Monday 20/09 - OPENING DAY 


Tuesday 21/09 - TALENT DAY 

Data-driven career success workshop | Human vs Machine - learn what the machines can’t!

11:00 - 13:00


Turing College

How can you be successful in a data-driven world? Focus on your soft skills! Soft skills are becoming the key to a successful career in data science. That’s because as technical skills become easier to automate, it is soft skills that set humans apart from the machines.

Talent Talks

16.30 - 18.30

Erasmus Enterprise

Philips Innovation Award + Graduate Entrepreneur

Graduate Entrepreneur and the Philips Innovation Award are both part of the startup ecosystem in Rotterdam and Delft. During the Talent Talks, Bob Hendrikx (Founder Loop and winner of the PHIA 2021), Elianne Koetzier & Luci Santema (Founders Ziemi), and Sandro van Hellenberg Hubar (Co-founder Xindao), who all founded their company during their studies, will share their personal experiences on entrepreneurship.

O2LAB Rotterdam drinks


Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship


O2LAB Rotterdam aims to strengthen the impact of education through fostering entrepreneurial skills. Join us to meet and network with fellow educators from all higher education institutions in Rotterdam (WO, HBO and MBO), but also entrepreneurs and students.


Wednesday 22/09 - CAPITAL DAY 

Anti-Dilutable Growth by an IPO


CIC Rotterdam


Together with NPEX, INVESTOR ready has setup a Growth exchange for Scaleups, where they can raise up to €1 million of obligations through an IPO (Initial Public Offering) with attractive conditions. This can be added by a round of equity round to complete the funding need.

Arches Bike tour

13:00 - 17:00

Stationsplein Rotterdam

Arches Capital

Meet Arches Capital, an angel community investing in early-stage startups, meet angels and mentors while getting some exercise and drinks. We will follow a fun and inspiring bike route passing a selection of Rotterdam's finest investors and sights. Don’t worry, we will keep the pace low enough for all to enjoy and follow.

Mobility Lab Investors

17:00 - 21:00

Restaurant De Tuin

Mobility Lab

Mobility Lab connects promising startups with an appealing first customer with whom they can test and validate their mobility innovation. The Mobility Lab Investor Event attracts and connects potential investors to Mobility Lab's activities.

Impact investor dinner

17:30 - 21:30



The Impact Investor Diner aims to connect (local) impact investors to share experience and find co-investment opportunities. This special evening offers you the opportunity to get together with other impact investors who all contribute to a new future-proof economy.

Investor Dinner

18:30 - 21:00

Techleap & PHX

PHX will create the space for serendipity, enabling enlightening conversations with value-aligned people in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem, comprising European and international venture capital investors and most renowned Dutch entrepreneurs

Thursday 23/09 - MARKET DAY 

Pitch Breakfast

07:30 - 09:30



The MKB010>>Next program inspires, informs and stimulates small and medium-sized companies to do business digitally, sustainably and circularly, during the iTanks Pitch Breakfast.

The Future of innovation - Co-creation in innovation

14:00 - 15:30


Schiedam Municipality & Holland Instrumentation

Making unexpected connections possible. Meet the frontrunners and experts on innovation

Venture Café Weekly Gathering

17:00 - 20:00

Venture Café Rotterdam & Online

Venture Café

Every week at our flagship program, the Thursday Gathering, we connect creators, entrepreneurs, investors, coworkers, students and visionaries to build strong, inclusive and equitable innovation ecosystem

Future Mobility Park - Grand Opening


Future Mobility Park

Future Mobility Park

The opening of the test site at Rotterdam Makers District is on the 23th of September. This site is especially tailored to fulfill the needs of autonomous vehicle manufactures and providers of complementary services. - Invite only.


Friday 24/09 - GROWTH DAY 

Icos innovation summit: A Collaborative summit with startups and corporations

09:30 - Closing

Inntel Hotel Rotterdam


We're excited to invite you back to the Icos Innovation Summit of 2021. This year's event will be a meeting of startups, corporates and industry partners in Rotterdam. The transition to a circular, decarbonised economy has never been more urgent and now is the time to look at the most promising ideas and solutions to accelerate sustainability.

Healthy Funding V – PITCH Masterclass by David Beckett

10:00 - 12:00


Life Sciences & Health 010

Healthy Funding V is an international event that is organized on behalf of Life Sciences & Health 010 and co-hosted by Healthy.Capital. During this event we connect Life Sciences & Health startups and scale-ups 1 on 1 with investors. Healthy Funding V is taking place on the 18th of November. The pitch training during Upstream Festival will prepare you for Healthy Funding V.

Impact, how to measure it?


LaatBloeien - Het Podium


The IPCC report shows us: the climate and its biodiversity need us! How can you and your company contribute to the needed transition? There are many ways to create positive impact and many ways to measure it. How do you get started and how do you embed it within your organisation? In a roundtable session 3 entrepreneurs (Salacia Solutions, Passionfruit & Noorderwind) share their vision on impact measurement. This will be an interactive session with the attendees, so make sure you bring your questions and learn how you can create positive impact with your own company.

Innovation Port Tour


Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM)

Port of Rotterdam + Port XL

During this tour, you will become acquainted with RDM Rotterdam as the ultimate place for innovation in the port. You will see various innovative companies during a tour in the Innovation Dock and you gain insight into the way in which their innovations originated. Transport by water taxi will be arranged from the Stadshaven Brouwerij (Brewery) to RDM and back.