Past events

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

 

August


Summer Hits Vol.6

Thursday Gathering August 17th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Nocto - We're Hiring! - Nocto International B.V.
Find out more about what Nocto is and how it works! We're hiring, so if you're looking for your next challenge, come get to know us! Join us in revolutionizing the nightlife & events industry!

16:00–19:00 Office Hours: Reward your talent - Deloitte
Interested to discuss how you can attract and retain your talent? We can have an open discussion on what type of reward strategy and incentives works best for your company and your employees.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Live Wereld Van Morgen Podcast (in Dutch)
The first live recording of the biggest Dutch (!) podcast on technology and innovation. It’s about death. Seriously. No you are not going to do die of boredom. It’s about the cure of death by technology. What are you planning to do in the coming 500-or so years?

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Cultural leadership - Across the Board - Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is looking to bring together a select group of 20 ambitious professionals: talents from the fields of art, politics, and business that are on their way to change their respective domains.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.5

Thursday Gathering August 10th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accelerate your cleantech start-up - Climate-KIC Accelerator
Accelerate your cleantech start-up Climate-KIC Accelerator, the cleantech accelerator with a focus on climate impact can help you find your market niche, develop a financial model and figure out how to make money and scale your business. Join us!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Make ideas work - Makerdam
Makerdam will offer information to creators of any kind, explaining how they can flourish and transform their concepts or activities as makers into a successful startup by joining its community.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Boiler room for start-ups - MARCILLAUD
During this boiler room session with Frederic Marcillaud, you can ask and will receive feedback, input and tips for your business. Are you ready for the truth?

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Public Speaking Masterclass- Why Not 3? Work-life balance for overachievers
“Do you want an inside look to how a public speaker featured on TEDx and Google builds his speeches?” This is for you if you're interested how to get over your fear of public speaking & need to pitch to investors in the nearby future.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.4 - Open Mic

Thursday Gathering August 3rd

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Café experience, with short introductions and new connections!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Open Mic Night - Venture Café
Have something to say? Need a community to bounce ideas off? This is the stage that you have been looking for!


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

July


Summer Hits Vol.3 – Diverse City!

Thursday Gathering July 27th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab - Firmhouse
Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab, starting end of September.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Xplore US 2017 - Your bridge to the US Market - RVO
Xplore US is a contest for innovative SMEs and scale-ups. The top-10 SMEs with the best pitches and plans, will be awarded with participation in a 10-day accelerator programme by kTeams Boston, an MIT spin-off, specialized in international scale-ups.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: All about Kiosk 2.0 Survey - Venture Café
On Thursday we have an info table where you can ask questions about and fill in the new survey in our new Kiosk system.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Intervision - renew yourself during summer - Cor the Coach
Summer sessions: Intervision on renewing your business with Cor the Coach. He will facilitate discussions on how you can work your business during the Summer season

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab – Firmhouse
Learn all about Firmhouse Venture Lab, starting end of September.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Swing Brasil Dance Popup - Swing Brasil
Swing Brasil is invited with a Brazilian Batucada band to give a Brazilian show, Capoeira and a small Axé workshop.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.2

Thursday Gathering July 20th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Test the Universal Translator - Travis
Travis has developed an Universal Translator that speaks 80 languages. We need the Venture Café community to test it. They will be first!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: World Startup Factory Impact Accelerator 2017 - World Startup Factory
Are you a startup? Are you down with 2030 global goals? World Startup Factory is looking to accelerate your growth, because they know that impact-thinkers will win the future!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Accenture Innovation Awards - Accenture
The Accenture Innovation Awards is a year-round program with the goal to create an extensive ecosystem to connect all innovators and to drive innovation together. This year-round innovation program consists of a series of events throughout the year.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Summer Hits Vol.1

Thursday Gathering July 13th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Informal chat with PwC experts - PwC
Informal chat with PwC experts; please join our office hour for an informal chat with our PwC experts on legal and tax matters as well as available R&D facilities in the Netherlands that you will encounter as a Dutch start-up.

17:00–19:00 Info Table: All about Launchtime Podcast - Launchtime
Launchtime is a podcast focusing on the Dutch innovation community. It’s a 30 min long show that is perfect for a lunch break!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Cocreation 2.0: The Underhound Network - The Underhound Network
The Underhound Network is an early-stage online community of innovators who devise business concepts, prototype them and sell them to external parties. During the break out, the audience will be encouraged to provide the community with feedback.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Pitch training - Lisette van der Knaap
The Pitch party is part of YES!Delft LaunchLab program. The founders of the teams will be pitching 1-on-1 to the visitors. The visitor gives feedback to the founder. After that, the founder will improve the pitch.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Sustainable Fashion

Thursday Gathering July 6th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: MC Collignon The Conscious Collection
We prove that you can reduce plastic waste and look great the at same time.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Living Colour - sustainable textile dyeing - Laura Luchtman - Kukka
A small showcase of Living Colour: a biodesign project that investigates textile dyeing with living bacteria and sound frequencies. Living Colour provides a sustainable alternative to synthetic textile dyes.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: How to deal with risks! - Bridge, Marsh and De Bok
It is essential for you and your company to have a good overview of the risks you are facing now and in the future, that comes with growth (e.g. liability; general terms and conditions; personnel). Join our office hour!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: The Boom Bus - The Boom Bus
The Boom Bus brings the healing power of music to refugee children. At this event we will inform you about our project and how we can help each other to make this project succeed.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fair Fashion Festival - Young & Fair and Fair Trade Gemeente Utrecht
During the FFFU multiple activities will take place in the theme of fair fashion and sustainability. There will be fashion shows, a market, workshop, lectures and more. The festival is open for everyone and entry for most activities is free.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: A sustainable and innovative Sculptural Jewelry (FY Fine Jewelry)
FY Fine Jewelry is a sculptural jewelry line, which production is using an innovative technology of 3D wax printing and sustainable material for our jewelry statement pieces, such as fairtrade gold, lab diamonds, gemstones for our jewelry pieces. Come meet the designer in the table!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Eco-Friendly Functional Leather Gadgets - Join ELM B.V.
Join ELM is a platform for designers to make surprisingly functional leather gadgets. These innovations are used to promote sustainability in the leather industry. Come see us to hear our Designer's story!!

17:00–17:45 Break Out: How to make apparels last forever and still make money - LABFRESH
LABFRESH use nano technology to build a new generation of apparels. Our stain- and odor repellant shirts, socks, and ties are the most backed fashion project in Dutch Kickstarter history.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Office hour - Venture Cafe - with Cor the Coach
What are the steps that you need to take? Which strategies do you need to follow in order to get your (first) sales? Cor the Coach will provide constructive feedback and useful coaching to help you on your way.

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Living Colour - sustainable textile dyeing - Laura Luchtman - Laura Luchtman - Kukka
Inspiration session to explore a sustainable alternative to synthetic textile dyes. Demand for new natural pigments is increasing day by day. Pigment producing bacteria could be the answer.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Panel Discussion: Rethinking the Fashion System - Kirsten Eerland
In this panel discussion, Pauline van Dongen, Marieke van der Poel and Filip Otten will explore developments in innovation in sustainable fashion from a designer, producer and consumer perspective with a strong focus towards the future.

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Fair Fashion - Enacting Social Change Through the Clothes We Wear - KEES
KEES is gonna tell you why the world sucks and how we can making better, just by making better choices in the clothes we chose to wear.

19:00–19:40 Break Out: Rotterdam sustainable fashion movement - Jenny Netten
Jenny will talk about her vision and efforts to create a sustainable fashion movement in Rotterdam, which ranges from design to production.


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

June


Focus on Data Science

Thursday Gathering June 29th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Innovation Manager Energy - Innovatielink
Monique Blokpoel, energy innovation manager at InnovatieLink is holding office hour at Venture Café. Innovative SME entrepreneurs in the energy sector with questions about their innovation project, are welcome.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet the Greyt Team - Greyt
Meet the Greyt team

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Become proactive and chase your dreams - Aimy
Most of us want to spend more time realizing their dreams. But little of us take action to do so. Interested in making a change? Drop by and learn the tips and tricks to increase your focus and to become more proactive in chasing your dreams.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: On Startup Culture and Structure - Angelique Slob, founder of pinQ consult
This office hour session is aimed at CEO’s of startups and scale-ups and focuses on everything related to leadership, culture and structure. In the session you get clarity on where your team stands and we identify gaps, next steps and quick wins.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities. Planned monthly sessions.

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Nerdalize: Heating houses with computer power - Nerdalize
Nerdalize is on a mission to provide free heat to households and a sustainable cloud at 50% lower costs to companies. During this session, Maaike Stoops will tell how Nerdalize connects two markets to create a win-win-win-situation that benefits all.

17:30–18:00 Break Out: The Value of Data - Equidam
Daniel from Equidam discusses what makes data valuable and how to calculate its worth

18:00–19:00 Break Out: How Detailresult (DIRK) and Bakker Bart are Using Big Data Analytics - Veneficus Factual Decision Making
Find out how Detailresult (DIRK) and Bakker Bart are using Big Data Analytics and Veneficus Retail Analytics' team for improving their business!

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Data Science, sharing our experience of the corporate world, analytic tool suppliers and the huge opportunity for startups.
Corporate, analytic tools and starts-ups an ideal cocktail for explaining the opportunity why startups will blow the majors out of the water. A blue ocean like this will happen only a couple of times and it’s time to go for it.

18:30–19:00 Break Out: The Power Of Deep Learning - clockworks.co
Inspiration session on one of the most exciting developments in the world of data science: deep learning! Do you want to learn about the potential it unlocks? Then join us!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Getting Ready for StartupFestEurope & Rotterdam Resilient City

Thursday Gathering June 22nd

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: How to deal with risks! - Marsh, Bridge & De Bok Roijers Gasseling
We offer you guidance, assistance and advise on all aspects related to risks that come with growth! It is essential for you and your company to have a good overview of the risks you are facing now and in the future. Join our office hour!

