development.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Startup Coach - Cor the Coach
Do you want to build a business or have an business idea? Get coached by Cor the Coach on how you can structure your thoughts and ideas.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Changing the world through data - OptimusAd
OptimusAd uses data from Facebook and WhatsApp and connect it with collected data, which leads to solid prognoses and conversion. Interested in the link between big data and social media? Don't miss out on this session hosted by CEO Eduard Nandelall!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Socratic Design: how philosophy can help - Socratic Design Academy
Make a short, interactive journey through the process of investigating yourself, your assumptions and the assumptions in your business. Big data & AI demand a deep dive into the building blocks of our reality. Join this philosophical discussion hosted by Humberto Schwab!
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: Philosophy Matters - #YouAndAI - Venture Café
This Thursday we will have a common area for an open discussion about the future of us and our role in an AI world.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

November
Monthly theme
#StartMeUp


New Media #StartMeUp

Thursday Gathering November 30th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Female Ventures Launches - Female Ventures
Stop by to learn about the upcoming of the Female Ventures Rotterdam team and their new website!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: The Hague Hacks-Peace, Justice, Technology - The Hague Peace Projects
How can Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, and Big Data save the world? Find it our during The Hague Hacks 2017 on December 8th in The Hague, the conference that connects tech innovators to humanitarian organizations.
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16:30–18:30 Break Out: Inside The Heads Of Recruiters - The Event Store - De Banenborrel
During the Inside The Heads of Recruiters we provide you with tips, tricks and tools about how the job market works and what's important for you to know in the search for a job.
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16:30–17:00 Break Out: Future of voice - De Wereld van Morgen
With the upcoming homespeakers there will be a lot more possible with voice within our lives and may be the centre of our lives in the near future. Join this session!
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: The future of social - CoffeeBottle
In this keynote Rino de Boer will show you how companies can create bigger audiences online and create real conversion (not just fancy stats). Grab a seat!
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17:00–19:30 Info Table: Virtual Worlds in the fight against poverty - Virtual Adventures
Using virtual world to fight poverty by making education accessible and creating virtual jobs
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Influentials Fireside Chat - Influentials
Are you planning to start with influencer marketing? Then you should talk to Jolique Möller, Founder of Influentials. She can share the latest insights about this industry.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: LANGUAGE AND THE MACHINE, ALGORITHMS AND THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATION - RauwCC
Come learn about 5 social media & tech trends for end 2017 and beyond. By RauwCC's Maarten Reijgersberg and in cooperation with Social Media Week.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
The Roadmap Next Economy, Funding, Open Mic & Self-image

Thursday Gathering November 23rd

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Colourful, Happy, Sustainable YOU - UnikBlends
UnikBlends creative display of colourful outfits and accessories, intends to spark curiosity and spur conversations about fashion and, more importantly, sustainability. Information about the sustainable sourced fabrics and processes used is shared.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: DOEN Energie[s]Topper Competition - DOEN Foundation
Will you be the zero hero 2018 that wins 100.000 euro? DOEN Energie[s]Topper is a national competition for entrepreneurs and companies offering innovative solutions that focus on energy efficiency. Apply your business concept before November 27!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Angel investing - Business angel/Symbid
After his breakout Marius will be available to answer your questions about angel investing.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Launching Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018 - Capital Tour XXL
After a successful 2017 edition, we are launching Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam 2018! A one day bike tour for startups to meet, learn, and connect with investors in an informal setting. Stop by to RSVP so we can keep you up to date on the precise date in 2018 as well as the events in the months leading up to CTXXL Rdam!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: You've got an idea and don't know where to start? - Jelle Hylarides
Learn tools & techniques used by start-ups to innovate quickly, be customer centric and effective!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: How can equity funding help you? - Symbid
Ask all your questions to the Co-founder of Symbid, Robin Slakhorst. Experienced entrepreneur and specialised in equity funding.
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16:30–19:00 Office Hours: What is holding you back? - Iris Kolthoff | Coach | De Ontmoetingsplek
Take time to stand still during short 1-on-1 coaching sessions and find out what is holding you back in starting up your own business!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café Pt. 1
We are giving you the opportunity to create the program for the night, so if you have an idea to share, a story to tell, or a question you need answered Thursday is your night!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Angel investing - Symbid
Marius Veenker will explain how angel investing works from his own experience as angel.
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17:00–20:00 Break Out: Founder 2 Founder Meetup - Firmhouse
Join this 'Unconference' and decide what content YOU want to learn about. Starting in the Café Space, join in on this dynamic style of engaging with other founders to connect, learn & grow! (A sticker will be placed on participants badges, so that we can prompt you to choose the content for these sessions)
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Break Out: Meet the EIT Health LaunchLab teams - Yes!Delft
This week 9 promising early stage health startups from all over Europe started the third edition of EIT Health LaunchLab. The teams will introduce themselves with a 1-minute pitch from 17.00- 17.30 at Octagon. Hope you will be there to meet them!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: The Roadmap Next Economy presents: Fintech at Street Level - Roadmap Next Economy, Studio Wolfpack and Dutch Coast
While many fintech solutions promote a decentralized economy and especially blockchain is making headlines daily, they did not hit the streets yet. Come and meet some of the first experiments: how are blockchain, AI, IoT and mobile apps searching their way through the cracks in our pavement?
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Crowdfunding Masterclass for entrepreneurs - Symbid
What defines a crowdfunding succes? Come and learn about it at our crowdfunding Masterclass.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Self-image: the Gateway to Success - wealthcoach.nl
How do some people transform from failing after a long period of struggle into succeeding effortlessly? The answer lies in changing the self-image. It is the key in personal achievement and the gateway to successfuly live a life with purpose. Come join this session!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café Pt. 2
We are giving you the opportunity to create the program for the night, so if you have an idea to share, a story to tell, or a question you need answered Thursday is your night!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Global Entrepreneurship Week & International Students' Day #StartMeUp

Thursday Gathering November 16th

16:00–19:00 Office Hours: Tax and administration - Your business partner - Wolfsbergen Van Haarlem
This is your chance to ask questions about the different fiscal and financial aspects involved in starting up a business, or the difficulties of entrepreneurs who have been running a business for a longer time period. Subscribe and ask away!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Student jobs - DiSRPTV Droomstarters
Join our talentpool and get connected to the Rotterdam industry.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: CIC Recruiting - CIC
An informal, informational opportunity to speak with a CIC Recruiter.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Holland Alumni network - your starting point for a career in Holland - Nuffic
Are you an international student or graduate looking for career opportunities in Holland?! Then check in with Nuffic's Holland Alumni network; meet fellow internationals on and offline, access information on Immigration regulations or browse jobs.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Expat Centre
The Rotterdam Expat Centre can help you find your way in Rotterdam and simplify your relocation!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Tech trends, innovation policy, and funding explained by a Chinese delegation – Silk Route Partners, OHP & China-Europe Law Foundation
A Chinese delegation of entrepreneurs and consultants will share first hand the 1. Chinese future tech trends 2. innovation activities and policy in China 3. Partnership possibilities between Chinese and foreign companies. There will be a Chinese investment company on stage as well, that will introduce itself.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Orientation year - the starting point for your career in NL as an international - Nuffic
In this session we will discuss the regulations that apply to non-EU nationals who want to start a career in Holland after graduation from a Dutch higher education institution. The main focus will be the Orientation Year.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Philips Innovation Awards
The Phillips Innovation award is the largest student-entrepreneur award in The Netherlands. By participating you will get personal feedback, practice important skills, receive coaching and build a network.
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Get to know the Startup Visa Program & how it can help you- CIC Rotterdam & RVO
An informative session about the Startup Visa program designed to provide foreign startup founders the chance to validate a business idea in The Netherlands; and the role CIC plays as a facilitator.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Functional Fundaments of Dutch: Nice to Meet You! - CoBuild
In this one-hour session you will learn how to build your first basic social conversation.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Funding, Pitch Party, Corporate Innovation & SpeedDates #StartMeUp

Thursday Gathering November 9th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about Car Sharing
Developing a mobility solution for the modern commuter/driver. Let them know how you move around & beyond the city and why you make choices about your commute. They will hand over candy 🙂
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup24 - ECE Students
Start Up 24 (10-11 Nov) is a national intiative launched by Prince Constantijn, aimed to proliferate start-up ideas in a practical and fun way in just 24 hours. With the help of workshops, consultancy and guidance from professionals
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Start, finance, innovation - Chamber of Commerce
In a-one-on-one chat a start up / entrepreneur can exchange ideas about how to set up a company, how to finance different stages of the starting process and how to deal with an innovation (intellectual property, cooperation, finance).
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16:30–17:30 Break Out: The corporate agility game - PwC
The term "agility", is everywhere nowadays and very interesting for both startups and big corporates. How to become agile or improve the agility within your organization will be the central question for this corporate agility game.
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16:30–18:30 Office Hours: Pitch your business idea & co-founder matching - Lennart van der Ziel, Travis CEO & Co-Founder
A call-out to (1) creators with a world-changing idea, that want to turn that into a successful start-up and (2) aspiring co-founders of a start-up, without an idea.
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17:00–18:30 Office Hours: Startup speeddates KPN & Cottonwood Technology Fund @ Venture Café - KPN & Cottonwood
On the 9th of November we offer speeddate possibilities for startups with our KPN Venture Team in the Venture Cafe Rotterdam. This event will give you the perfect opportunity to get in contact with KPN and to explore possibilities for collaboration!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Cocktail Pitch Party by YES!Delft
The Cocktail Pitch party is part of YES!Delft Validation Lab. The founders of the teams will be pitching to the visitors of Venture Café. The visitor gives feedback to the founder on a form.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Startups do it with a vision - Rawsome Life
In this highly interactive session, Diepak Kasi will uncover why it’s important to have a vision, how it impacts you and how to utilize the Power of Vision for your business and your life.
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Taste the Baron Vermouth
Baron serves the first Vermouth from Rotterdam. Since summer the Baron has presented his product with Venture Café. This week he will be with us for the last time. Make sure you're around to hear his story and taste the Baron Vermouth for yourself.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Social app for 50+ - Klup
Social, Seniors & Apps - how do we combine those things? Staying social and active after a certain age is important. Technology & Social is a good combination!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Learnings from the Corporate Innovation Process - Leap the Innovation Agency
Leap the Innovation Agency will share its insights from the Corporate Innovation Process. This ineractive session will be interesting for everyone involved in bringing ideas to market.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Challenges & Successes of Entrepreneur & Business Woman of the Year 2017 - Elske Doets
Join this session to learn about Elske Doets' story, her challenges and successes and why she was elected Business Woman of the Year 2017. Listen, grab your chance to pose burning questions and get inspired!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Philips Innovation Awards, Radical Branding, Lean Startup Conference & Minimum Viable Startup

