Make the network work for you
Meet the frontrunners of the next economy
In 2022 the Rotterdam Metropolitan area will again transform into the place where startups, scale-ups, investors, bold corporates, policy makers and students come together to make a positive impact in the world. Upstream provides access to capital, new markets and talent for entrepreneurs who want to scale their business.
This is where you meet, learn and connect through a plethora of events, carefully curated and focusing on individual topics with a common goal: enabling innovations that will drive the transition to the next economy. An economy that is digital, carbon neutral, circular and inclusive. Driven by you. The change-makers.
The main events of Upstream Festival take place at Bird Rotterdam. A three day programme, each with their own focus. All these events are accessible with a three day ticket (except the invite only events), see the schedule below. During the Upstream Festivals co-creators also organise city events spread all over the city. For these events individual registration is required. Below you will find an overview of the city events, each with their own registration link.
The main events will take place at BIRD Rotterdam, from 31 May 2022 till the 2nd of June 2022.
For these events three day passes can be bought via the button below. This pass only gives you acces to the main events at BIRD Rotterdam. City events require a seperate registration, see below.
House of Capital: Meet Your Investor
14:00 - 17:30
Meet with leading Dutch and European investors and get inspired during one of the fireside chats. You will find a range of investors spanning: Seed capital, Series A/B, Private Equity, Subsidies & Grants
Fireside Chats – Capital Day
14:30 - 17:30
Hear from industry experts as we interview them during short and snappy 12 minute fireside chats.
14.30 – Rien Kamman – Why (and how) I raised money from US VC
15.00 – Matthijs Ingen-Housz – Common mistakes in venture deals.
15.30 – Laurens Groenendijk – Lessons learned on the board
16.30 – Marie Weijler – The opportunities are in deeptech
17:30 – Andre Kuipers – Galactic Entrepreneurship
Scale-up VIP Roundtable with André Kuipers
16:00 - 17:30
On Capital Day the Dutch astronaut will share his unique perspective on various topics ranging from “galactic entrepreneurship” to deep tech innovation and sustainability.
Capital Day: Network drinks
17:30 - 18:30
Connect with the other attendees. Drinks are on us.
City events are hosted by companies at different locations, taking place from 31 May 2022 till the second of June 2022.
The city events are not accesibble with your three day pass for the main events. These events organised by the Co-creators of Upstream each require their own registration. See the registration in the agenda overview.
8:30 - 12:00
A big Padel fan or in need of a new experience? On Tuesday 31st May Arches Capital will organise a Padel event including workshop. Besides the team of Arches Capital we will invite a number of angel investors to join us! The event will be held at Padelcity in Delft. Whether you are experienced or just getting started, everybody is welcome to participate. The workshop will make sure you will have a great time.
By GoldenEgg Check
13:00 - 14:00
Speed up your fundraising process and get introductions to top VC and angel investors! With StartupRoulette we’ve been organising speeddate sessions for entrepreneurs and relevant investors. It’s an efficient way to meet new investors that match your company. Each startup gets 3 carefully matched 20-minute speed dates with investors, and vice versa. Perfect for building your network efficiently!
15:00 - 17:00
After the very succesful first edition, we’re proud to announce a new SuperConnectors where we fulfil the critical asks of scale ups by linking them to the best connected people within the ecosystem. Would your startup benefit from tapping into the networks of the best connected people in the Rotterdam region? We invite you to fill out your critical ask in our madlib form and maybe the SuperConnectors will unlock their networks for you!
The Funding The Future Dinner
15:00 - 20:30
The ‘Funding The Future’ Dinner, formerly the Impact Investor Diner, is a private dinner organised for capital investors to communally discuss the challenges and opportunities in investing in early stage circular companies.
Road to TNW | Rotterdam
A chance for the Rotterdam community to raise a glass ahead of TNW Conference (June 16-17), with a beers, music and networking for creatives, founders and investors.
Raise the Bar networking drinks for entrepreneurs & innovators
18:00 - 19:30
Get ready to mingle with the entrepreneurial community where startups, scaleups, students and other Erasmus Enterprise community members get together during an inspirational networking session on the Erasmus University Campus. Listen to stories of founders while enjoying refreshing drinks&snacks, and meeting inspiring new people. Make new connections, or perhaps even meet your co-founder, new customer or business partner!
Let’s not cook the books: cooking & fundraising workshop
By No Such Ventures
18:00 - 22:00
Let’s not cook the books! During this easy cooking workshop (beginners allowed!), No Such Ventures will share with you how we approach VC differently, insights on how to create realistic projections, what’s important in fundraising, and how to determine if you’re ready (next to answering all your questions). Also, we’re happy to receive any potentially interested investors to share our philosophy!
18:30 - 21:00
P4C accelerates communication, interaction and leads for start-ups through the exchange of ’Capital’, next to financial, also network, knowledge and experience. During the formal part 4/5 start-ups will pitch their ideas to a dedicated group of investors and experts. (5 min pitch/ 5 min short Q&A, in total app. 1 hour). Afterwards there is ample (informal) time to talk and further discuss possible collabs
Funding medtech companies
19:30 - 21:30
YES!Funded – by YES!Delft – and Rabobank Startup & Scale-up team are jointly organizing an event about financing MedTech companies. What are the do’s and don’ts in raising funds from investors/banks/other institutions and what are the options out there in such an early stage. Experts of YES!Delft and Rabobank will give you some insights into what they find to be important (and sometimes even crucial) when raising those funds, that you can use to grow your business.