Past events

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

 

November
Monthly theme
Impact & Growth


Impact & Growth: The Kick-Off

Thursday Gathering November 7th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: All about Blue Tulip Awards 2019! - Blue Tulip Awards
The Blue Tulip Awards (previously Accenture Innovation Awards) is a year-round ecosystem-driven program aiming to accelerate innovators, build powerful collaborations and drive breakthrough innovation. Registrations are officially open until November 17, so this means #2WEEKSTOGO. Stop by to learn more!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Law office - Yavuzyigitoglu Advocatuur
Yavuzyigitoglu Advocatuur provides legal services for the next cases: Injury law, labor law, and contract law. Stop by the Info-Table to learn more!
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17:30–19:30 Office Hours: Online Marketing for Automated Lead Generation - Sarah Getu
Do you want to leverage online marketing, online advertising, and social media to generate new clients? Not sure where to start? Or do you need to optimize your current process? Let's sit down together and do a 30-min Online Marketing Assessment.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: 4-day Design Sprint - the value exchange experience - Noorderwind
Learn more about the 4-day Design Sprint and help us test our solution for a fair value exchange experience.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: 7 Reasons why you shouldn't become a founder! - Maheep Gupta, OCDLab
One question that the host of the session (Maheep Gupta) always ask the founders - why? Before we get to that question, let us talk about "why not" and then we will cover the "why".
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Team building mini-workshop: Flavours of Agile - AGILE Tandem: Your Professional Coach & Bio-inspired Think Tank
Do you want to learn how becoming Agile can help you to boost your personal and team building skills ? Come and experience Flavours of Agile with us! Learning with a lot of fun guaranteed! Your hosts are Aneta Schaap-Oziemlak and Jan Vrencken.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Unleash the creative power of your organization - Luciënne Koops
Creativity, success and the energy frequency of your organization is directly related. Curious how to unleash the full potential of your organization?
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Learn more about Blue Tulip Awards 2019! - Blue Tulip Awards
The Blue Tulip Awards (previously Accenture Innovation Awards) is a year-round ecosystem-driven program aiming to accelerate innovators, build powerful collaborations and drive breakthrough innovation. Registrations are officially open until November 17, so this means #2WEEKSTOGO. Learn more about the themes and your opportunities today!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

October
Monthly theme
Global Challenges, Local Solutions


Talent Night – Quality Education for All!

Thursday Gathering October 31st

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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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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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17:00–18:00 Special Event: Rotterdam Spouse Initiative - Reinvent yourself
For this session, we would like to shine the light on the different kind of groups and communities in Rotterdam. Each one of them will take five minutes to pitch to you why their network best suits you. You can, of course, pick one or more network to be part of. Below we outlined the program.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Invest in Rotterdam & get to know Hieroo: the local consultant - Hieroo Rotterdam
Do you want to invest in a better city of tomorrow? You can now! Stop by and learn more about Hieroo - the new local consultant - and our upcoming crowdfunding campaign!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: AOMB Intellectual Property - AOMB Intellectual Property
Patents? Trademarks? Designs? Copyright? We know all about it and are happy to answer any questions YOU have! Stop by our info table to meet us!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Connecting People And Technology - TRINAMICS
Trinamics is a Technical Recruitment Agency which connects people and technology. With several of their clients they have a tier one preferred supplier framework: they can often provide you with multiple career opportunities at the same client + offer you insights and tips so you can prepare well. Join them at their info table this week!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: International Project Yearbook 2019 - 2020 - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
The Yearbook is a compilation of research results of the pro-bono consulting projects performed by Rotterdam Business School Master Programmes to a network of local and International stakeholders.
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: The Chinese Belt Road Initiative - Harnessing Growth by using Railway via NL - Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
A Research hired by the Dutch Belt Road Research Center, the Masters candidates of Rotterdam Business school will discuss about the opportunities as well the limitations surrounding the Chinese Belt Road Initiative between The Netherlands - China.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Day for Change: sustainable entrepreneurship for a fairer world - Day for Change
Do you believe that our future lies with our young entrepreneurs? Day for Change challenges young people in the Netherlands to start a sustainable enterprise with a microcredit. Their profit goes to enterprising people world wide. Come and join us!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Academy: Impact - Startup Foundation
Get startup experience and go hands-on with startup life, guided by real founders.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Everything-as-a-Service, the Unconference - Firmhouse
Achieving a circular economy is depending on rethinking and reshaping ownership as we know it. Join the EaaS Unconference and discover the business models of our future!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ever dated a stranger? Try it! - Anita Abaisa, Black Ladies Talk
Connect with a stranger. It can be really hard to make a new connection while you attend a network meeting. Well, Black Ladies Talk is all about connecting. With our intervention, we aim to create connections between total strangers. So let's date!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Let's join monster night! - Chia Design and Art
Come visit our Info Table to join our Monster night! Chia Design and Art is a visualisation studio. We are busy on building visual storytelling through characters, environment art and 2D animation for games, animations and children books.
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17:30–19:30 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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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Explore alternative climate resilient cities - EthicSchool
Participate in a futuristic role play! Experience life in two cities implementing alternative solutions to combat the effects of climate change: Diana from Venetian-style local and organic Locor meets Jane from cosmopolitic and hightech Costech. Imagine, philosophize and discuss! Hosted by Ineke Malsch.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to get acces to your Talents in a sustainble way - TaPasCity
During an interactive and short experience session, TapasCity will tell you how to get access to your personal talents & passion.
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18:00–19:30 Office Hours: Does your idea need IP protection? Get a free & confidential IP consult! - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Can you talk about your innovative idea tonight without IP protection? Get a free consult at Venture Café to find out! Get independent information from Karen Kraan-Sam (patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to see if your idea needs IP protection. A safe environment since secrecy applies: so grab your opportunity to openly talk about your idea here.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: CIC Sustainability month kick-off - CIC
A showcase of CIC clients that are working on solutions to make the world a more sustainable place. Join this session and learn more from companies such as Finch&Beak, Darel, Noorderwind, Transition Hero, Corekees, Green Age Collective, EIT RawMaterials.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: SustainaBul: Ranking universities on sustainability - Studenten voor Morgen
The SustainaBul is a bottom-up ranking initiative, which started in 2012, aiming to challenge universities to become more sustainable. The ranking is ever evolving and we would like to share our experiences and exchange ideas for further development.
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18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: Codam - kicking off the Education Revolution! - Codam Coding College
At Codam, we believe high-quality education should be accessible to everyone. We want to fight for equal opportunity, inclusion, and to provide the youth of today with the tools and skills to navigate and impact the world of tomorrow.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Advancing Sustainability at VC and Beyond! - Coalesce.Earth
Learn about academic findings on sustainability within the Venture Café network as well as promising trends and opportunities for businesses and the innovation ecosystem.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland - The Spooky Edition mix - SecTalks Holland
Join us for the monthly session of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org meetups on information security!Join this monthly series of gatherings, touching on a few security topics, 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.
CLOSED (team will be at a Global Venture Café Gathering)

Thursday Gathering October 24th

17:00–20:00 Closed: There is NO Thursday Gathering on October 24th!
There is NO Thursday Gathering on October 24th due to a Venture Café Global Team Gathering. We will be back on October 31st!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Climate Action and Clean Energy

Thursday Gathering October 17th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Unlocking Personal Flight - Silverwing Aeronautics
Want to make personal flight a reality? Silverwing has made an electric, personal flying device in Delft. We are now flight testing our first vehicle, and looking for co-founders with a passion for business to be a part of bringing the S1 to market.
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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. Stop by to meet Laurens van Dort, founder of Fairf!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Stopping Modern Slavery - International Justice Mission (IJM)
Slavery still exists and it is bigger than ever before. If we don’t disrupt the model, slave owners will expand their power and steal more lives. But the world is changing: modern slavery can end in our lifetime! IJM's proven model works. Learn more about it at their break out or stop by at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ukrainian Women Entrepreneurs: Partnership for Sustainability - Women Entrepreneurs in Ukraine
A goal of the Ukrainian women entrepreneurs is to accelerate business development and build alliance for innovation, sustainability, and export as a follow up after the training course and a mentoring cycle supported by RVO (Netherlands).
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Sustainable urban energy production - Airturb
We believe everybody needs to participate in making our world green. We all need energy. From charging our phones to warming your home. The wind is our most powerful free supplier. Airturb harvests the wind and makes it usable energy to light up your live. Learn more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Smart Weather Solution – A product development project from Aalto University (Finland)
Students from Aalto university (Finland) are working together with SkyEcho on a 8 months product design project to develop a smart city solution for weather resilience applications. They just kicked-off this week and would love to share their idea with you and get some first user-research outputs - stop by!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How you can help us Build the "New Femininity" and Why. - Heleniq A / Women of Truth
The New Femininity - Paradigm Shift of the Century
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join us in Everlasting Improvement Together! - Aristot
Aristot is a premium mentorship platform. We bridge the customer, who needs work-related solutions, with the right mentor, a Fortune 500 company leader.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Stopping Modern Slavery - International Justice Mission (IJM)
Slavery still exists and it is bigger than ever before. If we don’t disrupt the model, slave owners will expand their power and steal more lives. But the world is changing: modern slavery can end in our lifetime! IJM's proven model works. Join this workshop! [NB please join from the start to prevent interruptions during the session]
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17:30–19:30 Office Hours: Integrity in Finances - Groene Berg
What is integrity? Why do you need a positive approach of putting integrity into your finances? Raymond ter Bogt and Stephan Dankers, partners at Groene Berg, will discuss with you some interesting facts about integrity and how it may help develop your business. Book your timeslot now!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: HD Weather x Urban innovation - SkyEcho
Many citizens and about 70% of businesses in cities are affected by weather (extremes) worldwide but only a very small fraction is actually taking resilience actions. How can we increase weather awareness in cities and therefore improve the use of weather data for future climate adaptation? Join this discussion hosted by SkyEcho's Yann Dufournet.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Visibility for female entrepreneurs - Heleniq A / Women of Truth
Standing out in your market and getting noticed for what you're best at is a tricky business. Positioning yourself and your brand online, building a business that is noticed amongst the noise is challenging throughout. Join this session and learn how to increase visibility to female entrepreneurs locally and globally.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Brand Humanizing: A humane turn on doing business - Brand Humanizing Institute
During this session I’ll show you we shouldn’t fear AI/Automation taking our jobs, but how we can actually leverage it to become more human. If we use Artificial Intelligence the right way, we can make our work and customer interactions more humane.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: What if we teach the Sustainable Development Goals? - Bekir Okalper
Bekir Okalper, an education professional and the SDSN Global Schools Advocate, explores the links with you between the SDG agenda, meta-cognition, learner autonomy, and social entrepreneurship. The session aims to contribute to your understanding of the SDGs in a more educational aspect by offering a practical approach to championing the SDGs. Join the discussion!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
#SDGCafe meets Venture Café

Thursday Gathering October 10th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: The brand for the selfless. - Canwe
Canwe wants to become the number one brand of sports t-shirts in the world. A brand with a higher purpose that carries the values of giving back and social justice. Welcome to a brand revolution! Welcome to Canwe!
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17:00–18:30 Special Event: #SDGCafe meets Venture Café: Maritime, Recycling and Inclusivity (in Dutch)
We aim to make visible and tangible during this Café what happens to achieve the SDGs, with hands-on examples from Rotterdam. The focus will be on three themes within SDG 8 during this session: maritime, recycling and inclusivity. Expect an opening by Sandra Pellegrom, the new SDG Coordinator for NL, startup pitches, and connecting with a relevant network! (NB session held in Dutch)
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Rotterjam - Canwe? - Rotterjam
Rotterjam welcomes the launch of Canwe! As from the 10th of October, you will be able to choose this positive impact project when purchasing a Canwe t-shirt.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Workflow & Digitization of Remote Projects - MapGage
A solution to drastically improve efficiency & knowledge of your fieldwork operations with Mapgage. Our competitors leave human intelligence aside. We transform it into data! Meet at the info-table - Thomas Joyce (Sales Manager). Francois Le Guillou (Director).
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: ehvLINC - Legal & Tax Help for Startups - ehvLINC
Are you a startup founder? Did you get lost in all that legal and tax mumbo jumbo? The depth of your pockets does not allow you to pay for lawyers and tax consultants? ehvLINC might be the program for you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Doing good, by drinking coffee - Wakuli
Wakuli is revolutionizing the coffee industry as we know it. By cutting out unnecessary links in the coffee supply chain, and by building long-lasting relationships, we're ultimately helping the coffee farmers behind it. The result? Highest Quality!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: ehvLINC - Legal & Tax Help for Startups - ehvLINC
Are you a startup founder? Did you get lost in all that legal and tax mumbo jumbo? The depth of your pockets does not allow you to pay for lawyers and tax consultants? ehvLINC might be the program for you! Learn more about the program during this deep dive session.
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18:00–18:15 Break Out: Bar Celebration - Canwe
A brand that carries the values of giving back to the community, of social justice, of equality, of helping others... because all profits go to a charity or social activity that they chose. If there is time for Canwe, it is now! See you on the at 18:00 to celebrate this brand revolution!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Global issues & a Dutch solution to waste collection - GroenCollect
GroenCollect's business developer, Sophie de Gaudemont, will be presenting on the topic of Global issues and Dutch solutions. In this session, you will get to learn more about a waste management and collection service for dense urban areas.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Using the SDGs to become a force for positive change - Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
Join Eva Rood, director of the positive change initiative @RSM, to learn what Rotterdam School of Management does to become a force for positive change, using the SDG-framework
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Women of truth Changemakers - Heleniq A /Women of Truth
The One Thing you've been missing to become a true Changemaker: Social Entrepreneurship.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Warm-up for the SDGs

Thursday Gathering October 3rd

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about your opportunities! - 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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17:00–19:00 Info Table: India & Singapore Global Village! - Ingenious Faces
Get a chance to interact with young entrepreneurial leaders from India and Singapore and engage in future emerging market trends, employability frameworks as well as Entrepreneurial growth opportunities! This is your chance to Grow Global!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Open Office at Noorderwind! - Noorderwind
Come by to check out our new office, where we display the portfolio of projects we are currently working on (all global challenges - local solutions) & you can get a taste of what it is like to sprint with us by checking out our design sprint space!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: 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: How to become the best leader your scale up needs - VIE People
What about a leadership program where we can help you to become the best leader your start/scale-up deserves? Join to learn how to become that leader and how to build an innovative culture!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Finance Simple: Focus on your business - Groene Berg
You just want to know how your business is doing. Welcome at Groene Berg! Our mission? Simplify your finances. Your benefit? More time to focus on your goals, friends and your family. Stop by to learn more about our services!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Pitching Room| Global Accelerator Program - Ingenious Faces
If you are an early stage Entrepreneur/Ideapreneur and looking for global growth and investment, this is your chance! Come join us for an elevator pitch session and avail an opportunity to travel to India for an Accelerator Program!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to become the best leader your scale up needs - VIE People
What about a leadership program where we can help you to become the best leader your start/scale-up deserves? Join to learn how to become that leader and how to build an innovative culture!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–19:00 Info Table: Use your business expertise for good - help refugee entrepreneurs! - Forward Incubator
Want to share your knowledge and expertise in business to a good cause? Help entrepreneurs with a refugee background to build a successful business!
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18:00–18:15 Bar Celebration: Celebratory moment for Noorderwind (Nw)! - Noorderwind
Celebration moment for Noorderwind (Nw) - they celebrate their 3rd birthday and move to CIC Rotterdam!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Seminar Rotterdam - Philips Innovation Award 2020 - 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... Join in!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

September
Monthly theme
Future of Travel


Future of Travel

Thursday Gathering September 26th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Cyber Security awareness hour during every lifecycle of a company - SCYL
SCYL is able to assist organizations and partners with product solutions and services across physical and virtual landscapes, to counter developing cyber threats and attacks. Join this Cyber Security awareness Info-Table - suitable for every lifecycle of a company.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Doing good in september - Rotterdammersvoorelkaar
Doing good, how hard can it be? Well, it is actually really easy! In September Rotterdammersvoorelkaar already exists for 3 years. That's why September is all about doing good.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: AOMB Intellectual Property - AOMB Intellectual Property
Patents? Trademarks? Designs? Copyright? We know all about it and are happy to answer any questions YOU have! Stop by our info table to meet us!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Finance Simple: Focus on your business - Groene Berg
You just want to know how your business is doing. Welcome at Groene Berg! Our mission? Simplify your finances. Your benefit? More time to focus on your goals, friends and your family. Stop by to learn more about our services!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ever dated a stranger? Try it! - Anita Abaisa, Black Ladies Talk
Connect with a stranger. It can be really hard to make a new connection while you attend a network meeting. Well, Black Ladies Talk is all about connecting. With our intervention, we aim to create connections between total strangers. So let's date!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking for a Co-Founder - Canwe
What if every single time you did exercise you could be supporting the social causes you cared about? Come and find us at Venture Café and find out more!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Managing the Changing Dynamics of a Scaleup - Neerventure.com
Scaling up your startup comes with a few subtle and not so subtle challenges that you might not have seen coming. As a CTO, Marc has seen a few scaleups struggle. Join this session and learn from their mistakes.
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17:30–19:30 Office Hours: Online Marketing for Automated Lead Generation - Sarah Getu
Do you want to leverage online marketing, online advertising, and social media to generate new clients? Not sure where to start? Or do you need to optimize your current process? Let's sit down together and do a 30-min Online Marketing Assessment.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Top Tips to Start Your Shared Mobility Startup
Juuve started 2,5 years ago and now has a fleet of 250 cars. With 9 million cars in the Netherlands, the shared mobility market needs way more cars to create impact. Juuve invites fellow entrepreneurs to enter the scene and will share some great tips!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Influencer Marketing for the Future of Travel - Madam Rotterdam
Whether you’re a brand already running influencer marketing campaigns or an influencer content creator looking to build new partnerships, there is something for everyone. Learn about future trends and solutions on influencer and city marketing.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Intro into the Art of Performance - Dhyan Vimal Institute for Higher Learning
Are you looking into discovering who you are is a direct reflection of the performance you are producing? Join the Breakout session and get a sneek peak into workshop THE ART OF PERFORMANCE (AOP) which will be held in Rotterdam on the 28th of September. Hosted by Navin Pillay.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How much is a patent worth? - AOMB Intellectual Property
In this session you get the opportunity to learn about the value of a patent. You will be amazed by the added value! Surprise me with your story.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland 0x0E – intro to web hacking! - SecTalks Holland
Another round of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings reviewing different security topics, 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.
Talent Night: Quality Education for All!

