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Visit to ship-owners and shipyard

The concept ‘Technology Exchange Roadshow (TER)’ was firsts introduced by Netherlands Maritime Technology (NMT) in the Netherlands as many maritime companies, especially SME’s can have trouble getting in touch with ship-owners. By organizing a joint visit, via NMT, the Dutch Embassy in Singapore and InnovationQuarter, coupled with a current theme that plays well with ship-owners, this opening is more easily created. This gives the participating Dutch companies, Bachmann Electronic, Hydrex, Rubber Design, Subsea Industries, VAF Instruments and VSH Fittings an opportunity to present their businesses and solution.

The four parties visited in Singapore on April 28 were:

  • Thome Ship Management
  • PAC Offshore
  • Triyards
  • Pacific Radiance


The participating Dutch companies were able to introduce a wide variety of solutions. The ship-owners responded very well to these and indicated that despite the variety, all companies presented solutions relevant to them. The sessions gave all participants an opportunity to  present their company and cost-effective solutions after which there was time for the Singapore companies to ask questions.

InnovationQuarter and NMT are at this time investigating the possibility to organize a TER to Norway. A preliminary outline for the trip has been drafted and can soon be shared with interested companies.


SEA Asia

The sixth edition of SEA Asia took place in Singapore from April 25th to 27th. This maritime & offshore fair and conference took place in the Marina Bay Sands Complex. This SEA Asia edition in 2017 was visited by 16,000 visitors from 85 different countries. SEA Asia receives strong support from the Singaporean government and the major shipping organizations SSA (Singapore Shipping Association) and MPA (Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore) to firmly market Singapore as a leading place for  both the global and local Maritime & Offshore industry.

The Holland Pavilion was visited on the opening day by the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister of Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan. On the second trading day, the Holland Networking Reception was held with a select group of invited guests, including some shipyards and shipowners from Singapore.

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International Robotics Week

Integrating RoboBusiness Europe, TUS Expo and ROS Industrial in one event turned out to be a huge success. For three days, experts in the field of robotics and unmanned systems, and their robots and drones, from all over the world gathered in the Netherlands. The week saw an expo and conference in the World Forum The Hague, tours to labs of the Delft University of Technology and demonstration days in the port of Rotterdam (unmanned harbour) and former airport Valkenburg (drone show). This made clear that the Netherlands has everything needed for robotics companies that want to settle here.


The International Robotics week started on Wednesday, with inspiring keynotes from Kim Liebregts (Tesla Benelux), Noel Sharkey (Responsible Robotics) and Melonee Wise (Fetch Robotics). Wise’s contribution was of particular interest. She pointed out that there are around 1000 robotics start-ups in the world, most of these founded after 2010. Why is that? The answer is open-source robotics (ROS). “Why did this sudden explosion happen? Because of open innovation.” Her company also benefited from ROS.

There are around 1000 robotics startups in the world, most of which were founded after 2010. Why is that?

Sharkey told visitors to think about the ethical aspects of robotics. “We don’t want to sleepwalk into robotics just as we did with the internet.”

Business wise

The IRW is the perfect place for start-ups to present themselves. Prince Constantijn, the startup envoy of StartupDelta, had some advice for them. The preconditions for being successful in the Netherlands are present, but it is not enough to just have a good product. To give this product a place in the market, you have to be ‘business wise’: you need to surround yourself with people who have a sense of enterprise.

Constantijn also visited the RoboValley pavilion, where various startups were gathered together: Delft Robotics, CropZoomer, Clear Flight Solutions, SeaDrone, Robot Care Systems, Robot Security Systems, Robot Engineered Systems, Vectioneer. Also present were the student DreamTeam: Project MARCH, ImProvia and the Care-o-bot from Fraunhofer / Unity Robotics. During the startup event, AeroVinci announced they received a subsidy of € 300.000,-. This allows them to further develop the dronedock technology.

