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Connecting Changemakers

21-27 September 2020

Your online innovation festival connecting startups, scale-ups, investorts, corporates, policy makers and students with

  • Free access to 45+ online events
  • 30+ keynote speakers
  • Browse attendees 
  • One-on-One networking opportunities 
  • Year round on demand access to relevant content

Access to talent, capital & markets

Join us as the Rotterdam Metropolitan area transforms into the place where founders, students, investors, policy makers and bold corporates come together online to make a positive impact in the world.

This is where you meet, learn and connect through a plethora of events, carefully curated and focusing on individual topics with a common goal: enabling innovations that will drive the transition to the next economy. An economy that is digital, carbon neutral, circular and inclusive. Driven by you. The changemakers.




Meet the speakers

Grow and scale your business


Unlock the ecosystem


Gain access to international markets, talent & funding


Find innovative solutions and talent for sustainable growth

Make it happen

Unleash the network


Become a frontrunner of the next economy

45+ events

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Opening Event - Resetting the Economy

21 September


During the opening event we will be joined by Constantijn van Oranje, Alderman Barbara Kathmann, Ryan Gellert from Patagonia, Michiel Muller from Picnic and many more, as we explore the opportunities on how to combine business with purpose and responsibility. How can we accelerate an economy that incorporates wellbeing and a better future for all of us and what you can do to start tomorrow?

Boost with nlgroeit interviews..

22 September


Every entrepreneur has a different story about why he or she decided to start a business. Get inspired by two top-notch entrepreneurs Kees de Jong and Hans Scheffer. Kees (1968) is entrepreneur, speaker, investor, mentor and columnist. Hans is co-Founder and CEO of Helloprint (Rotterdam based), one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms of Europe. 

Meet the partners