Thursday Gathering November 2nd

16:00–17:00 Break Out: A Quick Primer to The Startup Way by Eric Ries - Firmhouse
During this session we will discuss the content and concepts explained in the new book by Eric Ries, The Startup Way, and how they are currently applied in large Dutch companies such as ING and Philips.
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16:45–18:00 Break Out: #Kick Off Radical Branding by WdKA - Willem de Kooning Academy
3rd Year WdKA Students launch their ideas of what they think is going to be important for the Next Economy. Their focus is on branding this vision, but they need you! The students invite you to listen and help to make their projects a success story.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Seminar Philips Innovation Award 2018
Want to learn about the Philips Innovation Awards & talk about the art of pitching? Do you have the guts to pitch your innovative idea in one minute? Join this Philips Innovation Award Seminar at Venture Café!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Startup Coach - Cor the Coach
Do you want to build a business or have an business idea? Get coached by Cor the Coach on how you can structure your thoughts and ideas.
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17:00–18:30 Break Out: Manufacturing for Kickstarter Creators Meetup - Ideomaker
Inspiration and brainstorming session on the process of manufacturing, fulfilment and logistics of crowdfunded products.
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17:00–18:00 Info Table: Package deal for "Kan het Vliegen?" and "Geld verdienen met jezelf" - Tony de Bree
With this month's theme #StartMeUp at Venture Café - today Tony de Bree is offering a special package deal: buy the book "Kan het vliegen?" and get a copy of "Geld verdienen met jezelf" for free! Stop by to buy and claim your copies!
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17:00–19:30 Break Out: Workshop Cultural Diversity in Business Life (in Dutch!) - Elegancy 101Card
Today the importance of cultural diversity in business life is discussed. NB this session is in Dutch!
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17:30–18:00 Office Hours: CIC Podcast Interviews - CIC
In an international segment of CIC Boston's Founder Spotlight, Emma Wright will interview Rotterdam founders about their start-up experience in the Netherlands. These 5 minute interview slots are open to all CEO/founders attending.
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18:00–20:50 Break Out: Lean Startup Week Livestream - Firmhouse
Catch the Lean Startup Week happening in San Francisco even if you can't be there. Firmhouse will be hosting a livestream, including the introduction by Eric Ries and two keynote sessions with speakers from, amongst others, Intuit and Strategyzer.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: The Minimum Viable Startup - Tony de Bree
In this break-out session Tony will share practical lessons learned on how to build a successful Minimum Viable Startup as a corporate or as an independent founder.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

October
Monthly theme
Blue and Social


Why you should be Blue & Social!

Thursday Gathering October 26th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerate your cleantech start-up - Climate-KIC
Climate-KIC Accelerator, the cleantech accelerator with a focus on climate impact can help you find your market niche, develop a financial model and figure out how to make money and scale your business. Join us!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Impact Accelerator - World Startup Factory
Are you a startup? Are you down with 2030 global goals? World Startup Factory is looking to accelerate your growth, because they know that impact-thinkers will win the future!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fundraising for Impact Initiatives - Restart Network
We invite you for a relaxed chat about your social venture or project and your fundraising needs. This is the right table for you if you have an idea that could benefit underserved communities in Rotterdam but don't know where to start.
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16:30–19:00 Info Table: Student recruiment for Clinton Global Initiative - Erasmus University Rotterdam
Mijke will inform students on participation in Clinton Global Initiative University network.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: A World in Balance - Oxfam Novib
We will delve into how Oxfam Novib looks at new developments and what kind of role Oxfam Novib wants to take in the field of impact investing? Based on some examples we will have an open discussion about this interesting topic.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Introduction to Rotterdam's Action Plan for Social Entrepreneurship - Gemeente Rotterdam
Come find out about the Rotterdam's Action Plan for Social Entrepreneurship 2017-2018 during this session: its vision, goals and what it means for social entrepreneurs!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Social impact costs and benefits scan - Gemeente Rotterdam together with JSO and Lysias (in Dutch)
JSO and Lysias will share their knowledge about measuring social impact, based on the case of Rotterdamse Munt. Bonus: they also explain and offer an impact scan for your social enterprise! NB This session will be in Dutch.
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Pitching Ideas and Solutions to Water Challenges - Wetskills
Wetskills Water Challenge is built around study cases that are provided by owners: companies and organisations with a dedicated water challenge. Each Wetskills team is challenged to find an out-of-the-box concept to the challenge. Their first ideas and solutions will be pitched today at Venture Café!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Circular Rotterdam - Venture Café x BlueCity [Location: BlueCity]

Tuesday October 24th

15:00–17:00 Break Out: Climate calls & Circular Built Environment in Rotterdam - DRIFT, Erasmus University Rotterdam
How can the energy transition and the challenge to meet the Paris Agreement be seen as a chance for Rotterdam’s built environment to become circular? Join the discussion! [NB Please sign-up via this url: http://bit.ly/DRIFT-VxB]
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16:00–17:00 Break Out (round 1): 360: designing with vegetable leather - BlueCity Lab & Design Platform Rotterdam
360°: designing with vegetable leather featuring Emma van der Leest. Various entrepreneurs develop alternatives to leather like vegetable-, fruit- & bacterial leather. Wanna know more? Join the conversation in a fishbowl setting & learn from experts
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: LoopedGoods, the biggest circular webshop - LoopedGoods
LoopedGoods provides a platform for entrepreneurs that contribute to a circular economy and gathers their circular products and service in one webshop. LoopedGoods will present a selection of those products at their Info Table.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: from plaster waste to... - more.
Stop by to check out the display of circular interior products created from recycled construction waste!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Social Enterprise NL - Social Enterprise NL
Do you want to know more about the social enterprise sector? Are you interested in knowing which social enterprises are part of the network? Or do you want to know how the network can support your organization? Come and visit our stand!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Building your circular business case in BlueCity - BlueCity
How do you turn boardroom strategy on circular economy into action? And how do you get your stakeholders to actively participate? Join one of our 120+ innovation projects in 2018 and see the first results in 3 months.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rockbook - your notebook from stonepaper - On The Rocks B.V.
Have you ever written on paper made from stone? This is your chance! Experience our Rockbooks, made from stonepaper. Test the paper yourself, and we will explain all about the benefits.
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16:00–17:00 Break Out: The Story of BlueCity010 - BlueCity010
A great warm-up for today's program! Get to learn about BlueCity010's activities and the entrepreneurs that are housed here. Gydo van der Wal, Event Manager of BlueCity010, will tell you all about it!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: 100% circular Facility Management - PHI Factory
An interactive session about the challenges of circular facility management. These challenges will be the starting point of an innovative dynamic program to develop proof of concepts towards 100% circular FM. Come learn about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Colorful brand experience - fairf
At the fairf experience table you can relate to your favorite and yet sustainable color and meanwhile learn more about building sustainable and sexy brands!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Cleantech Scaling-Up - SCALE-UP Project
the SCALE-UP Project connects Innovators directly to launching customers and multinational Corporate partners
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Get funded as an impact venture - Stichting ifund
Get feedback on your impact venture and your proposition to impact investors, from impact investor ifund.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Startup Coach - Cor the Coach
Do you want to build a business or have an business idea? Get coached by Cor the Coach on how you can structure your thoughts and ideas.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fair Fashion at BlueCity - KEES
KEES makes sustainable fashion, by hand and using only waste and residual materials. KEES' motto: Brutally Honest. Sustainable homegrown design straight outta Roffa, KEES packs a punch and ain't afraid to show it.
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17:30–19:00 Break Out: Crowd Force Rotterdam - R'damse Nieuwe
Crowd Force Rotterdam is a crowdsourcing event for young Rotterdam based entrepreneurs. In table sessions, entrepreneurs and visitors get together to solve the issue and help the entrepreneur.
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17:30–19:00 Office Hours: Value System Game - Superuse Studios
The Value System Game is a card game that gives you quick insights into the system of your circular (or not yet so circular) project or business.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out (round 2): 360: designing with vegetable leather - BlueCity Lab & Design Platform Rotterdam
360°: designing with vegetable leather featuring Emma van der Leest. Various entrepreneurs develop alternatives to leather like vegetable-, fruit- & bacterial leather. Wanna know more? Join the conversation in a fishbowl setting & learn from experts
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
How you can become Blue & Social

Thursday Gathering October 19th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Impact Hub Rotterdam - Impact Hub Rotterdam
Impact Hub Rotterdam today acts as a pop-up hub at Venture Café, providing answers for pressing questions you have around social entrepreneurship. Impact Hub will help you connect and find solutions to your pressing issues. Stop by!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: TU Delft Solar Boat Team talk - TU Delft Solar Boat Team
The TU Delft Solar Boat Team, a team of 26 students who build a solar powered boat every year, will present their team, goals and talk about how the team is influencing the transition to a sustainable maritime world.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Creating Sustainable Communities Through Entrepreneurship - Engineers Without Borders
How entrepreneurs and technology will help to contribute to well being and achieving sustainable develeopment goals with Engineers without Borders
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Future Leader Program - MARCILLAUD
Who will be the next CEO within a fortune 500 company? MARCILLAUD, in cooperation with 5 corporates, will start its 3 months FLP and is looking for the next CEO.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Social impact and a community as foundation for your startup - Lennart van der Ziel
In this interactive Q&A session, Lennart van der Ziel, co-founder & CEO of Travis the Translator, will share how social impact and community building can be a strong foundation for a startup.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: An Introduction to The Chivas Venture - Chivas Regal (Pernod Ricard Nederland)
This break out session will give you all the information you need to apply for The Chivas Venture, a global competition that sees social entrepreneurs compete for $1Million worth of funding for their world changing businesses.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
What does it mean to be Blue & Social?

