28.05 - 29.05 2024

Two days of everything a startup needs for grOWTH

Upstream is where innovation meets community. Join us for an electrifying blend of inspiration, collaboration, and forward-thinking. Whether you're a founder, investor or a corporate changemaker, this community-driven festival is your gateway to cutting-edge ideas, meaningful connections, and endless possibilities.

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What to expect



Connect with over 2000 change makers who drive the transition to a digital, carbon neutral, circular and inclusive economy. Want to be one of them? Get your tickets now.



Join a variety of side events that take place over several days and include partner-created sessions on three key topics: access to capital, markets and talent. Check out Upstream 2024 side events.



We host more than 25 inspirational talks by leading experts, founders and artists. See the full line up.


Get a taste of what to expect by checking out the first speakers of Upstream 2024.

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Sam Feldt
DJ, Platinum-Selling Artist, Music Producer & Founder
Jörgen Raymann
Lenard and Lenard, Chief Inspirational Officer
Evelien Bunnik-Remmelts
Whoppah, Co-Founder
Andrew Smith
Vinted, Senior Brand Director
Anastasia Kuskova
Sirius, Founder & CEO
Liza Rubenstein Malamud
Carbon Equity, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer
Sergio Panday
Roots Inspire, Founder & CEO
Sebastian Peck
Kompas VC, Partner

Why attend?


  • Connect with other founders
  • Meet investors and corporate buyers
  • Grow and scale your business


  • Find new deals
  • Meet (co-)investors
  • Showcase your organization

Change Makers

  • Meet the startups and scale-ups
  • Learn from other innovators
  • Highlight your impact


Discover our thoughtfully crafted main program of fireside chats, deepdives, pitches, roundtables and speed dating. And enjoy the best our Dutch ecosystem has to offer at the official side events. Providing you the space to thrive and build companies that change the world for the better.

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February 1, 2024

Rotterdam hosts European startup founders and investors at Upstream to drive innovation for a future proof economy

Up!Rotterdam and more than 50 public and private partners are organizing the fifth edition of the Upstream Festival on May 28 and 29, 2024. This event brings together more than 2,000 founders of startups and scale-ups, investors, corporates

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January 24, 2024

Rotterdam invests €2.6 million in investment fund Uniiq

Zuid-Holland, RVO, and the HEID foundation are co-investing: an additional 10 million euros are available for innovative startups. The municipality of Rotterdam is making € 2.6 million available to Proof-of-concept fund UNIIQ.

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January 17, 2024

House of Capital: €12 Billion In Managed Assets Present

Rotterdam will host Upstream Festival from May 23-25, 2023, offering diverse business activities, including Capital Wednesday on May 24th, connecting startups with over €12B in managed assets.

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Catch a glimpse of previous Upstream Festival editions, or check out all the photo’s of 2021, 2022 and 2023.


Meet our partners driving Upstream forward. Want to join forces with us and become a partner too?
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