Thursday Gathering September 19th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Do good, make impact & connect - Voor Goed // Rotterdam Impact Agency
Are you doing good? Do you want to enlarge your positive social footprint in Rotterdam? Than join us at our info table. Together we explore the possibilities to join forces and make more sustainable impact in Rotterdam.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Get to know about a fast-growing scale-up - Helloprint
This is your chance to get to know Helloprint and discover everything you wanted to know about working for a fast-growing scale-up (and any opportunities we might have for you!).
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Hospitality Marketing Tool - Nocto
Do you have a network in nightlife / horeca / music / events? Interested in social media and digital marketing? Come find our info table and let's talk!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Open Office Hour - Peak Capital
Early-stage Venture Capital fund Peak Capital will host an Open Office hour @Venture Café. SaaS, platform and marketplace founders are welcome to discuss any topic related to building or scaling your business.
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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 + Special Rcd19 Bar: 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. And enjoy a complimentary special #RCD19 cocktail at the same time!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking to pursue a career in data science? Meet Crunch Analytics!
We just opened our brand-new Rotterdam office and are looking for data science profiles to enforce our team. Do you want to be part of a fast-growing data science startup? Meet the Crunch team and have a chat with us!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fundraising as a growth hack - Seedrs
Pop by our info table to discuss how the likes of Revolut, Brewdog, Landbay and many more have used their crowdfunding as a growth hack.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Sustainable urban energy production - Airturb
We believe everybody needs to participate in making our world green. We all need energy. From charging our phones to warming your home. The wind is our most powerful free supplier. Airturb harvests the wind and makes it usable energy to light up your live.
Read more >

17:00–20:00 Office Hours: How to Succeed in Business in Seven Day Sprints - 7days2go
Meet Sven Stigter, cofounder at 7days2go to share your current business challenge. 7days2go counts on more than 40 experts ready to help you succeed in sprints of seven days.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: An unconventional team - HousingAnywhere
We’re here to make an impact, a truly meaningful one. We want to change the way people rent, we want to change the way people decide to live, we want to help people with housing, anywhere. Want to know more about our team? Get in touch!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: A phone call to improve quality of life of dementia patients - Care-Riing
Care-Riing provides speech technology which improves quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Stop by at their info table between 17:00-19:00 to learn more and join their celebratory moment at 18:00!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: What can IQEQ do to help expand your business? - IQ-EQ Corporate, Fund & Investor Services Provider
When you establish an entity, it needs to meet your requirements. You need to feel confident that it’s the right type of entity, in the right jurisdiction. We have the experience, technology, and expertise to handle different asset classes, portfolios, fund structures and investor demands. So whatever choice you make, we can help.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Talent at Startups - KplusV
Get to know everything about the way investors look at talent and what is needed to successfully grow your business. Next to that, there are some cool positions available at KplusV!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Tax update following Prinsjesdag ("Budget Day") - EY
EY presents the "EY Prinsjesdag 2019 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.
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How do you make sure that you get most out of your talent and your day? - Better Minds at Work and TaPas City
How do you make sure that you get most out of your talent and your day? In this workshop, you will get a good insight in your own talent ánd how you can use that in the best way for yourself ánd your company.
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to succeed in the job market and start your business as an international alumni based in NL? - Holland Alumni Network & Here2Start
Meet Maria Lucía Bermúdez and Alejandro Rodriguez, two international alumni from Colombia and Mexico will share theirs after graduation experiences within the Dutch job market and the startup ecosystem.
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: The War for Talent: are you on the winning side? - Corporate Wellness
With the talent crisis looming, both companies and talents can benefit so much more from healthy corporate cultures. Know your ROI from being healthier and happier in your job and strategy that works for more employee engagement.
Read more >

18:00–18:15 Special Event: Bar Celebration - Care-Riing
Celebrate a special milestone with the founders of Care-Riing! Care-Riing provides speech technology which improves quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Stop by at their info table between 17:00-19:00 to learn more and join their celebratory moment at 18:00!
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: The Future of Human Capital
During this keynote session, we aim to demystify the future of human capital. With an ever-larger war on talent and many open vacancies at growing companies, we would like to showcase what great initiatives are happening to solve this and how equal opportunities for all are created at both the city of Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. Meet the keynote speakers: Eva De Mol, André Schiele, Ramon Landman and Travis Sheridan. The keynote speeches are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Travis Sheridan.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Talent Night: The Future of Human Capital (Rotterdam Capital Days)

Thursday Gathering September 19th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Do good, make impact & connect - Voor Goed // Rotterdam Impact Agency
Are you doing good? Do you want to enlarge your positive social footprint in Rotterdam? Than join us at our info table. Together we explore the possibilities to join forces and make more sustainable impact in Rotterdam.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Get to know about a fast-growing scale-up - Helloprint
This is your chance to get to know Helloprint and discover everything you wanted to know about working for a fast-growing scale-up (and any opportunities we might have for you!).
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Hospitality Marketing Tool - Nocto
Do you have a network in nightlife / horeca / music / events? Interested in social media and digital marketing? Come find our info table and let's talk!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Open Office Hour - Peak Capital
Early-stage Venture Capital fund Peak Capital will host an Open Office hour @Venture Café. SaaS, platform and marketplace founders are welcome to discuss any topic related to building or scaling your business.
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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.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table + Special Rcd19 Bar: 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. And enjoy a complimentary special #RCD19 cocktail at the same time!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking to pursue a career in data science? Meet Crunch Analytics!
We just opened our brand-new Rotterdam office and are looking for data science profiles to enforce our team. Do you want to be part of a fast-growing data science startup? Meet the Crunch team and have a chat with us!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fundraising as a growth hack - Seedrs
Pop by our info table to discuss how the likes of Revolut, Brewdog, Landbay and many more have used their crowdfunding as a growth hack.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Sustainable urban energy production - Airturb
We believe everybody needs to participate in making our world green. We all need energy. From charging our phones to warming your home. The wind is our most powerful free supplier. Airturb harvests the wind and makes it usable energy to light up your live.
Read more >

17:00–20:00 Office Hours: How to Succeed in Business in Seven Day Sprints - 7days2go
Meet Sven Stigter, cofounder at 7days2go to share your current business challenge. 7days2go counts on more than 40 experts ready to help you succeed in sprints of seven days.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: An unconventional team - HousingAnywhere
We’re here to make an impact, a truly meaningful one. We want to change the way people rent, we want to change the way people decide to live, we want to help people with housing, anywhere. Want to know more about our team? Get in touch!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: A phone call to improve quality of life of dementia patients - Care-Riing
Care-Riing provides speech technology which improves quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Stop by at their info table between 17:00-19:00 to learn more and join their celebratory moment at 18:00!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: What can IQEQ do to help expand your business? - IQ-EQ Corporate, Fund & Investor Services Provider
When you establish an entity, it needs to meet your requirements. You need to feel confident that it’s the right type of entity, in the right jurisdiction. We have the experience, technology, and expertise to handle different asset classes, portfolios, fund structures and investor demands. So whatever choice you make, we can help.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Talent at Startups - KplusV
Get to know everything about the way investors look at talent and what is needed to successfully grow your business. Next to that, there are some cool positions available at KplusV!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Tax update following Prinsjesdag ("Budget Day") - EY
EY presents the "EY Prinsjesdag 2019 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.
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How do you make sure that you get most out of your talent and your day? - Better Minds at Work and TaPas City
How do you make sure that you get most out of your talent and your day? In this workshop, you will get a good insight in your own talent ánd how you can use that in the best way for yourself ánd your company.
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to succeed in the job market and start your business as an international alumni based in NL? - Holland Alumni Network & Here2Start
Meet Maria Lucía Bermúdez and Alejandro Rodriguez, two international alumni from Colombia and Mexico will share theirs after graduation experiences within the Dutch job market and the startup ecosystem.
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: The War for Talent: are you on the winning side? - Corporate Wellness
With the talent crisis looming, both companies and talents can benefit so much more from healthy corporate cultures. Know your ROI from being healthier and happier in your job and strategy that works for more employee engagement.
Read more >

18:00–18:15 Special Event: Bar Celebration - Care-Riing
Celebrate a special milestone with the founders of Care-Riing! Care-Riing provides speech technology which improves quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Stop by at their info table between 17:00-19:00 to learn more and join their celebratory moment at 18:00!
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: The Future of Human Capital
During this keynote session, we aim to demystify the future of human capital. With an ever-larger war on talent and many open vacancies at growing companies, we would like to showcase what great initiatives are happening to solve this and how equal opportunities for all are created at both the city of Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands. Meet the keynote speakers: Eva De Mol, André Schiele, Ramon Landman and Travis Sheridan. The keynote speeches are followed by a panel discussion and Q&A, moderated by Travis Sheridan.
Read more >


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

Thursday Gathering September 12th

10:00–17:00 Side Event: Blockchain Hackathon: Hyperledger Fabric (part 2/2) - Blockchain Community & IBM
Two days Blockchain training on how to build new solutions with Hyperledger Fabric presented by the IBM developer team. With this quick-start, you'll learn more about how to build your Blockchain solution with hyperledger fabric, some important use cases and how its disrupting businesses. This hackathon is hosted by and at Venture Café Rotterdam and is completely free to participate, also, there will be a great prize for the winning team >> learn more! (part 2/2)
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17:00–18:00 Office Hours: Speed-date Session on Smart Mobility - KPN
We are looking for innovative solutions in these specific area’s: In-car applications to optimize driving and safety; Connected Technology based on AI or IoT; Traffic and fleet management. If your solutions match with one (or more) of the described above, we would like to invite you for a one on one speed date session with our KPN experts on Smart Mobility.
Read more >

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: 5 Days full of Events about Capital in Rotterdam! - Rotterdam Capital Days
Clear up your calendar! Rotterdam Capital Days will kick off on September 18 and will offer participants five days of various events until September 22.
Read more >

17:00–18:30 Break Out: Ready.Set.GROW! How to build a winning pitch deck - Symbid
Creating a killing pitch deck is crucial at any stage of the fundraising process. This in-depth and hands-on workshop powered by Symbid will provide you with the tools you need to build your own pitch deck and jumpstart your fundraising journey! Let's get ready for Rotterdam Capital Days 2019!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam (Rotterdam Capital Days)
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Birthday Give Back: Free International Commercial Review - InspireSpree Consultancy
Have any issues or concerns over your international commercial contracts? As a give back for her birthday, Vinnie Wee from InspireSpree Consultancy will review your contract for a free, no obligation discussion to help you to navigate through them.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Influencer Marketing for the Future of Cities - Madam Rotterdam
How has Madam Rotterdam succeeded through the usage of Social Media and Influential Marketing? Come join Maria Bahamam and Mike Rynart to get answers. Also, play our game to get a chance to win a piece of Rotterdam. Just pop by to find out
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn more about the "The Wheel of Funding" event & "Meet the Community Lunch" @ Startdock - Rotterdam Capital Days
Are you a startup or scale-up? Stop by to learn more about the two events organized by Startdock during Rotterdam Capital Days on September 20!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Introducing Swabit 2.0! - Swabit
Swabit blends social interaction with information about the place where you are. Think of an interactive map where you can pin posts asking questions or sharing any information you want with all other Swabitters who are close to you.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Trinitas Urbana: economic fulfillment, mobility behavior and urban design - Studio Bereikbaar
How do cities really work? To answer this question, we developed a research plan to explore the links between economic fulfillment, mobility behavior and urban design. In this break out, we will share the reasoning behind this integrated approach.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Dutch Balanced Labour Market Act: is your employment policy balanced? - Doorn en Keizer B.V.
Effective 1 January 2020, new employment rules will enter into force aiming to improve the balance between flexible and permanent employment agreements. Join this session about Dutch employment law changes in 2020.
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17:30–19:30 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!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Why should we travel? Why not in VR/AR - MUST SEE BV
Why are we still traveling by public transport or our cars? Are we afraid to use AR/VR communication!? In this break-out we will show you the future of travel with AR/VR holoportation.
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18:00–19:00 Office Hours: Blockchain Speed-dates - KPN
Do you have an innovative blockchain solution? Do you think you can be of added value to KPN's projects and customers? And do you want to partner-up with KPN? Come to our speed date event to get in contact with our blockchain experts and team!
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Ready.Set.GROW! Alternative Finance: how to combine different funding sources? - KplusV
Get ready for the Rotterdam Capital Days! KplusV Startup Funding prepares you on how to raise your funding round by combining angel investments, crowdfunding, public funds and other funding sources. Join this session to learn more!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 Barcelona, #Join team Rotterdam - Gemeente Rotterdam - Rotterdam Partners
This mission is particularly interesting for Dutch organizations that are active within Smart Cities and have the ambition to expand their business activities internationally.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Maritime and Port innovation (World Port Days)

