Anyone can make a difference. You have probably heard this phrase before, especially related to sustainability efforts. We want to reiterate it again, because it holds true. That means no matter who you are - a student, investor, corporate, startup, scale-up, or policy-maker, we all hold power. Imagine if all that power was brought together under one roof, symbolically speaking, and we took a step towards that change together. It could result in something truly transformative. This is what the Upstream festival is bringing together. It is definitely not something to miss.


Hi there! We are the Student Board of Upstream Festival 2020. We are students from different continents, different countries, different cultures. This September, we came together for our shared economic future, and for that we all believe in an economy that is digital, carbon neutral, circular and inclusive.


From 21 to 27 September, the world is going to be inspired by the fearless innovative startups, scale-ups, coperates, policy makers and you — the students. Together, we can contribute to the next economy and make a positive impact in the world. We are so excited to welcome and assist you during this fruitful festival.

All students are welcome! Whether you are looking to network and learn from our guest speakers, are looking to work for a start-up in Rotterdam’s booming tech scene or are an entrepreneur yourself, we have something for all of you. On top of that, all sessions at the Upstream Festival will be held online and in English, so students from all backgrounds and all corners of the world are welcome to attend and contribute to the festival.

What are you waiting for? Get your free ticket to the Upstream Festival and join us in shaping the future! 

Don’t hesitate to throw your questions towards us via

Opening Event - Resetting the Economy5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
YES!Delft Infosession 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Technological Disruptions & Access to Talent by Erasmus Tech Community11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Talking challenges with Katherine Trebeck: Rotterdam100 and Futurepreneurs Dutch Open by THRIVE Institute, Pure Birds & WorldStartup12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Upstream Daily Talkshow 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Upstream Mingle5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
NEXT GEN entrepreneurs in Rotterdam by VNO-NCW Rotterdam & Regio Rijnmond, CIC & Venture Café5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Growth Hack Work by College Life Work6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
YES!Delft & Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship Incubator Tour11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mechatronics, accelerating innovation. Boosting your business by cooperation.11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Upstream Daily Talkshow 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Upstream Mingle5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
Smart City: a sustainable and economical system for innovation by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (program in Dutch)11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Why and how SPIE and BAM collaborate with AI startups + AI startup introductions by TekDelta & NL AIC1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
The impact of Augmented Reality (AR) technologies on business processes by KPN Innovation Playground and InSpark3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Upstream Daily Talkshow 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday Gathering - Expansion Café5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FuckUp Nights by BlueCity8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Get inspired about innovative entrepreneurship by Philips Innovation Award11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Co-Lab: find the right co-founder to build your startup by YES!Delft (applications closed)1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
P!tch Please by FunX Media, Venture Café and CIC (session in Dutch)2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Upstream Daily Talkshow 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Biodesign Night by BlueCity8:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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