Thursday Gathering October 12th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerating Cleantech Innovations in Rotterdam - City of Rotterdam
We are actively seeking novel Cleantech SME's to take to the next level!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: I Give a Dam - Rotter-DAM
Dam, Rotterdam's money fits in seamlessly because Dam connects local entrepreneurs and local individuals and encourages cooperation. In a fair, personal and committed way. With the 'I GIVE A DAM Campaign'! Learn more by stopping by.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: 100% recyclable, completely waterproof tents - KarTent
Join us at the table to meet the KarTent, the revolutionary cardboard tent that is taking over festival campings in a rapid speed. Come by and learn how KarTent will make the festival campings worldwide a cleaner place!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Blue Economy and Social Entrepreneurship- StartMeNow
The idea is to open the debate about this subject and come up with new ideas and views on this complex way of innovating and perhaps make a parallel with other branches from the "new economy" spectrum.
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17:00–18:30 Break Out: Prep for Tech Events + WebSummit - DutchBasecamp
Going to Web Summit? Together with Venture Café Rotterdam, StartupDelta, and GITR, we're hosting a Prep For Tech Events meetup prior to the event on October 12th. Secure your free ticket here: http://po.st/prepfortechevents
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: How to get from Startup to Scale Up - Your Professional Coach
You have great plans on how to let your business flourish? And you struggle with the alignment of business and organization? Then it is time for some sparring session with me as a business coach with over 7 years of experience.
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18:00–19:00 Demo Market: Custom AR and VR Applications - Algra Solutions
Get to know Algra Solutions and what they do!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to become a successful social impact entrepreneur - Tony de Bree
Join this interactive session hosted by Tony de Bree to get tips and tricks around how you can become a successful entrepreneur with social impact.
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18:00–19:00 Demo Market: AR/VR business process opportunities - Recreate
Showing diverse branches in AR/VR and focus with the building industry.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Blue & Social Kick-Off

Thursday Gathering October 5th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Let business flourish and organization grow - Your Professonal Coach
Jan Vrencken is an experienced and graduated impact coach, his specialism is ‘team activation’. His drive is to let business flourish & the organization grow. Jan alwyas focusses on: What does that mean for your customers?
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Eco Leather Movement to Solve Water Pollution - Join ELM
In Join ELM's info table you will know why water pollution from leather is an issue you need to care about. You also get to be inspiration for our new set of products.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: The Future of Fashion is Borrowed - QURE Clothing
The fashion industry is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world. See how you can save money, earn money, and still look fashionable with less impacts with QURE Clothing.
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17:00–17:15 Break Out: Introducing the XploreUS winners - Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
Short pitches from the winners of the Xplore US contest, in which tey will introduce themselves and why they want to explore the US market in Boston.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up Coach - Cor the Coach
The office hours provided by Cor the Coach, will be on startups building their companies. If you want to start your business, or you already started one less than 2 years ago, you can have a session with Cor the Coach.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: More Than Waste - LiquidGold B.V
Gone are the days of pure profit business, LiquidGold will discuss their approach to opportunities in the circular economy.
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17:15–17:45 Break Out: What is Blue Economy & What does BlueCity010 Do?
Come learn about the blue economy, what it is and why it is relevant, during this session! Lars Crama, commercial director of BlueCity010, is here to tell you all about it. Also he will tell you about BlueCity010's role in the innovation ecosystem of Rotterdam, the goals they have and the entrepreneurs they house today.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Tax update following Prinsjesdag ("Budget Day") - EY
EY presents the "EY Prinsjesdag 2017 update" at Venture Café. We will inform you about the impact of "Prinsjesdag" for startups and scale-ups. Furthermore our EY Tax and Accounting specialists will be available for any (related) questions.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

September
Monthly theme
Diversity & Resilience


The Resilient City

Thursday Gathering September 28th

10:30–21:00 Special Event: The Resilient City
On Thursday, September 28th, we welcome innovative startups, corporates and governments to strengthen resilient Rotterdam.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdammertjes, de bouwstenen van Rotterdam - Rotterdammertjes
Olaf Ouwerkerk launched a new typical Rotterdam candy called Rotterdammertjes - de bouwstenen van Rotterdam. Stop by and Olaf will tell you about his concept!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Starting with international business - Kamer van Koophandel
The Chamber of Commerce can answer your questions or refer you to the numerous institutions and companies, in the Netherlands or abroad, that provide more information on specific subjects regarding international trade.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Get In The Ring: The Battle for Resilience - Venture Café
Join this energetic pitch event where 6 resilient startups meet each other in the Ring. At stake: a flight ticket to the GITR's Global Meetup 2018 as prize!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: A Reflective Mindset - Uncovering the psychological mechanisms to a more resilient and longer life. - LEAD TCM&L™
This talk will introduce the concept of a 'Reflective Mindset' and reveal new scientific findings about the psychological mechanisms underlying a more resilient, meaningful and longer life.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Millennial Preach: Leadership Resilience by Talitha Muusse - Venture Café & De Nieuwe Poort
Every last Thursday of the month you will be inspired by a millennial preach around the monthly theme of Venture Café. On Sept 28 we are happy to announce that our Millennial Preacher is Talitha Muusse: speaker, moderator and entrepreneur.
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19:00–20:00 Break Out: Together Defining the Cultural Resilience of Rotterdam! - IABx - Jan Peter Balkenende & Siobhan Burger
Rotterdam is well known for a.o. its climate adaption, but how about its cultural adaption!? Join this interactive discussion on how to define the cultural resilience of Rotterdam!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Female Entrepreneurs & Cyber Resilience

Thursday Gathering September 21st

13:00–17:00 Office Hours: Fundraising Q&A - InnovationQuarter
Any questions about raising capital and/or the financing possibilities at InnovationQuarter? Drop by at the fundraising Q&A during the Venture Café, hosted by InnovationQuarter Capital.
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15:00–17:00 Office Hours: Office hours Female Entrepreneurs - TEKKOO
Are you a (potential) female entrepreneur with a great idea? Are you looking for someone to brainstorm your idea and discuss how you could move forward ? Book 30 minutes with Lindy Hensen, an experienced female tech entrepreneur, and she will help you the best she can!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Find out about "The Resilient City" & subscribe!
The Resilient City is taking place on Thursday Sept28th at CIC/Venture Café. Today we will tell you all about the program and your options to participate!
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16:30–17:15 Break Out: Relax, Refresh & Reload with Yogabreaks @ the Office - NU∙NNU Centre for body & brain
Stay relaxed, refreshed and reloaded with Yogabreaks at the Office. Experience how Yoga can release tension in the midst of a bustling event. This Thursday we will give a free Yoga demo where there will be room for sharing experiences. Come join in your work outfit!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: What Unconscious Bias Means for YOU! - Shell International
Find out about your unconscious bias! Shell International's Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Lencola Sullivan-Verseveldt, will inspire and challenge you around this subject!
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17:30–19:30 Break Out: Cyber Resilience Innovation: creating it together! - InnovationQuarter & Base Cyber Security
Cyber resilience, a topic that’s becoming increasingly relevant to all of us; we all live, work and play in a digital, hyper-connected world. How does it affect us and how can we work and innovate together to ensure a cyber resilient future for all? Join us on the 7th floor!
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18:15–19:00 Break Out: #meervrouwenaantafel ready to claim the seat - Nationale Jeugd Raad (NJR)
Women on top, starts with having women at the table. In July NJR launched the successful initiative #meervrouwenaantafel. Tonight #meervrouwenaantafel is looking for ways to reach the goal of more diversity in media, boardrooms and politics.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
"Great leaders improvise" and World Port Hackathon Findings

Thursday Gathering September 14th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Business Development Expert Session with Propostion Hero - Proposition Hero
Do you have a great product or service idea, but need some extra expertise in launching it successfully? Or maybe you want to improve your current products to fuel the growth of your company, but don’t know where to start? Ask away!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Find out about "The Resilient City" & subscribe!
The Resilient City is taking place on Thursday Sept28th at CIC/Venture Café. Today we will tell you all about the program and your options to participate!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Capital Tour XXL
Capital Tour XXL is a one day bike tour for startups to meet, learn, and connect with investors in an informal setting. Join us September 28th in Amsterdam!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: A noble solution for wind energy - CFD Alpha Tech
The theme of the event is to aware of new innovation and share our milestones that the community can vote for our nomination at frisse dingen innovation award 2017.
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: Pitches from the World Port Hackathon 2017
Come listen to the amazing pitches of the hacking teams that took part in World Port Hackathon 2017!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: A bridge to U.S. B2B markets - sente.link
The sente.link founder, Serhat Cickeoglu, will give a brief overview of upcoming and Mobility and Human Essentials programs and take questions from prospective startups.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Speaker sessions CIC
CIC will occupy a table to provide information and answer question people have about CIC's speaker sessions.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Great Leaders Improvise - CyrielKortleven.com
We need leaders who create a culture where professionals are allowed to experiment & learn from mistakes. Allow yourself to be emerged in an interactive presentation with lots of inspiration, concrete examples and pragmatic tools to boost your improvisation mindset & skills! Join this try-out presentation & provide feedback before it will travel all over the world!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Diversity & Resilience Pt.1

Thursday Gathering September 7th

16:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up Coach - Cor the Coach
The office hours provided by Cor the Coach, will be on startups building their companies. If you want to start your business, or you already started one less than 2 years ago, you can have a session with Cor the Coach.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: CycleHack Rotterdam - Delta Cycling
CycleHack aims to break down the barriers to cycling. In the CycleHack event new products, services and bikeable places are prototyped that help get more people on two wheels.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Capital Tour XXL
Capital Tour XXL is a one day bike tour for startups to meet, learn, and connect with investors in an informal setting. Join us September 28th in Amsterdam!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Female Ventures 2.0 kick-off (Food for Thought) - Female Ventures
We welcome you to the kick-off event of Female Ventures 2.0 Rotterdam. This Thursday we have 2 female founders in the food sector who will share their challenges in entrepreneurship with you.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Future of break time - Next Wave Innovation Ltd
Help driving the future of relaxing/refreshing moments during the day. This breakout is an opportunity to engage with a team from a Japanese Fast-Moving Consumer Goods company working that challenge and influence the future direction.
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17:15–18:45 Break Out: Meet the EIT Health LaunchLab teams - EIT Health LaunchLab & YES!Delft
On September 5, 11 promising early stage health startups from all over Europe will start the second edition of EIT Health LaunchLab. Meet the teams from 17.45- 18.15 or from 18.15- 18.45 at room Octagon!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Oh my conscience session - Simone van Hulst
We will take a tour past issues concerning diversity, encountering weird and obstinate social interactions, historical figures and whatever else crosses our path - obviously with plenty of room for discussion.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

August


Warming up for World Port Days

Thursday Gathering August 31st

16:00–19:00 Info Table: McNetiq
McNetiq will show how a magnet can be examined with a load-cell
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: World Port Hackathon 2017
The World Port Hackathon is a 24 hour event specifically focused on the port industry. Emerging technologies, open data, big data and IoT are used to solve real port challenges.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Ship Emissions Monitor - Green Sea Guard B.V.
Green Sea Guard provides remote emissions monitoring of ship exhausts. Few devices exist that monitor emissions directly. We provide a degree of accuracy that allows shipowners to diagnose and track engine faults,giving a business case for compliance
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Aegex
Aegex provides low-cost, intrinsically safe mobile solutions for hazardous industries.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet the Baron - Baron Vermouth by Highstreet Spirits
Seize the opportunity to meet the Baron during Venture Café and get a taste of the first handcrafted, Rotterdam inspired, premium red vermouth.
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16:30–16:50 Break Out: Connecting Port & City - iTanks
Join this session, to learn the opportunities and connections you can make from Port to the City!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Future Harbourscapes - Sasja Hagens
Interested to see what the future of the port looks like? Come by and listen to the artist Sasja Hagens on her vision of our future landscape.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Innovation @ Damen Shipyards
Damen is a client-focused, international and family-owned shipbuilder with Dutch roots. This session presents ongoing R&D projects within Damen and addresses challenges a shipbuilder faces in designing ships fit for the future port.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.7