Thursday Gathering September 5th

10:00–15:00 Side Event: Blockchain Hackathon: Hyperledger Fabric (part1/2) - Blockchain Community & IBM
Two days Blockchain training on how to build new solutions with Hyperledger Fabric presented by the IBM developer team. With this quick-start, you'll learn more about how to build your Blockchain solution with hyperledger fabric, some important use cases and how its disrupting businesses. This hackathon is hosted by and at Venture Café Rotterdam and is completely free to participate, also, there will be a great prize for the winning team >> learn more! (part 1/2)
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Public Policy Office Hours for CIC members - Klimbie Public Affairs
Navigating regulations, laws, and policies that affect your startup can seem overwhelming. That's why we've invited Rogier Klimbie, owner of a public policy advisory firm and ex-head of Public Policy at Google NL to answer your questions.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Haptics for the Maritime Sector - Smart-Ship
Visit our info table to feel what solutions Smart-Ship offers to ensure the safety of our Marines and the entire Maritime sector!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: 5 Days full of Events about Capital in Rotterdam! - Rotterdam Capital Days
Clear up your calendar! Rotterdam Capital Days will kick off on September 18 and will offer participants five days of various events until September 22.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Data-driven performance management of ships - We4Sea b.v.
90% of all goods we use on a daily basis have been transported by ships. We4Sea offers advanced performance management systems to optimize fuel consumption of ships, and reduce emissions.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: SpareSpace
SpareSpace is the place for new entrepreneurs. It is a unique concept. We combine the right working space with services entrepreneurs may need.
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17:00–18:30 Office Hours: Does your idea need IP protection? Get a free & confidential IP consult! - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Can you talk about your innovative idea without IP protection? Get a free consult at Venture Café to find out! Get independent information from Karen Kraan-Sam (patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to see if your idea needs IP protection. A safe environment since secrecy applies: so grab your opportunity to openly talk about your idea here!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Art of Performance - Dhyan Vimal Institute for Higher Learning (DVI)
The Art of Performance is an introspective mindfulness programme designed by DVI to simulate the embodying process and to empower participants to awaken the performer within you, to rise and attain breakthroughs and results.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Business Booster - innovation, design thinking & entrepreneurship - VANBLEND
How can entrepreneurship, design thinking and innovation help to develop smart services for your organization? Want to learn how to create valuable solutions that will help to “fast- forward” your business? Join the VANBLEND Business Booster!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet the EIT Health 2019 Startups - YES!Delft
Early September, the ten most promising early stage MedTech startups from all over Europe, will start the fourth edition of EIT Health Validation Lab. During this two months program teams will validate their ideas, market potential and business model. Come meet them today and hear their pitches!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam (Rotterdam Capital Days)
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Be smart: use Earth observation - DotSpace foundation
Join us to find out how measurements and imagery from satellites provide reliable data – free and open for everyone to use – for smart city & port management! Also learn about our upcoming event "Eyes on Earth Roadshow" on 24-25 September at CIC Rotterdam.
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Minimum Viable Product or Proof of Concept Application within 2 weeks - Sudar Solutions
We all have great business ideas and want to show or prove it to our potential customer, partner or investor preferably in a working application as soon as possible. With no-code development, you can make this happen.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Meet the EIT Health 2019 Startups - YES!Delft
Early September, the ten most promising early stage MedTech startups from all over Europe, will start the fourth edition of EIT Health Validation Lab. During this two months program teams will validate their ideas, market potential and business model. Come meet them today and hear their pitches!
Read more >

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: Use your business expertise for good - help refugee entrepreneurs! - Forward Incubator
Want to share your knowledge and expertise in business to a good cause? Help entrepreneurs with a refugee background to build a successful business!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Accelerate energy transition through sharing batteries - Skoon Energy
Changing energy production towards renewables is challenging. With Skoon, we found the missing link in the chain! Imagine electric shipping... and sustainable festivals! Interested to find out how? Join the session with Iori van den Doel.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

August
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Summer School

Thursday Gathering August 29th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: 5 Days full of Events about Capital in Rotterdam! - Rotterdam Capital Days
Clear up your calendar! Rotterdam Capital Days will kick off on September 18 and will offer participants five days of various events until September 22.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam (Rotterdam Capital Days)
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Meet and greet with regional start-up liaisons Singapore and Germany/Berlin
The start-up liaisons create and maintain an active network with start-ups and related organizations such as incubators, accelerators, maker spaces and investors in both Singapore and the Netherlands. Anyone who is enthusiastic about the start and scale-up scene and wants to talk about the Dutch, Asian and German Start-up ecosystem and the changes, and challenges it offers are welcome to join!
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17:30–19:30 Break Out: Finance Academy - Leapfunder
Need some investment and financial advice for your startup? Get all the financial knowledge you need from Leapfunder's CEO Tienko Rasker. You will learn how to use convertibles, different equity classes, debt, shareholders' agreements and much more.
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to write content that people actually like to read - Afke Teunen Content Creation
Sorry, there really is no way to make content writing a lot easier. However, there are 5 ways to make your blogs, posts, e-mails or press releases a lot better. Want to know more? Grab a seat and join this lecture. Oh, and don’t forget your laptop.
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18:00–19:30 Break Out: Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills for Life. Expressing Our Emotions & Giving Feedback Constructively - Expat Wellbeing & CoBuild
Emotional Intelligence is an essential life skill for healthy relationships with yourself and others. How to understand, express & reflect on your emotions in a new country, using the local language? Let's brush up our EQ and Dutch language at once.
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Storytelling MasterClass - Social Media Storytelling
Stories enable us to build personality and create a connection with consumers. But can we actually tell a story on social media? Is it possible to narrate a story with social media posts that are supposed to be short and sweet? It turns out there are many ways to use social media for storytelling!
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Becoming Unstoppable - The 6 Fundamentals - www.inesgaston.com
Gain clarity, build confidence and thrive with energy. We can’t control life but we can control the way we respond to these events. Today you will learn how!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland 0x0f – summer session; red teaming & hardware security! - SecTalks Holland
Summer round of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings reviewing different security topics, 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.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering August 22nd

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The fun, fast & efficient language school! - Una Paloma Blanca
The teachers at UPB are fun-loving professionals who know that the most effective way to learn is not only with traditional teaching methods but also by providing the students with exciting, engaging learning experiences.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore your opportunities in Japan! - INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
Information Development is looking for (close to) graduates who have studied Computer Science and/or have affinity with Japan or the Japanese language. ID is happy to answer all questions you may have at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Stairways 2.0 - karnebeek tekenbureau
The shapes of stairways can be used to make buildings look more beautiful. Until now mainly surfaces are used for this purpose not the shapes. This is a missed chance. Karnebeek Tekenbureau turns walking up a stairway into an exciting experience. Come find out more about Staircase 2.0!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–19:30 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!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Open innovation tools for organisations - Noorderwind
Do you work for a bigger organisation and want to push innovation? Wonder what the best tools are to make your organisation open to more innovation? Come find out!
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18:00–19:30 Break Out: Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills for Life. Connecting Our Emotions, Thoughts & Actions - Expat Wellbeing & CoBuild
Emotional Intelligence is an essential life skill for healthy relationships with yourself and others. How to understand, express & reflect on your emotions in a new country, using the local language? Let's brush up our EQ and Dutch language at once.
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Storytelling MasterClass - Create your Brand Story
In this master class,  we will answer questions like "Are you struggling to define who you are?", Is it a hassle to tell the story behind your business? "," Do you need help to create a clear compelling message, the story behind your fire?"
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: "How to achieve Peak performance" - DX3LABINJO
Pitch preparation session. After this session, you will know how to prepare in the best way for your pitch. How to feel more confident while pitching and how to connect positively with your audience.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How To Keep Your Agenda Empty And Get Important Sh*t Done At The Same Time! - Tony de Bree Consulting, Training & Coaching
Successful entrepreneurs are good at managing their time, energy & money. In this break-out session, Tony de Bree will show you how by focusing on the important 'sh*t', you get more things done in less time, spending less energy & making more money!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering August 15th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Plastic-free athletic apparel crowdfunding - Iron Roots
Did you know that more than 90% of all sportswear contains plastic? Iron Roots strives to be THE alternative to this, by making natural athletic apparel, from sustainable materials like hemp and eucalyptus. Would you like to know more about this? Drop by and say hello.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: AOMB Intellectual Property - AOMB Intellectual Property
Patents? Trademarks? Designs? Copyright? We know all about it and are happy to answer any questions YOU have! Stop by our info table to meet us!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Virtual Reality Opportunities in the near future - ProKitVR
How will Virtual Reality impact your business? VR is maturing, so learn about the opportunities that are arising from Freek Teunen during this session.
Read more >

18:00–19:30 Break Out: Emotional Intelligence, Soft Skills for Life - Expat Wellbeing & CoBuild
Emotional Intelligence is an essential life skill for healthy relationships with yourself and others. How to understand, express & reflect on your emotions in a new country, using the local language? Let's brush up our EQ and Dutch language at once.
Read more >

18:00–20:00 Break Out: Storytelling MasterClass - The Story Behind Your Business
In this master class,  we will answer questions like "Are you struggling to define who you are?", Is it a hassle to tell the story behind your business? "," Do you need help to create a clear compelling message, the story behind your fire?"
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Big data - an overview of the landscape - Mabel Otto
How is big data created? What can we do with big data? Join this Summer School session, and learn more about big data.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Let's design a website for your startup in under an hour - By Jasper from Snapcrowd
Designing a website for your startup in under an hour is absolutely possible: It's all about preparation. In this session, you will learn how to quickly transform your ideas on to your screen and you get some great and easily applicable tips that you can use in your own design.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering August 8th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The Print Lab: 3D Printing 1-Day Summer School - The Print Lab at CIC powered by Raise3D
Learn about our one-day workshop on the processes and technologies related to 3D printing. Learn how to create a 3D model, prepare it for printing, and print it in our 3D makerspace here at CIC Rotterdam, on Raise3D printers.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam (Rotterdam Capital Days)
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to be a Vital Leader - Enforce Rotterdam (in Dutch)
Vitale ondernemers zijn energieke, fitte en actieve leiders, leiders die scherper zijn en goed zorgen voor hun lichaam én geest en zorgen voor een zo optimaal mogelijke balans tussen werk en privé! Completere en betere leiders!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: What is happening in 3D Printing right now? The perspective of a designer! - The Print Lab
Focussed on the design perspective of Additive Manufacturing, this talk will highlight seven recently developed projects. This talk is held by designer Vanessa Dreier, who is also the instructor and knowledge mediator of The Print Lab.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Effective Networking & Social Selling - Entnest
Time is limited, but opportunity is almost abundant. Improve the efficiency of your network, and learn how to use social platforms to drive your business forwards!
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Storytelling MasterClass - Storytelling in Your Pitch
In this master class,  we will answer questions like "Are you struggling to define who you are?", Is it a hassle to tell the story behind your business? "," Do you need help to create a clear compelling message, the story behind your fire?"
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: How to find the perfect co-founder - Hayden Young - Marketing Manager for Antler Amsterdam
A brief presentation (15 minutes) followed by a Q&A (15 minutes) on how to find the perfect co-founder, why it's vital that you do so and how our company, Antler makes this the main focus for our entrepreneurs.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to Maximise Social Media Marketing and Branding - Aha intelligence Heleniq A Consulting
How does the psychology of selling help you build your brand?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to... grow your business without growing your team. - Tony de Bree Consulting, Training & Coaching
Many founders of startups make the mistake of growing their team and their organization the moment they get more clients. In this session, Tony de Bree will show you how you can grow your business without growing your team and your organization!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering August 1st

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The Print Lab: 3D Printing 1-Day Summer School - The Print Lab at CIC powered by Raise3D
Learn about our one-day workshop on the processes and technologies related to 3D printing. Learn how to create a 3D model, prepare it for printing, and print it in our 3D makerspace here at CIC Rotterdam, on Raise3D printers.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:00–18:00 Info Table: How to increase the success of female entrepreneurs - Future Females
Future Females was founded two years ago after seeing the systemic lack of female representation in entrepreneurship. Since then we have built a global community, expanded to 20 chapters worldwide and are offering a 3 months online business school.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ever dated a stranger? Try it! - Anita Abaisa, Black Ladies Talk
Connect with a stranger. It can be really hard to make a new connection while you attend a network meeting. Well, Black Ladies Talk is all about connecting. With our intervention, we aim to create connections between total strangers. So let's date!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to... Communicate effectively and get more success in you business! - Lear
In this workshop hosted by Jan-Paul Duijndam, you will be showed in which way explicit communication with each other directly leads to a higher return and a more successful company.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to find the most important thing you need to do now, as a startup found - The Monk and The Bear
Would you like to improve your decision making, to be more effective in sharing your vision and passion with your team and the outside world? Join Amaranatho from the monk and the bear to help you focus and grow your startup.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Virtual Reality Opportunities in the near future - ProKitVR
How will Virtual Reality impact your business? VR is maturing, so learn about the opportunities that are arising during this session.
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Business Model Ideation with Noorderwind - Noorderwind
Do you have an idea that you want to turn into a business case? Take your first steps towards that goal in the Business Ideation session with Noorderwind.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: How to increase the success of female entrepreneurs - Future Females
Future Females was founded two years ago after seeing the systemic lack of female representation in entrepreneurship. Since then we have built a global community, expanded to 20 chapters worldwide and are offering a 3 months online business school.
Read more >

18:00–20:00 Break Out: Storytelling MasterClass - The Power of Storytelling
In this master class,  we will answer questions like "Are you struggling to define who you are?", Is it a hassle to tell the story behind your business? "," Do you need help to create a clear compelling message, the story behind your fire?"
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to work smart not hard - The New Flow State - Aha intelligence Heleniq A Consulting
Athletes break their own world records more than before proving that our species is evolving. Can you learn to surf this curve and use it to accelerate your business growth?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Online branding and building authority - Brand Density
You are an expert. As a person, or as a business. But does your online audience know? This break-out session will provide you with experts insights on branding and building authority online.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

July
Monthly theme
Summer School


Summer School

Thursday Gathering July 25th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The Print Lab: 3D Printing 1-Day Summer School - The Print Lab at CIC powered by Raise3D
Learn about our one-day workshop on the processes and technologies related to 3D printing. Learn how to create a 3D model, prepare it for printing, and print it in our 3D makerspace here at CIC Rotterdam, on Raise3D printers.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ever dated a stranger? Try it! - Anita Abaisa, Black Ladies Talk
Connect with a stranger. It can be really hard to make a new connection while you attend a network meeting. Well, Black Ladies Talk is all about connecting. With our intervention, we aim to create connections between total strangers. So let's date!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Experiment Boldly: Bake Off - CIC
It's a party with a twist! After 20 years of innovation and community building, CIC is here to stay. But first: WE CELEBRATE. Enter our baking contest to get your free ticket: come find out more!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Interviewing Language and First Impressions - CBE Languages
This session focuses on helping you communicate clearly and engage your interviewers. This will help you establish yourself as a confident professional and allow you to outline your credentials in an authoritative manner.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to master your mindset - Enforce Rotterdam
In deze sessie leer ik je in 6 stappen hoe je meer van jouw talent en potentie benut met een bewust krachtige mindset.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Your Data In the Cloud - Data Swim Lesson 3 - The Do Good Only Company
Here's the final session for the Data Swim Lessons - Your Data in the Cloud with Sumana Bhlapibul from The Do Good Only Company. Join Sumana in thinking about where your data really is and what it says about you, your company and your future.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to use the latest trends on Instagram for your business growth - Future Females
Learn about the latest trends on Instagram and how to use them for your growth and marketing. Future Females Social Media Strategist Cordula is going to explain Instagram Story Ads, on platform selling, IGTV and more in a practical workshop.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to Master the Skill of Public Speaking - Rotterdam Toastmasters
The Skill of Public Speaking can carry your message to millions, your pitch to investors, and your brand to the world. How can you make sure this opportunity is always maximized?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to design and optimize graphics for the web to improve your SEO (Part 2)
In this session, you are learning the basics of creating and optimizing your graphics, photos, and logo for displaying them on a webpage. Get tips and tricks about how to keep your website loading fast while still maintaining a nice balance of graphics and textual contents.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering July 18th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Explore your opportunities in Japan! - Information Development Co., Ltd.
Information Development is looking for (close to) graduates who have studied Computer Science and/or have an affinity with Japan or the Japanese language. ID is happy to answer all questions you may have at their info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The new solution to clean energy - Skoon
Skoon is accelerating the clean energy transition through swappable batteries. They're excited to chat about how their platform help ships, festivals, construction sites, and others access affordable green energy.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to... Confess Colors! - Lear
The workshop: "Confess Colors" helps you to be more aware of the different characteristics by using colors. Awareness is knowledge and this knowledge will create a better collaboration within your company.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

17:30–19:30 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!
Read more >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: My Data Can Do What? Data Swim Lesson 2 - The Do Good Only Company
Do you know what your data can do for you? Come and join us for Data Swim Lesson 2 and see some practical, informative and actionable examples of what your data can do. It might change your world! Monica Moga will be your data lifeguard.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: LinkedIn CheckUp - The Story Network
You're using LinkedIn a lot. It's the best social network to find clients, partners or employers. But is your profile getting your story across? Let us help you to give it a boost.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: 9 Styles of Leadership - Aha intelligence Heleniq A Consulting
What is the ONE Style that makes leadership easy and flowing for you? How can you use it to get into the flow where you work smart, not hard?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: How to design and optimize graphics for the web to improve your SEO (Part 1)
In this session, you are learning the basics of creating and optimizing your graphics, photos, and logo for displaying them on a webpage. Get tips and tricks about how to keep your website loading fast while still maintaining a nice balance of graphics and textual contents.
Read more >