17:00–17:45 Break Out: StartupFest Europe - StartupDelta/StartupFest Europe
StartupFest Europe (25 – 29 September 2017) is a festival of events that helps startups grow faster. So startup, scale-up, investor or corporate? Learn how StartupFest Europe will help startups succeed in growing and scaling up!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: StartupFestEurope - Pre-Register & Stay up to Date
Come find us at the info table so you can sign up for the festival & are kept up to date about the developments over the summer. We look forward to seeing you 25-28 September 2017!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Security & Fintech Vortex (StartupFest) - Holland FinTech
On the 26th of September, during StartupFest week, we will organise a big FinTech event where you will have the chance to see and experience the largest fintech & security startup marketplace in Europe. Stop by to learn about it!

17:45–18:00 Break Out: Startup! to create a Resilient City - Rotterdam Resilience Strategy
Call for action! Join us in the Café area to learn about the Resilient movement & why "The Resilient City" will be the subject the Rotterdam Innovation Ecosystem is addressing during the StartupFestEurope week.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Prepare your startup for investment - Noorderwind
Tony de Bree and Boukje Vastbinder will talk about what makes investors tick and how to present your startup to them.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Expansion Café & TEDx Rotterdam

Thursday Gathering June 15th

15:00–17:00 Office Hours: Do you Qualify for a FREE Ticket to Ecosummit? - Ecosummit
Join Jan Michael Hess in this office hours to find out if your startup qualifies for a free ticket to the Ecosummit. Two tickets have been kindly made available! Don't forget to bring your pitch deck...

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: LET'S GO INTERNATIONAL // SUBSIDIZED COACHING - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants OF ENTRY2MARKET. We offer guidance, assistance and advice on all aspects related to internationalization.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Innovation grants - Ugoo
Innovative organizations can benefit from many local, national or international grants, but often don't have all opportunities at sight. As an innovation grant advisor, Ugoo is happy to tell you all about it during this office hour!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Expat Centre
The Rotterdam Expat Centre can help you find your way in Rotterdam and simplify your relocation!

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Energy Talk for Financials - Finanza Rijnmond
In an interactive session, Arash Azami will speak to a group of financials about the energy transition that is going on and will show that participating in it today contributes more than just a positive return.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Startup Visa - The one-year visa to build your innovative company - CIC & Venture Café
Want to build an innovative company in The Netherlands? Stop by to learn about this visa and its requirements, which could grant you a one year period to do so!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Ecosummit Amsterdam 4 July 2017 - Ecosummit
We discuss and preview Ecosummit Amsterdam which takes place on 4 July 2017 at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

17:30–19:00 Break Out: Kickstart your internationalisation - DutchBasecamp
This workshop is for startup founders who are starting to explore the internationalisation of their startup. It will be a 90 minute breakout to answer first questions like: Where and how to start? What are common mistakes? What resources are there? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2r4YbIA 

17:30–18:15 Break Out: Tips on Expanding to Atlantic Canada – Business never looked this good! - Heads of Delegations Atlantic Canada
In this boardroom style panel session you will have the opportunity to meet the trade representatives of the Atlantic Canadian delegation to discuss doing business with Atlantic Canada!

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café Experience *SPECIAL EDITION* - Travis Sheridan, President CIC-Venture Café Global Institute
This session is about how we can help you maximize your international expansion efforts with a little help from our global community. Therefore we have invited Travis Sheridan, President of CIC - Venture Café Global Institute, who is remotely participating in this session. Join us!

18:30–19:00 Break Out: Developing Youth Leadership Through International Experiences - AIESEC Rotterdam
Join in for a discussion on how the entrepreneurial community and SME’s can promote the development of cross-cultural and leadership skills in the next generation.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Aero & Space

Thursday Gathering June 8th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Launch your idea with the ESNC - SBIC Noordwijk
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an annual competition for innovative ideas in the field of satellite navigation. And seeks out people who are creative, ambitious, who are not scared to take a step further and think out of the box.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: T-Minus Engineering B.V.
T-Minus Engineering is based at YES!Delft and founded in 2011, with the goal of providing smart, effective and state-of-the-art rocket systems. Our T-Minus DART rocket will make the upper layers (120km) of our atmosphere accessible for researchers.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Added Value from Aero & Space - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering TU Delft / CGI
Victor Rijkaart is here to... A: discuss opportunities in solving problems for your organisation using space data in value networks. B: have a chat with anyone interested on how aero-space innovations from TU Delft can be of use for you!

16:30–17:30 Break Out: Get a Shot at Winning 7.5k with KvK:\Beta_ 2017 - Professional Rebel
Join #kvkbeta at @VentureCafeRdam on June 8th to know how you can apply & win 7.5k with your idea for a digital tool >> www.kvkbeta.nl #startups #NLtech

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Innovating our way to Mars - satsearch.co
Planning to move to Mars? This talk will address the topic of future human missions to Mars. Come listen!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Airbus Defence & Space Netherlands
Through our innovation team we are actively seeking new ideas for our future products. Dieter Vleugels, part of our innovation team, will discuss with you your new ideas for these products with a potential future application in space!

17:30–17:45 Break Out: How to communicate your awesome innovation! - Funk-e
You want everybody to know about your new and awesome innovation, yet they don’t seem to immediately get it…. So how do you make it clear for them? Join our presentation and find out!

17:45–18:30 Break Out: The Endless Runway - Netherlands Aerospace Center
Come join for an explanation of the Endless Runway, the concept for a circular runway at airports. The presenter will explain this innovative concept and the motivation for performing the work and present results of simulations that were performed.

17:45–18:30 Break Out: Innovation Performance Management - GKN-Fokker Technologies
Join this session if you want to learn how to optimise your innovation process and measure progress. You are welcome to discuss on the subject with Peter Kortbeek, Manager of the Technology Office, who knows all about this multi-disciplinary process!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Space Exploration from Telescope to Colonization - Space Explorers NL
A presentation about space exploration and space travel. How did we start our quest to explore space and where are we now? And... what are the possibilities for the near and distant future? Join us!

18:00–19:00 Office Hours: Business Speeddate - Funk-e
An experienced copywriter specialized in explaining will help you shape the perfect message and will give you in-depth feedback on the spot. During our business speeddate session we’ll provide you with tips & tricks to tackle this problem.

18:30–19:00 Break Out: UberWasser! Baywatch Yourself! - UberWasser
Come join a presentation by the winning team UberWasser from the NASA's Space Apps Challenge 2017 held at the ESA BIC in Noordwijk. Find out how UberWasser makes the beach experience safer by using data from ESA's Earth Observation Programs.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Innovation in Sports!

Thursday Gathering June 1st

16:00–19:00 Info Table: FITSHE
Did you know good nutrition makes a big difference to the effect of your workout? We believe your active body deserves only the best 100% natural protein nourishment. Have a look at our products which we perfected for you and your lifestyle.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Wearable Tech for Pro Sports Teams - JOHAN Sports
Train like a Pro - Insights into professional training for team sports

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Start up Coach - Cor the Coach - Cor the Coach
The office hours provided by Cor the Coach, will be on startups building their companies. If you want to start your business, or you already started one less than 2 years ago, you can have a session with Cor the Coach.

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café experience
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Café experience, with short introductions and new connections!

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Mastering the Performance Cycle Introduction workshop - Dance & Creative Wellness Foundation
The performance Cycle is a practical workshop where you will learn some of the tools that world class performers use to prepare, perform and recuperate.

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Tails about Film Production in Travel and Adventure Sports - a Q&A session - EYEFORCE
Join us for this Q&A session with EYEFORCE co-founder Bob van de Gronde to learn about EYEFORCE's exciting road so far, the challenges they face and how they took their business to the next level in the travel and adventure-sports industry!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: How to become better than yesterday! - Rawsome Life
In life, business and sports people want to achieve the highest possible. People tend to focus on the new thing to create better results. Diepak Kasi will uncover how to become better than yesterday, while maintaining a sense of fulfilment.

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Performance at the flick of a switch - Propeaq - By Chrono Eyewear
Want to know how 2016 Olympic athletes prevented a jet lag? Join this inspirational session where we show how you can improve your performance by managing your hormone levels with the use of a certain frequency of blue light...

18:00–19:00 Break Out: GetFunded010: up to €2.5M waiting for you! – VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam
Can you use up to €2.5M euros in funding to boost your business? The Municipality of Rotterdam will pay professional grant consultants to get you there, with no costs for you! Are you an innovative company? Then join our session!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Gamification in action sports - WOO Sports
Gamification in action sports introduced by WOO Sports Inc. Want to know how to build a meaningful game to increase your user engagement? Come find out!

18:30–19:00 Break Out: Grand challenges of sports entrepreneurs - Sport eXperience
Sports is a challenge, how do other entrepreneurs cope with these challenges? Let's share experiences and join us so we can elaborate on how we support sport entrepreneurs in their (inter)national growth ambitions!


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

May


In the mix!

Thursday Gathering May 18th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach - Salenenco
Do you want more new business? Do you want to grow your revenue and margin? Save the date and make your reservation. This Thursday Theo Fokkens will be doing an Office Hour at Venture Café Rotterdam. Book your seat ASAP.

16:00–17:30 Break Out: European Incubators: Lessons Learned! - Rotterdam Business School / Research Centre Business Innovation
RBS students will present lessons from incubators in several cities and make recommendations on how to improve incubator management. Cities reviewed include Dublin, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris and Rotterdam.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Sounding board session. Inspiration coaching – KLANKBORD Coaching
Is you’re thinking not getting you past the problems that appear to keep you from success? Are you solely looking for a sparring partner, who can reflect from a different angle?

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Café experience – Andreas Stillman – Community & Events Manager, Venture Café
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

17:30–18:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen *CANCELLED*
Discover these popular women-led startups in The Netherlands. The semi-finalists in TheNextWomen Pitch Competition have been working on their story the entire week and today they will pitch their solutions in front of a jury of investors and experts. Come join in!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Blockchain in Real Estate – Deloitte Real Estate
Blockchain is reinventing and digitizing the real estate sector. Experience the possibilities of blockchain in our live demo.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: GetFunded010: up to €2.5M waiting for you! – VanPaz / Gemeente Rotterdam
Can you use up to €2.5M euros in funding to boost your business? The Municipality of Rotterdam will pay professional grant consultants to get you there, with no costs for you! Are you an innovative company? Then join our session!


