Program

The event takes place in building Waaier at the campus of the University of Twente. Read more about all the practical information you need to know in advance.

Fund the Future

10:00 | Room 1

Word of welcome

Jaap Beernink, chairman Technologie Kring Twente

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

10:10 | Room 1

Opening speech

Dr. Detlef Pohl, managing partner Siemens Venture Capital

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

10.30 | Room 1

Building a global success as an investor | building a global success as an entrepreneur

Plenary session chaired by Ray Quintana, general partner at Cottonwood Technology Fund (USA). International investors will talk about their search for regional science-based start-ups:

  • An American view: Dave Blivin, managing partner Cottonwood Technology Fund
  • A European view: Luigi Amati, CEO of META Group and VP of Business Angels Europe
  • A European corporate view: Dr. Detlef Pohl, managing partner Siemens Venture Capital
  • A view from alternative finance: Carlien Roodink, managing director CrowdfundingHub
  • A view from the private investor: Wilco Rietberg, investor Reggeborgh Invest

Questions and Answers

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

11:30

Lunch & matches | networktables

The ability to establish meaningful connections is one of the reasons to visit our event. These connections can lead to new ideas, new opportunities and partnerships or a new round of funding for example. We facilitate one-on-one meeting tables to connect with inspiring startups or to meet new talent for your company!

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

11:35 | Senaatskamer

Lunch session: Round table investors (invitation only)

Insights in the regional ecosystem, presentation of the potential and dynamics of the Twente region: Ray Quintana and Dr. Kees Eijkel

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

Create the Future

12:30 | Room 1

Official opening

  • Victor van der Chijs, president University of Twente
  • Wim Boomkamp, president Saxion University of Applied Science
  • Eddy van Hijum, deputy governor of the Province of Overijssel

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

12:45 | Room 1

Startups and corporate innovation

Plenary session chaired by Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau. The focus is on the interplay between the corporate and startup communities in delivering innovations to tackle global challenges.

  • Bas Dekker, commercial Director LG Netherlands
  • Hans Rijns, former CTO of NXP Semiconductors

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

13:45

Have a break and mingle

The ability to establish meaningful connections is one of the reasons to visit our event. These connections can lead to new ideas, new opportunities and partnerships or a new round of funding for example. We facilitate one-on-one meeting tables to connect with inspiring startups or to meet new talent for your company!

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

14:15

Break-outs global challenges

Parallel break-out sessions where specific enabling technologies are connected to global challenges. These sessions will bring corporate leaders, entrepreneurial talents and scientists together.

Health | Room 2

Moderator: Aard Groen, professor Innovative Entrepreneurship

  • Ruben Wegman, CEO NEDAP
  • Michiel Jannink, VP Demcon
  • Dave Blank, scientist

The future of research | Room 1

Moderator: Kees Eijkel, president Kennispark Twente

  • Ian Smith, Deputy Vice Chancellor Monash University
  • Pia Snijder, Founder TPRC
  • Miriam Luizink, CEO Roessingh Research and Development 

Energy & Climate | Room 4

Moderator: Arnold Poelstra, Partner EY Tax

  • Ad Louter, Managing Director Urenco
  • Alfons Wispels, CEO Pure Energy
  • Gerard Smit, Scientist

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

15:15

Have a break and mingle

The ability to establish meaningful connections is one of the reasons to visit our event. These connections can lead to new ideas, new opportunities and partnerships or a new round of funding for example. We facilitate one-on-one meeting tables to connect with inspiring startups or to meet new talent for your company!

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

15:45

Break-outs global challenges

Parallel break-out sessions where specific enabling technologies are connected to global challenges. These sessions will bring corporate leaders, entrepreneurial talents and scientists together.

Water | Room 1

Moderator: Stefan Kuks, Water Authority

  • Jens Potreck, Manager R&D X-Flow Membranes
  • Arjen Hoekstra, scientist
  • Startups

Safety & security | Room 2

Moderator: Jos van Hilligerberg, Professor Business Information Systems, University of Twente

  • Lukas Roffel, CTO Thales Nederland
  • Yori Kamphuis, Coblue Cybersecurity
  • Aiko Pras

The future of education | Room 4

Moderator: Theodor van der Velde, Dir. Center for Entrepreneurship Saxion University of Applied Sciences

  • Alexander Jansen, managing director TechForFuture
  • Julia Page, CEO veski

(LIMITED) EXCLUSIVE SESSION [1th floor ring] | Chris Anderson meets startups & scaleups; interactive masterclass

16:45

Have a break and mingle

The ability to establish meaningful connections is one of the reasons to visit our event. These connections can lead to new ideas, new opportunities and partnerships or a new round of funding for example. We facilitate one-on-one meeting tables to connect with inspiring startups or to meet new talent for your company!

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

17:15 | Room 1

AWARDS: van den Kroonenberg prijs, Marina van Damme beurs, De Breed Kreiken beurs

A spotlight on award-winning, excellent startups, researchers and students.

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

17:35 | Room 1

Future internet developments, opportunities for start-ups

Plenary session chaired by dr. Kees Eijkel. Success stories of entrepreneurs on exceptional growth.

  • Erik Huizer, CTO of SurfNet and Internet Hall of Fame
  • Vint Cerf (video speech)

Moderator: Giels Brouwer, Founder and CEO SciSports

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

17.55 | Room 1

How startups became global game changers

Plenary session chaired by dr. Kees Eijkel.

  • Chris Anderson, Keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur and author of The Long Tail, co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics

Moderator: Nico Nijenhuis, Founder and CEO Clear Flight Solutions

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

18:40 | Room 1

Closing speech

Wrap up by dr. Kees Eijkel, president of Kennispark Twente, Prof. Dave Blank, chief Scientific Ambassador University of Twente and Onno van Veldhuizen, mayor of the city of Enschede.

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

18:45 | Restaurant

Walking dinner and afterparty

Music, food, drinks and Victor Mids – Mindf*ck

Matching & network tables [Foyer] & Startup demo exhibition [Restaurant]

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