Looking back at the How To Get There Summit


How To Get There Summit – 17 November 2016
More than 3000 participants, among whom were many startups, corporates and innovation hubs, joined for the How To Get There Summit in the Hague on November 17th to innovate faster together. Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy with StartupDelta opened the HTGT Summit together with Martin Luxemburg (Director of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship) and Jan Lintsen as they welcomed the 3000 participants from all over the Netherlands at the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

“The Hague University of Applied Sciences has always put a strong emphasis on innovative entrepreneurship. It is our ambition to become thought leader on the new economy. The How To Get There Summit aligns perfectly with our ambition”, says Simone Fredriksz of the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Innovating Faster Together

The How To Get There Summit is initiated by minister Kamp and is organised by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. This year, the HTGT Summit was hosted in The Hague at the University of Applied Sciences. Corporates and startups join the HTGT Summit to meet each other, share experiences and innovate faster together. Corporate such as EY, KPN, Port of Rotterdam, PwC, Vopak and APM Terminals joined the HTGT Summit to actively seek collaboration with startups. The innovation hubs of the Netherlands, from Brainport Eindhoven to StartupAmsterdam and from Kennispark Twente to The Hague Impact City, displayed their knowledge, services and expertise in ecosystem cafes.

“The Summit was all about doing business with startups, which was emphasised by the positive atmosphere. Really everyone in the Netherlands who you should meet as a startup was present. We even had buses with attendees from Gelderland coming to The Hague”, says Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen, project manager of the How To Get There Summit.

Corporates and startups work together through Get in the Ring

Over 350 startups joined Get in the Ring at the How To Get There Summit to talk business with corporates and governments. Through the Get in the Ring Matchups, startups and corporates joined in pre-planned 10-minute speeddates to explore possible collaborations. From all the participating startups, 6 finalists were selected to step into the ring in front of a captivated audience and 3 Champion jury members at the Closing Show. The jury consisting of succesfull Dutch tech entrepreneurs Heleen Dura – Van Oord, Steven Schuurman and Han de Groot chose FreshStrips, Flex-Appeal and Mellon Medical as the winners. They will represent the Netherlands during the Global Startup Conference in Singapore in May 2017.

Three Get in the Ring Challenges

Three prominent Dutch corporates ASML, KPN and APM Terminals announced that together with Get in the Ring, they will be challenging startups worldwide. The most relevant startups will secure a pilot contract to implement their solutions, with the goal of scaling up in the future. Each of the companies is looking for startups with their own special focus. KPN is looking for AI solutions for business intelligence, ASML is looking for high tech manufacturing solutions, and APM Terminals is looking for smart logistics solutions, applicable to the port area. You can read more about these opportunities at getinthering.co/challenges

About the HTGT Summit

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE), expert centre for entrepreneurship of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, is the main organiser of the HTGT Summit. Each year, the HTGT Summit takes place in one of the regional innovation hotspots of the Netherlands. This year the Summit was hosted by the Hague in the Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Key highlights:

  • 3,000 participants, including startups, corporates, academics and innovation professionals.
  • Opening of the event by Constantijn van Oranje.
  • 600 Matchups between corporates and startups.
  • 45+ practical How To sessions with 100+ speakers.
  • 10+ ecosystem cafes displaying innovation expertise in the Netherlands.
  • FreshStrips, Flex-Appeal and Mellon Medical named winners of Get in the Ring the Netherlands.