Connecting innovators to make things happen

Venture Café Foundation builds innovation communities. We hosts the largest weekly innovation community event in Rotterdam.


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Every week we host our Thursday Gathering from 15:00-20:00 full of interesting programming. Feel free to drop by any time on a Thursday!

Capital Tour XXL march 15

Access to finance in Rotterdam
Join us on Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam on 15 March 2017.

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Techilicious may 10

Corporate-Startup Collaborations
Follow the discussions around and leading up to Techilicious on May 10th!

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Startup Visa

International Expansion
Venture Café and CIC act as facilitator for Startup Visa. Read all about it here!

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Venture Café, Rotterdam is looking for a new Executive Director this spring

Venture Café Foundation the Netherlands’ mission is to strengthen to the innovation ecosystem: connecting innovators to make things happen. Every Thursday innovators gather at Venture Café Rotterdam for impactful connections. This past year Venture Café has facilitated a growing  community of returning innovators and ambassadors. Over 300 connection events were organized with close to 12k visitors. Our ambition is to continue to grow the and strengthen the innovation community with innovation cross-connects and targeted initiatives. We are looking for a new Executive Director to take over the lead of this exciting global initiative rooted in the heart of Rotterdam.

Read more about vacancy here


Thursday Gathering March 30th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Fred van Beuningen - Expert in Oil & Gas and Clean Tech - Clean Tech Delta
Meet Fred van Beuningen, Director of Clean Tech Delta! Fred has had an executive role at Royal Dutch Shell, Is managing partner of the Chrysalix Robovalley Venture Capital Fund and is director of the Clean Tech Cluster of Rotterdam: Clean Tech Delta

17:00–17:45 Break Out: Digitising Oil & Gas Processes - TAAP
TAAP will provide a overview of how our product suite allows businesses such as Oil and Gas to become an agile enterprise, transforming paper processes to a digital equivalent in hours, enabling organisations to make better informed decisions.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Building The Next Generation of Digital Transformation for the Oil & Gas Industry - IBM Watson Internet of Things
During this break out, Aegex and IBM will provide you with an insight on Aegex connected sensors and devices integrate with IBM Enterprise solutions to enable customers to support and delivery their business transformation.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Are you ready to disrupt the port? - PortXL
Find out more about innovation and opportunities in ports, maritime and oil&gas sector, and learn about startups and companies like Van Oord and Vopak in this session by PortXL: an accelerator in ports and the oil&gas sector that facilitates startups and corporates to innovate.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Mobility and IoT for Hazardous Locations in Oil & Gas - Aegex
Many employees in oil & gas operations do not have access to cloud computing because of strict regulations. IoT could be improved in these locations by introducing devices that connect people and machines

18:00–19:00 Break Out: The Intelligent Era of Location - Localyse (Google Maps partner)
What do self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things have in common? They all rely heavily on location data in order to function and operate. Join this exciting break-out session to get an update on the latest developments in location intelligence.

These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
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Every week we host our Thursday Gathering from 15:00-20:00 full of interesting programming. Feel free to drop by any time on a Thursday!

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I’m looking for a sponsor company for master thesis, which would be interested in problem solving research in any field of Supply Chain and Sustainability.

Anna Belikova

Restart is an all crowdfunded coding bootcamp for refugees, with the motto “we rise by lifting others!”.

Frederick Rustler (@Restart_Network)

I’m a regular Venture Café visitor, because of the connections with people that help my own startup ‘Stand Out Now’ grow.

Kristel Thieme (@stand_out_now)