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

Thursday Gathering May 11th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Corporate Solutions by SGG & Partners
Keep your Dutch entity in good standing by complying with the Dutch regulations and requirements. Do you know how to survive? We support your ambitions!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: MOOCs and Online Education - Risbo
Individuals remain up to date with the latest skills via online education. Online education is going from strength to strength with 23M learners signing up for courses last year. Come meet Risbo, the educational design team behind the Erasmus University’s MOOCs to learn more about this exciting and innovative area!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Introducing thecamp - thecamp
Come find out about thecamp - a purpose-built innovation campus focused on supporting and facilitating transformation of mindsets and embracing radical change. Let us tell you about how it can support you as an entrepreneur or a corporate innovator!

17:00–18:00 Break Out: How the needs of millennials will lead to a high-performing workplace - PinQ consult and MyHappyList
In this break-out session we will talk about how “happiness” is a key success factor for the future of your company. An interactive session meant to inspire, share best practices and learn from!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Future Flux Festival presents Industry Day - Future Flux Festival
Join Jouke Goslinga (director RDM Rotterdam) and Tanja Koning (director FFF) at the Venture Café meet-up to hear about Future Flux Festival and the Industry Day: a seminar full of creative technology, new art, next skills and disruptive innovations.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Skills of the Future - 361degreesLAB
Are Androids going to steal your job? Are you interested in which skills become critical in 5-10 years time? Looking to understand how technology changes the workplace and what it means in your context? Join us to talk about Skills of the Future!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: It's insecure; hack it! Hacking Workshop. - Base Cyber Security
Hacking is a skill of the future! Join this workshop introduction to hacking: what it is, what it means, and exploring, hands on, some methods to exploit vulnerable web applications!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Artificial Intelligence - an opportunity or a threat?! - PwC
Artificial Intelligence seems to be a corner stone of the Industry 4.0-trend. From predicting cancer to self driving cars. Yet, how does this magic actually work and how can you embrace this development personally? Find out in this break-out session!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Nanobiology - solving the biggest challenges with the smallest technology

Thursday Gathering May 4th

15:30–16:00 Break Out: Nanobiology: Discovering tomorrow's solutions and market experiences - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft&EMC Nanobiology
In this session iGem and Delmic focus on their experience of a student-program and a start-up company in nano biology while solving real world challenges by building genetically engineered biological systems with standard, interchangeable parts.

15:30–16:00 Break Out: DNA, Nanospores: tiny things: big questions - LS&H Lawyers
Learn about the function of DNA, DNA-sequencing techniques and nanospores and coping with legal barriers to get them in our healthcare system.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: 24 Hour Business Game – ECE Students
Interested students and potential partners will have the chance to learn more about the 24 Hour Business Game which will take place from May 12th until May 13th. Ask about the viability of your idea, a potential partnership or just come to chat!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Interactive Presentations by Students - Delft University of Technology
This week several students of Delft University of Technology will be presenting their researches in an interactive way. Stop by at their posters to get a sense of the big challenges they are working on and have a discussion on the subject!

16:15–16:45 Break Out: Improving Success Rates of Nanobiology Startups - LS&H Lawyers, Whalebay and TUDelft EMC Nanobiology program
In this session nanobiology startups (in spé) will learn from Whale Bay & Co and LS&H Lawyers what important legal, financial and strategic questions need to be answered to let their innovations become successful companies.

16:15–16:45 Break Out: Hot fights against Tumors, the nanobiologistway! - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC Nanobiology
How targeted heating of tumors allows therapy to be more effective and how minimal cell knowledge may allow small cell-like structures to help in healthcare.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities. Planned monthly sessions.

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, Program Manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

17:30–18:15 Break Out: Small particles fighting Big Cancers! - LS&H Lawyers/TU-EMC Nanobiology
How minimal cells like microspheres can fight the right tumor at the right place at the right time. It is about using small particle technology to fight cancer.

17:30–18:15 Break Out: Nanobiology: solving global problems..... - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC nanobiology
Find out how knowledge of nanobiology helps to solve global problems.

18:15–19:00 Break Out: An extraordinary 'Focus' on Science... - LS&H Lawyers and TUDelft-EMC, Nanobiology
How single-molecule biophysics make a long lasting impact on the field of biological research.


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

April


Let's talk about food!

Thursday Gathering April 20th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Solutions e-commerce logistics BtoC - MCSFulfilment
Need advice on e-commerce logistics or to be able to focus even more on your webshop? It's all about making choices! One of the choices is to outsource your e-fulfilment: yes/no?

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Blue Food Festival - Youth Food Movement & BroodNodig
Blue Food Festival is a collaboration between all kind of entrepreneurs and organisations who are tackling foodwaste in a creative, delicious and innovative way! Youth Food Movement and BroodNodig together are organizing this amazing event. Come!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: 1000+ locations for teambuilding activity - AirDnD
AirDnD.nl enables Drink ‘n Dine at the home of hobby-chefs. Since the launch end of 2015 2.000+ hobby-chefs are registered in 200+ cities in NL. Curious about their new campaign and 1000+ locations for meetings or teambuilding activities?

16:30–18:00 Office Hours: Let's go international | start your international journey well prepared | subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Office hour - Venture Cafe - with Cor the Coach
What are the steps that you need to take? Which strategies do you need to follow in order to get your (first) sales? Cor the Coach will provide constructive feedback and useful coaching to help you on your way.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: "How to get your startup financed successfully?" - Live interview with Frietboutique, facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce
How to finance a startup successfully? Facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce, Pebbles van Noorden of the Frietboutique will in an interview tell on her successful approach how to convince your financier. Learn from other entrepreneurs!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Agritech - driving sustainable consumption - Rockstart
Inspiration session to trigger Agritech solutions for sustainable and resilient food production. Global population is swelling, food is being wasted whilst demand for greater food safety and quality is increasing. How will Agritech develop?

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Innovation: Create a Category - Queal
Build a brand, create a category. Learn how to market your idea, startup or even yourself. Enjoy a case study and an interactive workshop.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to play with your food - Cateringa & Kompanen
In this interactive demonstration on playing with food as a business model, Cateringa & Kompanen presents several experiments on the border of art & food in reference to innovative projects, processes and the development of their work.

18:00–19:30 Office Hours: How to finance your startup successfully - Chamber of Commerce
Get tailored advice from Maureen Lashley (Business Advisor at Chamber of Commerce). Maureen can advise you about general finance, crowdfunding- and businessangels (scans).

18:00–19:30 Office Hours: How to finance your startup succesfully - Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Rob Overkleeft (Business Advisor at Netherlands Enterprise Agency /RVO). Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. Rob can advise you about programmes and subsidies.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Fail fast, Learn quickly - how losing can help you win!

Thursday Gathering April 13th

17:00–19:30 Info Table: Techilicious 2017
Let’s dine to deal! Want to know how you can be part of Techilicious on May 10th? Come and find us!

17:00–18:30 Special Event: Fail Fast, Learn Quickly!
Ashamed of failing? Don’t be! This week we are hosting a “Fail Fast, Learn Quickly”-special where we address failures, errors, mistakes… and the great things that emerge from them!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: TheNextMBA - Venture Café, Wolfpack, RE_INVENT & Talitha Muusse
How do we develop the next economy top talent? How should established business models of corporates be adapted? In other words: what is TheNextMBA? Stop by to discuss this and to share your view!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, Program Manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Stepping Beyond Failures - Rawsome Life
Failure is inherent to doing business, but it can create a lot of frustration. Why is that and how to overcome that? Diepak Kasi will share the reasons for failure, the pathways to success and insights to create breakthroughs to step beyond failures.

18:30–19:15 Break Out: F*CK FAILURE! - How It Is To Be You
This story-based hour will draw from our own past 'failures' to see how we can internally redesign these experiences. So much so, that they prepare us for our future 'failures'.

18:30–19:15 Break Out: Rapid Prototyping - a way to fail fast - Verhaert Netherlands
Rapid prototyping as a way to learn quickly about the strengths and weaknesses of your idea, concept or service. Applies to all, guaranteed to have good fail!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Data Privacy & Breaches and KPN Startup Evening

Thursday Gathering April 6th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: I-BET Recruitment Event - ISR Student Association
During I-BET a number of activities such as workshops, presentations and case studies will take place. It will enable companies to present their offers to international students and, what is more essential, attract the biggest talents of Rotterdam.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: GDPR Compliance Software - PrivacyPerfect
PrivacyPerfect assists companies and organisations with software for compliance with the GDPR.

16:15–19:30 Side Event: KPN Startup Evening Q2 2017 (pre-registration required)
KPN Startup Evening Q2 2017 will be held at Venture Café Rotterdam. Jan-Kees de Jager (CFO) and the teams of KPN New Business and KPN Ventures would like to welcome you to network with KPN’s startup ecosystem. Get you tickets via Eventbrite.

17:00–17:45 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Privacy and app development - ConnectechNL
We will address the Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG) and which requirements for privacy protection this new legislation entails. They also establish the connection to the practice of designing and offering services and apps.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: How can we make youthcare unnecessary? Radical innovation by Garage2020
Be the first to hear innovative ideas for youthcare, be inspired and join the discussion! Together we can make youthcare unnecessary by 2020!

18:00–18:45 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Privacy and AVG - ConnectechNL
Diederik The of the Privacy Company will go into Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG) and identify new requirements contained therein. Then we make the link to what that means for your daily practice.

19:00–19:30 Break Out: ConnectechNL Masterclass Series: Data breaches: something to announce? - ConnectechNL
Friederike van der Jagt of Avast Data breaches: Today they will tell you more about 'data leaks'. Municipalities, courts, LinkedIn, Yahoo are confronted with this. What should you do if there is a data breach in your organization?


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

March


IoT in Oil and Gas

Thursday Gathering March 30th

16:00–19:00 Kick Off And Info Table: Welcome and introduction IRO - IRO (on invitation of Aegex Technologies)
The introduction is meant to welcome a new IRO member, Aegex Technologies, and gives a short overview of the current state of the Oil, Gas and Offshore Renewable industry and how the Internet of Things can bring added value to the industry.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Rotterdam Economic Development Agency - Rotterdam Partners
Info on Rotterdam Partners, setting up an office and getting your business started.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Investing and Expanding in the WestHolland region - WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA)
The WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA) is a government funded organization specialized in economic development, investment promotion and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) within the WestHolland region.

