New Business Summit



World Startup Factory and partners welcome you to the 4th edition of New Business Summit, where innovative startups validate their business with important actors in the ecosystem.

This event is a realization of our belief that in order to solve pressing societal problems most effectively, businesses today need to stem from an alignment of efforts amongst entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, SMEs, research institutions and governments. A startup needs a village to be successful and this is what we’ll be working toward by facilitating this synergy. What actions can we together take to validate future proof business transformations?

On this day, World Startup Factory’s portfolio startups and some handpicked startups from our partners at Startup in Residence programs will invite you to become part of their validation process. For example: They might want to test their idea of a pivot with you or pick your brain on a new market segment they’re looking to enter or maybe some open questions about their next steps. We will also host some invite only matchmaking sessions for pre-selected startups, investors and corporates – with our Investor Lounge and Partnership Lounge. We encourage the startups to be vulnerable, the attendees to be constructive in their feedback and be open to help others gathered this afternoon in a small or big scale.

Draft Program

13:00 Kickoff and Welcome by
Arnoud Molenaar, Chief Resilience Officer Rotterdam
13:20 Startup Teasers
13:45 Breakout Round 1
14:45 Inspiring keynote speaker
15:15 Breakout Round 2
16:15 Investor Lounge and Partnership Lounge
17:30 Inspiring keynote speaker
18:00 Closing drinks and party with live music  

Why you should join?

As a Startup
Find out what your counterparts are working on. Get feedback on your investor and client readiness from real world investors and corporates. Explore opportunities to work together with other startups.   

As a Business Developer
Referring to corporates, small enterprises and individuals. Come so you can help validate the business cases of startups by sharing your knowledge. You can explore new strategic partners and opportunities to innovate your business models with personal agenda.

As an Investor
In a low-pressure environment – talk to several startups with “feedback” as pretext and not “money”. Meet other investors. And possibly scout for some investment leads while informing yourself about the upcoming innovations.

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