Innovation Visitor Bureau

The Innovation Visitors Bureau (IVB) connects innovation players worldwide to Rotterdam’s innovation ecosystem.  IVB provides introductions and facilitates opportunities to visit Rotterdam innovation-related institutions and to take part in local innovation-related activities. Our goal is to foster international linkages with the Rotterdam innovation economy with the aim of creating concrete, valuable outcomes. IVB-organized visits provide visitors with insight into Rotterdam’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and provide a starting point to initiate collaborations. Through IVB you can meet the money, talent, ideas that are the backbone to Rotterdam’s innovation ecosystem and truly understand how Rotterdam makes it happen.

We believe that innovation is one of the most promising paths to making the world better, so we aim to inspire, connect and collaborate.

How it works?

IVB designs visit plans that match the needs of each visiting group. Each visit program includes a high-level overview of the ecosystem by a local leader as well as opportunities to tour one or more key innovation sites.

  • CIC Rotterdam
  • Venture Café
  • Yes!Delft
  • RDM Makerspace
  • 42 Workspace
  • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • More to come..

Tours are totally customizable, depending on the delegation’s interests and goals.

For example, tours sometimes include meeting with a number of local innovation catalyst participants, founders of startup companies, and sector thought leaders.

If the delegation’s visit coincides with a local event of interest, then IVB can arrange for the group to attend. These events can include a Venture Café session at CIC, a StartUp Fest Europe related event, Techilicious, Capital Tour XXL, and many more . The teams also create opportunities for informal social connections with local leaders and entrepreneurs at lunch-time, social hour, and dinner gatherings.

Acting as a liaison between the innovation organizations and the visiting delegations, IVB offers insights into each organization’s philosophy and approach to fostering innovation, in addition to exposing participants to the magic of Greater Rotterdam: our culture of innovation and collaboration.

The types of visiting delegations that IVB typically services are:

  • Country, regional and city government officials
  • University officials
  • Student delegations
  • Industry associations
  • Corporate groups

IVB tour fees are based on the size of the group and range of activities. Please complete the VISIT REQUEST FORM so that we can contact you and start the planning process.

For more information please contact noelani@vencaf.nl.