18:30–19:30 Break Out: How To...Finance Your Startup With Paying Customers - Tony de Bree Consulting
In this session, you will learn: - Why many successful startups & scale-ups are auto-financing themselves. - How to co-create solutions that customers are prepared to pay for - How to get paying customers - How to reduce your financing needs
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School

Thursday Gathering July 11th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Starfish Out of Africa - Out of Africa Children's Foundation
Starfish is an initiative to help less fortunate children in Cape Town by connecting them to sponsors. The children will be supplied with all the necessities they need to follow their dreams. We wish to make a change helping one child at a time.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Canwe - The brand for the selfless. - Canwe
What if every single time you did exercise you could be supporting the social causes you cared about? Come and find us at Venture Cafe and find out more!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Charity Pub Quiz by Boost Foundation - Boost Foundation
Support a charity and have fun with colleagues, family and/or friends! Join our charity pub quiz on Friday, between 18.30-21.30hrs @CIC - Kaleidoscope.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Diplomatic Language and Soft Skills - CBE Languages
This session course has been designed for those working in all parts of the world where effective and unambiguous communication is vital to securing and maintaining successful working relations.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

18:00–20:00 Break Out: Test new ideas in three days - Design Sprints 2.0 & 3.0 - buildupcamp.com
Design Sprints have quickly become the standard of working for Startups and innovative business. Learn pro tips on how to run a sprint.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Do you have your Data Swim Diploma? - The Do Good Only Company
If you had a euro for every time you heard someone use the word data, how big of a swimming pool could you build? Join us for an hour data swim lesson. We'll start out in the shallow end, learning about the areas of Data Science.
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18:30–20:00 Break Out: Exponential Business Without Working Harder And Spending All Your Money - SPINUP | GROWTH 4 GOOD
Learn three growth hacking secrets to exponentially grow your business impact.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer School: The Kick Off

Thursday Gathering July 4th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: The Impact Days 2019 in Rotterdam - Voor Goed // Rotterdam Impact Agency
On November 21, 22 and 23 The Impact Days are taking place. A great opportunity for social enterprises to show their impact. Visit this info table if you want to learn more (about joining) The Impact Days in Rotterdam!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:00–20:00 Info Table: Learn more about water sports in Rotterdam - República del Mar
RdM is a water sports club with the mission of making boats, sail, yacht, jet-ski, windsurf and more, accessible; when home and when traveling. Sign up now!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Discover a new way to get books - Buxon
The goal of Buxon is to provide you the opportunity to easily and conveniently exchange your old books for new used ones without having to worry about anything such as finding the other person or shipping them the book, it's all taken care of for you.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to... get ready for talking to investors! - Leapfunder
All of your questions regarding how to successfully talk to investors will be answered. The Investor Readiness Session is a workshop designed to help you prepare for investor meetings. It is led by Leapfunder's CEO, Tienko Rasker.
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Everyone can be a Creative Thinker - Creative Thinking Workshop - buildupcamp.com
A Hands-on workshop to help you find the creative thinker in you. Anyone can be a creativity machine, learn how to train your brain.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: How to develop a personality for Business - Heleniq A Consulting
Do you have a personality for success ? How can you develop your blind spots and accentuate your unique style of leadership ?
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18:00–20:00 Office Hours: "Ask Me Anything" with a YCombinator tech founder - Nova Credit
Ask me anything! My expertise is early day prototyping, getting stuff done with limited time, VC fundraising, (tech) hiring & culture dynamics, building full stack tech infrastructure & systems up from scratch.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: How to do goal setting and planning - 010 Toastmasters Club
Goals help us believe in ourselves, setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Come to this break-out session to explore and practice goal setting and planning.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

June
Monthly theme
Cross Culture


Cross Culture

Thursday Gathering June 27th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Develop your communication skills - CBE Languages
As well as being the language of diplomacy and international communications, English is used as the main language in many industries. The Corporate Business English Training programme helps professionals unlock and strengthen their potential.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
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17:00–20:00 Side Event: You See, I See; Fashion Show - CIC Rotterdam
We are getting our fashion on to support Dress for Success Rotterdam; which provides professional second-hand attire to low-income men and women searching for a job. You can donate what you like when getting a ticket for this event. Moreover, you can bring your own second-hand clothing to this event to have a fun swap with someone else and check out a great fashion show!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Inkef Capital connects with Rotterdam - Inkef Capital
Inkef Capital likes to connect with Rotterdam! Managing Director Robert Jan Galema is here to connect with you, talk about their investment strategy and what it takes to build the next unicorn. Stop by to learn more about them!
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Water sports club. - República del Mar
Interested in water sports? Come by and say hi! República del Mar is all about access to water sports: boats, yachts, sail, jet-ski, windsurf, and more. A fresh (and relieving) approach to your favourite activities.
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17:30–19:30 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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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How can you do the most good - Effective Altruism Rotterdam
Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Get inspired to take action in this breakout. Learn about giving opportunities, startups in charity, the impact of daily actions.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: START with sustainability - Con3bute
In the START with sustainability Break Out session you'll learn 5 START-steps that you can apply to your business. This helps you to make your business future-proof by integrating sustainability in your company vision, business strategy and actions.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Inkef Capital connects with Rotterdam - Inkef Capital
Inkef Capital likes to connect with Rotterdam! Managing Director Robert Jan Galema will introduce Inkef Capital and Inkef’s portfolio company Aidence will share how it is to have Inkef on board. Join to learn more about them!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland 0x0d – (pre) summer session! - SecTalks Holland
Summer round of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings reviewing different security topics, 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.
Talent Night: Talent Development

Thursday Gathering June 20th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Adams Multilingual Recruitment
Adams Multilingual Recruitment is proud to be part of the Talent Night: Talent Development. We will be more than happy to answer your queries regarding job opportunities for internationals in Rotterdam.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: DUTCH LESSONS - Let's go Dutch
Want to make small talk in Dutch with friends, colleagues or with the friendly lady in the supermarket? Sign up for Dutch beginner lessons in June!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
Read more >

17:15–18:15 Break Out: The Spouses Program - Reinvent yourself
Have you moved to Rotterdam with your spouse and/or to work but you don't you have a clear idea whether you are in the right place. How to settle in this diverse city? Is this the right career path? Can I have a dual career? If these are questions th
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Employee attraction in a challenging market - Adams Multilingual Recruitment
Edina Struhar and Raquel Gonzales from Adams Multilingual Recruitment will give you expert advice on how to attract the best talent in a candidate driven market.
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: YES!Delft | BioTech startups will pitch the lastest tech! - YES!Delft
YES!Delft BioTech startups will be pitching the latest tech! Join to hear about BioExtrax, BialTec, Dutch DNA Biotech, Natures Principles, Cellulosic Technologies & Lignopure! Come to connect, get inspired & help grow. See you the 20th of June!
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17:30–18:15 Info Table: Meet YES!Delft BioTech startups! - YES!Delft
YES!Delft BioTech startups will be pitching the latest tech! Join to hear about BioExtrax, BialTec, Dutch DNA Biotech, Natures Principles, Cellulosic Technologies & Lignopure! Come to connect, get inspired & help grow. See you the 20th of June!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Body language for business - CBE Languages
A 1-hour workshop on using body language to aid verbal communication in the workplace - a chance to hone your non-verbal (as well as verbal) skills in order to successfully engage with others in the business community.
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Data Science Online (and in person) Hiring Event! - Recruitsos B.V.
Are you a data science professional? Join our online webinar...in person! And land your next data science position with one of our participating companies.
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18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: What Drives Global Talent? - Nicole van Haelst
Join this keynote session and learn what drives global talent to live in a specific country and work for a specific employer. In this session, you will be able to meet Nicole van Haelst - Director ICP, Co-Founder at Lift.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Startup Tax 101: corporate structure, employee participation & funding - Archipel Tax Advice, CCOUNT, FUNDIT & BDO
Tax regulations can be complex and overwhelming. This Startup Tax 101 focuses on the opportunities Dutch tax regulations provides for Startups. Of course we are happy to help with burning questions!
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Global Impact - Aha intelligence Heleniq A Consulting
To become a high achiever you need to learn how to truly standout in the market. For this you can learn and practice the formula to succeed and build credibility while you do it. Join to learn about the 4 Step Formula for success!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Expansion Café

Thursday Gathering June 13th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: All about space: Copernicus Masters & Galileo Masters - Space Business Innovation Center
Are you interested in space applications? Galileo Masters & Copernicus Masters are waiting for you... Stop by to learn more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Find relevant international business partners! - Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce offers you an overview of (online) tools that help you connect to relevant international business partners. Stop by to learn more about them!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about Dubai EXPO2020! Uniting Energy, Water and Food - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Want to find out what Dubai EXPO2020 can mean for your business? Come find us at Venture Café's Expansion Café and we will be more than happy to discuss the opportunities this world expo brings you!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn about the upcoming 10YRDM ROTTERDAM & FUTURE FLUX FESTIVAL! - RDM Rotterdam
10YRDM is the event of new technology for port & city focused on inspiration and innovation. This day you will come into contact with the Rotterdam innovation network of knowledge institutions, companies, investors and policy makers. Stop by to learn more about the event & to get a free access ticket!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: 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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17:00–18:00 Info Table: Want to help refugee entrepreneurs start their Businesses? - Refugees Forward
Refugees Forward the incubator program that focuses on helping refugee entrepreneurs start their businesses will be hosting their Pitch Finales on 16th of June! Want to know more?
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Become a cross cultural speaker - 010 Toastmasters Club
At the Info-Table we will talk about cultural awareness when presenting, discuss various communication challenges when conversing in a different language and we offer tips on cross-cultural speaker’ success.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Weekend Rotterdam
Startup Weekend is coming to Rotterdam! We are truly thrilled to bring this amazing format for the first time to the port city! You got 54 hours to start your business. Are you ready?
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Internationalisation Crash Course - DutchBasecamp
Ready to scale internationally? During DutchBasecamp's Internationalisation Crash Course you will learn the practical do's and don'ts of scaling your business across borders, all based on the experiences of founders who went before you.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Helping Refugee Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands - Refugees Forward
Would you be interested in helping refugee entrepreneurs start their businesses? This event is to introduce you to Refugees Forward an incubator program for refugee entrepreneurs. We are always looking to expand our network of experts that can help!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Learn about the upcoming 10YRDM ROTTERDAM & FUTURE FLUX FESTIVAL! - RDM Rotterdam
10YRDM is the event of new technology for port & city focused on inspiration and innovation. This day you will come into contact with the Rotterdam innovation network of knowledge institutions, companies, investors and policy makers. Stop by to learn more about the event & to get a free access ticket!
Read more >

18:30–19:15 Break Out: Become a cross cultural speaker - 010 Toastmasters Club
With participants, we review the need for cultural awareness when presenting, discuss various communication challenges when conversing in a different language and we offer tips on cross-cultural speaker’ success.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Tools to find relevant international business partners! - Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber of Commerce offers you an overview of (online) tools that help you connect to relevant international business partners.
Read more >

19:00–19:30 Break Out: Learn about Dubai EXPO2020! Uniting Energy, Water and Food - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Want to find out what Dubai EXPO2020 can mean for your business? Join this short session at Venture Café's Expansion Café and we will be more than happy to discuss the opportunities this world expo brings you!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Cross Culture: The Kick Off

Thursday Gathering June 6th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Doing business in the United Arab Emirates - New Horizons Business Consultants
Are you an entrepreneur or a business(wo)man looking to optimize your business and retain maximum profits? Join this session! There are several structures available to benefit from attractive fiscal structures in the UAE. We have the in-house knowledge to understand your business and advise you on the best way forward.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Our 20/20 Tour: Lobbying for Startups! - Dröge & van Drimmelen
Dröge & Van Drimmelen - a public affairs and corporate communication consultancy agency - exists 20 years, and they help give startups a voice in political and societal discussions. And because it's their 20th birthday, it's freely accessible today - grab you chance!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Discover your Subsidy Potential! - MK - The Subsidy Community
MK - 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 or scale-up your business. Stop by to learn more from a.o. CCO Willem Maas!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start-up Digital Marketing and Sales from a ex-Googler & tech entrepreneur - www.juststore.nl
I am a former Googler and tech entrepreneur who loves to help people by sharing my experiences primarily in digital marketing and sales.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The book swapping platform - Buxon
This is for everybody who likes reading books. We host this information session to let you know more about our online book swapping platform, called Buxon. So if you enjoy reading books, come by at our info-table desk. We will be happy to meet you!
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17:00–20:00 Side Event: Roffa Lifestyle Experience - 2nd year International Event Management students at Albeda
Experience, See, Connect, Join and Enjoy. We are second year International Event Management students at Albeda. We are organizing the side event called: Roffa Lifestyle and Business.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Roffa Lifestyle Presentation Alumni Albeda (part 1) - Albeda College
Skills Heroes students from Albeda
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Grow your network: meet international talent, entrepreneurs and companies - EIIL - European Institute for Industrial Leadership
Looking for new opportunities for your personal career or your company? Find out about the international events of EIIL and Ent-Ex: The Entrepreneurial Experience. Two of them take place in The Hague in June. Find out what they’re about.
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Doing business in the United Arab Emirates - New Horizons Business Consultants
Are you an entrepreneur or a business(wo)man looking to optimize your business and retain maximum profits? Join this session! There are several structures available to benefit from attractive fiscal structures in the UAE. We have the in-house knowledge to understand your business and advise you on the best way forward.
Read more >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Helping Refugee Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands - Refugees Forward
Would you be interested in helping refugee entrepreneurs start their businesses? This event is to introduce you to Refugees Forward an incubator program for refugee entrepreneurs. We are always looking to expand our network of experts that can help!
Read more >

18:00–19:00 Info Table: Want to help refugee entrepreneurs start their Businesses? - Refugees Forward
Refugees Forward the incubator program that focuses on helping refugee entrepreneurs start their businesses will be hosting their Pitch Finales on 16th of June! Want to know more?
Read more >

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Roffa Lifestyle Presentation Alumni Albeda (part 2) - Albeda College
Alumni students from Albeda presenting their skills
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: One Solution for Going Global - Heleniq A Consulting
Every potential client has these 4 primal needs. Meet one of these with your business proposition and the sky is the limit for your success. Start ups, businesses going global, International speakers coaches and service providers most welcome!
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: Roffa Lifestyle Presentation Alumni Albeda (part 3) - Albeda College
Alumni students from Albeda presenting their skills
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

