“In the Netherlands, we don’t only need to ensure a feeding ground for startups, but also focus on fast growing, young organisations.They tend to fall between the cracks”, Jansen says.

Following the initiative of Minister Kamp, 500 experts on innovation and more than 50 researchers and professors are invited to share their knowledge and experience.

Keynote speakers Ben Verwaayen (former CEO Alcatel-Lucent) and Kees de Jong (entrepreneur and investor) share their vision on innovation.

Special Envoy for startups Neelie Kroes has also invited 20 CEOs of Dutch corporations to come together and formulate a roadmap that outlines how they can work together with startups to innovate faster together.

This round table session will be partly moderated by Justin Jansen professor of corporate entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

On the same day and at the same location, the Dutch final of the international startup competition ‘Get in the Ring’ will take place.

250 startups from all over the Netherlands will make their way to the Rotterdam Science Tower to attend workshops, pitch in front of investors and network through speed dating.

In the evening, 6 of the most promising startups get in the ring and battle for a spot in the regional finals of Get in the Ring in London where they get to represent the Netherlands.

Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Neelie Kroes (Startup Delta) and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam will bring hundreds of startups and corporates together on the How To Get There Summit on 19 November 2015 in Rotterdam.

During the largest innovation event of this year, the best entrepreneurial minds of the Netherlands come together: from startup founders to CEOs and from professors to the Dutch Minister.