16:30–17:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive Director
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

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.

17:00–17:45 Break Out: Disrupting the pipeline inspection industry with golf ball sized sensors - Ingu Solutions - Ingu Solutions
Cost-effective golf ball sized sensors and advanced data analytics change the pipeline inspection market, improving preventive maintenance.

17:30–18:30 Break Out: The Intelligent Era of Location - Localyse (Google Maps partner)
What do self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things have in common? They all rely heavily on location data in order to function and operate. Join this exciting break-out session to get an update on the latest developments in location intelligence.

17:45–18:30 Break Out: Are you ready to disrupt the port? - PortXL
Find out more about innovation and opportunities in ports, maritime and oil&gas sector, and learn about startups and companies like Van Oord and Vopak in this session by PortXL: an accelerator in ports and the oil&gas sector that facilitates startups and corporates to innovate.

17:45–18:30 Break Out: Building The Next Generation of Digital Transformation for the Oil & Gas Industry - IBM Watson Internet of Things
During this break out, Aegex and IBM will provide you with an insight on Aegex connected sensors and devices integrate with IBM Enterprise solutions to enable customers to support and delivery their business transformation.

18:30–19:15 Break Out: Mobility and IoT for Hazardous Locations in Oil & Gas - Aegex
Many employees in oil & gas operations do not have access to cloud computing because of strict regulations. IoT could be improved in these locations by introducing devices that connect people and machines

18:30–19:15 Break Out: Bringing Big Data To Life - SKIM
Big Data is everywhere, but how do you put it to good use? Learn how SKIM helps clients create personalized marketing messages.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
3 x Funding and Freshly Incubated Start-ups

Thursday Gathering March 23rd

16:00–19:00 Info Table: YES!Delft LaunchLab - YES!Delft
The Cocktail Pitch party is part of YES!Delft LaunchLab the founders of the teams are going to pitch their ideas the visitors. You give feedback to the founder. After that, the founder will improve his pitch.

16:00–19:00 Office Hours: CityLab010 seeks innovative ideas and plans that help further improve the city of Rotterdam!
Each year CityLab010 has funding available for € 3.5 million. If you think you're project benefits the City of Rotterdam and fits the specific conditions and criteria of our program (check www.citylab010.nl/over-citylab).

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Business Development Expert Session with Propostion Hero
Do you have a great product or service idea? Or maybe you want to improve your current products? Book your spot during the office hours & get your business development expert advice from Proposition Hero!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Meet CityLab010 and get your idea for the city of Rotterdam funded! - CityLab010
Next to the CityLab010 office hours, you can also meet the team at an info table, where you can pitch your idea or pose all your questions.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Travis the Translator to revolutionize language education for refugees - Travis the Translator
Travis the Translator and Open Learning Exchange partner in an international crowdfunding campaign that launches tomorrow. Backers can give forward a translation device to refugees for improved language learning in 10 countries.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your innovation or business idea? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities. Planned monthly sessions.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Masterclass Crowdfunding for ambitious entrepreneurs - Symbid
Learn everything you need to know about starting a crowdfunding campaign for your fast growing Company. Fast track your growth by the power of the crowd!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Iris Kolthoff, program manager a.i.
During this short break out, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Agro food, Industrial bio-tech, Clean-tech, Networking for newbies & TheNextWomen Startup Stories

Thursday Gathering March 16th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach
Do you want more new business? Do you want to grow your revenue and margin? Save the date and make your reservation. This Thursday Theo Fokkens will be doing an Office Hour at Venture Café Rotterdam. Book your seat ASAP.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Life Sciences & Health - LIFE Rotterdam
LIFE Rotterdam: platform for AgroFood, Industrial Biotech & Cleantech for start-ups, scale-ups and corperates for networking and knowledge transfer and much more.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Catering start-up Events and Hubs // How to Pivot and Survive - VanChefs
Are all start-up events merging into one giant blur in your head? Let’s talk and save yours! Or is your start-up just not gaining traction? Thrice pivoted, VanChefs has now secured funding and is on a sustainable path to future growth.

16:30–17:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen
Connect to and learn from ambitious and experienced female entrepreneurs to discuss business issues and get inspired. Meet investors from InnovationQuarter, Eneco Venture & Private Funds and learn what you need to do to raise a successful funding round.

16:30–17:15 Break Out: Being Practical about BioProcessing within the City - Stadsgas
Stadsgas answers questions about waste disposal within an urban environment. They have come up with sustainable solutions to come to better use of raw materials.

16:30–17:15 Break Out: Your personal lab for Medical additive Manufacturing - ZD3labs
Industrial Biotech and LifeSciences come up with break through solutions in 3D printing of biocompatible material. Z3DLabs solves problems in this area we can only start to imagine about. A perfect approach in a rapid changing world.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: RoadMap to free energy - inspiration session - PwC and Softs
Inspiration session: the revolution of making solar energy free of costs available through the game change of Energy Sponsoring and the disruptive innovations of the Surface of Things. Creating the internet of solar energy by Softs.

17:15–18:00 Break Out: New Businessmodels for the Dutch Greenhouse Industry - Dr. W. Verkerke (Wageningen University – Tasteteam Bleiswijk)
‘The greenhouse as Pharmacy’ is a program aimed to find new business models in growing taste and color itself without the vegetables, herbs and flowers they originally come from.

17:15–18:00 Break Out: ‘CityFarming’ practical tips and trics and horizon to vertical farming - Steinero
Steinero tries to bring together people within the community to achieve that companies, organisations and people from all kind of backgrounds and ages meet up. Citypharming is the perfect barrierbreaking solution to bring everything together and at the same time accomplish educational, welfare and health-progress.

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 9/9 - Networking for newbies
This week's course: Networking for newbies. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.

18:00–18:45 Break Out: Why not vegetables and fruits? - Vers+
Vers+ has taken the initiative together with Westland about the Vers+ initiative and other interesting developments to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables. It is all about letting the Dutch eat more healthy!

18:00–18:45 Break Out: The overarching concept of the Sustainable Urban Delta as driver for innovation, food, health and sustainability - Priva
Priva acts in two markets: horticulture and building management systems. In this presentation they zoom in in the field of urban agriculture or urban farming, where the horticulture and building worlds come together.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Minimum Viable Product, Funding & What’s Next In Culture?

Thursday Gathering March 9th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding - Tailwind Crowd
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within crowdfunding industry.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 4 of 4): Requirements for venture capital funding - Peak Capital
Peak Capital is a Dutch venture capital firm which provides financial capital and pro-active and hands-on support to fast-growing highly-scalable marketplaces, software or data companies, explaining in this break out how to land a deal.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Trend Exploration: let’s discuss what’s next in culture - Proef
Proef wants to share some of their latest trend stories. We would love to hear what you are seeing, feeling, thinking. Let’s discuss and learn from each other how to evolve these trends. Looking forward to thinking with you!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Let's go international | start your international journey well prepared | subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Crafting a minimum viable product (MVP) - Craft Academy
A seminar with an introduction to the need-to-knows when working or wanting to work with agile software development on a business development level while not having a software developer background.

18:00–19:30 Office Hours: The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge - Citi
The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (“T4I”) is an open innovation program focused on bringing technology to the public sector to help make progress and provide transparency/integrity to their communities.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
How to present your business, Always Connected, Data Protection, & Validate Values

Thursday Gathering March 2nd

15:00–18:00 Info Table: Get on board! How to install Always Hello on your phone - Always Hello
If you want to install Always Hello on your phone and need help to get you through the installation process, please feel free to drop by our support team at Rhombus!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fast-track your cleantech business - Climate-KIC Benelux
Climate-KIC supports innovative cleantech start-ups to become leading players in their chosen market niche. Do you need help in setting up your cleantech business? Climate-KIC invites start-ups to participate in the Accelerator programme.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Invitation to IDD festival Rotterdam - IDD Festival Rotterdam
The IDDfestival teammembers will invite you personally and tell you more about the festival.

16:00–16:45 Break Out: Your data is valuable and yours! - A lecture by philosopher Hans Schnitzler
"Are we in the grip of companies like Google and Facebook? We click 'Yes, I agree' in a split second, and without thinking we share our personal data with large Internet companies. Are we thus loosing control of ourselves and our (online) identity?"

16:45–17:30 Break Out: Always the right contact information of everybody you know - Always Hello
Always Hello automatically updates your network with your newest and latest contact information and in return they update you.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Just Innovate! - Innovating Justice - HiiL Justice Accelerator
Since 2012, by supporting 40 of the world's best justice entrepreneurs, HiiL has provided access to justice for 1.4 million people. Are you curious how? Get inspired by their 2016 finalists and learn more about how you can improve access to justice.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Venture Valuation - Climate-KIC Benelux
A break-out session for startups about Valuation by Joachim Blazer. Top-of-mind questions for founders who want to raise (more) money. Joachim will teach you how to get there from cash flow planning to your company’s value, based on a unique tool.

17:30–18:15 Break Out: The future of data protection - Storro BV
The cloud seems to be the answer to our increasing need for digital collaboration. But the downside is that one has no idea where its data is stored exactly, and who goes through it. Yori Kamphuis will share his vision of the future and a solution.

18:00–18:30 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, executive director
During this session, we will maximize your Venture Cafe experience, with short introductions and new connections!

18:00–19:00 Special Event: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 9/9 Presenting yourself
This weeks course: Presenting yourself. Making sure your customers like what they see isn't always easy. Telling the right story takes experience. Let our experts from SPLEND! and Digital fascination tell you how to do it.

18:00–19:30 Office Hours: The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge - Citi
The Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (“T4I”) is an open innovation program focused on bringing technology to the public sector to help make progress and provide transparency/integrity to their communities.