May
Monthly theme
Health, Wellbeing & Food


Healthy Future

Thursday Gathering May 23rd

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapie - Fobie Therapie Nederland
Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is a new way to help people recover from anxiety disorders. VRET is a type of exposure therapy that has increasingly been used to treat a variety of anxiety disorders, including specific phobias.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Catalyze Your Funding Strategy - CATALYZE
Catalyze is 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. Funding experts Mats Ouwehand and Alexander Turkin, PhD will be on hand to guide you through the jungle of non-dilutive funding.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Funding Event - Startup Funding Event
We believe in making the world better by spreading inspiration and innovation. To do that, we are giving startups a platform to pitch their ideas to an interested audience. Stop by to meet the organizers Yasmin Wilnis and Lova Kremer!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Empathic design for an inclusive society - Studio Gerjanne van Gink
A smart-mirror to help people with Dementia, a shopping bag counteracting loneliness. Gerjanne van Gink ask attention on social issues. Like research in how people with Alzheimer diseases use smart products, to increase independence in an empathic way. Come have a talk with Gerjanne!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: KplusV: Startup funding and development. - KplusV
Learn more about the possibilities of raising funding, or about one of our programs such as MedtechPartners or Money Meets Ideas.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join us decrypting how people connect for career success! - Rotterdam School of Management
Do you believe networking to be a shotcut towards success? Or are you more bothered by meeting people for using them later? Help our world’s top-level team in a scientific research for understanding what shapes people’s view and way of networking!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A small action, huge impact - Omnes Felix
Save up to 98% of water with a 30 second action. It is possible to change the world without changing people’s habits. The change starts today! Stop by to learn more about our initative!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft is looking for promising Medtech ideas! - YES!Delft
YES!Delft is looking for promising Medtech ideas for the EIT Health program of 2019 - our startup scout Emma Kluwen is at Venture Café to answer all your questions about the program!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Speech technology helps my mother with Alzheimer’s disease - Care-Riing
To improve anxiety and her need for social interaction Jelle’s mother talks with an ‘intelligent answering machine’. "This really helps my mother and our family. Now we want to help others. Sign up for the pilot!"
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Games in Healthcare - YipYip
YipYip will be showcasing two (award winning) gaming solutions for two very different health-care challenges. Stop by to become acquainted with them!
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17:00–19:00 Demo: Experience MedKitVR - MedKitVR
Virtual Reality offers a lot of benefits to both patients, nurses and doctors. However, most of these benefits are unused, unfortunately. MedKitVR will demo a lot of different possibilities - stop by!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Stem Cells: What have we learned for the Future ? - Bio-inspired Think Tank
Want to get a summary of the high breakthrough technical advances in the Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering field? Join Aneta to learn more about this and the impact of these advances on regeneration of organs in the future!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Startup funding 101 - KplusV
With so many different ways of raising funding available, knowing which one is the best option for you and your startup can be a difficult question. Explore the alternative funding landscape with us!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Airflow converted into visual effects: Meet the Groovtube! - Rijndam Rehabilitation Institute
The GroovTube is a unique device which makes breathing and oral motor skills visible and analyzable in a fun way. It turns your breath into real-time image effects, for people with breathing, speech, or oral motor disabilities. Join this short break-out to learn more about it from founder Ruud van der Wel!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Startup Funding Event - Startup Funding Event
Be part of our next event in De Doelen in Rotterdam, 6 June 2019, full of inspiration and great ideas! We bring inspiring startups and world-class founders on 1 stage to pitch for our Innovation Funding Award. Find out more during this session from the organizers Yasmin Wilnis and Lova Kremer.
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18:00–18:15 Info Table: STRICT 2 Launch Party - Foundation Rotterdam Central District
WE ARE LAUNCHING STRICT Magazine #2! Bring your most fun colleagues and join us on May 23 at CIC Rotterdam / Venture Café for the STRICT #2 LAUNCH PARTY. Make sure you are present at 6 PM in the Café area for the launch of the #2 edition of STRICT magazine.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Horror Stories in Healthcare innovation-introductions to the Dutch Market - LS&H Lawyers B.V.
What can we learn from the past to ensure a healthy, innovative future and to succesfully introduce your healthcare innovation in to the Dutch Market! Meet Nicole Kien, founder and attorney at law at LS&H Lawyers.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The first year as a machine learning startup - Deep Dynamics
Join this break out if you want to get insight into how it feels / what it takes to start your own company in the area of machine learning. A perspective on challenges, do’s & don’ts and some good learning experiences.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Creativity in the Highly Regulated LS&H Environment - IDE Group
In this session you will learn how creativity can thrive within the constraints of standards and processes of Medical Device Development. Join to hear stories from start-ups and multinationals!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Healthy Data & Funding + Talent Night: Healthy Balance in Work & Life

Thursday Gathering May 16th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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 >

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Reinvent yourself with the tools of design thinking
Have you moved to Rotterdam with your spouse and you have no idea what is next for you? Rotterdam Partners, Venture Cafe, Madam Rotterdam, IWNG are joining forces to help you get to the next level.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore your opportunities in Japan! - INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
Information Development is a one-stop IT services company. ID is looking for (close to) graduates who have studied Computer Science and/or have affinity with Japan or the Japanese language. ID is happy to explain opportunities and answer all questions you may have at their info table! Meet Kaori Konishi!
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Live to Work or Work to Live? - Expat Wellbeing | Therapy & Coaching
Your work is important for your livelihood. Your life of meaning and purpose depends on how fulfilled you are at work. So how to thread the fine balance, to work and live well? Get a fresh perspective with Irene Anggreeni, dance psychotherapist.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join us decrypting how people connect for career success! - Rotterdam School of Management
Do you believe networking to be a shotcut towards success? Or are you more bothered by meeting people for using them later? Help our world’s top-level team in a scientific research for understanding what shapes people’s view and way of networking!
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: DUTCH LESSONS - Let's go Dutch
Want to make small talk in Dutch with friends, colleagues or with the friendly lady in the supermarket? Sign up for Dutch beginner lessons in June!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: MyFinance offers you complete peace of mind. Everything online! - PwC
Do you run a successful business, which has grown considerably in recent years? Then you want your financial management to grow accordingly! That is why PwC developed "MyFinance". Stop by to learn more about the MyFinance tool of PwC!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Three Brothers
Three Brothers realises that only a startup concept won’t survive nowadays. Are you a Young Professional that dresses smart? Then drop by to co-decide and get inspired on what a creative sustainable startup of the future should look like.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Work-life Balance in Japan - INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
During this session Information Development will introduce you to working in Japan and show you how ID uses work style reform to tackle a popular opinion people have about Japan: long working hours. Meet Kaori Konishi!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Personalized Medicine: Clinical Challenges in Using Big and Small Genomic Data - Erasmus MC
Erasmus MC is one of the largest medical centers in the Netherlands starting to teach and apply precision medicine evidence based therapy. Peter van der Spek runs an immunological research program which provides the biological and technological basis for the bioinformatics group. With his unique approach and by means of vivid examples he will share his view on the status of data usage in the health sector of NL.
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18:00–18:15 Startup Celebration: Launch Party TransitionHERO - TransitionHERO
Join us in the official launch of TransitionHERO. We are here to have impact and accelerate the industry transition towards clean production processes. We design and scale-up green technologies faster and smarter. Join us for bubbles and find out more!
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18:15–18:45 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

18:15–19:00 Break Out: The need for Explainable AI in Healthcare - Landscape
To be able to implement AI in healthcare, we will need to be able to trust that our AI models don't make mistakes. It is very hard to trust a black box model we don't understand. Together with Erwin Haas, founder of Landscape, you will explore ways to solve this issue!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: MyFinance offers you complete peace of mind. Everything online! - PwC
Do you run a successful business, which has grown considerably in recent years? Then you want your financial management to grow accordingly! That is why we have developed MyFinance. Come to PwC's Break-Out session to find more about the MyFinance tool.
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19:00–19:45 Break Out: What is the Return on Data for the citizen in the Fourth Industrial Revolution? - Data Driven Health Lab
All DNA analyzed material is data that belongs to a person. This personal data should be curated by design for the citizen and treated as an asset. The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents entirely new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even our human bodies. Join the discussion, hosted by Peter Walgemoed.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Healthy Lifestyle / food / agri

Thursday Gathering May 9th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: KplusV: Startup funding and development. - KplusV
Learn more about the possibilities of raising funding, or about one of our programs such as MedtechPartners or Money Meets Ideas.
Read more >

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Join us decrypting how people connect for career success! - Rotterdam School of Management
Do you believe networking to be a shotcut towards success? Or are you more bothered by meeting people for using them later? Help our world’s top-level team in a scientific research for understanding what shapes people’s view and way of networking!
Read more >

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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 >

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Healthy Food & Lifestyle - InnovationQuarter
Good nutrition and exercise are one of the keys to a healthy life (but you already know that!). Why do consumers still make unhealthy choices? What about lifestyle as a medicine and how can tech help us here? Get inspired by experts, including EIT Health, Koppert Cress, TNO and MiGuide! Hosted by InnovationQuarter's Sasja Heijman and Lonneke Baas.
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17:30–19:30 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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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Startup funding 101 - KplusV
With so many different ways of raising funding available, knowing which one is the best option for you and your startup can be a difficult question. Explore the alternative funding landscape with us!
Read more >

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
Read more >

18:00–18:30 Break Out: The Power of Social Network: decode network with world top young professor - Rotterdam School of Management
What do we get from social network other than likes on Facebook? Exciting stories, trendy lifestyle advice, and even job opportunities. But there's more than that. Top-notch Scholar will show us the power of network in innovation and self-development
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18:30–20:00 Break Out: Zumbathon & Activewear Amnesty - CIC staff, clients, and friends
Try a different Venture Café experience this Thursday, part of a Healthy Lifestyle: join our international Zumba crew for a high-energy, fun-filled, booty-shakin' time!
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: FOOD! - Towards an all inclusive food region - IWT | Belén
Food, and food production are at the core of our ecological surroundings. Currently we are experiencing a shift towards a new Megatrend (10-30 years), of sustainable, locally sourced biological ingredients. In these time of global climate change, how can we use technology to support our growing food- and spatial issues? Join IWT's Bastiaan Kameyer during this session!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Healthcare in The Netherlands: how does the system work? - LS&H Lawyers
In The Netherlands we have a private healthcare system with a huge amount of legislation: a so-called healthcare market. How does it work and what are the drivers for the system: can you plug your innovation in it? Join to meet LS&H Lawyers' Nicole Kien, founder and attorney at law.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Healthy Outcomes

Thursday Gathering May 2nd

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: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: AR navigation that will change the world - MUST SEE Rotterdam BV
How will we navigate in the future? AR (augmented reality) will change the world, starting in tourism. Our CEO of MUST SEE will tell you why and will give a short demonstration!
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Lion's Lair: Connecting International Students and Local Business - IAESTE Netherlands
Are you interested in international talent from the TU Delft?Try meeting students at Lion's Lair! A free event in the University library of Delft where companies can connect with international students 1-to-1.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Velure Cosmetics - Velure Cosmetics
The startup company Velure Cosmetics is founded by 4 ambitious students of Rotterdam Business School. In order to present our company and create connections with potential clients and other businesses, Velure is hosting an info table.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to align your sales and marketing - Conversion Crew
In many organizations sales and marketing aren't working together and often they're completely misaligned. This session shows you how to align sales and marketing and how to support the process using clever CRM and marketing tools such as HubSpot.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: AR navigation that will change the world - MUST SEE Rotterdam BV
How will we navigate in the future? AR (augmented reality) will change the world, starting in tourism. Our CEO of MUST SEE will tell you why and will give a short demonstration!
Read more >

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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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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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Securing investment in life sciences with a healthy outcome - Omnigen BV
Securing investment, negotiating termsheets and securing control... The last few years Omnigen's owner Berry Kriesels has experienced first hand the challenges of securing funding and negotiating investments. Not entirely without making mistakes. Want to find out what are do's and don'ts: join this light hearted session!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

April
Monthly theme
Get Growing!


Get Growing

Thursday Gathering April 25th

16:00–18:00 Side Event: Code of Conduct: Blockchain x Transparency - Rotterdam School of Management, Studio Wolfpack & Venture Café
Rotterdam School of Management, Venture Café and Studio Wolfpack organize a series of deep dives for business managers, MBA students and entrepreneurs. Each edition will feature digital pioneers on pushing the boundaries, boardroom members on maneuvering in a shifting reality, and scientists providing transitional contexts and reflections. Together they will explore the outlines of a new Code of Conduct. This week: Blockchain x Transparency ft. Paul Smits (CFO Port of Rotterdam), Merieke Stevens and Sjoerd van Tuinen (Associate Professors RSM), and Aljosja Beije (Logistic Lead Blocklab). Moderation by Bart Krull.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: First Impression - Heatbox
We are Heatbox: The Self-Heating Lunchbox. During Venture Cafe, we are giving you the opportunity to get a glimpse of our concept and initial prototype. If you love food, you definitely want to have a chat with us!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Let's talk about sustainability - Green Age Collective
A meet and greet, while talking about sustainability. With as topic consumption.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Food delivery - Qozinya
Do you think the food delivery market lack high quality food, we do too!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: International Students Rotterdam-Bringing students and recruiters together - International Students Rotterdam
Stop by the info table to find out how ISR works towards bridging the gap between students and recruiters through its social and corporate events. Are you looking for an internship? We can help, come and sign-up for the ISR Internship Fair!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Conveasy - Conveasy established by Yennhi Tran, Pascal van Kippersluis, Wessel Veenman, Darunrat Khongsaenkham and Oscar paulusma
Conveasy is a start-up company established by 6 different students of the Hogeschool of Rotterdam. The main product is called the stove-protector which is all about reducing the cleaning time in the kitchen and being better for the environment.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Crash course interior design: impact on your business - FIRM architects
Follow our FREE crash course to learn how good office design can impact your business by reeling in the talent, keeping employees healthy and stunning your clients.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get discovered by the right investors, 24/7 - Fundsup.co
Fundsup is a matchmaking platform for early-stage founders and investors. Fundsup has a mission to take the friction out of fundraising by data-driven matchmaking. This session will focus on how to efficiently gain traction from the right investors. Come meet Arjen Strijker!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: What is storymapping and how could it help me? - Moqod - INVESTORready - MVPready
This session is for start-ups, scale-ups, and independent entrepreneurs! MVP's and prototyping are crucial first steps to take on the road to product development, but how do you make sure you are testing the right concepts? STORYMAPPING! Come meet Timo Dammers and find out what it's all about!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Entrepreneur: Get your legal stuff together and protect your investment! - Stimmt B.V.
Stimmt's director and legal advisor Lennert Ouwerkerk will take you trough the legal basics needed in order to protect your company and investment.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Do's and Don'ts of startups creating financial projections - EY Finance Navigator
Are you a startup founder looking for funding? Or are you trying to improve your cash flow planning? Then you definitely need to have a financial plan in place! Come to EY's Break-Out session and learn about do's and dont's of financial planning!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: No-Bullshit Zone: How do you really grow your business and follow your own road? - UNIIQ, Symbid & Tony de Bree
There are many trends and hypes when it comes to the best way of growing your company. This session's goal is to "cut the crap" and give you various perspectives on what is needed to (continue to) grow a healthy business, and to help you find a route that suits you. Statements will be provided to guide the talk. Your hosts: Tony de Bree, Robbin Hoogstraten & Thijs van den Munckhof.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland 0x0C – Hacking Tools / Scanning networks! - SecTalks Holland
Hacking Tools! Round 8 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings reviewing different security topics, 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.
Talent Night: Career Mobility & Career Hacking