Thursday Gathering August 24th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn how Firmhouse invests in entrepreneurs - Firmhouse
Firmhouse will run a Venture Lab this Fall. We will offer 8 individuals the opportunity to work on whatever they want for 3 months, starting end of September. If it turns out promising we will invest an additional €50.000 to help you grow it.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Learn how Firmhouse invests in entrepreneurs - Firmhouse
Firmhouse will run a Venture Lab this Fall. We will offer 8 individuals the opportunity to work on whatever they want for 3 months, starting end of September. If it turns out promising we will invest an additional €50.000 to help you grow it.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Public Speaking Masterclass Part II - Why Not 3?
In Part II of this Masterclass we'll go deeper into advanced principles on how to connect with your audience as a speaker.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.6

Thursday Gathering August 17th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Nocto - We're Hiring! - Nocto International B.V.
Find out more about what Nocto is and how it works! We're hiring, so if you're looking for your next challenge, come get to know us! Join us in revolutionizing the nightlife & events industry!
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16:00–19:00 Office Hours: Reward your talent - Deloitte
Interested to discuss how you can attract and retain your talent? We can have an open discussion on what type of reward strategy and incentives works best for your company and your employees.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Live Wereld Van Morgen Podcast (in Dutch)
The first live recording of the biggest Dutch (!) podcast on technology and innovation. It’s about death. Seriously. No you are not going to do die of boredom. It’s about the cure of death by technology. What are you planning to do in the coming 500-or so years?
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Cultural leadership - Across the Board - Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is looking to bring together a select group of 20 ambitious professionals: talents from the fields of art, politics, and business that are on their way to change their respective domains.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.5

Thursday Gathering August 10th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerate your cleantech start-up - Climate-KIC Accelerator
Accelerate your cleantech start-up Climate-KIC Accelerator, the cleantech accelerator with a focus on climate impact can help you find your market niche, develop a financial model and figure out how to make money and scale your business. Join us!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Make ideas work - Makerdam
Makerdam will offer information to creators of any kind, explaining how they can flourish and transform their concepts or activities as makers into a successful startup by joining its community.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Boiler room for start-ups - MARCILLAUD
During this boiler room session with Frederic Marcillaud, you can ask and will receive feedback, input and tips for your business. Are you ready for the truth?
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Public Speaking Masterclass- Why Not 3? Work-life balance for overachievers
“Do you want an inside look to how a public speaker featured on TEDx and Google builds his speeches?” This is for you if you're interested how to get over your fear of public speaking & need to pitch to investors in the nearby future.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.4 - Open Mic

Thursday Gathering August 3rd

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Café experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café
Have something to say? Need a community to bounce ideas off? This is the stage that you have been looking for!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

July


Summer Hits Vol.3 – Diverse City!

Thursday Gathering July 27th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab - Firmhouse
Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab, starting end of September.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Xplore US 2017 - Your bridge to the US Market - RVO
Xplore US is a contest for innovative SMEs and scale-ups. The top-10 SMEs with the best pitches and plans, will be awarded with participation in a 10-day accelerator programme by kTeams Boston, an MIT spin-off, specialized in international scale-ups.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: All about Kiosk 2.0 Survey - Venture Café
On Thursday we have an info table where you can ask questions about and fill in the new survey in our new Kiosk system.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Intervision - renew yourself during summer - Cor the Coach
Summer sessions: Intervision on renewing your business with Cor the Coach. He will facilitate discussions on how you can work your business during the Summer season
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab – Firmhouse
Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab, starting end of September.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Swing Brasil Dance Popup - Swing Brasil
Swing Brasil is invited with a Brazilian Batucada band to give a Brazilian show, Capoeira and a small Axé workshop.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.2

Thursday Gathering July 20th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Test the Universal Translator - Travis
Travis has developed an Universal Translator that speaks 80 languages. We need the Venture Café community to test it. They will be first!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: World Startup Factory Impact Accelerator 2017 - World Startup Factory
Are you a startup? Are you down with 2030 global goals? World Startup Factory is looking to accelerate your growth, because they know that impact-thinkers will win the future!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accenture Innovation Awards - Accenture
The Accenture Innovation Awards is a year-round program with the goal to create an extensive ecosystem to connect all innovators and to drive innovation together. This year-round innovation program consists of a series of events throughout the year.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.1

Thursday Gathering July 13th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Informal chat with PwC experts - PwC
Informal chat with PwC experts; please join our office hour for an informal chat with our PwC experts on legal and tax matters as well as available R&D facilities in the Netherlands that you will encounter as a Dutch start-up.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: All about Launchtime Podcast - Launchtime
Launchtime is a podcast focusing on the Dutch innovation community. It’s a 30 min long show that is perfect for a lunch break!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Cocreation 2.0: The Underhound Network - The Underhound Network
The Underhound Network is an early-stage online community of innovators who devise business concepts, prototype them and sell them to external parties. During the break out, the audience will be encouraged to provide the community with feedback.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Pitch training - Lisette van der Knaap
The Pitch party is part of YES!Delft LaunchLab program. The founders of the teams will be pitching 1-on-1 to the visitors. The visitor gives feedback to the founder. After that, the founder will improve the pitch.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

Thursday Gathering July 6th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: MC Collignon The Conscious Collection
We prove that you can reduce plastic waste and look great the at same time.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Living Colour - sustainable textile dyeing - Laura Luchtman - Kukka
A small showcase of Living Colour: a biodesign project that investigates textile dyeing with living bacteria and sound frequencies. Living Colour provides a sustainable alternative to synthetic textile dyes.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: How to deal with risks! - Bridge, Marsh and De Bok
It is essential for you and your company to have a good overview of the risks you are facing now and in the future, that comes with growth (e.g. liability; general terms and conditions; personnel). Join our office hour!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: The Boom Bus - The Boom Bus
The Boom Bus brings the healing power of music to refugee children. At this event we will inform you about our project and how we can help each other to make this project succeed.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fair Fashion Festival - Young & Fair and Fair Trade Gemeente Utrecht
During the FFFU multiple activities will take place in the theme of fair fashion and sustainability. There will be fashion shows, a market, workshop, lectures and more. The festival is open for everyone and entry for most activities is free.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: A sustainable and innovative Sculptural Jewelry (FY Fine Jewelry)
FY Fine Jewelry is a sculptural jewelry line, which production is using an innovative technology of 3D wax printing and sustainable material for our jewelry statement pieces, such as fairtrade gold, lab diamonds, gemstones for our jewelry pieces. Come meet the designer in the table!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Eco-Friendly Functional Leather Gadgets - Join ELM B.V.
Join ELM is a platform for designers to make surprisingly functional leather gadgets. These innovations are used to promote sustainability in the leather industry. Come see us to hear our Designer's story!!
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: How to make apparels last forever and still make money - LABFRESH
LABFRESH use nano technology to build a new generation of apparels. Our stain- and odor repellant shirts, socks, and ties are the most backed fashion project in Dutch Kickstarter history.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Office hour - Venture Cafe - with Cor the Coach
What are the steps that you need to take? Which strategies do you need to follow in order to get your (first) sales? Cor the Coach will provide constructive feedback and useful coaching to help you on your way.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Living Colour - sustainable textile dyeing - Laura Luchtman - Laura Luchtman - Kukka
Inspiration session to explore a sustainable alternative to synthetic textile dyes. Demand for new natural pigments is increasing day by day. Pigment producing bacteria could be the answer.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Panel Discussion: Rethinking the Fashion System - Kirsten Eerland
In this panel discussion, Pauline van Dongen, Marieke van der Poel and Filip Otten will explore developments in innovation in sustainable fashion from a designer, producer and consumer perspective with a strong focus towards the future.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Fair Fashion - Enacting Social Change Through the Clothes We Wear - KEES
KEES is gonna tell you why the world sucks and how we can making better, just by making better choices in the clothes we chose to wear.
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19:00–19:40 Break Out: Rotterdam sustainable fashion movement - Jenny Netten
Jenny will talk about her vision and efforts to create a sustainable fashion movement in Rotterdam, which ranges from design to production.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

June


Focus on Data Science

Thursday Gathering June 29th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Innovation Manager Energy - Innovatielink
Monique Blokpoel, energy innovation manager at InnovatieLink is holding office hour at Venture Café. Innovative SME entrepreneurs in the energy sector with questions about their innovation project, are welcome.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet the Greyt Team - Greyt
Meet the Greyt team
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Become proactive and chase your dreams - Aimy
Most of us want to spend more time realizing their dreams. But little of us take action to do so. Interested in making a change? Drop by and learn the tips and tricks to increase your focus and to become more proactive in chasing your dreams.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: On Startup Culture and Structure - Angelique Slob, founder of pinQ consult
This office hour session is aimed at CEO’s of startups and scale-ups and focuses on everything related to leadership, culture and structure. In the session you get clarity on where your team stands and we identify gaps, next steps and quick wins.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Nerdalize: Heating houses with computer power - Nerdalize
Nerdalize is on a mission to provide free heat to households and a sustainable cloud at 50% lower costs to companies. During this session, Maaike Stoops will tell how Nerdalize connects two markets to create a win-win-win-situation that benefits all.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: The Value of Data - Equidam
Daniel from Equidam discusses what makes data valuable and how to calculate its worth
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How Detailresult (DIRK) and Bakker Bart are Using Big Data Analytics - Veneficus Factual Decision Making
Find out how Detailresult (DIRK) and Bakker Bart are using Big Data Analytics and Veneficus Retail Analytics' team for improving their business!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Data Science, sharing our experience of the corporate world, analytic tool suppliers and the huge opportunity for startups.
Corporate, analytic tools and starts-ups an ideal cocktail for explaining the opportunity why startups will blow the majors out of the water. A blue ocean like this will happen only a couple of times and it’s time to go for it.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: The Power Of Deep Learning - clockworks.co
Inspiration session on one of the most exciting developments in the world of data science: deep learning! Do you want to learn about the potential it unlocks? Then join us!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Getting Ready for StartupFestEurope & Rotterdam Resilient City

Thursday Gathering June 22nd

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: How to deal with risks! - Marsh, Bridge & De Bok Roijers Gasseling
We offer you guidance, assistance and advise on all aspects related to risks that come with growth! It is essential for you and your company to have a good overview of the risks you are facing now and in the future. Join our office hour!
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: StartupFest Europe - StartupDelta/StartupFest Europe
StartupFest Europe (25 – 29 September 2017) is a festival of events that helps startups grow faster. So startup, scale-up, investor or corporate? Learn how StartupFest Europe will help startups succeed in growing and scaling up!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: StartupFestEurope - Pre-Register & Stay up to Date
Come find us at the info table so you can sign up for the festival & are kept up to date about the developments over the summer. We look forward to seeing you 25-28 September 2017!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Security & Fintech Vortex (StartupFest) - Holland FinTech
On the 26th of September, during StartupFest week, we will organise a big FinTech event where you will have the chance to see and experience the largest fintech & security startup marketplace in Europe. Stop by to learn about it!
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17:45–18:00 Break Out: Startup! to create a Resilient City - Rotterdam Resilience Strategy
Call for action! Join us in the Café area to learn about the Resilient movement & why "The Resilient City" will be the subject the Rotterdam Innovation Ecosystem is addressing during the StartupFestEurope week.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Prepare your startup for investment - Noorderwind
Tony de Bree and Boukje Vastbinder will talk about what makes investors tick and how to present your startup to them.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Expansion Café & TEDx Rotterdam

