When is Upstream festival 2023?

Upstream 2023 will take place from Tuesday, May 23 to Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Who is upstream festival intended for?

Founders, investors, students, policymakers, and bold corporates come together to make a positive impact in the world. 

  • Startups – Grow: unlock the ecosystem
  • Scale-ups – Expand: gain access to international markets, talent & funding
  • Corporates – Scout: find innovative solutions and talent for sustainable growth
  • Investors – Make it happen: unleash the network
  • Students – Learn: become a frontrunner of the next economy

What are the opening hours?

Upstream consists of multiple events at different times and locations all throughout the South Holland region. For the specific times per event, please refer to the MAIN & THE CITY PROGRAM. They will be in detail shared on this website. 

What does the program look like?

You will be able find the entire program on the main page. 

What about food and drinks at Upstream festival?

Food and beverages will be available at the main location of Upstream festival at a surcharge, unless mentioned otherwise.

For the city events, food and beverages may also be included depending on the nature of the event. Please refer your event of choice for details.

How much does a ticket cost?

There are different tickets available:

  • 3-day access pass: join Upstream as a founder, investor, or attendee. This pass also grants you access to the networking facilities;
  • 1-day talent-day pass: talent day (June 1st) will be accessible free of charge;
  • VIP roundtable pass: access to one of the roundtables, by invite only;
  • Capital Day Investor Booth: host an investor table during the capital day and meet founders of all stages;
  • Talent Day Scale-up Booth: host a scale-up booth during the talent fair to meet talented professionals;
  • Growth Day Corporate Buyer Booth: host a corporate buyer booth and get matched with startups and scale-ups scouted from across the world;
  • City events: city events are organized and curated by our partners. Please refer to the specific event for admittance.

I have a ticket but I cannot attend anymore, can I sell my ticket?

In case you cannot attend anymore, you can sell your ticket on www.ticketswap.com.

Also, when the event is sold out, this is the only official website to buy tickets. All tickets will be scanned and checked for authenticity at the entrance.

Are there lockers or wardrobe available?

A wardrobe is available.

What happens to found objects?

Found items will be stored with the organization of Upstream festival until Friday June 10th. Please contact info@upstreamfestival.com for lost & found items.

What is the difference between a main and city event?

Main events are organized by Upstream 2023 and will take place at the main location – announced in February 2023. City events are organized and curated by our partners. Please refer to the specific event itself for access. On the home page, you will be able to find a listing of city events. 

Can I also attend a city event with my 3-day ticket?

No, you can’t. You must register or purchase your own ticket for the specific event. See the main page for the overview of the city events.

Route description by car

The main venue will be announced in February, 2023. 


The parking garages closest to the main location of Upstream 2023 will be listed here. 

Public transport

The easiest way to get to Upstream 2023 from the Rotterdam Central Station will be written here. 


Bicycle racks will be available near the main location. 


The address to reach Upstream 2023 is to be announced in February, 2023. 

What are the Covid Rules?

Currently, there are no restrictions predicted, due to the covid-19 pandemic. For the latest information always visit the official website of the Dutch government

I have another question, who can I contact?

For any other questions, please contact the email address below: info@upstreamfestival.com