Thursday Gathering April 18th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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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17:00–18:00 Break Out: The Spouse Program - Reinvent yourself
Have you moved to Rotterdam with your spouse and you have no idea what is next for you? Rotterdam Partners, Venture Cafe, Madam Rotterdam, IWNG are joining forces to help you get to the next level.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: International Students Rotterdam - Bringing students and recruiters together - ISR
Stop by the info table to find out how ISR works towards bridging the gap between students and recruiters through its social and corporate events. Are you looking for an internship? We can help, come and sign-up for the ISR Internship Fair!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking for exceptional individuals to launch new startups - Antler
Antler is a global startup generator and early-stage VC that is building the next big wave of tech. We are currently looking for great candidates to start building new businesses in the Netherlands as of May.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Should I Stay or Should I Go? - Expat Wellbeing
Should I move for my career? Invest in what I already have or find a new pasture? You may have been contemplating this question and long for a fresh perspective. Irene Anggreeni, MA body psychotherapist & coach, helps you empower your choices.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: RBS 2018/2019 Project Portfolio - RBS
RBS will present its first annual project portfolio to the market. This publication will compile all the projects developed by 2019 master students as well as reinforce the talent diversity of RBS and Rotterdam.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get to know the most ambitious e-commerce scale-up of Europe - Helloprint
Helloprint is one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in Europe. 200 team members, 22 nationalities, 8 countries and counting. Get to know the most ambitious e-commerce scale-up of Europe.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to make impact as a greentech engineer? - TransitionHERO B.V.
Our drive is to create a sustainable industry by scaling-up and implementing Green Technologies. Are you wondering how to have more impact as an engineer? We are looking for like-minded greentech engineers to make the industry sustainable. Drop by.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Looking for Funding? - Meet UNIIQ! - UNIIQ
Meet Liduina Hammer and Duko Drijfhout, Fund Manager and Investment manager at UNIIQ! Stop by to learn more about their investment fund and pose any question you may have!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get to know more about the jobs & internships at Zash BV
Meet Zash during the Talent Night and get to know more about internships and jobs that they are offering!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: What does it take to build a tech startup? - Antler
Entrepreneurial minds are everywhere. However, out of 66% of young professionals that want to start a business, only 4% take the leap. Join Kim Oreskovic, partner at Antler to learn how we support you to build your next tech company from scratch.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Talent, Recruitment and Social Media - Randstad Sourceright
Do you want tips on improving your LinkedIn profile? Do you want to get your next job thanks to your social media presence? Do you want to improve your brand without big budget expenses? Come and follow this session given by Leslie Mouronval-Peuler, who is the former Relationships Manager at LinkedIn and, currently, Recruitment Business Partner at Merck Group.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: A UNIIQ investment approach and practical tips! - UNIIQ
In April 2019 Emerce announced UNIIQ to be one of the best investment funds in the Netherlands, this week you get the chance to meet Liduina Hammer, Fund Manager at UNIIQ! Join this session if you want to better understand the investment world and UNIIQ's role in it. Also: learn about UNIIQ's investment approach and get some very practical do's and don'ts when reaching out to investors.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: De-stress your mind and body in stressful situations - Cor the Coach
Do you recognize this? You are having an application or giving a talk and because of the stress, you are blacking out completely? Or you are too stressed to show the best version of you? Then you should join this break out about de-stressing
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Unlock your potential - Rotterdam Business School
What are your soft skills? What makes you a better candidate then the other go-getter? Do you want tips on how to communicate more effectively about who you are and why that matters to potential employers, customers, stakeholders etc? Follow this session given by Lenny and start building confidence in presenting and pitching about yourself.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: VR Meetup - Virtual Reality on the Web - Timmy Kokke
The web has come a long way and is growing more powerful by the day. Did you know the web can do Virtual and Augmented Reality as well?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: AGENCY roundtable: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer & Aging Better - AGENCY
AGENCY is a new global ecosystem for collective impact to improve the aging journey for all. AGENCY offers a combination of working @CICs worldwide + programming + international connections for startups and companies to incubate and commercialize aging solutions. Join this discussion led by Danielle D. Duplin (based in Boston, USA), connect with other aging experts & enthusiasts, and find out what AGENCY can mean for you!
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18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: Make up your mindset - YoungCapital
Join this keynote session and learn how you can own your career! In this session, you will be able to meet Marcia Goddard - Neuroscientist / HR Science & Innovation at YoungCapital.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: VR Meetup - WebXR Bluetooth and Canvas and Gamepads - Ruben van der Leun
Internet Browsers have evolved massively over time. What started out as a simple way to easily share documents and pages online has now become a main platform to serve full-scale applications.
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: VR Meetup - MagicLeap, where high end augmented reality meets the web - Fabien Benetou
You read about the MagicLeap ML1 but maybe you didn't try it yet. Beyond that maybe you didn't have the chance to run your own code on it. Bring your laptop to code and show 3D objects right on top the real world!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Get Growing

Thursday Gathering April 11th

17:00–18:30 Info Table: Meet equity platform Symbid! - Symbid
Stop by the info table to meet Robbin Hoogstraten, Equity Funding Specialist & Commercial Director, to learn more about Symbid, their role in the innovation ecosystem and their services!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Engage & Collaborate with Emerging Market Startups - Ingenious Faces
You will get an opportunity to interact with leading tech startups from emerging markets such as South Africa, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kenya and more. Learn more about these markets as well as explore collaboration scenarios.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Legal Advisors - Stimmt B.V.
Do you have burning legal questions related to technology or contracts? We can help you answer them! Meet the team of Stimmt B.V.: IT and Contract Law, we are experts in the areas of technology and contract law.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Art Gallery C.H.A.O.S - C.H.A.O.S
C.H.A.O.S gallery is an interactive space for art, creativity and culture. Stop by to check wonderful art from international artists and learn more about upcoming events!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Growing Global in Emerging Markets - Ingenious Faces
Grow Global Workshop will give you key insights into emerging market trends as well as best case practices. You will also get access to the disruptive innovation tool that has enabled soft landing for multiple organisations into emerging markets.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Are you ready to pitch? - Tony de Bree
This Thursday you get to explore with Tony de Bree whether your pitch is top-notch! Join this session to get a free checklist and a list of points you have to address if you are dealing with professional investors and professional members of juries.
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18:00–18:15 Bar Celebration: IDE Group Opens European Office in the Netherlands
IDE Group opens European Office in the Netherlands, come celebrate with them on Thursday at 18:00!
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18:15–18:45 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Think like a traveler: #empathychallenge - mytraveltoons
A creative workshop to develop empathy & design better experiences.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café
Have something to say? Need a community to bounce ideas off? On April 11th, Venture Café 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.
Get Growing: The Kick-Off

Thursday Gathering April 4th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Discover your Subsidy Potential - MK - The Subsidy Community
MK - 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 or scale-up your business. Stop by to learn more from a.o. CCO Willem Maas!
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17:00–20:00 Break Out: Pitch your startup and win a ticket to the Taiwan InnoVEX trade mission! - Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Are you an innovative tech start-up and ready for expansion to Asia? Interested in exploring the Taiwanese market? Join the trade mission to the InnoVEX fair in Taiwan and meet Taiwanese companies and investors. Sign up for the pitching competition!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Art Gallery C.H.A.O.S - C.H.A.O.S
C.H.A.O.S gallery is an interactive space for art, creativity and culture. Stop by to check wonderful art from international artists and learn more about upcoming events.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Psychological secrets behind promoting sustainable behaviour - KplusV
How can we create sustainable behaviour change in people using rational, emotional and unconscious influencing tools?
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: What's really a good trademark? - Lawbeille
How do you choose your ideal trademark? Learn about the importance of trademark registration, the differences between a “good trademark” according to marketing rules and legal rules and how to choose a good trademark for your business!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: 12 lessons from running a marathon... - Rawsome Life
Running a marathon is a heroic event: to make it to the finish line, you are being taught important lessons that you can apply to the way you're running your life and your business! Join this session hosted by Diepak Kasi.
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17:30–19:30 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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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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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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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

March
Monthly theme
Singularity Dynamics


Smart Cities

Thursday Gathering March 28th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft is scouting the next promising AI startups! - YES!Delft
YES!Delft is looking for the next promising AI startups! Join Emma Kluwen, Startup Scout, at this info table to learn more about their program!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Sacsem's patented Frozzypack lunchbox with integrated cooling element. - Sacsem
Sacsem's managers will tell more about the unique patented product Frozzypack which origin lies in Sweden. Always wanted to enjoy your food in a healthy, cool, fresh and handy way? The Frozzypack is the solution. Visit us and find out more!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The Finder - Meraki
Meraki offers a time saving gadget and sells with a personal approach. The speakers are: Steven Vonk, Preslava Ivanova and Isa Visser. Stop by to meet them!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: VIISION presents: bamboo toothbrush - VIISION
7 Young entrepreneurs form part of start-up company "VIISION", making a sustainable change in the local community through selling bamboo toothbrushes
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Public street lighting as smart hub for the Smart City - Sustainder
The way we see it, is that the public lighting network provides the starting point for the smart city. Lighting can already do much more than just chase away the dark, and soon it will form the heart of the central, smart-city hub.
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17:00–19:30 Side Event: IP for Digital Inventions and Data Protection
What’s the best way to protect your digital inventions? Is it a patent, a trade secret or copyrights? And can data be patented? To answer these questions the Netherlands Patent Office organizes a series of meetings about intellectual property (IP) in this digital era.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Reinventing the €10 trillion service industry - Instatree
The Internet has changed the way we shop, date, travel and communicate. Services have been relatively 'unharmed', but not for long. Pim Betist will share his view on the inevitable digital transformation of the $10 trillion service industry.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Smart City Rotterdam: past, present & the future - Gemeente Rotterdam
In this break-out session you will find out what happens in urban innovation in Rotterdam, and how the municipality progresses into a new ‘smart’ phase.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Augmented Reality. the missing link between BIM and GIS - twnkls | augmented reality
Can Augmented Reality bridge the gaps between BIM and GIS? At TWNKLS, At TWNKLS we believe Augmented Reality is the answer to link these information programs in a way that has never been seen before
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:15 Startup Celebration: Batterybox ⏤ Holland’s first Powerbank rental network
Come celebrate with Batterybox as they launch their crowdfunding campaign on Thursday at 18:00!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Gamification for Translation - Travis Foundation
Travis Foundation is creating a machine translation for Tigrinya, the language of Eritrea. Learn how they crowdsourced the dataset through gamification and see the first example of a Tigrinya and English translation.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Executive Ai - Crash course - AiLab.one
AI is going to disrupt a lot of industries and change the way we do business. Today you have the unique opportunity to be ahead of the curve and use this technology for your own benefit.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: City Social Awareness - dataisgoud.nl
This program gives you insight in a case were technology (AI/Machine-Learning ) can be helpful in offering a solution. Rob Niessen will guide you through and discuss several aspects of value creating out of Data. Technical background is not required.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks Holland 0x0C – Hacking Tools! - SecTalks Holland
Hacking Tools! Round 7 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join this monthly series of gatherings reviewing different security topics, 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.
AI & Ethics + AI & Security

Thursday Gathering March 21st

17:00–19:00 Info Table: How to do sales for tech companies? - Out2Bound
At this Info-Table we will focus on displaying how Out2Bound as a sales agency for tech companies can add value to the innovation community in Rotterdam. How do you attract new businesses as a start-up? Do traditional sales techniques still work in tech?
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: You See, I See the movie night - CIC
You See, I See is focused on promoting and celebrating diversity, equity and inclusivity in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. A great movie night on March 29th in classical cinema on the 7th floor of Groot Handelsgebouw: Kriterion! Stop by to learn more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup in Residence Zuid-Holland - Provincie Zuid-Holland
Startup in Residence is an innovative collaboration between startups and scaleups and the provincie Zuid-Holland. We invite both Dutch and international entrepreneurs to tackle 10 regional challenges in collaboration with the province.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: China-the Netherlands Innovation Cooperation - 4CNCONSULT
A great opportunity to know more about China-the Netherlands innovation cooperation. For example, supporting policies from governments for innovation company to expand to China, IP protection in China, getting investment from Chinese investors.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Protect your digital inventions and data - The Netherlands Patent Office
What’s the best way to protect your digital inventions? Is it a patent, a trade secret or copyrights? Can data be patented? The Netherlands Patent Office presents an event on March 28 to connect entrepreneurs and IP-specialists. Get the info here!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: AI & Blockchain - YES!Delft Startups pitch latest tech developments - YES!Delft
YES!Delfts' Validation Lab startups present you the latest tech developments in AI and Blockchain. 9 startups that impact digital society pitch their business ideas and ask you for help!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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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17:30–18:30 Break Out: AI & Security - The Hague Security Delta, InnovationQuarter & Venza
Many people worry about artificial intelligence for the wrong reasons... A recent HSD study focusses on the role of machine learning in cybersecurity. In this talk, we'll share the results and have partners talk about their AI challenges. Join this session given by InnovationQuarter & The Hague Security Delta.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–20:00 Break Out: Rotterdam Brand Event - Brand Density
The science is clear: a brand strategy is a driving force behind success. Are your brand strategy and customer experience inextricably linked? Learn to shape your strategy during the Rotterdam Brand Event.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: AI & Blockchain - YES!Delft Startups pitch latest tech developments - YES!Delft
YES!Delfts' Validation Lab startups present you the latest tech developments in AI and Blockchain. 9 startups that impact digital society pitch their business ideas and ask you for help!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Startup in Residence Zuid-Holland - Provincie Zuid-Holland
Startup in Residence is an innovative collaboration between startups and scaleups and the provincie Zuid-Holland. Our programme invites both Dutch and international entrepreneurs to tackle 10 regional challenges in collaboration with the province. In this session, we want to inform and discuss our program and challenges with the audience.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Rotterdam.AI : Education & Ethics in AI - Rotterdam.AI
You've always wanted to learn about AI, but don't know exactly if it's the same as Machine Learning or Deep Learning or any other buzzword some geeks like to use just to make themselves sound more exclusive? Well, we are here to demystify it for you!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Talent Night: International Talent

Thursday Gathering March 14th

16:00–19:00 Side Event: Firmhouse Venture Lab Demo Day - Firmhouse
The second 3.5-month Firmhouse Venture Lab Program culminates with Demo Day and they are inviting you to experience the hard work of their startups first-hand. Come listen to their pitches!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Get to know more about the internships at 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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17:00–18:30 Office Hours: Does your idea need IP protection? Get a free & confidential IP consult! - The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Netherlands Patent Office
Can you talk about your innovative idea without IP protection? Get a free consult at Venture Café to find out! Get independent information from Karen Kraan-Sam (patent advisor at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency) to see if your idea needs IP protection. A safe environment since secrecy applies: so grab your opportunity to openly talk about your idea here!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Talent Night: International Talent - Adams Multilingual Recruitment
Adams Multilingual Recruitment is proud to be part of the Talent Night: International Talent. We will be more than happy to answer your queries regarding job opportunities for internationals in Rotterdam.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Holland Career Ambassadors - Holland Alumni network
Holland Career Ambassadors are international professionals that have studied in the Netherlands and are now working here. Ask them about the Dutch Business Culture, Job Market, Orientation Year or any other question that you have!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Upskilling for the Future: Mistakes to avoid - 361degreesLAB
361degreesLAB helps professionals and organisations to develop the right skill set for the future. Stop by to talk about critical skills for the coming years and mistakes with learning one needs to avoid.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerate Your Potential - World Startup Factory
Do you dream about working in an international team and a growing organisation that is operating in the dynamic startup scene? We are searching for interns with an entrepreneurial spirit who want to learn, grow and build a network fast. Talk to us!
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17:00–18:00 Break Out: The Spouse Program - Reinvent yourself
Have you moved to Rotterdam with your spouse and you have no idea what is next for you? Rotterdam Partners, Venture Cafe, Madam Rotterdam, IWNG and Expat on the Move are joining forces to help you get to the next level.
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17:00–20:00 Office Hours: How to LEARN to USE Dutch YOUR way? - CoBuild
"Because I want to integrate into Dutch society" is not a good enough WHY for learning Dutch. SMART(er) goal setting is required...
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking for exceptional individuals to launch new startups - Antler
Antler is a global startup generator and early-stage VC that is building the next big wave of tech. We are currently looking for great candidates to start building new businesses in the Netherlands as of May.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft is scouting the next promising AI startups! - YES!Delft
YES!Delft is looking for the next promising AI startups! Join Emma Kluwen, Startup Scout, at this info table to learn more about their program!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Swabit Looking For Geniuses! - Swabit
Would you like to be part of a growing Rotterdam-based startup made up of creative, international and highly experienced people? Swabit is searching for an iOS developer to work with us and a digital marketing expert who loves data!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How Oracle and The World Bee Project are Using AI to Save Bees - Oracle
Bees and pollinators are critical to the future of the world's 7.6 billion people and to the future of the planet. In this session, Onur Kuzu will discuss how Oracle and the World Bee Project are using AI to save bees. Also, you will be able to explore career opportunities at Oracle!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Explore Career Opportunities at Unilever
At Unilever we’re hiring purposeful and future-fit people from diverse backgrounds all over the globe. Through our innovative recruitment process we source the best digital talent.
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17:00–19:30 Info Table: Update your professional profile picture
Update your professional profile picture, LinkedIn photo or the headshot on your website! A professional photographer will be offering this amazing service to you for FREE - 50 spots available!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Looking for talent for our startup - Cocoautomotive
Cocoautomotive is looking for co-founders and team members with a technical, marketing and sales background
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Career Ownership; where do you start? - UQ Talents
In the UQ Talents Workshop you will digitally create your unique personal Talent Dashboard and become inspired on the why and how of Career Ownership.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Career Hacking as a top skill for the coming decade - 361degreesLAB
It becomes a norm to go through many jobs and careers in a lifetime. The successful career management and transition is longer an incidental activity, it is a skill. What do you need to hack your career?
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Get inspired: learn from Holland Career Ambassadors - Holland Alumni network
Holland Career Ambassadors are international professionals that have studied in the Netherlands and are now working here. In this session they share their personal story on finding a job, give tips and tricks and answer any questions that you have.
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18:00–18:30 Info Table: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: How Oracle and The World Bee Project are Using AI to Save Bees - Oracle
Bees and pollinators are critical to the future of the world's 7.6 billion people and to the future of the planet. In this session, Onur Kuzu will discuss how Oracle and the World Bee Project are using AI to save bees. Also, you will be able to explore career opportunities at Oracle!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get inspired: learn from Holland Career Ambassadors - Holland Alumni network (Second Part)
Holland Career Ambassadors are international professionals that have studied in the Netherlands and are now working here. In this session they share their personal story on finding a job, give tips and tricks and answer any questions that you have.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Effective Online Networking - Erasmus University
While face-to-face networking is still the best way to grow your network of substantial relationships and possible job opportunities, online networking using media like LinkedIn shouldn't be ignored. Learn how to do it right.
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18:30–19:30 Keynote Session: Unilever, Antler & Nuffic - Challenges & Opportunities for Talent in Rotterdam
Join this keynote session and get to know more about the vision on (international) talent in Rotterdam: the challenges & the future, by three keynote speakers from Unilever, Antler & Nuffic.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Singularity Dynamics: The Kick-Off

