Neelie Kroes visits Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship for a taste of Rotterdam startup scene

Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Dutch Startups, visited the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) Campus on May 18th which is home to more than 50 innovative companies and the stage for many entrepreneurship events. This visit was part of the StartupDelta Tour to get a taste of the Dutch Startup ecosystem, and the delegation also continued to the RDM Campus and YesDelft after visiting the ECE Campus.

ECE Community

During the tour that Neelie Kroes received of the ECE Campus she got to speak directly with some of the entrepreneurs who are part of the ECE Community.  “There is an enourmous amount of energy here!”, observed Neelie. Following the tour, six local startups pitched their businesses ideas for Neelie in an interactive “Get In The Ring” pitch battle in the ring. The startups that pitched were: Vita.io, an online dashboard for HR intelligence (Raymond Hannes); Invoice Sharing, a free electronic invoice distribution platform (Jeroen Volk); Equidam, a real time valuation provider for private businesses (Gianluca Valentini); Peeeks, aimed at improving integration of renewable energy generation (Wouter Robers); Sensara & Dutch Domotics, providing smart monitoring systems for elderly at home and at nursing homes (Irek Karkowski); and Apprenda, a platform using a PaaS software layer that transforms any infrastructure into a policy-driven hybrid cloud application platform (Michel van Dorp). It was a great opportunity to share their accomplishments and indicate what they need or would like to see in the Dutch startup scene.

A learning environment

Driven by the conviction that entrepreneurship is the primary condition for realising progress, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) offers a learning environment where companies become better at entrepreneurship by gaining new insights and turning ideas into innovations. ECE supports startups, SMEs, as well as corporates in this process through a combination of a strong academic background and a global community filled with experienced entrepreneurs. For startups to move forward there is the Get Started programme, and for more established businesses the New Business Cycle can provide fresh insights.