How To Get There Summit

Innovate Faster Together




The Hague , The Netherlands



Nov 17, 2016

2016-11-17 00:00:00 2016-11-17 00:00:00 Europe/Amsterdam How To Get There Summit Innovate Faster Together The Netherlands Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen

"The How To Get There Summit is an ideal event for big companies and startups to meet and work together on each other’s future."
Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs

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Who you'll meet


Reasons to join the HTGT Summit

For every participant we have great opportunities:

Join the top of innovative NL
Network with 2500 innovation professionals, experts, founders, students and investors. Meet everyone you need in the Ecosystem Café.
Meet with 350+ startups via Get in the Ring
Corporates, investors and NGOs can connect with startups from all sectors to innovate faster together via one-on-one speed dates.

Learn from innovation experts
Make your own program and choose from 44+ parallel How To sessions where you learn from 99+ peers
Spectacular closing show
Panel with famous scaleup founders and the six most promising startups of NL show what they've got it in startup battles

Searching for the Growth Formula 
Meet scaleup founders and listen to their talks in which they share how they search(ed) for the growth formula.

Do business with 150+ investors
Do business with more than 150 venture partners of VC's, institutional and informal investors with a track record.

Program HTGT Summit 2016

Impression speakers 2016

Constantijn van Oranje

Special envoy StartupDelta

Heleen Dura-van Oord

Founder DQ&A Media Group & Partner Peak Capital

Paul Smits

CFO Port of Rotterdam

Han de Groot

Investor & Board Member MACROMILL

Albert van Veen

CIO Schiphol

Leo Brand

CIO Vopak

Corina Kuiper

Board member Corporate Venturing Network

Hans Schönveld

Portefeuillehouder Innovatie Nationale Politie

Innovate Faster Together

The innovation hubs of StartupDelta jointly organise the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit on 17 November 2016. During the HTGT Summit corporates, startups and innovation hubs work together as a ‘single hub’ to innovate faster together.

Participants of the HTGT Summit can in one day see, feel, hear, and sometimes even taste what the innovation ecosystem of the Netherlands has to offer.

All innovation hubs, from Brainport Eindhoven to StartupAmsterdam and from Kennispark Twente to The Hague Impact City, showcase their facilities en share their knowledge and expertise.

Dutch corporates across sectors share their expertise, success stories and brilliant failures. Startups join in the Get in the Ring competition to do business with investors, corporates and fellow entrepreneurs.

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Lead organizer of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit is 

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 302 1331



12:30 - 17:00

Meet all the people you need from our Dutch innovation ecosystem in various themed cafés. 

Everything you need to know to on how to innovate faster together from 99 speakers in 44 sessions, with a.o. Constantijn van Oranje, Albert van Veen (CIO Schiphol), Patrick van der Pijl (Business Models Inc.) and Paul Smits (CFO Port of Rotterdam). 


Exclusively for startups and those people who want to do serious business with startups. See the full Get in the Ring program.

17:00 - 18:00

A meetup with the captains of industry from Dutch multinationals discussing on 'how to work towards systemic collaboration between startups & corporates'.

A meetup for all startups and over 150 invited general partners from Dutch VCs.

Famous scaleup founders tell you how they have mastered the growth formula.

Have a bite and meet all the people you need to become successful from our Dutch innovation ecosystem.

18:30 - 20:30 
Scaleup panel on how we can innovate faster together and closing the night with the spectacular Get in the Ring startup battles.