Portal: connect.robovalley.com

During the IRW, we also launched the beta version of connect.robovalley.com: ‘your compass in the world of robotics’. Connect.robovalley.com offers a single place for companies to find the latest news, insights and reports on robotics.

RoboValley Foundation Dinner

Networking is an important part of a large congress. Because of this, the organisation was happy that the city of Delft and InnovationQuarter enabled us to host the first RoboCafé NL in the old town hall of the city of Delft on the first evening of the event. Futurist Aseem Prakash delivered an inspiring presentation, the historical ambience took care of the rest.

A day later, they organised the RoboValley Foundation Dinner in our own offices. The Dutch robotics sector was present, as were several international guests. They were, amongst others, addressed by Delft University of Technology’s rector magnificus Karel Luyben, Aimee van Wynsberghe and Guszti Eiben.

‘Golden Age of Nerds’

“We are living in a golden age of nerds”, concluded comedian Pep Rosenfeld during the closing keynotes a day later. He is right. During the IRW, it became clear how much is happening in the field of robotics and how fast developments are moving. “Robotics and AI are all about possibilities”, said Prakash during his keynote. “Possibilities that humans never have experienced before.”

“Robotics and AI are all about possibilities”

There was room for ethical issues during the closing keynotes. Irakli Beridze of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute told us what the UN is doing in the fields of robotics and AI. Beridze and his organisation have settled in The Hague because of the presence of the Responsible Robotics Foundation. “By joining forces, we want to make this a city of ideas and global policies related to AI and robotics.”

“Over the past few years, we have built a global platform for organisations and people involved in robotics”

RoboValley Platform

RoboValley’s Managing Director, Arthur de Crook, thanked everyone at the end of the IRW. He explained the importance of the event for RoboValley. “Over the past few years, we have built a global platform for organisations, researchers and governments involved in robotics. But we also really wanted to create a moment to show this platform to the world. This moment was the International Robotics Week.” Robotics can contribute to solving the grand societal challenges. This is why it is important to create the next generation robotics. “So we can embrace the future for the good.”

Source / RoboValley

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Flying without a drone pilot

AeroVinci, a TU Delft spin-off, is developing ‘DroneDock’ technology, which allows drones to take-off, land, process data, charge and perform other specialised operations fully autonomously. Until recently, drones could only be operated by drone pilots, but this new technology removes the need for a human operator. This has major financial advantages as well as other benefits.

Aerial surveillance

Agriculture is one of the main sectors where this technology is applied. Consider farmers, for instance, whose land is surveyed from the air and who then automatically receive advice on the intelligent use of irrigation, fertilisers and pesticides. This can ensure higher yields and lower costs per hectare.

Jochem Wieringa of AeroVinci is enthusiastic about the investment.

We’re extremely happy with this financial boost. It’s a sign that investors share our vision of making the large-scale deployment of drones affordable by fully automating drone technology.

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F.l.t.r.: Jochem Wieringa (AeroVinci) en Liduina Hammer (UNIIQ)

UNIIQ is investing in AeroVinci because of the enormous potential of DroneDock technology. “Drones represent a huge, untapped market, but the problem is that a human pilot is still needed for each drone,” explains Liduina Hammer, Fund Manager at UNIIQ. “However, AeroVinci’s technology removes the need for human intervention, which will accelerate the market expansion of drones. We are pleased to add yet another company that develops pioneering technology to UNIIQ’s investment portfolio.”

“TU Delft is a global frontrunner in drone innovation technology,” says Paul Althuis, Managing Director of Delft Enterprises. “It’s wonderful to see technology that was incubated in our university making its way into successful applications such as those developed by AeroVinci.” Althuis adds, “This also strengthens TU Delft’s position as a technological leader in the field of drones, so we are very happy to invest in it.”

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Brexit seminar

During this seminar, several experts shared their views on important aspects of Brexit. Jeroen Nijland (NFIA) and Jurriaan Kalf (Rabobank) elaborated about its impact on the economy and more specifically foreign direct investment.