Thursday Gathering March 7th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: The Finder - Meraki
Meraki offers a time saving gadget and sells with a personal approach. The speakers are: Steven Vonk, Preslava Ivanova and Isa Visser. Stop by to meet them!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Play for Understanding: The launch of The Sentence Society! - Travis Foundation
The Sentence Society is a playful way to crowdsource the data required for machine translation. With this game, Travis Foundation can build a text-text translation for English and Tigrinya, the language of Eritrea. Come and try it out!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: You See, I See the movie night - CIC
You See, I See is focused on promoting and celebrating diversity, equity and inclusivity in the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. A great movie night on March 29th in classical cinema on the 7th floor of Groot Handelsgebouw: Kriterion! Stop by to learn more about it!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Connecting the EU with the Caribbean through export - G&E International Trading Company
G&E International Trading Company is an exclusive Dutch export company that distributes high-quality products for affordable prices from Europe to all Caricom Countries and the rest of the Caribbean, using Suriname as the gateway to those countries. Stop by to meet Clyde Kerpens and get more information about their export business and potential partnerships!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Bricklinq Launch - Bricklinq
The Bricklinq portal helps people to make their house their home. We support digitally with messaging between occupant, owner or/and contractor. We store your guarantee documents and provide you with financial insights. Stop by to learn more!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: From prototype to MVP - MVP Ready
We will share our thoughts on the roadmap from a prototype to MVP. Why is it important to build your platform step by step and what are the most important things to keep in mind while developing? Are you looking to grow a business? See you inside!
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17:30–19:30 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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17:30–20:00 Break Out: Inspiring keynotes around "Better the Balance, Better the World" #BalanceforBetter - Venture Café Rotterdam
Balance drives a better working world! Leading up to International Women's Day 2019, come listen to keynotes from inspiring leaders from our innovation ecosystem and let's all help create a #BalanceforBetter! Come listen to: Christina Moreno, Shanti Singh, Zeynep Dag, Babette Labeij (incl. talent performance!) & Lexter Woodley.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Keynote by Christina Moreno, founder She Matters
Christina Moreno is the founder & CEO of She Matters, a social enterprise recruitment agency with a mission to empower female newcomers to enter the labour market. Come learn about her personal journey and the transformative work at She Matters.
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Mentoring Changemakers ! - Heleniq A Consulting
Have your questions answered about starting a business, movement or project...how to get support, develop or master team design, business planning, online marketing and solutions. We highlight ways to harness the inner stamina you need!
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18:00–18:30 Info Table: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:00–18:15 Break Out: Keynote by Shanti Singh, Founder Shantie schrijft & Project Manager Women’s Rights
In this lecture, Shantie Singh tells how she, as a writer, theater maker, project manager for women's rights, but above all as a storyteller, uses the power of language and words to make hidden stories and hidden heroines more visible.
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18:15–18:45 Break Out: Keynote by Zeynep Dag, founder ALLZUÁR and winner EZVN entrepreneur award 2018
Zeynep is a Dutch shoe designer who presented her first shoe collection under the Alzúarr brand in January 2017. She has sold shoes to, among others, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez. Come and meet her and listen to her amazing journey.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Deep learning for vision guided robotics - Fizyr B.V.
240 Million parcels are being picked by humans every day. Fizyr AI algorithms enable robots to perform these repetitive task. Herbert ten Have, CEO of Fizyr, will explain all challenges involved.
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19:00–19:30 Break Out: Keynote by Babette Labeij, founder Babette Labeij Music Academy, including a talent performance!
Babette believes it’s her duty to inspire others to dream, to dare, to do and preaches to overcoming your fears and diving into your passion. She will tell you more about her journey as an entrepreneur during her keynote.
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19:30–20:00 Break Out: Keynote by Lexter Woodley, founder Dutch Einsteins and PhD candidate “Gender Studies”
During this lecture, there is attention to how career women relate to their male counterpart…within the household.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

February
Monthly theme
Sustainable Solutions


Sustainable Solutions: Circular Economy

Thursday Gathering February 28th

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Soft Skills Hub
Are you an ambitious student, a young professional or a professional in career transition? Soft Skills Hub is an 8-week course designed to help develop and cultivate skills that will last a lifetime. 
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: People and Culture Strategy - Hello Monday Club
In this one-on-one office hours session with Angelique Slob, founder of Hello Monday Club, you will review your people and culture strategy. Get valuable insights and feedback on leadership, team, culture, people processes, and growth!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Discover your Subsidy Potential - MK - The Subsidy Community
MK - 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 or scale-up your business. Stop by to learn more from a.o. CCO Willem Maas!
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17:00–18:00 Office Hours: Market Expansion Program BOSteRDAM Cleantech Link - InnovationQuarter
The BOSteRDAM Cleantech Link is a Market Expansion Program for cleantech entrepreneurs and companies from the United States and the Netherlands. InnovationQuarter and Greentown Labs offer a 2-week market entry program to facilitate a soft landing. Stop by to meet Anne de Vries and pose the questions that are on your mind!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: A circular solution for the housing of young people - Woodyshousing
As Woodyshousing we will show our solution of our circular Building System with our WOODY. We have examples of our launching method (and cooperation with Min. of BZK), our questions to the city of Rotterdam and the investment we need.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Get discovered by the right investors, 24/7 - Fundsup.co
Fundsup is a matchmaking platform for early-stage founders and investors. Fundsup has a mission to take the friction out of fundraising by data-driven matchmaking. This session will focus on how to efficiently gain traction from the right investors. Come meet Heiko Knot!
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Innovation Mission to Dubai; Getting ready for Dubai EXPO2020 - Rotterdam Partners
Rotterdam Partners, ScaleUpDelta and the National Enterprise Agency are organising an innovation mission to Dubai from 24-28 March 2019 and Mayor Aboutaleb will be leading the delegation. Come find out more during this session!
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18:00–18:30 Info Table: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: A new era of sustainability with technology and nature-inspired solutions - Women in 3D Printing
Join Lilian van Daal to learn about how to use 3d printing to create sustainable systems, production processes and products from nature-inspired solutions.
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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. Your host is Tessa Leferink.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: INTERREG Cleantech in Rotterdam and throughout Europe - Cleantech Delta & Municipality of Rotterdam
City of Rotterdam and partner CleantechDelta manage several projects for the interregional development of Cleantech. Looking for international traction to implement your cleantech solution? Come and find out what programs we offer for our support!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: 0x06 - Open Source Intelligence - SecTalks Holland
OSINT! Round 6 of SecTalks Holland, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security! Join the monthly gatherings, touching on a couple of security topics each time, a short CTF & lots of infosec knowledge sharing!
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18:45–21:30 Side Event: PowderOnScreen#7: Truth is fiction - EAT ART collective
Do you know how you decide what to eat? What is your part in negotiating a sustainable solution in food? On this movie night EAT ART collective will discuss this topic with Petra Verhoef.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Sustainable Solutions: Resilience

Thursday Gathering February 21st

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Working posture and work place set up to prevent work related injuries - Praktijk voor fysio- en manuele therapie 'Groothandelsgebouw'
One of our specialisms is prevention of work related injuries. At our info table, we would like to inform you about good work posture and give you some tips about designing and setting up the work place. Meet Roland van der Heijden and Lotte Lafeber!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Sustainable products, no waste - Perpetual Products
Tired of all this plastic waste? Come by to find out how we can solve it together.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: The fun, fast and efficient language school! - Una Paloma Blanca Language School
Una Paloma Blanca has students from all walks of life. But one of our most common types of students are expats who have come for work. Our classes are catered to each individual student in a way that will maximize their learning experience.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Massage at work - Veerkracht Holistic Massage
Just fifteen minutes of chair massage a week have been scientifically proven to lower stress, reduce muscle tension and rejuvenate the mind and the body. You are welcome to experience a fifteen-minute-boost for free! Stop by to meet Ramona Langenberg.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: buildupcamp.com - Buildup Camp
On this info table we will generate awareness about the business and brand.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Co-creating the future of living - We Are Builders
During this event you will find out what the future of living should look like! Join and meet We are Builders' Myrte Datema.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: GroenCollect - GroenCollect
In this break-out of GroenCollect you will get to know more about the company and its mission, and maybe you will find a partner for your own company!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Some Tricky ways to determine your Market Size - The7bits
Some indirect methods to define the market size of your startup. Who is precisely your audience? And how to understand which part of the market could be yours.
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17:30–18:30 Info Table: GroenCollect - GroenCollect
In this break-out of GroenCollect you will get to know more about the company and its mission, and maybe you will find a partner for your own company!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Get a Tour Through CIC! Explore the beautifully designed innovation center - CIC
Venture Café is located in Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). Are you curious about the rest of the space? Join a tour through this beautifully designed innovation center!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Kick-off event of the Colorful Top 100 - De Kleurrijke Top 100
The Kleurrijke Top 100 is an annual ranking of Dutch people (role models) who make a difference and who contribute with their work, personality & vision to a more inclusive society.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Explore Careers in Tech (Open Discussion) - Buildup Camp
On this session, we will host an open discussion about the careers in technology that are trending at the moment. You will be able to discuss with experts about their experience, challenges, and success in the tech industry.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: #help: How new services support communities in crisis - HumTechLab @ Delft University of Technology
Today, supporting communities in staying safe before, during, and after disasters is not only reserved for government agencies or specialized teams. Technologies have made private organizations a key player in disasters response. In this interactive session we'll examine these trends and how new services can support communities.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Sustainability in Mobility & Fashion

Thursday Gathering February 14th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Mobility Lab 2019 - Mobility Lab
Are you a startup, or do you know about a startup, that has a solution to a mobility challenge? Mobility Lab 2019 starts recruiting startups as of January 3rd. At this Info table, get to know more about the program, challenges and launching customers!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: For selfless athletes - Canwe
Do you want to be part of a community that believes in making the world a better place... every single workout? Canwe?
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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: Launching smart startup alive - The7bits
We provide support in launching smart startups that have a high level of uncertainty
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17:00–18:30 Info Table: Let's Talk About Sustainable Fashion - Fair Friday
Curious what’s hiding behind your clothes? A few years ago, we were too; so we went looking for the naked truth. We discovered a lot and in this session you can ask anything you want to know about fast & sustainable fashion. Love to meet you there!
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17:00–20:00 Info Table: Clothing Swap - Venture Café Rotterdam
Network with other visitors, understand more about sustainable fashion, and swap clothes, shoes and accessories you no longer need or wear! Join Clothing Swap for a free, fun, and environmentally friendly way to renew your closet at Venture Café’s Thursday Gathering on the 14th of February. Click to read about the rules of the game.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Soft Skills Hub
Are you an ambitious student, a young professional or a professional in career transition? Soft Skills Hub is an 8-week course designed to help develop and cultivate skills that will last a lifetime. 
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: All-aboard towards a CO2 neutral port - Port of Rotterdam
Port of Rotterdam aims to bring the port in line with the Paris Climate Agreement objectives: to be decarbonize our economy by 2050. In partnerships with companies, the Port of Rotterdam is working towards a CO2 neutral port. Come meet and listen to the story of Caroline Kroes, the Port's program lead Energy Transition strategy!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Plastic pollution and solutions - Iron Roots
How can you tell if your clothing is accidentally polluting the ocean? Join this break-out session given by Erik de Groot, the Co-founder of Iron Roots, to understand the consequences of plastic pollution caused by clothing industries, and learn about a world where no plastic is used to produce clothing.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to manage your love life while working 80 hours a week - Mannengeheim
This break out session is for those who struggle to balance their busy schedule with their love life. We will go over some ideas to find a partner when you actually don’t have time for it.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: The Naked Truth Behind Fast & Sustainable Fashion - Fair Friday
Curious what’s hiding behind your clothes? A few years ago, we were too; so we went looking for the naked truth. We discovered a lot and will share all you need to know about fast & sustainable fashion. Do you dare to face the truth?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Is 100% clean really the only option? - Arash Aazami (Kamangir)
Join Arash Aazami, founder of Kamangir, for an introduction around clean energy and the personal mission he has. Then share your opinion around some interesting statements he has prepared for you, focused on the energy transition!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
CleanTech & Energy Transition

Thursday Gathering February 7th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: HAPPEN Magazine - Venture Café Global Institute
Grab a copy of the very first release of Venture Café's global HAPPEN Magazine and learn more about our international and local community!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a drink with one of our team - 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 >

17:30–19:30 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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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Meet your co-founder @ Firmhouse Venture Lab - Firmhouse
Join 10 highly talented makers and innovators who are building businesses and products from nothing, in a very short amount of time!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: Full Power, Zero Emissions: Shore Power - Heerema Marine Contractors
Shore Power could be the best thing since sliced bread in terms of emissions reduction and air quality. A single large vessel emmits the same amount of emissions as the environmental zone in Rotterdam, per day. What are we doing about this? Meet Heerema's Mr Sustainability: Vincent Doedée!
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: Sharing Batteries - Skoon Energy B.V.
Sharing Batteries to bring down costs and speed up development. Sharing batteries enables access to affordable energy storage and speeds up the adaption of new technologies. More in this interactive session, lead by Skoon's founder, Peter Paul van Voorst!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Internationalization support programs for cleantech start-ups and scale-ups - InnovationQuarter and The City of Rotterdam
In this session we introduce you to various support programs the City of Rotterdam, InnovationQuarter and European Union offer to cleantech start-ups and scale-ups that are already expanding internationally, or exploring international expansion. Meet a.o. Wouter van Rooijen during this session.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Energy transition all the way! - DAREL
An overview of current developments in the Dutch energy transition, key projects and DAREL's role & involvement.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

January
Monthly theme
Connect to Reality


VR meets Life Sciences & Health

Thursday Gathering January 31st

17:00–19:00 Demo: The painful reality of Virtual Reality - PlaygroundVR B.V.
PlaygroundVR demonstrates the possibilities of a virtual playground for children in hospitals - and today you get to try it out yourself! Stop by!
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17:00–19:00 Demo: VR for patients - less pain, more gain - SyncVR
How does VR improve the life of a 83-year-old kidney patient in your local hospital? Well, there's about 100yrs of medical research done in the field of pain, and SyncVR tried to put it into one VR application. Hear the story from Floris van der Breggen and try it out yourself!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Hologtech - 3D Holograms - Nocto International B.V.
Is the future of marketing holographic? Learn about the benefits of using our 3D hologram technology to improve footflow, sales conversions and brand awareness to you and your product!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Entnest - Home of Entrepreneurs - Entnest
Learn about how Entnest can help you leverage the value of a connected ecosystem of curated entrepreneurs, startups, support organizations and investors.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: GlamPop on demand beauty services, the future of beauty - GlamPop on-demand beauty services
We want to welcome you to the Glamorous Population brought to you by GlamPop. During this info session we want to introduce you to GlamPop beauty services and give you a taste of the GlamPop experience. Stop by to learn more about us, and for the ladies: get a quick beauty touchup from a beauty artist!
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17:00–19:00 Demo: MatterCare
MatterCare helps healthcare organizations to REDUCE FEAR & UNCERTAINTY among new clients by having them visit a hospital ward or care department in advance VIRTUALLY & INTERACTIVE with a 3D & VR Showcase.
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a coffee with one of our team - 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 >