20:30 - 23:00 


Constantijn van Oranje

Special Envoy StartupDelta

Paul Smits

CFO Port of Rotterdam

Marco Waas

Director RD&I and Technology AkzoNobel

Prof. Dr. Justin Jansen

Professor Corporate Entrepreneurship RSM Erasmus University

Prof. mr. Bernard Wientjes

Professor Entrepreneurship and Leadership Utrecht University

Patrick van der Pijl

CEO Business Models Inc., Author How to Design a Better Business

Prof. dr. ir. Vareska van de Vrande

Professor Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing RSM Erasmus University

Prof. dr. Paul Iske

Founder & CEO Institute of Brilliant Failures

Heleen Dura-van Oord

Founder DQ&A Media Group & Partner Peak Capital

Han de Groot

Investor & Board Member MACROMILL

Kees de Jong

Serial entrepreneur

Gerald Been

Founder & CEO, Node1, Ubideo

Marco de Haas

Founder & CEO S-Ray Diagnostics

Prof. Dr. Aard Groen

Professor of Entrepreneurship University of Groningen

Ernst Keyzer

Managing Director TMG Digital

Hans Schönfeld

Portefeuillehouder Innovatie Nationale Politie

Ray Quintana

General Partner Cottonwood Ventures

Yme Bosma

Head of Corporate Venturing Eneco

Otto van Harmelen

Head of Buying Metro Group

Serena Scholte

Founder StartupBouw

Tom Kliphuis


Kees Eijkel

President Kennispark Twente

Prof. Dr. Erik Stam

Professor Entrepreneurship Utrecht University

Govert Hamers

CEO Vanderlande

Rogier van Beugen

Innovation Director KLM

Erwin Koenraads

Co-Founder Get in the Ring

Corina Kuiper

Board member Corporate Venturing Network

Ilonka Jankovich

Venture Partner Randstad Innovation Fund

Alexandre Janssen

Head of Innovation Deloitte EMEA

Freek Staps

Founder NRC Q

Hein Roelfsema

Chairman Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship

Manon den Dunnen

Digital Transformator Nationale Politie

Ruben Nieuwenhuis

Director StartupAmsterdam

Mare Straetmans

Director PortXL

Ad van Dongen

Innovation Driver ING

Herman Kienhuis

Director KPN Ventures

Ferdinand Jaspers

Program Director ECE

Martijn Verbeek

Senior Manager Innovation Ahold

Wietze van der Aa

Director Amsterdam Centre for Service Innovation

Roy Thurik

Professor economics & entrepreneurship ESE

Maja Rudinac

Co-founder & CEO Robot Care Systems

Ricardo Krikke

Customer Excellence, Business Innovation & Mobile Strategy

Mike Balm

Director New Business Thales Nederland

Elmer de Boer

Manager Ideation Eneco

Tim de Knegt

Director Rotterdam Fieldlab Additive Manufacturing

Claudia Zuiderwijk

Chairman Board of Directors Chamber of Commerce

Dr. ir. David Abbink

Associate Professor BioMechanical Engineering TU Delft

Arnoud Jullens

Director Search, Qualify & Incubate KPN

Anna Menenti

Policy Advisor Impact City The Hague

Bart van Hattum

Senior Solution Developer Nuon

Bas Beekman

Director StartupAmsterdam

Bastiaan Walenkamp

Head of Strategy Innovation SNS Bank

Brian Bacon

Fellow at S-ray Diagnostics, Founder Oxford Leadership Academy

Evelyn Borgsteijn

Director Corporate Communication VGZ

Ellen Sjoer

Lecturer Sustainable Talent Development The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Fred van Ommen