Wilco Heiwegen (evofenedex) spoke about the possible impact for importing and exporting companies and how the Brexit will affect international trade and Liam McCloy (FleishmanHillard Fishburn) gave his expert view on the UK politics and the different perspectives on both sides of the pond. Last but not least, Rem Korteweg (Clingendael) gave a remarkable overview of the complexity of the upcoming negotiations and the pitfalls that might be ahead.

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Liam McCloy, FleishmanHillard Fishburn (part of Omnicom PR Group) at CIC Rotterdam


  • 15:00 – 15:15 hrs Reception at 7th floor
  • 15:15 – 15:20 hrs Welcome by Chris van Voorden (InnovationQuarter) and René Hanssen (Rotterdam Partners)
  • 15:20 – 15:30 hrs Opening by Jeroen Nijland (Commissioner of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency – NFIA) ‘Brexit and its relation to FDI in The Netherlands’
  • 15:30 – 15:50 hrs Presentation by Jurriaan Kalf (Country Risk Analysist, Rabobank)
    ‘Investing in Europe after Brexit’
  • 15:50 – 16:10 hrs Presentation by Wilco Heiwegen (Trade Advisor – evofenedex)
    ‘Brexit: impact on trade and logistics’
  • 16:10 – 16:30 hrs Presentation by Liam McCloy (Public Affairs Expert – FleishmanHillard Fishburn) ‘Politics of Brexit and how organisations deal with its impact’
  • 16:30 – 16:50 hrs Presentation by Rem Korteweg (Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael)
    ‘The pittfalls in the Brexit talks’
  • 16:50 – 17:15 hrs Panel Discussion (+ Q&A)
  • 17:15 hrs Networking opportunity at Venture Café Rotterdam’s weekly gathering

Need assistance?

We hereby would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for an interesting afternoon, and CIC Rotterdam for the great venue and networking opportuniy at Venture Café Rotterdam. If you missed the event, but would like to learn more, feel free to reach out!

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CIC, for the innovators

CIC, founded by CEO Tim Rowe in 1999, is an American company with the mission to ‘fix the world through innovation’. CIC creates premium work spaces and communities within them that help entrepreneurs innovate better and faster. Globally, CIC locations are currently home to almost 1.500 businesses, that have collectively raised more than €3B in venture capital and have had more than €3.6B in publicly disclosed exits.

CIC Rotterdam

CIC Rotterdam officially opened in September 2016, and has since built a growing community of innovative businesses in the center of Rotterdam, most of them startups. Close to a quarter of the companies at CIC Rotterdam focus on tech, with energy/sustainability and health/life sciences being the next two largest industry focuses.

Melissa Ablett, General Manager, CIC Rotterdam:

It is phenomenal to see the growing group of entrepreneurs at CIC, how they interact and help support each other, and the wide array of ideas they’re bringing into the world. We chose Rotterdam because we saw, and continue to see, the incredible innovation capacity of this city.

Startup Facilitator

Together with sister non-profit organization, Venture Café Rotterdam, CIC Rotterdam is a Startup Visa Facilitator and home to a growing number of international startups and businesses. More than 10% of CIC’s companies are headquartered outside of the Netherlands, or are founded by international entrepreneurs. Marie-Caroline du Reau, General Manager – Benelux for GE Healthcare commented:

We are choosing to locate at CIC because it’s globally connected,” “You can connect to the local community of innovators here, but also to the rest of the world.

The startup DashTag – an AI enabled bot and wearable that brings FIFA like games stats to every soccer player – was also attracted to CIC for its global connection. “After fundraising, and with international ambitions, this really feels like the right community for us,” said CEO Epco Berger of DashTag. “We’re looking to scale globally and we feel this is the right place to help us do that.”