Thursday Gathering June 15th

15:00–17:00 Office Hours: Do you Qualify for a FREE Ticket to Ecosummit? - Ecosummit
Join Jan Michael Hess in this office hours to find out if your startup qualifies for a free ticket to the Ecosummit. Two tickets have been kindly made available! Don't forget to bring your pitch deck...
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: LET'S GO INTERNATIONAL // SUBSIDIZED COACHING - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants OF ENTRY2MARKET. We offer guidance, assistance and advice on all aspects related to internationalization.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Innovation grants - Ugoo
Innovative organizations can benefit from many local, national or international grants, but often don't have all opportunities at sight. As an innovation grant advisor, Ugoo is happy to tell you all about it during this office hour!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Expat Centre
The Rotterdam Expat Centre can help you find your way in Rotterdam and simplify your relocation!
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16:00–17:00 Break Out: Energy Talk for Financials - Finanza Rijnmond
In an interactive session, Arash Azami will speak to a group of financials about the energy transition that is going on and will show that participating in it today contributes more than just a positive return.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Visa - The one-year visa to build your innovative company - CIC & Venture Café
Want to build an innovative company in The Netherlands? Stop by to learn about this visa and its requirements, which could grant you a one year period to do so!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ecosummit Amsterdam 4 July 2017 - Ecosummit
We discuss and preview Ecosummit Amsterdam which takes place on 4 July 2017 at Pakhuis de Zwijger.
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17:30–19:00 Break Out: Kickstart your internationalisation - DutchBasecamp
This workshop is for startup founders who are starting to explore the internationalisation of their startup. It will be a 90 minute breakout to answer first questions like: Where and how to start? What are common mistakes? What resources are there? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2r4YbIA 
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Tips on Expanding to Atlantic Canada – Business never looked this good! - Heads of Delegations Atlantic Canada
In this boardroom style panel session you will have the opportunity to meet the trade representatives of the Atlantic Canadian delegation to discuss doing business with Atlantic Canada!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience *SPECIAL EDITION* - Travis Sheridan, President CIC-Venture Café Global Institute
This session is about how we can help you maximize your international expansion efforts with a little help from our global community. Therefore we have invited Travis Sheridan, President of CIC - Venture Café Global Institute, who is remotely participating in this session. Join us!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Developing Youth Leadership Through International Experiences - AIESEC Rotterdam
Join in for a discussion on how the entrepreneurial community and SME’s can promote the development of cross-cultural and leadership skills in the next generation.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Aero & Space

Thursday Gathering June 8th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Launch your idea with the ESNC - SBIC Noordwijk
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an annual competition for innovative ideas in the field of satellite navigation. And seeks out people who are creative, ambitious, who are not scared to take a step further and think out of the box.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: T-Minus Engineering B.V.
T-Minus Engineering is based at YES!Delft and founded in 2011, with the goal of providing smart, effective and state-of-the-art rocket systems. Our T-Minus DART rocket will make the upper layers (120km) of our atmosphere accessible for researchers.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Added Value from Aero & Space - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering TU Delft / CGI
Victor Rijkaart is here to... A: discuss opportunities in solving problems for your organisation using space data in value networks. B: have a chat with anyone interested on how aero-space innovations from TU Delft can be of use for you!
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16:30–17:30 Break Out: Get a Shot at Winning 7.5k with KvK:\Beta_ 2017 - Professional Rebel
Join #kvkbeta at @VentureCafeRdam on June 8th to know how you can apply & win 7.5k with your idea for a digital tool >> www.kvkbeta.nl #startups #NLtech
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Innovating our way to Mars - satsearch.co
Planning to move to Mars? This talk will address the topic of future human missions to Mars. Come listen!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Airbus Defence & Space Netherlands
Through our innovation team we are actively seeking new ideas for our future products. Dieter Vleugels, part of our innovation team, will discuss with you your new ideas for these products with a potential future application in space!
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17:30–17:45 Break Out: How to communicate your awesome innovation! - Funk-e
You want everybody to know about your new and awesome innovation, yet they don’t seem to immediately get it…. So how do you make it clear for them? Join our presentation and find out!
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17:45–18:30 Break Out: The Endless Runway - Netherlands Aerospace Center
Come join for an explanation of the Endless Runway, the concept for a circular runway at airports. The presenter will explain this innovative concept and the motivation for performing the work and present results of simulations that were performed.
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17:45–18:30 Break Out: Innovation Performance Management - GKN-Fokker Technologies
Join this session if you want to learn how to optimise your innovation process and measure progress. You are welcome to discuss on the subject with Peter Kortbeek, Manager of the Technology Office, who knows all about this multi-disciplinary process!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Space Exploration from Telescope to Colonization - Space Explorers NL
A presentation about space exploration and space travel. How did we start our quest to explore space and where are we now? And... what are the possibilities for the near and distant future? Join us!
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18:00–19:00 Office Hours: Business Speeddate - Funk-e
An experienced copywriter specialized in explaining will help you shape the perfect message and will give you in-depth feedback on the spot. During our business speeddate session we’ll provide you with tips & tricks to tackle this problem.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: UberWasser! Baywatch Yourself! - UberWasser
Come join a presentation by the winning team UberWasser from the NASA's Space Apps Challenge 2017 held at the ESA BIC in Noordwijk. Find out how UberWasser makes the beach experience safer by using data from ESA's Earth Observation Programs.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Sports!

Thursday Gathering June 1st

16:00–19:00 Info Table: FITSHE
Did you know good nutrition makes a big difference to the effect of your workout? We believe your active body deserves only the best 100% natural protein nourishment. Have a look at our products which we perfected for you and your lifestyle.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Wearable Tech for Pro Sports Teams - JOHAN Sports
Train like a Pro - Insights into professional training for team sports
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up Coach - Cor the Coach - Cor the Coach
The office hours provided by Cor the Coach, will be on startups building their companies. If you want to start your business, or you already started one less than 2 years ago, you can have a session with Cor the Coach.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café experience
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Café experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Mastering the Performance Cycle Introduction workshop - Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation
The performance Cycle is a practical workshop where you will learn some of the tools that world class performers use to prepare, perform and recuperate.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Tails about Film Production in Travel and Adventure Sports - a Q&A session - EYEFORCE
Join us for this Q&A session with EYEFORCE co-founder Bob van de Gronde to learn about EYEFORCE's exciting road so far, the challenges they face and how they took their business to the next level in the travel and adventure-sports industry!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to become better than yesterday! - Rawsome Life
In life, business and sports people want to achieve the highest possible. People tend to focus on the new thing to create better results. Diepak Kasi will uncover how to become better than yesterday, while maintaining a sense of fulfilment.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Performance at the flick of a switch - Propeaq - By Chrono Eyewear
Want to know how 2016 Olympic athletes prevented a jet lag? Join this inspirational session where we show how you can improve your performance by managing your hormone levels with the use of a certain frequency of blue light...
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: GetFunded010: up to €2.5M waiting for you! – VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam
Can you use up to €2.5M euros in funding to boost your business? The Municipality of Rotterdam will pay professional grant consultants to get you there, with no costs for you! Are you an innovative company? Then join our session!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Gamification in action sports - WOO Sports
Gamification in action sports introduced by WOO Sports Inc. Want to know how to build a meaningful game to increase your user engagement? Come find out!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Grand challenges of sports entrepreneurs - Sport eXperience
Sports is a challenge, how do other entrepreneurs cope with these challenges? Let's share experiences and join us so we can elaborate on how we support sport entrepreneurs in their (inter)national growth ambitions!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

May


In the mix!

Thursday Gathering May 18th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach - Salenenco
Do you want more new business? Do you want to grow your revenue and margin? Save the date and make your reservation. This Thursday Theo Fokkens will be doing an Office Hour at Venture Café Rotterdam. Book your seat ASAP.
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16:00–17:30 Break Out: European Incubators: Lessons Learned! - Rotterdam Business School / Research Centre Business Innovation
RBS students will present lessons from incubators in several cities and make recommendations on how to improve incubator management. Cities reviewed include Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Rotterdam.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Sounding board session. Inspiration coaching – KLANKBORD Coaching
Is you’re thinking not getting you past the problems that appear to keep you from success? Are you solely looking for a sparring partner, who can reflect from a different angle?
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café experience – Andreas Stillman – Community & Events Manager, Venture Café
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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17:30–18:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen *CANCELLED*
Discover these popular women-led startups in The Netherlands. The semi-finalists in TheNextWomen Pitch Competition have been working on their story the entire week and today they will pitch their solutions in front of a jury of investors and experts. Come join in!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Blockchain in Real Estate – Deloitte Real Estate
Blockchain is reinventing and digitizing the real estate sector. Experience the possibilities of blockchain in our live demo.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: GetFunded010: up to €2.5M waiting for you! – VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam
Can you use up to €2.5M euros in funding to boost your business? The Municipality of Rotterdam will pay professional grant consultants to get you there, with no costs for you! Are you an innovative company? Then join our session!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Skills of the Future

Thursday Gathering May 11th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Corporate Solutions by SGG & Partners
Keep your Dutch entity in good standing by complying with the Dutch regulations and requirements. Do you know how to survive? We support your ambitions!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: MOOCs and Online Education - Risbo
Individuals remain up to date with the latest skills via online education. Online education is going from strength to strength with 23M learners signing up for courses last year. Come meet Risbo, the educational design team behind the Erasmus University’s MOOCs to learn more about this exciting and innovative area!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Introducing thecamp - thecamp
Come find out about thecamp - a purpose-built innovation campus focused on supporting and facilitating transformation of mindsets and embracing radical change. Let us tell you about how it can support you as an entrepreneur or a corporate innovator!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: How the needs of millennials will lead to a high-performing workplace - PinQ consult and MyHappyList
In this break-out session we will talk about how “happiness” is a key success factor for the future of your company. An interactive session meant to inspire, share best practices and learn from!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Future Flux Festival presents Industry Day - Future Flux Festival
Join Jouke Goslinga (director RDM Rotterdam) and Tanja Koning (director FFF) at the Venture Café meet-up to hear about Future Flux Festival and the Industry Day: a seminar full of creative technology, new art, next skills and disruptive innovations.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Skills of the Future - 361degreesLAB
Are Androids going to steal your job? Are you interested in which skills become critical in 5-10 years time? Looking to understand how technology changes the workplace and what it means in your context? Join us to talk about Skills of the Future!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: It's insecure; hack it! Hacking Workshop. - Base Cyber Security
Hacking is a skill of the future! Join this workshop introduction to hacking: what it is, what it means, and exploring, hands on, some methods to exploit vulnerable web applications!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Artificial Intelligence - an opportunity or a threat?! - PwC
Artificial Intelligence seems to be a corner stone of the Industry 4.0-trend. From predicting cancer to self driving cars. Yet, how does this magic actually work and how can you embrace this development personally? Find out in this break-out session!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Nanobiology - solving the biggest challenges with the smallest technology