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

February


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

Thursday Gathering February 23rd

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Venture Cafe - Capital Tour XXL
Ask all your questions about Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam – taking place on March 15 –to connect startups and capital in 1 day!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Networking for start-up success (a research) - Eindhoven University of Technology & Accenture - Accenture & Eindhoven University of Technology
Your social network can have a big influence on your start-up performance! Within my Master Thesis I investigate this relationship. Do you want to know more or share your experience, please visit my infotable!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: How to expand to emerging markets? - Erasmus Consultancy Project 2017: Colombia
The Erasmus Consultancy Project helps companies to expand to emerging countries.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: How DutchBasecamp can help you scale internationally
DutchBasecamp helps startups scale internationally. During Venture Café startup founders can learn about the foundation's work and of course how to benefit from it in order to make a lean landing internationally faster and easier.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Curious to expand to the US and considering Boston? - Melissa Ablett **CANCELLED
Curious to expand to the US and considering Boston? Melissa Ablett (general manager at CIC Rotterdam) spent 10 years living in Boston and potential helpful connections to companies, organizations, and resources there.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: US, Canada & EU funding - RVO.nl
Meet experts from RVO who can advise you on how to enter the North American market, how we can help you and connect you with our colleagues and network in the US and Canada.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Expert advice on expanding internationally - Chamber of Commerce
Do you want to expand internationally in general or China, Iran and Turkey specifically and want to know how the KVK (Chamber of Commerce) can help you? Come and visit the Office Hours of Sevkan Cevirgen!

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Let's go international // start your international journey well prepared // subsidised coaching - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants. ENTRY2MARKET offers you a fully subsidized program to start your international journey. Book a time slot to find out more!

17:30–18:00 Break Out: Maximize your Venture Cafe experience - Katja Berkhout, Executive Director 
Did you know Venture Cafe is part of a fast growing international network of innovation communities? We have sister organizations in Boston, Cambridge, Roxbury, Miami, St. Louis and new locations are opening soon in Philadelphia and Winston-Salem. This session is about how we can help you maximize your international expansion efforts with a little help from our global community. 

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Want fast traction in the US? Consider Boston Accelerators - Jos Scheffelaar from Boston
Dutch startups should consider accelerators as a quick and cost-effective way to get traction in the US market Jos Scheffelaar presents an overview of Boston accelerators, followed by an open discussion about US market entry and accelerators.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Business opportunities with China - From Dutch design to Manufacturing in China - Silk Route Partners
In this second edition the YES!Delft startup Shake-on will share its ups & downs in getting a smart bracelet manufactured in China. There will be plenty of time for Q&A as well on getting your prototype manufactured in China. Don't miss this one!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Capital Tour XS - Build your strength, TheNextWomen Startup Stories & Intro to Blockchain

Thursday Gathering February 16th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL - Venture Cafe
Ask all your questions about Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam – taking place on March 15 –to connect startups and capital in 1 day!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Networking for start-up success (a research) - Eindhoven University of Technology & Accenture
Your social network can have a big influence on your start-up performance! Within my Master Thesis I investigate this relationship. Do you want to know more or share your experience, please visit my infotable!

16:30–17:50 Break Out: TheNextWomen Startup Stories - TheNextWomen
Connect to and learn from ambitious and experienced entrepreneurs to discuss business issues and get inspired.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Funding your business idea or innovation? - JOA Ventures
Discuss your business idea or technical innovation with our team. Brainstorm, exchange ideas, and get advice / coaching how to take your plan forward. We’d love to hear from you. And if we see a match: there are funding opportunities.

17:00–19:00 Office Hours: Financial Consultant - Bituen Hidalgo
OFFICE HOUR: Bituen Hidalgo. If your pre-start-up, start-up or small company has questions on finance, drop by during the office hour. Bituen will be there to think together with you.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Intro to Blockchain
During this break out session we will dive in to the world of Bitcoin & Blockchain. I will start explaining the history behind Blockchain by talking about the existence of Bitcoin, where it all started.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS: Build Your Business Strength!
Valuation&Story-Telling - in other terms - why numbers without a story are just numbers and a story without numbers is just a dream and not a business.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Play, grow, diversify & protect

Thursday Gathering February 9th

16:00–17:00 Break Out: How to realize the promise of diversity?
What can be done to better manage diversity in organisations? In this session Dr. Meir Shemla will present new answers on diversity questions from his own research on diversity in organizations.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Hello World! - Turing Society
Turing Society is back at Venture Café! This time they will be bringing the whole Rotterdam Chapter team including their newest bootcamp cohort and some alumni, who will be talking about their experiences with Turing Society!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding - Tailwind Crowd
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within crowdfunding industry.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: ECE Students: IdeaLab - ECE Students
IdeaLab is an event hosted by ECE Students and aims to connect students from Erasmus University with start-ups by engaging them in a case competition. The next IdeaLab takes place on 8 March 2017 and start-ups are welcome to participate.

17:00–19:00 Break Out: We Have All Been Hacked; cyber security in our daily lives
Information and cyber security is not just relevant, it's big part of our daily lives. Join us for an evening of discovery. Presentation on how “We Have All Been Hacked”.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® - STUDIO.WHY
The participant will experience some of the possibilities provided by LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®.

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Startup Branding. Boost your beginning!
Inspiring presentation about startup branding. To boost your beginning and build a lasting business. A brand is more than a logo, color palette or a slogan. It’s the driving force behind your business. Crack the brand code to fully apply its power!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 2 of 4): Understand what it takes to make the deal
Founder (Niels van deuren, founder & CEO of HousingAnywhere) + venture capital investor (Jan Andriessen, associate partner @ henQ) discuss does and don'ts of working together

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Do you recognize your IP rights? - Your Legal Match
We go over some basic IP rights, give you the benefits and some best practices. We finalize the session with many given examples to recognize what IP rights might be applicable to the participants' product(s).

18:45–19:30 Break Out: The Three Most Important Pitches You'll Ever Need - David Beckett
Learn to pitch like the best-funded Startups! David Beckett has trained more than 400 Startups to raise over €100 Million in investment. In this interactive session, he'll help you build the 3 most important pitches you will ever need.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Capital Tour XS: Ready To Raise?, Informal Investing, Be A Startup & Structure Your Organization With Startups

Thursday Gathering February 2nd

15:00–16:30 Office Hours: Informal Investing Platform - ING
ING would like to get connected to startups with proven traction (turn over, clients etc. and a business model in place) which are looking for funding.

17:00–19:00 Info Table: What if you could communicate in any language - the Test - Travis the Translator
Ever needed to speak or understand a foreign language, but you couldn't? What would it mean to you if you could communicate in any language? Please drop by!

17:00–19:00 Info Table: Testing a prototype - ShoppingGuide
ShoppingGuide is doing customer research for their application development and likes to get some feedback on one of their clickable prototypes.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 1 of 4): Ready to Raise?
You will get practical insight in the investment process, the needed preparations and some rules of thumb to greatly improve your chances of getting funding especially from an informal investor. How do you become INVESTOR ready!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 7/9 Be a Start-up
This week's course: Business Development Generating your first revenue, getting your first customer. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: How to Structure your Organization with Startups - KPN & Nuon
KPN and Nuon are both working with Startups, in a totally different way. We'd like to share which choices we made and structure we choose in order to inspire you.

19:00–20:00 Break Out: Capital Tour XS (Part 1 of 4): Ready to Raise?
Robbert van Geldrop has held both positions of entrepreneur and investor- having founded and successfully sold his own company, becoming a mentor to several key accelerator programs he is an expert in understanding what you need to gain funding. Join Robbert for a Q&A, to ask all of your questions about funding!


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

January


Opportunities in China, Mentorships & Security & Development

Thursday Gathering January 26th

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Advice on innovation grants
Ugoo is a public funding partner specialized in helping innovative companies obtain grants and external funding. At Venture cafe Ugoo will conduct an analysis of your business activities and link these to any relevant grant opportunities.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Expert: Innovation Offshore Wind Energy
Sparring on how to make your innovation in the offshore wind sector successful (sales, finance, introductions to corporates, research institutes etc.)

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam - Venture Café
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Business opportunities with China - Silk Route Partners
Silk Route Partners, a platform for Euro-Chinese business, will kick off its series on "Business opportunities with China" with an interactive session about cultural differences between China and the West where you should be aware of.

19:00–20:00 Side Event: Security & Development - Codemotion Tech Pills
In an interconnected world where everything depends on software (even hardware!), and everything is hackable, Information Security & Development both matter.They matter a lot.Hear out the guest experts & the coding community and share your thoughts!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Spin Out Confessions, Business Topics, Cleantech & Internationalization

Thursday Gathering January 19th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Fast-track your cleantech business - Climate-KIC Benelux
How to transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success? At the Info Table you can learn more about the Climate-KIC Accelerator and how your business idea fits into the programme.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success - Climate-KIC
How to transform your cleantech ideas into commercial success? At the Info Table you can learn more about the Climate-KIC Accelerator and how your business idea fits into the programme.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam - Venture Café
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Starters International Business: Subsidy Info Session - ENTRY2MARKET
Ready to launch internationally? Apply for the SIB-subsidy and receive free coaching from experienced business consultants of ENTRY2MARKET so that you start your international adventure well prepared. Info and Q&A on the 19th of January at 17h.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Angel Investor Meetup - Angel Academy
Are you interested in angel investing and want to learn more about it? Do you want to meet other angel investors? Come and join us for a meetup during a Venture Cafe Thursday.

17:00–19:00 Info Table: What if you could communicate in any language - Travis the Translator
Ever needed to speak or understand a foreign language, but you couldn't? What would it mean to you if you could communicate in any language? Please drop by!

17:30–18:15 Break Out: Spin Out Confessions - CIC
Many corporates are ahead of the game when it comes to spinning out. But there are still many challenges. So what’s the secret to spinning out successfully? Join us for a panel in which we'll hear from both sides what’s it’s really like to spin out.

18:15–19:15 Break Out: 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP 6/9 Business Development
This week's course: Business Development Generating your first revenue, getting your first customer. Let our experts from MARCILLAUD give you all the tips and tricks.

18:15–19:15 Break Out: New Business Matters
Do you know why your potential clients choose for your product or provision of services? Are you able to tell this to the point and in short terms, if asked?