Co-founder The Innovation Family

Joop Winterink

Director Internal Audit VGZ

Jelle Turkstra

Head of Finance APM Terminals

Gert van Beek

Bestuurssecretaris Vitens

Jan Willem de Vriend

Chef-Dirigent & Artistiek Directeur Orkest Van Het Verre Oosten

Glenn Bijvoets

Senior Innovation Officer Eneco

Leonard Bukenya

Partner Aimforthemoon

Lieve DeClercq

CEO Vitens

Marie José van den Boomgaard

Liaison Manager Startups & Incubators

Marjolein Boer

Innovation Manager Port of Rotterdam

Nils Beers

Manager Partnerships Yes!Delft

Remko de Lange

Director Strategy & Sustainability Vanderlande

Rianne Valkenburg

Value Producer & Co-founder Lighthouse

Thomas Blekman

CEO Effectuation Academy

Serge van Lier

CFO Independer

Willem van der Schoor

Fellow S-ray Diagnostics

Carlita Vis

Senior Knowledge Manager PIANOo

Klaas Molenaar

Lector in Financial Inclusion and New Entrepreneurship

Maarten van Kroonenburg

Co-Founder Blue Whale Ventures

Stephan Botz

Co-Founder Blue Whale Ventures

Joep Brouwers

Adjunct Director Brainport Development

Arjan Rensma

Coporate Venturing DSM

Anoek van Vlaardingen

Coordinator Sports Engineering TU Delft

Broos Bakens

Co-founder EYnovation EY

Anique Soetermeer

Management Team HighTechXL

Liduina Hammer

Fund Manager UNIIQ

Linda Nieuwenhuizen

Business Developer Achmea

Daan Bregman

Coordinator Sports Engineering TU Delft

Paul van der Hoeven

Senior Innovation Manager Eneco

René van Steenvoorden

CIO Randstad

Ronald van den Hoff

Co-Founder Seats2meet

Paul Blankhorst

Director Plan B

Onno Sluiter

Luitenant Kolonel AIR Luchtmacht

Albert van Veen

CIO Schiphol

Arne Maas

Speaker Silicon Valley

Prof. Peter Ester

Professor of Human Capital & Entrepreneurship

Leo Brand

CIO Vopak

Robin Keeris

Project Leader Innovation Unicef

Lukas Roffel

CTO Thales Nederland

Moodi Mahmoudi

Co-Founder & CEO Collaborne

Miguel van Bodegom

Corporate Business Development Manager USG People

Prof. Dr. Eric Claassen

CEO Vironovative

Linda van de Burgwal

Researcher & Lecturer VU

Pieter Hartog

Managing Director APM Terminals

Hans Klomp

Specialist Groei & Innovatie ABN AMRO

Chantal Fortes

Senior Manager Mobile Philips

Peter Struik

President Fujifilm

Bas van Dijk

Advisor Strategic Finance Port of Rotterdam

Steven Schuurman

Co-Founder & CEO Elastic

Steinar Henskes

Founder & CEO Bird Control Group

Chris Hall

Founder & CEO Bynder

Joris Beckers

Co-Founder Picnic

Vincent Karremans

Founder & Managing Director

Rogier van Camp

Founder & CEO Leapp


Lead organizer of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit is 

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 302 1331

Meet everyone you need in 1 day

Meet all the persons - from corporate innovators, to investors, to talent and fans - you need to be successful, in just one day.


Why participate

For every participant we have great opportunities:

Millions of fans
Connect with potential fans such as investors, corporates and experts
Global exposure
Get global exposure and contacts through a network in 100+ countries

Pitch Perfect
Participate in an exciting, educating process to perfectionize your pitch, get feedback from experts
Global Conference
Win awards and a ticket to the final at the Global Conference in March 2017 (in New York or Singapore)

How To Get There Summit
Get free tickets for the How To Get There Summit, the innovation event of the Netherlands
Get selected for IBM Smart Camp Launch in San Francisco if you apply before 1 October

Startups get ready!

Get in the Ring the Netherlands facilitates the complete program for startups on the HTGT Summit! The selection event of the biggest global startup competition of the Get in the Ring Foundation takes place on November 17th. 100 startups will be selected to pitch and finally 6 startups may battle in a spectacular award show. You will compete for awards, a place in the Global Final (in New York or Singapore) and the attention of more than 1,500 potential fans!

Next to the competition you can speed date 1-on-1 with more than 60 corporate innovators and investors (Matchups), attend startup bootcamp sessions where you best learn how to pitch or become investible, and get inspired by numerous talks of the biggest scale-up founders.