Thursday Gathering May 4th

15:30–16:00 Break Out: Nanobiology: Discovering tomorrow's solutions and market experiences - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft&EMC Nanobiology
In this session iGem and Delmic focus on their experience of a student-program and a start-up company in nano biology while solving real world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts.
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15:30–16:00 Break Out: DNA, Nanospores: tiny things: big questions - LS&H Lawyers
Learn about the function of DNA, DNA-sequencing techniques and nanospores and coping with legal barriers to get them in our healthcare system.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: 24 Hour Business Game – ECE Students
Interested students and potential partners will have the chance to learn more about the 24 Hour Business Game which will take place from May 12th until May 13th. Ask about the viability of your idea, a potential partnership or just come to chat!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Interactive Presentations by Students - Delft University of Technology
This week several students of Delft University of Technology will be presenting their researches in an interactive way. Stop by at their posters to get a sense of the big challenges they are working on and have a discussion on the subject!
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16:15–16:45 Break Out: Improving Success Rates of Nanobiology Startups - LS&H Lawyers, Whalebay and TUDelft EMC Nanobiology program
In this session nanobiology startups (in spé) will learn from Whale Bay & Co and LS&H Lawyers what important legal, financial and strategic questions need to be answered to let their innovations become successful companies.
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16:15–16:45 Break Out: Hot fights against Tumors, the nanobiologistway! - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC Nanobiology
How targeted heating of tumors allows therapy to be more effective and how minimal cell knowledge may allow small cell-like structures to help in healthcare.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities. Planned monthly sessions.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, Program Manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Small particles fighting Big Cancers! - LS&H Lawyers/TU-EMC Nanobiology
How minimal cells like microspheres can fight the right tumor at the right place at the right time. It is about using small particle technology to fight cancer.
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Nanobiology: solving global problems..... - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC nanobiology
Find out how knowledge of nanobiology helps to solve global problems.
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18:15–19:00 Break Out: An extraordinary 'Focus' on Science... - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC, Nanobiology
How single-molecule biophysics make a long lasting impact on the field of biological research.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

April


Let's talk about food!

Thursday Gathering April 20th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Solutions e-commerce logistics BtoC - MCSFulfilment
Need advice on e-commerce logistics or to be able to focus even more on your webshop? It's all about making choices! One of the choices is to outsource your e-fulfilment: yes/no?
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Blue Food Festival - Youth Food Movement & BroodNodig
Blue Food Festival is a collaboration between all kind of entrepreneurs and organisations who are tackling foodwaste in a creative, delicious and innovative way! Youth Food Movement and BroodNodig together are organizing this amazing event. Come!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: 1000+ locations for teambuilding activity - AirDnD
AirDnD.nl enables Drink ‘n Dine at the home of hobby-chefs. Since the launch end of 2015 2.000+ hobby-chefs are registered in 200+ cities in NL. Curious about their new campaign and 1000+ locations for meetings or teambuilding activities?
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16:30–18:00 Office Hours: Let's go international | start your international journey well prepared | subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Office hour - Venture Cafe - with Cor the Coach
What are the steps that you need to take? Which strategies do you need to follow in order to get your (first) sales? Cor the Coach will provide constructive feedback and useful coaching to help you on your way.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: "How to get your startup financed successfully?" - Live interview with Frietboutique, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce
How to finance a startup successfully? Facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce, Pebbles van Noorden of the Frietboutique will in an interview tell on her successful approach how to convince your financier. Learn from other entrepreneurs!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Agritech - driving sustainable consumption - Rockstart
Inspiration session to trigger Agritech solutions for sustainable and resilient food production. Global population is swelling, food is being wasted whilst demand for greater food safety and quality is increasing. How will Agritech develop?
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Innovation: Create a Category - Queal
Build a brand, create a category. Learn how to market your idea, startup or even yourself. Enjoy a case study and an interactive workshop.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to play with your food - Cateringa & Kompanen
In this interactive demonstration on playing with food as a business model, Cateringa & Kompanen presents several experiments on the border of art & food in reference to innovative projects, processes and the development of their work.
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18:00–19:30 Office Hours: How to finance your startup successfully - Chamber of Commerce
Get tailored advice from Maureen Lashley (Business Advisor at Chamber of Commerce). Maureen can advise you about general finance, crowdfunding- and businessangels (scans).
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18:00–19:30 Office Hours: How to finance your startup succesfully - Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Rob Overkleeft (Business Advisor at Netherlands Enterprise Agency /RVO). Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. Rob can advise you about programmes and subsidies.
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Fail fast, Learn quickly - how losing can help you win!

Thursday Gathering April 13th

17:00–19:30 Info Table: Techilicious 2017
Let’s dine to deal! Want to know how you can be part of Techilicious on May 10th? Come and find us!
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17:00–18:30 Special Event: Fail Fast, Learn Quickly!
Ashamed of failing? Don’t be! This week we are hosting a “Fail Fast, Learn Quickly”-special where we address failures, errors, mistakes… and the great things that emerge from them!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: TheNextMBA - Venture Café, Wolfpack, RE_INVENT & Talitha Muusse
How do we develop the next economy top talent? How should established business models of corporates be adapted? In other words: what is TheNextMBA? Stop by to discuss this and to share your view!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, Program Manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Stepping Beyond Failures - Rawsome Life
Failure is inherent to doing business, but it can create a lot of frustration. Why is that and how to overcome that? Diepak Kasi will share the reasons for failure, the pathways to success and insights to create breakthroughs to step beyond failures.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: F*CK FAILURE! - How It Is To Be You
This story-based hour will draw from our own past 'failures' to see how we can internally redesign these experiences. So much so, that they prepare us for our future 'failures'.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Rapid Prototyping - a way to fail fast - Verhaert Netherlands
Rapid prototyping as a way to learn quickly about the strengths and weaknesses of your idea, concept or service. Applies to all, guaranteed to have good fail!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Data Privacy & Breaches and KPN Startup Evening

Thursday Gathering April 6th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: I-BET Recruitment Event - ISR Student Association
During I-BET a number of activities such as workshops, presentations and case studies will take place. It will enable companies to present their offers to international students and, what is more essential, attract the biggest talents of Rotterdam.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: GDPR Compliance Software - PrivacyPerfect
PrivacyPerfect assists companies and organisations with software for compliance with the GDPR.
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16:15–19:30 Side Event: KPN Startup Evening Q2 2017 (pre-registration required)
KPN Startup Evening Q2 2017 will be held at Venture Café Rotterdam. Jan-Kees de Jager (CFO) and the teams of KPN New Business and KPN Ventures would like to welcome you to network with KPN’s startup ecosystem. Get you tickets via Eventbrite.
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Privacy and app development - ConnectechNL
We will address the Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG) and which requirements for privacy protection this new legislation entails. They also establish the connection to the practice of designing and offering services and apps.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: How can we make youthcare unnecessary? Radical innovation by Garage2020
Be the first to hear innovative ideas for youthcare, be inspired and join the discussion! Together we can make youthcare unnecessary by 2020!
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Privacy and AVG - ConnectechNL
Diederik The of the Privacy Company will go into Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG) and identify new requirements contained therein. Then we make the link to what that means for your daily practice.
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Data breaches: something to announce? - ConnectechNL
Friederike van der Jagt of Avast Data breaches: Today they will tell you more about 'data leaks'. Municipalities, courts, LinkedIn, Yahoo are confronted with this. What should you do if there is a data breach in your organization?
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

March


IoT in Oil and Gas

Thursday Gathering March 30th

16:00–19:00 Kick Off And Info Table: Welcome and introduction IRO - IRO (on invitation of Aegex Technologies)
The introduction is meant to welcome a new IRO member, Aegex Technologies, and gives a short overview of the current state of the Oil, Gas and Offshore Renewable industry and how the Internet of Things can bring added value to the industry.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Economic Development Agency - Rotterdam Partners
Info on Rotterdam Partners, setting up an office and getting your business started.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Investing and Expanding in the WestHolland region - WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA)
The WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA) is a government funded organization specialized in economic development, investment promotion and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within the WestHolland region.
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16:30–17:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive Director
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: Digitising Oil & Gas Processes - TAAP
TAAP will provide a overview of how our product suite allows businesses such as Oil and Gas to become an agile enterprise, transforming paper processes to a digital equivalent in hours, enabling organisations to make better informed decisions.
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17:00–17:45 Break Out: Disrupting the pipeline inspection industry with golf ball sized sensors - Ingu Solutions - Ingu Solutions
Cost-effective golf ball sized sensors and advanced data analytics change the pipeline inspection market, improving preventive maintenance.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: The Intelligent Era of Location - Localyse (Google Maps partner)
What do self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things have in common? They all rely heavily on location data in order to function and operate. Join this exciting break-out session to get an update on the latest developments in location intelligence.
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17:45–18:30 Break Out: Are you ready to disrupt the port? - PortXL
Find out more about innovation and opportunities in ports, maritime and oil&gas sector, and learn about startups and companies like Van Oord and Vopak in this session by PortXL: an accelerator in ports and the oil&gas sector that facilitates startups and corporates to innovate.
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17:45–18:30 Break Out: Building The Next Generation of Digital Transformation for the Oil & Gas Industry - IBM Watson Internet of Things
During this break out, Aegex and IBM will provide you with an insight on Aegex connected sensors and devices integrate with IBM Enterprise solutions to enable customers to support and delivery their business transformation.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Mobility and IoT for Hazardous Locations in Oil & Gas - Aegex
Many employees in oil & gas operations do not have access to cloud computing because of strict regulations. IoT could be improved in these locations by introducing devices that connect people and machines
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Bringing Big Data To Life - SKIM
Big Data is everywhere, but how do you put it to good use? Learn how SKIM helps clients create personalized marketing messages.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
3 x Funding and Freshly Incubated Start-ups

Thursday Gathering March 23rd

16:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft LaunchLab - YES!Delft
The Cocktail Pitch party is part of YES!Delft LaunchLab the founders of the teams are going to pitch their ideas the visitors. You give feedback to the founder. After that, the founder will improve his pitch.
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16:00–19:00 Office Hours: CityLab010 seeks innovative ideas and plans that help further improve the city of Rotterdam!
Each year CityLab010 has funding available for € 3.5 million. If you think you're project benefits the City of Rotterdam and fits the specific conditions and criteria of our program (check www.citylab010.nl/over-citylab).
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Business Development Expert Session with Propostion Hero
Do you have a great product or service idea? Or maybe you want to improve your current products? Book your spot during the office hours & get your business development expert advice from Proposition Hero!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet CityLab010 and get your idea for the city of Rotterdam funded! - CityLab010
Next to the CityLab010 office hours, you can also meet the team at an info table, where you can pitch your idea or pose all your questions.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Travis the Translator to revolutionize language education for refugees - Travis the Translator
Travis the Translator and Open Learning Exchange partner in an international crowdfunding campaign that launches tomorrow. Backers can give forward a translation device to refugees for improved language learning in 10 countries.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities. Planned monthly sessions.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Masterclass Crowdfunding for ambitious entrepreneurs - Symbid
Learn everything you need to know about starting a crowdfunding campaign for your fast growing Company. Fast track your growth by the power of the crowd!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, program manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Agro food, Industrial bio-tech, Clean-tech, Networking for newbies & TheNextWomen Startup Stories