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
IFFR, Crowdfunding Meetup & Getting Financed

Thursday Gathering January 12th

16:00–19:00 Info Table: IFFR: Future of Film
Propellor Film Tech Hub aims to develop new business models for production, distribution and experience of films. The first Propellor event takes places during the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Time to meet the directors of IFFR!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Techilicious Appetizer
This event is a promotional activity; we serve appetizers and inform guest about Techilicious

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam
Capital Tour XXL Rotterdam: Connecting startups and capital in 1 day.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding
Informative table about alternative finance solutions within the Dutch crowdfunding industry. Crowlending and crowdfunding provide financial alternatives for SMEs and Start ups. Ask us anything about these topics!

16:30–17:15 Break Out: Behind the scenes of IFFR
This is your chance to get to know everything about the biggest cultural festival of the Netherlands.

17:15–18:00 Break Out: The value chain for cinemas, Elsbeth Geukers interviews Marieke Jonker
Cinemas need to innovate constantly to stay up with the newest technological developments.

17:30–19:00 Demo Market: ShoppingGuide
ShoppingGuide is a startup focused on helping retail in Rotterdam. Help us validate our different Value Propositions of our past research by examining and rating our prototypes! Feedback wanted!

17:30–19:00 Info Table: Angel Investor Meetup - Angel Academy
Are you interested in angel investing and want to learn more about it? Do you want to meet other angel investors? Come and join us for a meetup during a Venture Cafe Thursday.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Exciting the Crowd – 5th Crowdfunding Meetup -
Thinking of crowdfunding? Or simply interested in learning the skills of creating a crowd campaign. Join crowd entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam at our workshop/meetup. Learn & share knowledge & experience – power to the crowd!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 9 Course Entrepreneurship Series By SCIENCECUP 5/9 - Getting Financed
Every 2 weeks we will present you one of the 9 business courses for you to be successful. It is recommended to follow all 9 courses. This week's course: Getting Financed

18:00–18:45 Break Out: Innovation chances for film, In4Art interviews Bram Kranendonk
The European Commission announced the Digital Single Market strategy in 2015. This strategy aims to open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe’s position as a world leader in the digital economy.


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

2016

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

Thursday Gathering December 22nd

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

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Future of Film - IFFR
Propellor | Film Tech Hub aims to develop new business models for production, distribution and experience of films. Do you want to participate in a Propellor event during the International Film Festival Rotterdam? Then come to the info table!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Awareness & funds concerning refugees - Human Aid in Greece
Human Aid in Greece will talk about the true conditions in the refugee camps in Greece. By sharing experiences they had, elaborating on what is going on in camps and emphasizing on why help is needed right away, they will show how you can help.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Erwin van Rooijen - Business Development & Leadership

16:00–19:00 Info Table: TEDxRotterdam: meet the organization -
TEDxRotterdam is present to promote the organization and the events. Doing what they do best: connecting people and businesses.


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

December


Story Telling and Female Ventures

Thursday Gathering December 15th

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

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Energy innovation manager Monique Blokpoel - InnovatieLink
This Thursday Monique Blokpoel, energy innovation manager at InnovatieLink is holding office hour at Venture Café. Innovative SME entrepreneurs in the energy sector with questions about their innovation project, are welcome.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Diego Bragato - Enterprise Software Architect
Are you an investor or entrepreneur that is wrestling with IT ? Do you need help for your technology stack, IT project or solution ? Please use the possibility get help on your most prominent IT questions for your business.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: National Marketing Battle - biggest NL marketing recruitment event
The National Marketing Battle (NMS) is the biggest marketing recruitment event of the Netherlands. The NMS appointed a part of their program to start-ups, including a 5 minute pitch and a networking drink with the 100 best marketing students!

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Engineering Entrepreneurship - Inholland
The Engineering Entrepreneurship (EE) program challenges students to develop a business of their own technological idea within ten weeks. They will test the technological, personal and market feasibility of the idea.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Techilicious Appetizer
This event is a promotional activity; we serve appetizers and inform guest about Techilicious

16:30–17:30 Break Out: Storytelling workshop - TEDxRotterdam
Storytelling by TEDxRotterdam. Learn how to tell your great story in a way your audience stays interested and wants to know more.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Female Venture Booth 2.0
Promising female entrepreneurs share the challenges they face with the audience, which will consist of ambitious women who want to help other female entrepreneurs. Facilitating the connection between the entrepreneurs is the main goal of this event.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 4/9 Business Modelling and Case - 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP
Business Modelling and building your Business Case

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Great Entrepreneurs are Storytellers - Teodor Cataniciu
Any entrepreneur should become first a great storyteller. Understand how to tell stories that are memorable and resonate with your target community.


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
December 8

Thursday Gathering December 8th

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

17:00–20:00 Social Impact Santa Claus 2.0: from giving to investing

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


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
AR & VR Demos & Talk, Philips Innovation Award, Office Politics,StartupGrind & Crowdfunding Meetup

Thursday Gathering December 1st

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

17:00–19:30 Special Event: Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Talk + Demos - KPN, Accenture & Dept Online Agency

17:00–20:00 Info Table: Restart Network
At Restart Network we created an organisation that wants to tackle these two problems: a lack of equal opportunity and a lack of IT professionals. Find out how you can join the community!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Improve your pitch - Philips Innovation Award
The PHIA board will kick off with a short introduction of the PHIA.Then there will be a guest speaker from Port of Rotterdam. Thereafter there is room to write down your own idea to participate in the PHIA, and pitch it in a minute!

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Corporate Shake-Up: Office Politics - Professional Rebel
We want to test our newest tool on stakeholder management. Become a champion in office politics!

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Interview with Harald Swinkels (NLE) - Startup Grind

18:30–19:30 Break Out: Finding the Crowd - 4th Crowdfunding Meetup
Thinking of crowdfunding? Or simply interested in learning the skills of creating a crowd campaign. Join crowd entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam at our workshop/meetup. Learn & share knowledge & experience – power to the crowd!


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

November


November 24th

Thursday Gathering November 24th

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

16:00–18:00 Break Out: Smart and Sustainable Building - Deloitte The Garden

16:00–18:00 Break Out: Network training - Incubation YES!Delft
The network training will help you gain more from network events like Venture Cafe.

16:00–20:00 Info Table: Alternative Finance: Crowdlending/Crowdfunding - Tailwind Crowd
Informative table to cover all questions about funding solutions for Start-ups and SMEs. Main focus on covering questions on Crowlending (loan based solutions) and Crowdfunding (Reward - pre sales solutions).

16:00–20:00 Info Table: Young entrepreneurs improving local communities - Starters4Communities
At this table you can get informed about young entrepreneurs improving local communities. Starters4communities facilitates a program for young (nascent) entrepreneurs which help local habitant initiatives to become sustainable social enterprises.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Global Startup Genome Survey - StartupDelta
Startups will be ranking the Dutch Startup Ecosystem to help The Netherlands to a top 5 position.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Artist's business Angels - In4Art
Every career needs a sponsor, every creator a funder. This is a story about believers, patrons and merchants from the days of Leonardo da Vinci and de Medici until the the Business Angels of Startups today.

17:30–18:30 Break Out: Viral Marketing - Dutch Growth Hacking Meetup #3 by Rockboost
Chris Out, Lead growth hacker of RockBoost, will show you how to engineer viral marketing for your business. Meet 200 people who are as excited about growth hacking as you are!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Fast Gamestorming - Dutch Open Hackathon
During 1 hour, Toon will teach you how to achieve products that fit the market in a high phase. A group of independent creative minds will form a team, create a vision/mission and learn how to make a valuable propositions.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 3/9 From Problem To Prototype - 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP
Problem to prototype


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
HTGT Summit, Corporate Shake Up, seed funding & expert sessions

Thursday Gathering November 17th

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

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Seedrs - Crowdfunding Platform
We will be answering every single question in regards to crowdfunding.

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: InnovatieLink's biobased expert Caroli Buitenhuis
InnovatieLink’s Caroli Buitenhuis will be holding Office Hours on bioplastics and biobased packaging

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Corporate Shake-Up - Professional Rebel

17:00–20:00 Info Table: Rockboost - Growth Hacking Agency

17:30–18:15 Breakout: Go Crowdfund Yourself - Seedrs
This event will discuss and explain the three different crowdfunding sectors which are reward, debt and equity. As Seedrs is an equity platform, most of the intel will flow into the equity spectrum.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 2nd Business Automation for Startups Meetup - Lova Kremer


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Smart connected devices, access to funding, Dutch Open Hackatho & more

Thursday Gathering November 10th

14:45–20:00 Whole Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:00–17:00 Break Out: IT Roadmap Workshop - SDNA
This workshop will provide you with the know-how and a framework on building your product, future-proof. Eliminating challenges like aligning technology with business ambitions. Best-practices will support in eliminating threats to their business.

16:00–19:00 Info Table: Commercializing Products with EU Grants - Evolution
Evolution will give information on the SME Instrument – an EU grant providing up to €2.5 million to take a prototype to market. They will examine a venture's chances of success, and offer advice on how to best approach this program.

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Potential Applications Using Quantum Dots - Quantag
Quantag will present its technology on Quantum Dots and Optical Sensors for liquid barcoding applications and will discuss potential applications those are enabled by this technology.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: eHealth and grants - Hezelburcht
During this Break Out, experts of Hezelburcht fill you in with the latest details of eHealth and grants in practice. In addition, you will receive fresh information about upcoming grants with tips-and-tricks to build a successful proposal.

17:00–19:00 Break Out: IoT Demo Market/Little Bits Workshop - KPN & IoT Academy
2 IoT / Little bits workshops provided by KPN & the IoT Academy. With this workshop, participants will experience the technology of IoT in practice by building several IoT-solutions themselves, like a smart door bell, or a smart dustbin.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Empathy & Antipathy - how to apply forecasting by Proef
This session will be a gathering were Proef shares her vision about empathy and antipathy on a macro trend level and start a conversation with you about how to apply forecasting in your business.

18:00–19:00 Office Hour: advice from KPN's IoT expert
Are you puzzling on commercial/ technical IoT cases and do you want the advice of a KPN IoT expert? Please use the possibility to talk with our "IoT Doctor", in time-slots of 10 minutes.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 2/9 Match or Misfit - 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP
Match or Misfit

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Introduction to platform organizing – Part-up
Laurens Waling (founder of Part-up) shares his mission: to release human potential by transforming organizations into platforms. Part-up disrupts the way we work. Let’s embrace the possibilities of self-organizing tribes. Why, how and what to do!