Startup program

Participating in Get in the Ring is not only about winning the competition. We have a great program exclusively for startups:

12:00 - 17:00

compete - Selection pitches

During the selection you will pitch for a spot on the main stage with an audience of 1,500 potential fans that same evening. You will have to pitch in front of an experienced jury and convince them why you are the most promising startup of the Netherlands.


Participate in one-on-one pre-matched speed dating sessions with investors and business leaders and discover business opportunities together.

Get Ready Workshops

Join workshops designed for startups during which you have the opportunity to - for example - learn how to best pitch your startup and how to become investible!

Talks by scaleup founders

Get insprired by and learn from the biggest scaleup founders, who talk about their  experiences, brilliant failures and tips for success.

17:00 - 18:00


A meetup for all startups and over 150 invited general partners from Dutch VCs.

18:30 - 20:30

How To get there summit main stage 
& get in the ring startup battles

Listen to keynote speakers, such as Constantijn van Oranje, and cast your vote for most the promising startup! The 6 best startups (selected during the day) will battle on the main stage, show what they’ve got and compete for the attention of potential fans and a ticket to the global final of the startup competition (in Singapore or New York).

20:30 - 23:00


Get Ready workshops




Erik de Heer and Luuk Eliens, EY


Jeroen Veenenbos, ECE


Business Models Inc.


Ton van 't Noordende, Keadyn

Connect via Matchups

Get in touch with more than 60 corporates and investors during the Matchups: 1-on-1 speed dates that are matched in advance.

Participating corporates

Independent tank storage

Sustainable energy

IT services

Oil and energy

Health, nutrition and materials

Leisure, travel & tourism

Lithography systems


Dredging and maritime

Cloud computing

Physics R&D tools

Investment fund

Insurance and investment

Thermosetting synthetics

Sustainable construction

Global shipping


Independent research

“We dated with PostNL, Heijmans, Philips and IBM in just one hour instead of hours and hours and days and days it usually takes to get an appointment.” - Mark Hulshof, Founder & CEO Triggre

Application deadline

1 October: All startups that apply before October 1st have a chance to win a trip to San Francisco to the IBM Smart Camp Launch!

6 November: Deadline if you want to participate in the Competition and/or Matchups.

16 November: If you don't want to take part in the Competition and Matchups, but still want to join: startup bootcamp sessions, attend Talks of scaleup founders such as Han de Groot and Gerald Been, network at the Ecosystem Café, attend the spectacular startup battles, and everything more the How To Get There Summit has to offer.

Photo impression Get in the Ring the Netherlands 2015


Meet the right people and find out all the Dutch innovation-ecosystem has to offer to innovate faster together. Listen to talks of many Dutch scale-up founders and get mentored by top entrepreneurs. Meet incubators and innovation hubs from all Dutch regions.


Learn from 9 top entrepreneurs who will share their Growth Formula with you. 

Heleen Dura-van Oord

Business woman of the year

Han de Groot

Sold MetrixLab for €250M

Steven Schuurman

€1 billion valuation in 4 years

Steinar Henskes

75 countries in 4 years

Chris Hall

300 employees in 3 years

Joris Beckers

€20M revenue in 2 years

Vincent Karremans

40.000+ users in 4 years

Rogier van Camp

Finalist EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Kees de Jong

Ambassador of nlgroeit


The ecosystem cafe brings together the Dutch innovation ecosystem. In different areas of expertise, you can meet key persons that you need to innovate in a specific sector. Want to innovate in the maritime sector? Join the Port Cafe, where Port of Rotterdam as barkeeper has invited their network of innovators. Or join one of the other cafes, within the energy, food or tech sector.

Or are you looking for more information and support? The networks that support your company will be there, giving you insights in internationalisation in the expansion cafe, public funding or how the government can be a customer. How you can smartly fund your company will be explained in the smart funding cafe.

