Side events

This year we are offering you the unique opportunity to attend some side events hosted by the Innovation Expo.
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Side event | Accenture Innovation Awards

Accenture Innovation Awards

The Accenture Innovation Awards is a year-round innovation programme aiming to create an extensive ecosystem to connect all innovators. The programme consists of multiple events and culminates in the Innovation Summit on the 2nd of November, where the most breakthrough innovation in each of the 8 global themes will be celebrated during the Award Ceremony.

The semi-finals take place during the Innovation Expo 2018 in Rotterdam. Here, the top 10 innovations per theme will pitch their concept in four pitch arenas. Jury members will select the 5 finalists per theme. The 2018 Innovation Expo is a podium provided by Dutch governmental ministries for corporates, knowledge institutions, young professionals and civil society actors to put the focus on innovations for a broad national and international audience. So, not only is it a place for the Accenture Innovation Awards’ semi-finals, it is also a place to meet other innovators as well as decision makers and enablers!”

Side event | Eurostars, celebrating 10 years of international R&D finance

Eurostars, celebrating 10 years of international R&D finance
Time: 10.30 h – 11.45 h
Venue: Franklin room

During this plenary session keynote speakers will give their vision on technological innovation. We look back at the very fist projects that were initiated 10 years back and we celebrate the award winning projects of 2017 and 2018.

  • Opening and welcome with DJ and percussion
  • Previous successes in Eurostars. Short film and interview
    • Semlab BV develops decision support systems via complex software and artificial intelligence. They successfully applied for Eurostars 10 years back. How did they succeed over the last years.
    • Merus BV develops innovative anti-bodies for treatment of different kinds of cancer. They applied successfully in Eurostars and showed a spectacular growth. They are now registered at the Nasdaq stock exchange.
  • Inspiration speech Paul Iske.
    • Paul Iske is professor at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. He will speak about open innovation, creativity and his Institute for Brilliant Failures.
  • Interview with Ms. Mona Keijzer, State Secretary Economic Affairs & Climate policy.
  • Interview with 3 winners (ranked 1st place) of last 3 Eurostars calls.
  • MR Coils BV is a spin off of UMC Utrecht and develops innovative solutions for MRI systems.
  • RiverD International BV is a spin off of Erasmus Medical Center develops devices for skin analyses and micro-spectroscopy.
  • DEAM BV develops devices for minimally invasive surgery.
  • Awards handed to 3 winners by Mona Keijzer.
  • All participants who received a Eurostars grant in the last 3 calls are requested to come forward for their award.
  • Photo shoot.

Side event | After drinks Venture café

After drinks Venture café

Whoever wants to continue networking on the way back and conclude the day with a drink and a bite to eat is welcome to join the community at the Venture Café adjacent to Rotterdam Central station. Here, within the framework of weekly pitches and gatherings, a special “Global challenges, Dutch Solutions” meeting will be organised for all the start-ups, launching customers, and research institutes in the area. Venture Café is the pre-eminent spot in Rotterdam that liaises start-ups, businesses, young talents, and investors in order to foster innovation and growth. Meetings are held in the Groothandelsgebouw, every Thursday from 06.00 to 08.00 p.m.

Address: Stationplein 45 , 4th floor Groot handelsgebouw

You can register here.