Thursday Gathering March 16th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach
Do you want more new business? Do you want to grow your revenue and margin? Save the date and make your reservation. This Thursday Theo Fokkens will be doing an Office Hour at Venture Café Rotterdam. Book your seat ASAP.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Life Sciences & Health - LIFE Rotterdam
LIFE Rotterdam: platform for AgroFood, Industrial Biotech & Cleantech for start-ups, scale-ups and corperates for networking and knowledge transfer and much more.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Catering start-up Events and Hubs // How to Pivot and Survive - VanChefs
Are all start-up events merging into one giant blur in your head? Let’s talk and save yours! Or is your start-up just not gaining traction? Thrice pivoted, VanChefs has now secured funding and is on a sustainable path to future growth.
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16:30–17:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen
Connect to and learn from ambitious and experienced female entrepreneurs to discuss business issues and get inspired. Meet investors from InnovationQuarter, Eneco Venture & Private Funds and learn what you need to do to raise a successful funding round.
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16:30–17:15 Break Out: Being Practical about BioProcessing within the City - Stadsgas
Stadsgas answers questions about waste disposal within an urban environment. They have come up with sustainable solutions to come to better use of raw materials.
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16:30–17:15 Break Out: Your personal lab for Medical additive Manufacturing - ZD3labs
Industrial Biotech and LifeSciences come up with break through solutions in 3D printing of biocompatible material. Z3DLabs solves problems in this area we can only start to imagine about. A perfect approach in a rapid changing world.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: RoadMap to free energy - inspiration session - PwC and Softs
Inspiration session: the revolution of making solar energy free of costs available through the game change of Energy Sponsoring and the disruptive innovations of the Surface of Things. Creating the internet of solar energy by Softs.
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17:15–18:00 Break Out: New Businessmodels for the Dutch Greenhouse Industry - Dr. W. Verkerke (Wageningen University – Tasteteam Bleiswijk)
‘The greenhouse as Pharmacy’ is a program aimed to find new business models in growing taste and color itself without the vegetables, herbs and flowers they originally come from.
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17:15–18:00 Break Out: ‘CityFarming’ practical tips and trics and horizon to vertical farming - Steinero
Steinero tries to bring together people within the community to achieve that companies, organisations and people from all kind of backgrounds and ages meet up. Citypharming is the perfect barrierbreaking solution to bring everything together and at the same time accomplish educational, welfare and health-progress.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 9/9 - Networking for newbies
This week's course: Networking for newbies. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Why not vegetables and fruits? - Vers+
Vers+ has taken the initiative together with Westland about the Vers+ initiative and other interesting developments to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables. It is all about letting the Dutch eat more healthy!
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: The overarching concept of the Sustainable Urban Delta as driver for innovation, food, health and sustainability - Priva
Priva acts in two markets: horticulture and building management systems. In this presentation they zoom in in the field of urban agriculture or urban farming, where the horticulture and building worlds come together.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Minimum Viable Product, Funding & What’s Next In Culture?

Thursday Gathering March 9th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding - Tailwind Crowd
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within crowdfunding industry.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 4 of 4): Requirements for venture capital funding - Peak Capital
Peak Capital is a Dutch venture capital firm which provides financial capital and pro-active and hands-on support to fast-growing highly-scalable marketplaces, software or data companies, explaining in this break out how to land a deal.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Trend Exploration: let’s discuss what’s next in culture - Proef
Proef wants to share some of their latest trend stories. We would love to hear what you are seeing, feeling, thinking. Let’s discuss and learn from each other how to evolve these trends. Looking forward to thinking with you!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Let's go international | start your international journey well prepared | subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Crafting a minimum viable product (MVP) - Craft Academy
A seminar with an introduction to the need-to-knows when working or wanting to work with agile software development on a business development level while not having a software developer background.
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18:00–19:30 Office Hours: The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge - Citi
The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (“T4I”) is an open innovation program focused on bringing technology to the public sector to help make progress and provide transparency/integrity to their communities.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
How to present your business, Always Connected, Data Protection, & Validate Values

Thursday Gathering March 2nd

15:00–18:00 Info Table: Get on board! How to install Always Hello on your phone - Always Hello
If you want to install Always Hello on your phone and need help to get you through the installation process, please feel free to drop by our support team at Rhombus!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fast-track your cleantech business - Climate-KIC Benelux
Climate-KIC supports innovative cleantech start-ups to become leading players in their chosen market niche. Do you need help in setting up your cleantech business? Climate-KIC invites start-ups to participate in the Accelerator programme.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Invitation to IDD festival Rotterdam - IDD Festival Rotterdam
The IDDfestival teammembers will invite you personally and tell you more about the festival.
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16:00–16:45 Break Out: Your data is valuable and yours! - A lecture by philosopher Hans Schnitzler
"Are we in the grip of companies like Google and Facebook? We click 'Yes, I agree' in a split second, and without thinking we share our personal data with large Internet companies. Are we thus loosing control of ourselves and our (online) identity?"
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16:45–17:30 Break Out: Always the right contact information of everybody you know - Always Hello
Always Hello automatically updates your network with your newest and latest contact information and in return they update you.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Just Innovate! - Innovating Justice - HiiL Justice Accelerator
Since 2012, by supporting 40 of the world's best justice entrepreneurs, HiiL has provided access to justice for 1.4 million people. Are you curious how? Get inspired by their 2016 finalists and learn more about how you can improve access to justice.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Venture Valuation - Climate-KIC Benelux
A break-out session for startups about Valuation by Joachim Blazer. Top-of-mind questions for founders who want to raise (more) money. Joachim will teach you how to get there from cash flow planning to your company’s value, based on a unique tool.
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: The future of data protection - Storro BV
The cloud seems to be the answer to our increasing need for digital collaboration. But the downside is that one has no idea where its data is stored exactly, and who goes through it. Yori Kamphuis will share his vision of the future and a solution.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!
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18:00–19:00 Special Event: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 9/9 Presenting yourself
This weeks course: Presenting yourself. Making sure your customers like what they see isn't always easy. Telling the right story takes experience. Let our experts from SPLEND! and Digital fascination tell you how to do it.
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18:00–19:30 Office Hours: The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge - Citi
The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (“T4I”) is an open innovation program focused on bringing technology to the public sector to help make progress and provide transparency/integrity to their communities.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

February


Expansion Café II: Scaling Internationally, Boston Accelerators, Opportunities In China, Expanding To Emerging Markets

Thursday Gathering February 23rd

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Venture Cafe - Capital Tour XXL
Ask all your questions about Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam – taking place on March 15 –to connect startups and capital in 1 day!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Networking for start-up success (a research) - Eindhoven University of Technology & Accenture - Accenture & Eindhoven University of Technology
Your social network can have a big influence on your start-up performance! Within my Master Thesis I investigate this relationship. Do you want to know more or share your experience, please visit my infotable!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: How to expand to emerging markets? - Erasmus Consultancy Project 2017: Colombia
The Erasmus Consultancy Project helps companies to expand to emerging countries.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: How DutchBasecamp can help you scale internationally
DutchBasecamp helps startups scale internationally. During Venture Café startup founders can learn about the foundation's work and of course how to benefit from it in order to make a lean landing internationally faster and easier.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Curious to expand to the US and considering Boston? - Melissa Ablett **CANCELLED
Curious to expand to the US and considering Boston? Melissa Ablett (general manager at CIC Rotterdam) spent 10 years living in Boston and potential helpful connections to companies, organizations, and resources there.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: US, Canada & EU funding - RVO.nl
Meet experts from RVO who can advise you on how to enter the North American market, how we can help you and connect you with our colleagues and network in the US and Canada.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Expert advice on expanding internationally - Chamber of Commerce
Do you want to expand internationally in general or China, Iran and Turkey specifically and want to know how the KVK (Chamber of Commerce) can help you? Come and visit the Office Hours of Sevkan Cevirgen!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Let's go international // start your international journey well prepared // subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive Director 
Did you know Venture Cafe is part of a fast growing international network of innovation communities? We have sister organizations in Boston, Cambridge, Roxbury, Miami, St. Louis and new locations are opening soon in Philadelphia and Winston-Salem. This session is about how we can help you maximize your international expansion efforts with a little help from our global community. 
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Want fast traction in the US? Consider Boston Accelerators - Jos Scheffelaar from Boston
Dutch startups should consider accelerators as a quick and cost-effective way to get traction in the US market Jos Scheffelaar presents an overview of Boston accelerators, followed by an open discussion about US market entry and accelerators.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Business opportunities with China - From Dutch design to Manufacturing in China - Silk Route Partners
In this second edition the YES!Delft startup Shake-on will share its ups & downs in getting a smart bracelet manufactured in China. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well on getting your prototype manufactured in China. Don't miss this one!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Capital Tour XS - Build your strength, TheNextWomen Startup Stories & Intro to Blockchain

Thursday Gathering February 16th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Venture Cafe
Ask all your questions about Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam – taking place on March 15 –to connect startups and capital in 1 day!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Networking for start-up success (a research) - Eindhoven University of Technology & Accenture
Your social network can have a big influence on your start-up performance! Within my Master Thesis I investigate this relationship. Do you want to know more or share your experience, please visit my infotable!
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16:30–17:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen
Connect to and learn from ambitious and experienced entrepreneurs to discuss business issues and get inspired.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your business idea or innovation? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice / coaching how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Financial Consultant - Bituen Hidalgo
OFFICE HOUR: Bituen Hidalgo. If your pre-start-up, start-up or small company has questions on finance, drop by during the office hour. Bituen will be there to think together with you.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Intro to Blockchain
During this break out session we will dive in to the world of Bitcoin & Blockchain. I will start explaining the history behind Blockchain by talking about the existence of Bitcoin, where it all started.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS: Build Your Business Strength!
Valuation&Story-Telling - in other terms - why numbers without a story are just numbers and a story without numbers is just a dream and not a business.
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Play, grow, diversify & protect