12:30-13:30 Public Funding Cafe


13:30-14:30 Doing business with the government

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Defence, National Police, Municipalities Amsterdam, Eindhoven and The Hague, Startup in Residence

14:30-15:30 Smart funding cafe

Scale-Up Nation, Blue Whale Ventures

15:30-16:30 Expansion cafe

Venture Cafe, DutchBasecamp, CIC, BuZa, Dutch Embassies

12:30-13:30 Energy cafe

Stichting Kiemt

13:30 - 14:30 Port cafe

Port of Rotterdam, iTanks, Van Oord, RDM Campus, PortXL, Vopak

14:30 - 15:30 Tech Cafe

YES!Delft, Brainport Development, Hightech XL, CVN, TekDelta

15:30 - 16:30 Health Cafe

Health Valley, Philips, PostNL, Humanitas, SMO, Rockstart Health

16:30-18:00 Agri & Food Cafe

Startlife, Wageningen UR

12:30 - 18:30 Talent Cafe

ECE Students, SMO Students, YES!Delft Students, INC Students, ACE Students


Get in contact with the people behind the open data of companies like PostNL, Chamber of Commerce, KLM and Schiphol. Learn all about their data, how to use their APIs and how to create new products and services. Innovate faster together with these companies!

Video impression How To Get There Summit 2015

"Fast implementation, creativity and also a lot of fun."
Robert Witteveen, Strategy & Innovation at Vivat 

Last year's How To Get There Summit was a big success! 2500 startups and innovation professionals came together to meet, share experiences and get inspired. As a result more than 230 new connections were made between startups and corporates. Also 20 CEOs of multinationals came together with startup founders in a Captains Meetup to design a roadmap on how corporates can further boost the startup ecosystem.


Lead organizer of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit is 

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 302 1331

99 speakers with various backgrounds and all with an expertise in innovation will host 44 parallel 'How To' sessions. The How To sessions are all about sharing experiences concerning how we can innovate faster together. Check out the How To sessions in detail:

How to scout global startups

Get In The Ring

How To implement new technologies into the core of your organisation


How To spin in or spin out?


How To create an ecosystem of startups around your business area?

Philips & KPN

How to succesfully fail at organizing innovation


How to deal with robotics & automation

Robot Care Systems & TU Delft, University of Twente

How to launch a joint venture

Independer & Aim for the Moon

How to innovate with new technologies in the public sector

Nationale Politie & AIR Luchtmacht

How to allign stakeholders in an open innovation fund


How To manage your portfolio?

TMG & Eneco

How to work with open data

KVK, Schiphol & Node1

How to take on an innovative approach for tendering

The Hague Impact City

How To innovate with Big Data


How to push the limits in sports engineering

TU Delft

How to set up a corporate venturing fund

Randstad Ventures

How To use blockchain in practice

SNS Bank & Port of Rotterdam

How to embrace uncertainty


How to build a port accelerator


How to disrupt as a corporate

Eneco & Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

How to launch a new venture within a corporate


How to cope with change as a governmental organization

Nationale Politie

How to develop your startup city


How to apply combinatoric innovation

University Maastricht

How to foster regional development

Groningen University, Cottonwood Ventures & Kennispark Twente

How to foster innovation excellence


How to launch a corporate startup


How to develop entrepreneurial leadership

Effectuation Academy

How to create your own disruption... and survive!