17:30–18:00 Break Out: The painful reality of Virtual Reality - PlaygroundVR B.V.
PlaygroundVR will demonstrate the possibilities of a virtual playground for children in hospitals. Next to that, they will discuss the difficulties of implementing VR in challenging environments and how to overcome them. Join this break out and/or their demo area!
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17:30–18:00 Break Out: The Millennial Preach by Nienke Binnendijk
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: Nienke Binnendijk,
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18:00–18:45 Break Out: Release of CIC Rotterdam's 2nd Annual Impact Report - CIC Rotterdam
Hear from CIC Rotterdam General Manager Melissa Ablett about the center's growth in its second year. What are the trends CIC is seeing in raising capital, job creation, and more?
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Don't let 2019 drift away! Goal setting Cor the Coach - Cor the Coach
Don't let 2019 drift away from you. Set-up your goals for success with this break out session, hosted by Cor the Coach!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: SecTalks 0x05 – 2019 first session! - SecTalks Holland
Let’s start the year strong!Round 5, part of the international SecTalks.org technical meetups on information security!Join this monthly series of gatherings,touching on a couple of security topics, 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.
Connect to Reality

Thursday Gathering January 24th

17:00–18:30 Demo: AR e-learning real world use cases - ArtiShock.com
ArtiShock is a creative and technical collective that creates intelligent, beautiful and innovative digital experiences. They have a AR e-learning experience set-up for you - so stop by to meet Cristian Vorstius Kruijff and try it out yourself!
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17:00–17:30 Break Out: Have a coffee with one of our team - 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: Date a Senior! - De Nieuwe Poort
75 Young and 75 Old Rotterdammers will be going on a date on February 16th 2019! De Nieuwe Poort in Rotterdam will be hosting very special First Dates edition. Are you a Young Rotterdammer, up for a Valentine’s date and want to treat your fellow-Old Rotterdammer to a nice lunch? And on top of that do a nice activity together somewhere in Rotterdam? Get more info for you, a friend or family member & don't miss out!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Upcoming CoBuild MeetUp Shop Week for Dutch - CoBuild
Find out what the CoBuild MeetUp Shop Week for Dutch (January 28th - February 1st 2019) will bring you and sign up for it straight away!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerators and Business Incubators: are they really effective? - Leiden University
Are you a startup based in a business incubator or accelerator? At our info table, share your experience from the obtained supports by these organizations. Your input is used for valuable PHD research at Leiden University.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Life by design - byDesign
byDesign is a creative agency, which applies design thinking and the power of network to help students, entrepreneurs and young professionals design their own professional and personal lives, and actualise them.
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17:30–18:15 Break Out: Connect with yourself - Excel Yourself
Are you sometimes overwhelmed by the fast paced digital world and performance pressure? Find out how to connect to reality and excel yourself! Join Aimée Floris during this session.
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18:30–19:00 Break Out: Future of AR and e-learning with real world use cases - Artishock
Artishock is a creative and technical platform, that explores, experiments and implements projects with Augmented and Virtual Reality and other emerging technologies. This talk will focus on the future of AR and e-learning with real world use cases. Join Cristian Vorstius Kruijff, founder of Artishock, for this talk!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Make The Most Out Of Your Business Reality in 2019 - PlayfulMonk
Are you looking to improve your business agility so your performance and profitability increase without comprising your integrity? Join this session hosted by former Buddhist monk Amaranatho and learn how to gain valuable insight into yourself and your business!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Week of Circular Economy

Thursday Gathering January 17th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: The first all-in-one shared mobility app comes to Rotterdam! - Ridecloud
Ridecloud is the first all-in-one app in the Netherlands that brings shared cars, e-scooters, (e-)bikes, and taxis in one place. Find the best ride for you in one place, compare, book & ride. In January, we are coming to Rotterdam!
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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: Have a coffee with the Executive Director of Venture Café Rotterdam - Anoesjka Imambaks
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: Soft skills the next big thing? - Game and Work
During this Demo session, you can expect to see how AR / VR / 360 degrees video can help people improve their soft skills.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Heart for Art - Euro Intermedia International foundation
"HEART FOR ART - The Gift Beyond Heritage 1974-2018" is an Artbook project that features Foreign and Filipino Artist worlwide that gave them opportunity to showcase their exemplary talents and highlighting the Filipino arts and culture. Meet former first lady for the Philippines, Imelda Romualdez Marcos at this info table!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: IFFR Pro x VR Days - win a ticket for the event! - IFFR & Venture Café Rotterdam
This month is IFFR's month! This week at Venture Café there is a prize contest to win a ticket to the IFFR Pro x VR Days event taking place on 29-January-2019. Submit your answer to the question at the info table, stick around, and the winner will be announced at 19:00h by IFFR's team member Jolinde den Haas!
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17:15–18:00 Break Out: StartupDelta international on tour - StartupDelta
StartupDelta is empowering startups to scale globally. They would like to share their learnings from all the global events they organized in 2018 with you and give you a sneak peak in the opportunities to join their global efforts in the coming 6 months of 2019. They are in the process of validating their assumptions for the next program, so they plan to make the session very interactive - Venture Café style! Meet StartupDelta's Katja Berkhout, International Director, and Jitske van Os, Event organizer!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: From Resolution To Realisation - Diepak Kasi
Do you want the next 6 to 12 months to be the chapter of best producing, best performing and best feeling ever? Then come and join this session! Diepak Kasi has some super important information for you to make this happen!
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18:00–19:00 Break Out: Scaling International: the Dubai Trade Mission - ScaleUpDelta
ScaleUpDelta will provide information and a mini-masterclass about a special Trade Mission to the UAE / Dubai Mid-March 2019. This is targeted to scaleups and later-stage startups that are seriously considering doing business in the UAE region.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Your Circular Year Starts Here! From Trash to Treasure - Municipality of Rotterdam
A waste free 2050 may be far into the future, but every little step we take day by day matters and will help us to get there. During this event we show our plans for the years to come, both long term and for 2019. Together we brainstorm for changes each and every one of us can make at home, at work, shopping, exercising or spending time with friends and family. What will make your new year more circular? This session is part of the Week of the Circular Economy 2019.
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Future of VR & AR

Thursday Gathering January 10th

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Why is brand identity so important? - Independent graphic design company, FromJane
Brand identity is not just about a logo. Jane will share her knowledge and insights of design. Why creating a strong corporate identity is key to creating and maintaining a positive consumer image and important part of a companies success.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Mobility Lab 2019 - Mobility Lab
Are you a startup, or do you know about a startup, that has a solution to a mobility challenge? Mobility Lab 2019 starts recruting startups as of January 3rd. At our info table we can tell you about the program, challenges and launching customers!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Victory Art introduces Mima Chovancová - Victory Art
Victory Art is collaborating with RAW Streetphoto Gallery to host our first ever exhibition in January. Join us to celebrate and explore the amazing work of one of our up and coming star in the Eastern/Central European art community!
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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 Demo: Virtual Reality Demo by VR-House - VR-House
VR-House will be present with a wireless HTC Vive VR headset and a multiplayer VR game that is developed in-house. Stop by to meet Sam Reijers and to try it out!
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17:00–19:00 Demo: Making a Difference with AR - twnkls | augmented reality
Stop by and meet TWNKLS, one of Europe’s leading Augmented Reality pioneers. AR experts Sebastiaan and Jos have some great examples and demos for you!
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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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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Take it smooth in 2019 - Mathilde Nadeau, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Get an overview of the yogic science to get inspirations for the New Year Resolution. Mathilde Nadeau, Kundalini Yoga Teacher, will provide you insights of the yoga teachings and tips for taking 2019 smoothly.
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18:00–18:30 Break Out: VR Arcades, what makes an arcade succesful and how maintain this in the future? - VR4Play
VR4Play wants to make Virtual Reality publicly accessible. This session focuses on VR Arcades: what makes an arcade successful and how can we maintain this in the future? Join Lars Sørensen, owner of VR4Play, for this talk!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Being Embodied, Being Ready for Change - Expat Wellbeing | Therapy & Coaching
A new year often brings high energy to start making a meaningful change. We know willpower alone is not enough to sustain this. In this interactive workshop, learn how embodying your intention empowers your journey.
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Operational Efficiency and Market Effectiveness: Making a Difference with AR - twnkls | augmented reality
Stop by and meet TWNKLS, one of Europe’s leading Augmented Reality pioneers. AR experts Sebastiaan and Jos show you how AR can help you learn faster, work more efficiently, and radically transform your processes by using real-life cases and live demos.
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19:30–20:00 Break Out: A future of Mixed Reality - Interknowlogy Europe BV
For years, VR is one of the hottest things in tech. But what is the current state of things? And where are we heading? Join Dennis Vroegop, managing director Interkowledgy.eu, for an informative and entertaining look at a possible future of all things VR, AR and XR!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
We're Closed!

Thursday Gathering January 3rd

17:00–20:00 Important: Venture Café is Closed!
Venture Café will be open as of January 10th 2019. We look forward to meeting you again in the new year!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.

2018

December
Monthly theme
Closing the Books


We're Closed!

Thursday Gathering December 27th

17:00–20:00 Important: Venture Café is Closed!
Venture Café will be open as of January 10th 2019. We look forward to meeting you again in the new year!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Friends of Venture Café - Hidden Gems of the City

Thursday Gathering December 20th

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: Taxes & Finance - CFO Finance BV
We would like to invite you to discuss your corporate tax issues and see how we can add value to the financial process of your business.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet Inhollands potential high-tech spin offs - Inholland University of Applied Science, Delft
Now is the time to chat with the students and see how they can help you and your organisation with their ideas they are working on. Their ideas include possibilities in using VR for educational purposes but also tackling urban problems such as bike parking and mobility issues, urban agriculture and rainwater harvesting
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Transforming business concepts into thriving digital solutions - LizardApps
At LizardApps we have a passion for innovation - not just software development, but for the entire range of skills that make software successful. We built, validate, and accelerate software - all in real time.
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: Fundsup: Investor Matchmaking - Fundsup.co
Fundsup builds simple, easy-to-use, next generation technology that takes the friction out of early-stage fundraising through data-driven matchmaking. Get discovered by the right investors, 24/7 access to capital made simple. Meet Abrar and find out more at this info table!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Meet Inhollands potential high-tech spin offs - Inholland University of Applied Science, Delft
10 teams of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program of the Inholland University will be present to pitch their high-tech innovations and to validate their business potential with you!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Life by design - byDesign
At this breakout session, we will learn how to use design thinking to tackle “wicked” life decisions, navigate comfortably in the world of constant change and design the lives we’ve always wanted.
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18:00–20:00 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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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Adopt a queen, or give away a queen giftcard! - BeeSerious
To solve our worldwide problem, BeeSerious breeds bees that are resistant to the varroa mite. There’s a lot of money involved in this project, so BeeSerious needs all the help it can get. BeeSerious sells mead (homemade), honey (homemade by our bees) and adoptions. Get yourself a queen!
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: The beautiful streets of Rotterdam - Stakelphotography
Valentino Stakel wants to show the audience there is beauty in every nook and cranny in Rotterdam. Valentino is a photographer and his skills at the moment lay in street and documentary photography. Come check out his work!
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Beautybo - Beautybo
Christmas is around the corner and are you still looking for a present? Meet us at Venture Café and buy your Natural Beautybo Make-Up box!
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Rotterdam in a Box - Rotterdam in a Box
At Rotterdam in a Box we believe in local entrepeneurship. We have collected all the best and tastiest products made by local producers in Rotterdam and offer them to the proud people of this city!
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18:00–20:00 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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18:00–20:00 Info Table: WoodWatch
At the info table info, we will show our newest collection of watches. Planting a tree for every watch sold and CO2 neutral parcel deliveries.
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: 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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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Tourist Information Shop
Want to have a nice Rotterdam gimmic as a holiday gift? This stand is the place to be! Rotterdam Tourist Information Shop has brought a nice selection of Rotterdam products for you to get your beloved ones this year!
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18:00–20:00 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 check out the collection & meet the designer at the info table!
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Flashy Magnets
Stop by this stand, to get a discount code for your next Flashy Magnets purchase.
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: ROSO Jewellery
There was always a passion for jewelry present. From an early age we have been getting jewelry everywhere and nowhere else, and sometimes we have had 100 at a time. Entrepreneurship is also in our blood and that is how we came up with the idea to start ROSO.
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18:00–20:00 Info Table: Before You Know it You Have a Date! - De Nieuwe Poort
75 Young and 75 Old Rotterdammers will be going on a First Date... On February 16th 2019 De Nieuwe Poort in Rotterdam will be hosting very special First dates. Are you a Young Rotterdammer, up for a Valentine’s date and want to treat your fellow-Old Rotterdammer to a nice lunch? And on top of that do a nice activity together somewhere in Rotterdam? Come buy a ticket today for you, a friend or family member!
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18:00–20:00 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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18:30–19:30 Break Out: What happens in other countries? Join our Soft-landing Missions in 2019! - Crosspring
A Soft-Landing mission helps startups & ecosystem builders to get to know the ecosystem of other countries during a week full of company visits, mentoring & networking sessions. And you can join! Look ahead and learn more about our 2019 missions this Thursday!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Get Funded!

Thursday Gathering December 13th

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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17:00–20:00 Special Event: Dutch Lean Startup Circle
Lean Startup Circle aims to bring the Lean Startup community together to share knowledge, get inspired and network. Speakers from startups and corporate innovation will share their best practices using the Lean Startup methodology.
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17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Advice on growth funding - Symbid
What type of growth funding suits you? and why? What to look for when closing an investor deal? Funding specialist Robbin Hoogstraten will answer all your questions on growth funding! Sign up for your timeslot!
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17:00–19:00 Info Table: How Good is Your Startup Team? - Tilburg University Research
This research explores the characteristics that Dutch startups use to compose their teams and its impact on team performance. Stop by to help out Benjamin Manuel with his research!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to match & find academics, start-ups & business? - KNOWCO BV
Find out how to tackle the current challenges of finding the right professor, start-up or business to kick-off your innovation project.
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: Get free money from the government - MK The Subsidy Community
Do you need more budget for 2019? Subsidy specialist Stijn Slaghek will answer all your questions on how to get the most out of your subsidies in 2019 and Tax Advisor Jasper van Oers will tell you more about the possible fiscal benefits!
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17:30–18:30 Break Out: World Startup Factory Afterwork: How to Build a Strong Team - World Startup Factory & Lizard Apps
During the session, Jeremy Raes, CEO & Co-Founder at LizardApps, is going to share his experience on how he managed to expand his team to over 40 employees from The Netherlands and Malaysia only within 5 years of operation. Join to learn more about team building skills & meet with startups participating in World Startup Factory's Sustainable Cities accelerator!
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18:30–20:00 Special Event: 3D Data as a Social Incubator - Ruggedised (RET, KPN, TNO, Eneco & Municipality of Rotterdam)
Rotterdam is developing a Digital Twin of the city, combining all kinds of data to improve the city’s energy and electrical efficiency. But what if we use this smart 3D model as a social incubator? What types of data do we need to make this model socially relevant? On Zuidplein an experimental Smart City program is working on these answers, but we need you to answer them fully. Do you have ideas how to secure safety, lower urban poverty and even improve hospitality or cosiness of an area through data? Partner up and visit this workshop!
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18:30–19:30 Break Out: Fundraising Made Easy! - Funding Accelerator
Fundraising is easy! This workshop, provided by a former VC and startup founder, will provide you a crash-course in fundraising so that you can rock your fundraising process, score better deals and connect with better investors in less time.
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18:30–19:15 Break Out: Social enterprises: changing perspectives on societal challenges - ImpactPlus
Social enterprises are booming! Why? And how to increase social impact? We discuss the changing perspective on entrepreneurs that lay their focus on innovative solutions regarding societal challenges. Join this session to meet Bo Fokkes and Dionne van der Waal!
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These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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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!
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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: 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.
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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.
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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?
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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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17:30–19:00 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?
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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!
Read more >

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

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: 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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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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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.

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!

July
Monthly theme
Future Travel
The July program will follow soon!

August
Monthly theme
Summer Detox
The August program will follow soon!

September
Monthly theme
City & Port Challenges
The September program will follow soon!


 

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