CIC Rotterdam grows to over 100 innovative companies

Venture Café

Venture Café Rotterdam has also been growing rapidly. Venture Café’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen, which they do through their weekly Thursday gathering that is free and open to the entire innovation community, and is the largest in Rotterdam. Through this and other national and regional initiatives Venture Café offers a neutral platform where impactful innovation connections are made. All in support of building next economy communities, accelerating innovation, connecting to the global network and providing access to capital and resources.

In 2016, Venture Café Rotterdam welcomed close to 12.000 attendees to their weekly event, and in 2017, every Thursday is already seeing an average of more than 300 attendees.

In 2018, CIC Rotterdam plans to open another 4.000m2 of space in the Groot Handelsgebouw and to ultimately grow to 12.000m2, housing 500 companies. “Our eyes are on the future,” said Marcus Fernhout, founder of CIC Rotterdam. “Our vision is to create a thriving innovation district here in the center of Rotterdam. We’re on our way.”


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Special envoy Constantijn van Oranje (StartupDelta) congratulates Pieter Jansen (Cybersprint) with the new investment

Special envoy Constantijn van Oranje (StartupDelta) congratulates Pieter Jansen (Cybersprint) with the new investment © Daniel Verkijk

Safer internet

Cybersprint helps to make the internet safer, not only in the interest of its clients but ultimately all relevant stakeholders. Outdated or forgotten servers and websites are sought-after targets for criminals. Cybersprint’s software solution provides an overview of all publicly accessible websites that belong to an organisation. Using real-time intelligence feeds, any deviation based on visual and behavioural changes is reported.

In addition, Cybersprint continuously monitors social media and the dark web for malicious actions aimed at its clientele. This allows Cybersprint to immediately alert its clients to hacking or suspicious activities. Clients can then take prompt action before other users or search engines notice anything strange. These activities are grouped in the new Digital Risk Monitoring domain.

CEO Pieter Jansen is pleased with the new investment.

Cybersprint is ready to take the next step, moving from startup to scale-up. It’s my personal mission always to be one step ahead of malicious hackers. To achieve this, we continuously monitor and analyse what cybercriminals are doing as well as the latest developments. This investment will allow us to help organisations across the world identify vulnerabilities and prevent attacks even faster.

Since its establishment in The Hague Security Delta (HSD) in June 2016, Cybersprint has proven to be a reliable partner for international financial institutions and government bodies, including the City of The Hague. Cybersprint operates within a valuable new domain and clients appreciate the benefits of the company’s technology because it alerts them to hitherto unknown cyber threats.

Cybersprint versnelt internationale groei met nieuwe investering van € 700.000

From left to right: Maarten Timmerman (Cybersprint), Marty Le Clercq (InnovationQuarter), Constantijn van Oranje (StartupDelta), Arthur van der Wees (Arthur’s Legal), Pieter Jansen (Cybersprint), Francis Quint (InnovationQuarter), Lennard Zwart and Johan Stins (InnovationQuarter) © Daniel Verkijk

Strong market potential

As society becomes more digital, cyber criminals are becoming increasingly professional. Big players like Verizon and Cisco predict a strong rise in cyberattacks. Current threats like malware, phishing, stolen data and data breaches are expected to increase over the next years. In response, authorities are bringing in stricter cybersecurity legislation. Under these circumstances, the potential market demand for Cybersprint solutions is strong.

Fintech as a benchmark

Banks manage important websites and sensitive personal data. It is therefore essential that people trust their integrity. The financial sector occupies a unique position in the cybersecurity domain and offers attractive opportunities for Cybersprint products. Moreover, Cybersprint applies the knowledge and experience gained in the financial field in its other focus sectors.

InnovationQuarter’s Head of Capital Francis Quint explains: “Unfortunately, the number of cyberattacks is increasing. With its investment in Cybersprint, InnovationQuarter is contributing to the security of the digital environment. Companies like Cybersprint confirm the Netherlands’ strong track record in cybersecurity solutions, particularly in The Hague region.”

EFRO / European regional development fund of the European Union