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
RTL Z Tech Week, Female Venture Booth AIA 2016 & our 1st Anniversary!

Thursday Gathering November 3rd

14:45–20:00 Full Day: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:30–19:00 Break Out: Go Explore; Design Thinking Challenge in Venture Café - Deloitte Innovation
Design Thinking has been defined as a human-centered and collective problem solving approach, but it is much more than that! During the workshop we will face a real Design Challenge and solve the real Venture Cafe problem!

16:00–19:00 Info Tables: Cocktail Pitch Party - YES!Delft LaunchLab
The founders of the teams will be pitching 1-on-1 to the visitors. The visitor gives feedback. After that, the founder will improve the pitch and pitch to the next visitor.

17:00–18:00 Break Out: Crowdfunding Meetup - Press Publicity
Crowd entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam gather to learn and share crowd campaign knowledge in a workshop-meetup format. This week's topic is Press Publicity.

17:30–19:15 Break Out: Kickstarter Launchparty of Marvin - the LoRa Developer board for the Internet of Things
Join us the 3rd of November where we will launch our Kickstarter for Marvin at Venture Cafe @ CIC Rotterdam. Marvin: the LoRA developer board. With this developer board you can make your own IoT device within one hour!

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Art & Business; What's in it for me? - Arttenders
Arttenders connects business with art. Cofounders Faye and Siobhan will inspire with art trends in branding, market positioning, office interiors and real estate and more importantly how applying art can be an opportunity for your business!

18:30–19:30 Break Out: StartupGrind with Tobias Walraven - Founder of SNT


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

October


Bring space back to earth, meet our neighbors and skills development for startups

Thursday Gathering October 27th

14:45–20:00 Full Day: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:00–16:00 Break Out: Online Marketing with Rockboost & Expand Online - Marketing Association EUR
Enhance your online marketing knowledge by attending the Online Marketing Event in which you can attend presentation of Rockboost and Expand Online.

16:00–18:00 Break Out: Back to Earth | The Garden - Deloitte Innovation & ESA
Each month we meet to discuss a different innovation-related topic and to connect start-ups, scale-ups, corporates, knowledge institutes and other parties that are active in the particular field of interest.

16:00–17:00 Break Out: Meet your 'neighbors' - Rotterdam Central District
Meet your neighbours in Central District while having a well deserved drink. Pizza is on us!

17:00–18:00 Info Table: Sip & Sign - The Venture $1M fund and global competition
Interested in learning more on this once in a lifetime opportunity for your social business? Coming Thursday The Venture & Venture Cafe organise a Sip & Sign up session regarding a global initiative by Chivas - The Venture.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Tax Update for Startups - EY
During the event we will inform you about the Tax Plan 2017 and other relevant Tax subjects. F.e. introduction Dutch corporate income taxation, innovation facilities, Assessment of Employment Relationships (Deregulation) Act (DBA) etc.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: 1/9 Having a million dollar idea - 9 COURSE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES BY SCIENCECUP
Having a million dollar idea


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Speed dates with technology investment funds, energy & efficiency boosts

Thursday Gathering October 20th

14:45–20:00 Full Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Martin Weissmann (Innovatielink) - Wind energy expert

16:00–18:00 Special Event: Investor Speeddates - KPN Ventures & Cottonwood Technology Fund
Are you a start-up with early traction and are you looking for investment partners to scale up? Please join the Open Office Hours of KPN Ventures and Cottonwood Technology Fund at the Venture Café.

18:00–19:00 Break Out: Business automation for startups & serial entrepreneurs - Why Not 3?
Are you struggling with working IN your business instead of ON your business? In this workshop You'll learn the basic business automation for your business. The whole workshop will be QnA style which means any question can pop up.


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

Thursday Gathering October 13th

18:00–22:00 Special Event: Opening Celebrations Venture Café and CIC


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Founding and funding - tickling the entrepreneurial mind

Thursday Gathering October 6th

14:45–20:00 Full Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:00–20:00 Info Table: World Startup Factory

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach

16:00–19:00 Infotable: Health Innovation Challenge 2016
Are you an SME entrepreneur and do you have expertise on Health challenges? Looking for growth opportunities and a great network of 25 healthcare-institutions? Then join the Health Innovation Challenge on Thursday November 3 in the RST (ECE Campus)!

16:30–17:30 Breakout: Basics of Startup Funding Workshop - Rutger Kemper, Leapfunder

17:30–18:15 Break Out: Crowdfunding Meet up - Nick Yap
Thinking of Crowdfunding? Or simply interested, curious, want to learn & share? Come join our hands-on practical meet up that helps you know how to plan & prepare a successful crowdfunding campaign.

17:45–18:45 Break Out: Visual Story Telling Workshop - Pitch-e

18:15–19:00 Breakout: Meet & Greet Grace Sai - The Impact Hub Singapore
Grace Sai, CEO and Co-founder of the Hub Singapore will visit Venture Café for a special Meet & Greet session. As the node of entrepreneuship ecosystem in Asia she will shortly speak around this topic while there's also enough time for interaction.


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

September


Pitch yourself investable, VR for the masses, Personal Data for Startups, European expansion and high tech startup corporate connect with Tekdelta
NASA Astronaut Dan Barry, Social Hackathon, Female Ventures, Eldridge Labinjo & How to Get There Summit

Thursday Gathering September 15th

14:45–20:00 Full Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:00–18:00 Info Table: Capital Waters Funding School 22 & 23 Sept - Holland Fintech & Capital Waters

15:00–20:00 Info Table: Social Hackathon 8 oktober (in Dutch)

15:30–16:15 Break Out: Generating Success - communications expert Eldridge Labinjo

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Female Founders Challenges - Female Ventures

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Corporate & Startup Collaboration: How To Get There

18:00–19:00 Special Event: Keynote former astronaut Dan Barry: Sensations of Space Flight & Robotics - Deloitte


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Funding, Refugee Bootcamp Graduation, Pitching And Getting Started Programs
Welcome to the all new Venture Café space!

Thursday Gathering September 1st

14:45–20:00 Full Program: Thursday Gathering at Venture Café

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Port Innovation Lab - Boost your tech idea for the Port of Rotterdam

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Get Started programme - Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Re/Start Coding Bootcamp for Refugees

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Female Ventures - helping business women to the next level

16:00–20:00 Special Event: TEDxRotterdam - Open mic

17:00–17:30 Break Out: Maximise your Venture Café experience

17:45–18:45 Breakout: Silicon Valley Soft Landing Program for Life Science & Health Tech


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

August


Last summer edition and Nationale-Nederlanden

Thursday Gathering August 25th

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Nationale-Nederlanden Innovationcafé


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Catching up with the innovation community

Thursday Gathering August 11th

16:00–20:00 Infotable: World Port Hackathon


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

July


Open Minds 3/3 - Green Cities & Food Innovation

Thursday Gathering July 28th

15:00–20:00 Special Event: Open Minds - Green special, co-produced with the Youth Food Movement and Talitha Muusse

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Rotterdam Mobility Lab

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Accenture Innovation Awards

15:00–20:00 Infotable: New York Code + Design Academy - Rotterdam course

15:00–20:00 Infotable: SolidWater - a plant-boosting concept

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Deloitte The Garden - Food & Agri


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Open Minds 2/3 - City Special

Thursday Gathering July 21st

15:00–20:00 Special Event: Open Minds - City special, co-produced with Pakhuis de Zwijger

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Frank Schretlen - global sales expert

16:30–17:15 Breakout: EIT Health Launchlab Teams Presentation

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Google & Optimization - Dutch Growth Hacking Meetup

17:30–18:15 Breakout: Workshop focus, productivity & work-life balance for Entrepreneurs

18:00–18:30 Breakout: Rise of the creative class in China - Wei Wei & Mark Greeven


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Open Minds - Design Special co-curated by Groos

Thursday Gathering July 14th

15:00–20:00 Special Event: Open Minds - Design special co-produced with Groos

16:00–18:00 [open Minds] Office Hour: Frederic Marcillaud – Entrepreneur & Sales Expert

16:00–17:00 [open Minds] Breakout: How to get funded in 2016 - Symbid

17:00–17:45 [open Minds] Breakout: Crowdfunding Workshop #2 - Nick Yap

18:00–18:30 [open Minds] Breakout: Pitch Clinic - TEDx Speech Coach David Beckett


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
HR & Robotics, clean-tech and health funding opportunities

Thursday Gathering July 7th

16:00–20:00 Infotable: EIT Health - funding opportunities

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Unitiator - putting the coolest venues on the map

16:00–18:00 Office Hours: Theo Fokkens - Sales Coach

16:00–17:00 Breakout: How to make a great first impression - Eldridge Labinjo

17:00–18:00 Breakout: ScaleUp – growing cleantech start-ups

18:00–19:00 Breakout: Workforce of the Future & Robotics - Accenture

18:00–20:00 Infotable: ScaleUp - growing cleantech startups


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

June


Scale-up Best Practices, Deloitte The Garden and TEDx Speech Tips

Thursday Gathering June 30th

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Accenture Innovation Awards

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Deloitte The Garden - Art & Technology

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Best practices of scaleups - Innovatielink

17:00–20:00 Infotable: Let it Grow - incubator for flowers and plants


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

Thursday Gathering June 23rd

14:00–17:15 Special Event: Blockchain in Real Estate - Deloitte

17:00–20:00 Infotable: Bright Energy Ideas Challenge - Shell

17:30–20:00 Special Event: Rotterdamse Studentenvereniging Ondernemersprijs 2016

17:45–18:30 Breakout: Afstudeerpresentatie Succesfactoren Nederlandse Startups (in Dutch)

18:00–18:30 Breakout: Keynote by Tim Rowe - founder & CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
2 sessions "powered by Venture Café", but no Weekly Gathering

Thursday Gathering June 16th

15:30–17:30 Breakout: Maximize your business leads with LinkedIn - Female Ventures

17:00–21:00 Breakout: SeriousVR on the Rise - VR/Heroes & CGI


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
#ThrowBackThursday on the 4th floor