De Gasfabriek

How to create earlyvangelists

Blue Whale Ventures

How to open up procurement to startups

Metro Group

How to design entrepreneurial ecosystems

Utrecht University

How to design serendipitous innovation

Achmea & Seats2meet

How to fund regional development

UNIIQ & Brainport Development

How to identify the right coporate venturing strategy


How to start and maintain corporate venturing


How to stimulate entrepreneurial training

Haagse Hogeschool

How to structure your collaboration with startups

KPN & Nuon

How to learn from Silicon Valley

Port of Rotterdam

How to shape our future ecosystem in the future

Ministry of Economic Affairs & DutchCE

How to innovate in the service industry


How to innovate for impact


How to manage today and invent the future

RSM, Thales Nederand, Ahold

How to apply science to practice & Leadership on alignment

Vanderlande, VGZ & Vitens

How to support the alignment initiative and work your own alignment case

VGZ & Vanderlande

The sound of alignment

S-ray Diagnostics

How to create a Silicon Valley mindset

Silicon Valley

How To #OccupyInnovation

Collaborne, Philips & USG People

How To accelerate corporate innovation


How to get access to academic knowledge to support your growth



Lead organizer of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit is 

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 302 1331

Participants of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit can see, feel, hear, and sometimes even taste what the innovation ecosystem of the Netherlands has to offer in just one day. All innovation hubs, from Brainport Eindhoven to StartupAmsterdam and from Kennispark Twente to The Hague Impact City, showcase their facilities and share their knowledge and expertise. 

With all HTGT Summit passes*:

Participate in 44 parallel How To sessions by 99 experts
Meet everyone you need at the Ecosystem cafés
Search for the Growth Formula: talks by scaleup founders
Entrance to spectacular closing show with scaleup panel and startup battles
Get inspired by 350+ startups
Get to know 80+ innovation hubs
Meet 1500+ corporate innovators
Meet 2500+ fellow innovation-minded visitors to Innovate Faster Together

*Except for closing show pass
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€ 599 excl. VAT  

For everyone who wants to innovate faster together. Meet everyone you need, in one day.

Especially interesting for corporate innovators:

    Connect via Matchups
    How To embed open innovation
    How To innovate with big data
    Implement startup innovation

Get professional pass


€ FREE via Get in the Ring  

For startups with an innovative and scalable business model that are founded less than 8 years ago.

Especially interesting for startups:  

    Connect via Matchups
    Get ready workshops
    Investors meetup

Get startup pass


€ 349 excl. VAT  

For founders and Director Majority Shareholders (Directeur-Grootaandeelhouder, DGA).

Especially interesting for entrepreneurs:  

    Searching for Growth Formula
    Entrepreneurial leadership
    Innovating in circular economy
    Disrupting your business model

Get entrepreneur pass


€ 349 incl. VAT  

For venture partners of VC's, institutional and informal investors with a track record.

Especially interesting for investors:

    Investors Meetup
    Connect via Matchups
    How To manage your portfolio
    Scouting worldwide startups

Get investor pass


€ 349 incl. VAT  

For MBA students, verification with student number and student e-mail address.

Especially interesting for MBA students:  

    Embracing uncertainty
    Subsidies & programs café
    Searching for Growth Formula
    Innovating in circular economy

Get MBA student pass


€ 25 incl. VAT  

For students, verification with student number and student e-mail address.

Especially interesting for students:

    How To learn from sports
    Talent café
    Get ready workshops

Get student pass


€ 49 incl. VAT  

For everyone who is in for a night full of inspiring ideas and interactive discussions. The spectacular startup battles with the most promising startups of NL and a scaleup panel with famous founders.

    Scaleup panel
     Three startup battles
    After party

Get closing show ticket

Special offer

Get a combination ticket to attend the How To Get There Summit and get first access to the Lean Startup Experience (LSXP) Rotterdam for a practical approach on the Lean Startup from 30 November - 2 December for €749* all together (usual price is €599 + €499)!

*For fulltime students a special student combi pass is available, verification with student number and student e-mail address. 


€ 749 excl. VAT  

Attend the HTGT Summit to connect with everyone you need. Two weeks later experience it first hand: the Lean Startup method at LSXP Rotterdam. During the exciting, inspiring and most of all (inter)active three-day workshop, you will learn the basics of Lean Startup.

Get combi pass


Lead organizer of the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit is 

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Marconistraat 16
3029 AK Rotterdam
+31 (0)10 302 1331