Thursday Gathering February 9th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: How to realize the promise of diversity?
What can be done to better manage diversity in organisations? In this session Dr. Meir Shemla will present new answers on diversity questions from his own research on diversity in organizations.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Hello World! - Turing Society
Turing Society is back at Venture Café! This time they will be bringing the whole Rotterdam Chapter team including their newest bootcamp cohort and some alumni, who will be talking about their experiences with Turing Society!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding - Tailwind Crowd
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within crowdfunding industry.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: ECE Students: IdeaLab - ECE Students
IdeaLab is an event hosted by ECE Students and aims to connect students from Erasmus University with start-ups by engaging them in a case competition. The next IdeaLab takes place on 8 March 2017 and start-ups are welcome to participate.
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17:00–19:00 Break Out: We Have All Been Hacked; cyber security in our daily lives
Information and cyber security is not just relevant, it's big part of our daily lives. Join us for an evening of discovery. Presentation on how “We Have All Been Hacked”.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® - STUDIO.WHY
The participant will experience some of the possibilities provided by LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Startup Branding. Boost your beginning!
Inspiring presentation about startup branding. To boost your beginning and build a lasting business. A brand is more than a logo, color palette or a slogan. It’s the driving force behind your business. Crack the brand code to fully apply its power!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 2 of 4): Understand what it takes to make the deal
Founder (Niels van deuren, founder & CEO of HousingAnywhere) + venture capital investor (Jan Andriessen, associate partner @ henQ) discuss does and don'ts of working together
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Do you recognize your IP rights? - Your Legal Match
We go over some basic IP rights, give you the benefits and some best practices. We finalize the session with many given examples to recognize what IP rights might be applicable to the participants' product(s).
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18:45–19:30 Break Out: The Three Most Important Pitches You'll Ever Need - David Beckett
Learn to pitch like the best-funded Startups! David Beckett has trained more than 400 Startups to raise over €100 Million in investment. In this interactive session, he'll help you build the 3 most important pitches you will ever need.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Capital Tour XS: Ready To Raise?, Informal Investing, Be A Startup & Structure Your Organization With Startups

Thursday Gathering February 2nd

15:00–16:30 Office Hours: Informal Investing Platform - ING
ING would like to get connected to startups with proven traction (turn over, clients etc. and a business model in place) which are looking for funding.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: What if you could communicate in any language - the Test - Travis the Translator
Ever needed to speak or understand a foreign language, but you couldn't? What would it mean to you if you could communicate in any language? Please drop by!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Testing a prototype - ShoppingGuide
ShoppingGuide is doing customer research for their application development and likes to get some feedback on one of their clickable prototypes.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 1 of 4): Ready to Raise?
You will get practical insight in the investment process, the needed preparations and some rules of thumb to greatly improve your chances of getting funding especially from an informal investor. How do you become INVESTOR ready!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 7/9 Be a Start-up
This week's course: Business Development Generating your first revenue, getting your first customer. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to Structure your Organization with Startups - KPN & Nuon
KPN and Nuon are both working with Startups, in a totally different way. We'd like to share which choices we made and structure we choose in order to inspire you.
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19:00–20:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 1 of 4): Ready to Raise?
Robbert van Geldrop has held both positions of entrepreneur and investor- having founded and successfully sold his own company, becoming a mentor to several key accelerator programs he is an expert in understanding what you need to gain funding. Join Robbert for a Q&A, to ask all of your questions about funding!
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January


Opportunities in China, Mentorships & Security & Development

Thursday Gathering January 26th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Advice on innovation grants
Ugoo is a public funding partner specialized in helping innovative companies obtain grants and external funding. At Venture cafe Ugoo will conduct an analysis of your business activities and link these to any relevant grant opportunities.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Expert: Innovation Offshore Wind Energy
Sparring on how to make your innovation in the offshore wind sector successful (sales, finance, introductions to corporates, research institutes etc.)
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam - Venture Café
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Business opportunities with China - Silk Route Partners
Silk Route Partners, a platform for Euro-Chinese business, will kick off its series on "Business opportunities with China" with an interactive session about cultural differences between China and the West where you should be aware of.
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19:00–20:00 Side Event: Security & Development - Codemotion Tech Pills
In an interconnected world where everything depends on software (even hardware!), and everything is hackable, Information Security & Development both matter.They matter a lot.Hear out the guest experts & the coding community and share your thoughts!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Spin Out Confessions, Business Topics, Cleantech & Internationalization

Thursday Gathering January 19th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fast-track your cleantech business - Climate-KIC Benelux
How to transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success? At the Info Table you can learn more about the Climate-KIC Accelerator and how your business idea fits into the programme.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success - Climate-KIC
How to transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success? At the Info Table you can learn more about the Climate-KIC Accelerator and how your business idea fits into the programme.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam - Venture Café
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Starters International Business: Subsidy Info Session - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants of ENTRY2MARKET so that you start your international adventure well prepared. Info and Q&A on the 19th of January at 17h.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: Angel Investor Meetup - Angel Academy
Are you interested in angel investing and want to learn more about it? Do you want to meet other angel investors? Come and join us for a meetup during a Venture Cafe Thursday.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: What if you could communicate in any language - Travis the Translator
Ever needed to speak or understand a foreign language, but you couldn't? What would it mean to you if you could communicate in any language? Please drop by!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Spin Out Confessions - CIC
Many corporates are ahead of the game when it comes to spinning out. But there are still many challenges. So what’s the secret to spinning out successfully? Join us for a panel in which we'll hear from both sides what’s it’s really like to spin out.
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18:15–19:15 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 6/9 Business Development
This week's course: Business Development Generating your first revenue, getting your first customer. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.
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18:15–19:15 Break Out: New Business Matters
Do you know why your potential clients choose for your product or provision of services? Are you able to tell this to the point and in short terms, if asked?
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
IFFR, Crowdfunding Meetup & Getting Financed

Thursday Gathering January 12th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: IFFR: Future of Film
Propellor Film Tech Hub aims to develop new business models for production, distribution and experience of films. The first Propellor event takes places during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Time to meet the directors of IFFR!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Techilicious Appetizer
This event is a promotional activity; we serve appetizers and inform guest about Techilicious
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within the Dutch crowdfunding industry. Crowlending and crowdfunding provide financial alternatives for SMEs and Start ups. Ask us anything about these topics!
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16:30–17:15 Break Out: Behind the scenes of IFFR
This is your chance to get to know everything about the biggest cultural festival of the Netherlands.
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17:15–18:00 Break Out: The value chain for cinemas, Elsbeth Geukers interviews Marieke Jonker
Cinemas need to innovate constantly to stay up with the newest technological developments.
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17:30–19:00 Demo Market: ShoppingGuide
ShoppingGuide is a startup focused on helping retail in Rotterdam. Help us validate our different Value Propositions of our past research by examining and rating our prototypes! Feedback wanted!
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17:30–19:00 Info Table: Angel Investor Meetup - Angel Academy
Are you interested in angel investing and want to learn more about it? Do you want to meet other angel investors? Come and join us for a meetup during a Venture Cafe Thursday.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Exciting the Crowd – 5th Crowdfunding Meetup -
Thinking of crowdfunding? Or simply interested in learning the skills of creating a crowd campaign. Join crowd entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam at our workshop/meetup. Learn & share knowledge & experience – power to the crowd!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 Course Entrepreneurship Series By SCIENCECUP 5/9 - Getting Financed
Every 2 weeks we will present you one of the 9 business courses for you to be successful. It is recommended to follow all 9 courses. This week's course: Getting Financed
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Innovation chances for film, In4Art interviews Bram Kranendonk
The European Commission announced the Digital Single Market strategy in 2015. This strategy aims to open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe’s position as a world leader in the digital economy.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

2016

December


International Film Festival Rotterdam & Human Aid Greece & Spotlight On Ambassadors

Thursday Gathering December 22nd

15:00–20:00 Whole Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Future of Film - IFFR
Propellor | Film Tech Hub aims to develop new business models for production, distribution and experience of films. Do you want to participate in a Propellor event during the International Film Festival Rotterdam? Then come to the info table!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Awareness & funds concerning refugees - Human Aid in Greece
Human Aid in Greece will talk about the true conditions in the refugee camps in Greece. By sharing experiences they had, elaborating on what is going on in camps and emphasizing on why help is needed right away, they will show how you can help.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Erwin van Rooijen - Business Development & Leadership

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16:00–19:00 Info Table: TEDxRotterdam: meet the organization -
TEDxRotterdam is present to promote the organization and the events. Doing what they do best: connecting people and businesses.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Story Telling and Female Ventures

Thursday Gathering December 15th

15:00–20:00 Whole Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Energy innovation manager Monique Blokpoel - InnovatieLink
This Thursday Monique Blokpoel, energy innovation manager at InnovatieLink is holding office hour at Venture Café. Innovative SME entrepreneurs in the energy sector with questions about their innovation project, are welcome.
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16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Diego Bragato - Enterprise Software Architect
Are you an investor or entrepreneur that is wrestling with IT ? Do you need help for your technology stack, IT project or solution ? Please use the possibility get help on your most prominent IT questions for your business.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: National Marketing Battle - biggest NL marketing recruitment event
The National Marketing Battle (NMS) is the biggest marketing recruitment event of the Netherlands. The NMS appointed a part of their program to start-ups, including a 5 minute pitch and a networking drink with the 100 best marketing students!
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Engineering Entrepreneurship - Inholland
The Engineering Entrepreneurship (EE) program challenges students to develop a business of their own technological idea within ten weeks. They will test the technological, personal and market feasibility of the idea.
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16:00–19:00 Info Table: Techilicious Appetizer
This event is a promotional activity; we serve appetizers and inform guest about Techilicious
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16:30–17:30 Break Out: Storytelling workshop - TEDxRotterdam
Storytelling by TEDxRotterdam. Learn how to tell your great story in a way your audience stays interested and wants to know more.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Female Venture Booth 2.0
Promising female entrepreneurs share the challenges they face with the audience, which will consist of ambitious women who want to help other female entrepreneurs. Facilitating the connection between the entrepreneurs is the main goal of this event.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: 4/9 Business Modelling and Case - 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP
Business Modelling and building your Business Case
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Great Entrepreneurs are Storytellers - Teodor Cataniciu
Any entrepreneur should become first a great storyteller. Understand how to tell stories that are memorable and resonate with your target community.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
December 8

Thursday Gathering December 8th

15:00–16:40 Break Outs: Connecting Startups & SME's - EIT Health
Spread your innovative wings into Europe Are you prepared for the healthcare needs of tomorrow? Please attend the first EIT Health Belgium - The Netherlands start up and SME Event in Rotterdam on Thursday December 8!
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17:00–20:00 Social Impact Santa Claus 2.0: from giving to investing

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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Impact-Driven Startups - World Startup Factory

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

September
Monthly theme
Diversity & Resilience
The September program will follow soon!

October
Monthly theme
Blue and Social
The October program will follow soon!

November
Monthly theme
#StartMeUp
The November program will follow soon!

December
Monthly theme
Big Data, You and AI
The December program will follow soon!

January
Monthly theme
Futurescapes
The January program will follow soon!

February
Monthly theme
Robodome
The February program will follow soon!

March
Monthly theme
Got Talent
The March program will follow soon!

April
Monthly theme
Get Growing!
The April program will follow soon!

May
Monthly theme
Think Green
The May program will follow soon!

June
Monthly theme
Cross Culture
The June program will follow soon!


 

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