Make the network work for you

May 31 - June 2. 2022
40+ events | 2000+ attendees | Rotterdam

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.


Main events

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

@ BIRD Rotterdam

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.

16:00 – Machtelt Groothuis – Unlocking growth through impact measurement.

16.30 – Marie Weijler – The opportunities are in deeptech.

17:00 – Ilan Goudsmit – How to prepare for challenging times in funding?

17:30 – Andre Kuipers – Galactic Entrepreneurship.

@ BIRD Rotterdam

Scale-up VIP Roundtable with André Kuipers

16:00 - 17:30

A small-scaled invite only roundtable exclusively for scale-up CEOs where you’ll have the chance to discuss the challenges that come with scaling your company in an informal peer-to-peer setting. This roundtable will be hosted by André Kuipers.
For him, the sky is not the limit. With the longest spaceflight in European history, André Kuipers is one of the most inspiring storytellers that will join this year’s edition of Upstream on 31st of May, 2022.

On Capital Day the Dutch astronaut will share his unique perspective on various topics ranging from “galactic entrepreneurship” to deep tech innovation and sustainability.

@ BIRD Rotterdam

Capital Day: Network drinks

17:30 - 18:30

Connect with the other attendees. Drinks are on us.

BIRD Rotterdam

City events

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.


Padel tournament

Arches Capital

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.

PadelCity Delft


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!

@ Online event



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!

42workspace's rooftop

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.

BlueCity Rotterdam

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.

Rooftop @ 42workspace, Schiedamse Vest 154, 3011 BH Rotterdam

Raise the Bar networking drinks for entrepreneurs & innovators

Erasmus Enterprise

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!

Erasmus Enterprise (Q building) EUR campus, Rotterdam

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!

@ Keizer Culinair Rotterdam



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

StartDock Coworking, Westplein 12, 3016BM Rotterdam

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.

Rabobank Headquarters Rotterdam @ Weena 770

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