Thursday Gathering June 2nd

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Martin van Dord (Innovatielink) - Polymer Expert

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Frederic Marcillaud - entrepreneur & sales expert

16:00–20:00 Infotable: The Prototype Hotel

16:30–17:15 Breakout: Learn how to evaluate venture deals - Joachim Blazer

17:30–20:00 Breakout: StartupGrind with André Haardt (CEO & founder Squla)

17:30–18:15 Breakout: Crowdfunding Workshop - Nick Yapp (ROCKI)


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

May


City Flows

Thursday Gathering May 26th

13:45–20:00 Special Event: Smart City Event 'City Flows' - a part of Startup Fest Europe

16:00–18:00 Breakout: How A.I. Revolutionizes HR - Seedlink Technology

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: David Rickerby – Technology Transactions Lawyer (Boston, USA)


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

Thursday Gathering May 19th

16:00–20:00 Special Event: Innovations in the Hospitality Industry - CIC Rotterdam

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Innovatielink Event with Han Oude Groeniger


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Women in Entrepreneurship Theme Edition

Thursday Gathering May 12th

15:00–16:00 Breakout: Access to Funding - Keadyn, Symbid and Leapfunder

16:00–20:00 Infotable: 24 Hour Business Game - ECE Students

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Caroli Buitenhuis (InnovatieLink) - Bioplastics and biobased packaging expert

16:00–18:00 Special Event: Speeddates for Tech Startups - Tekdelta

16:30–18:00 Break Out: Female founders panel discussion.

16:30–18:30 Breakout: Pitch Training & Pitch Party

17:00–18:00 Breakout: A 'Simple' Guideline To Eliminate Bureaucracy

17:30–20:00 Breakout: Startup Grind with Simone Brummelhuis (The Next Women, IENS)

18:15–19:15 Breakout: Final event InnovationLab Erasmiaans Gymnasium (in Dutch)


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

April


Life Sciences, Pitching, Kunsthal, Coding & Silicon Valley learnings

Thursday Gathering April 28th

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Deloitte's The Garden - Life Sciences

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Pieter Ernst - Endeavor South Africa

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Metropolitan Startup Lab with pitch training - MRDH & YES!Delft

17:15–17:45 Breakout: Error 404: Education not found - Turing Society for Coders

17:45–18:30 Breakout: Pitching game with professional sales coach Theo Fokkens

18:00–18:45 Breakout: Silicon Valley: Planet Startup - Arne Maas & Peter Ester

18:30–19:30 Breakout: In4Art features Art & Technology - Kunsthal: The Museum of Everything


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
SXSW landing in R'dam & High Tech Startups meeting Corporates

Thursday Gathering April 21st

15:30–17:45 Conference: SXSW 010 (in Dutch)

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Jeroen Willemsen - food innovator

16:00–19:00 Infotable: LegalisEasy - internet & privacy legal advice

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Speedyrating - collecting Venture Café impressions

17:30–18:30 Breakout: Kick-off Incubator Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam - location CIC

18:00–20:00 Infotable: Innovation from Arizona, USA - AZ TechCelerator

18:15–19:15 Breakout: Kick-off TekDelta - Tech Startups meet Tech Corporates


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Symbid, Balkenende, Magnet.me, Meet the VC, Growth Hacking

Thursday Gathering April 14th

13:00–20:00 Full Day: Entrepreneurial Inspiration Day - UniPartners

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Theo Fokkens - sales expert & coach

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Meet the Venture Capitalist

18:15–19:15 Breakout: Dutch Growth Hacking Meetup Launch


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
TomTom, Jan Rotmans, 32 startups, KPN's CFO & StartupFest

Thursday Gathering April 7th

13:00–15:30 Conference: Smart Traffic The Tipping Point - Deloitte (in Dutch)

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Edwin de Jonge - serial entrepreneur & investor

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Deloitte's The Garden - Robotics

16:00–20:00 Infotable: YES!Delft Open April 21st

16:00–18:00 Conference: Kantellezing prof. Rotmans - VNO-NCW (in Dutch)

17:30–20:00 Breakout: Startup Grind with Jan-Kees de Jager (CFO KPN & Entrepreneur)


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

March


R'dam Innovation District, VR for Infrastructure & Green Ukraine

Thursday Gathering March 31st

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Chris van der Haagen - business strategist & investor

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Martin Weissmann - offshore & innovation expert

16:00–20:00 Infotable: YES!Delft Open April 21st

17:00–18:00 Breakout: The SuGu Sessions - Making new territories

18:00–18:45 Breakout: Green entrepreneurship from Eastern Europe - Greencubator (Kyiv, Ukraine)

18:30–19:30 Breakout: Virtual Reality Rotterdam Meetup


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Shell, Innovatielink, Happy Cities & StartupDelta

Thursday Gathering March 24th

15:30–17:15 Breakout: SKIL Accelerator Kick-off – Innovatielink

16:00–17:00 Office Hour: Dirk Huisman – founder of SKIM

16:00–20:00 Infotable: AIESEC – international internship intermediary

17:00–18:00 Special: Meet & Greet with the StartupDelta team

17:15–19:15 Breakout: Gelukkige Stad Final Event - Honours students Leiden/Delft/Rdam

17:30–18:30 Breakout: LiveWIRE Rising Star Award Show - Shell & KvK


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What have South Africa, pizza, lawyers & SnappCar in common?

Thursday Gathering March 17th

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Dirk Huisman - founder of SKIM

16:00–18:15 Special Event: BREAKOUT - Softlanding for Dutch companies in South Africa - CINOP Global

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Techilicious - the matchmaking event for startups & corporates

17:00–17:30 Breakout: Workshop legal aspects when hiring your first employee - AKD

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Corporate partnership options for SME's & startups - iTanks

17:30–20:00 Breakout: Startup Grind with Jorg Kop (Snappcar & UtrechtInc)

17:30–18:00 Breakout: Workshop subsidy arrangements for SMEs & startups - M&K


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Don't miss out on this weeks meeting opportunities!

Thursday Gathering March 10th

06:00–20:00 Breakout: Tegenlicht Meetup Rotterdam - Slimme Universiteit (in Dutch)

16:00–17:00 Office Hour: Jos Scheffelaar - Launch in US Alliance

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Monique Blokpoel - energy innovation expert

17:00–18:00 Breakout: US expansion expert panel discussion

18:00–19:00 Office Hour: André Brantjes - international legal expert

18:00–19:00 Breakout: Innovations in e-Commerce Logistics - Bringme


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Growth Hacking like a Silicon Valley company

Thursday Gathering March 3rd

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Edwin de Jonge - serial entrepreneur & investor

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Christian van der Haagen - business strategist & investor

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Feedback session to improve the Dutch Innovation Ecosystem

16:30–17:30 Breakout: Metropolitan Start-up Lab - MRDH & YES!Delft

17:00–18:00 Special Event: BREAKOUT - Growth Hacking Masterclass - RockBoost

18:00–19:00 Breakout: Succes story of a serial entrepreneur - SSR Ondernemersclub


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

February


How does eHealth change our Healthcare?

Thursday Gathering February 25th

16:00–19:00 Breakout: Deloitte's The Garden - eHealth

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Joop Roodenburg - Owner Huisman Equipment (cancelled)

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Guus Drijver - Partner Monolith

16:00–20:00 Infotable: Public funding quick scan for startups - Maas & Kleiberg

18:00–19:00 Breakout: How to create a great company - SKIM


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The power of seduction in love, sales & funding

Thursday Gathering February 18th

15:00–17:00 Breakout: Meet an Investor - Leapfunder's Round Table

15:00–20:00 Infotable: Public funding opportunities by PNO

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Guus Drijver

17:00–18:00 Breakout: Silicon Valley’s Way of Building a Modern Sales Engine

18:00–20:00 Breakout: Tegenlicht Meetup - Tinderlove (in Dutch)


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Are you connected?

Thursday Gathering February 11th

15:45–18:30 Breakout: Playing Lean - The Lean Startup Circle

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Marcus Fernhout

16:30–17:30 Breakout: Creating high performing virtual teams - The World We Work In

17:30–20:00 Breakout: Startup Grind - Quintin Schevernels


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Meet Vice-Mayor Struijvenberg this Thursday Gathering

Thursday Gathering February 4th

15:00–20:00 Infotable: 24H Business Game - Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

16:15–17:00 Breakout: Workshop Better Listening - YEP

17:15–18:00 Breakout: Workshop Co-creation Techniques - YEP

17:30–18:00 Office Hour: Vice-Mayor Maarten Struijvenberg

18:00–19:00 Breakout: Art & Technology – Recreating Nature


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

January


This Venture Café's Weekly Gathering you don't wanna miss

Thursday Gathering January 28th

04:00–18:00 Office Hour: Simon Evenblij

04:00–17:00 Breakout: Growth Hacking - The Incubator Academy Rotterdam

06:00–19:00 Breakout: Better internal communication - Queal

16:00–18:00 Breakout: Deloitte's The Garden - Smart Materials

16:30–18:00 Breakout: Braintrust - The Lean Startup Circle

17:00–20:00 Breakout: Virtual Reality Rotterdam Meetup


These are the confirmed events so far. Changes to the program may occur.
Get updated on Virtual Reality this Thursday

Thursday Gathering January 21st

04:00–18:00 Infotable: Public funding opportunities by PNO

13:00–17:00 Breakout: Deloitte's Tipping Point - Virtual Reality

16:00–17:00 Breakout: Metropolitan Start-up Lab by MRDH and YES!Delft

18:30–19:30 Breakout: Start-up Grind @ Venture Café Rotterdam


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The Lean Startup Machines is coming to Rotterdam

Thursday Gathering January 14th

04:00–18:00 Office Hour: Guus Drijver

05:30–18:30 Breakout: The Lean Startup Circle - Burger Night

16:30–17:30 Breakout: The Lean Startup Circle - Braintrust


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New exciting cool things are happening!

Thursday Gathering January 7th

05:00–18:00 Break-out: Sword Fighting Clinic

16:00–18:00 Office Hour: Guus Drijver

17:30–18:30 Breakout: Sabering - How you should open a champagne bottle


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