Rotterdam celebrates 75 years of development with a gigantic pop up staircase, right into Groot Handelgebouw and Venture Café. The city and Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, join forces with corporates, startups and the citizens to identify the best ideas for mobility and circular economy solutions.
On May 26 we invite you to join the celebrations during a special edition of Venture Café: City Flows. This event is all about smart cities and we are proudly part of Startup Fest Europe.
Together with our partners KPN, Deloitte, Port of Rotterdam and the Municipality of Rotterdam and inspiring startups Venture Café offers an interactive program with a wide variety of keynote speakers, such as Sanne Manders (COO Flexport), Marten van der Velde (Director Strategy & Innovation at Portbase) and Rob Kitchin (Smart city expert, Maynooth University). The keynotes will set the stage and underline the urgency of startups and the day’s break-out sessions. Among others Maarten Struijvenberg (vice mayor, Employment & Economics) will represent the city of Rotterdam during this day and is eager to catch up with new ideas for smarter cities.
With the river Maas flowing through the veins of Rotterdam, city and port have always been inseparable. The smart city of Rotterdam will be of great importance to the smartest port and vice versa. Therefore, teaming up with partners is the smartest thing to do. If you want to be a part of this development, ‘City Flows’ is not to be missed.
Smart mobility and circularity
After an inspiring kick-off, the 12 selected startups split up in two different breakout sessions on smart mobility and a one on circularity. During these sesions the startups will be given the opportunity to pitch their ideas on how to shape the future of Rotterdam. They will be well prepared through a pitch training at Venture Café in coorporation with YES!Delft. The two best pitches from each session will close down the event with a final pitch-off in front of a jury of decision makers. The winner will win awards such as a lunch date with Maarten Struijvenberg (Vice Mayor, Employment & Economics), Jan Kees de Jager (CFO KPN),
Paul Smits (CFO of Port of Rotterdam) or Rinke Zonneveld (Innovation Quarter) and desks for your team for 6 months at CIC Rotterdam.