Crossroads 2021 program
This was the program of Crossroads 2021! Thank you all for joining!
Monday - November 8th
9:30 - 10:00
We are kicking off Crossroads 2021 with Rob van Nuenen, one of the winners of the Startup of the Year Competition 2020, the vice-mayor of Utrecht Klaas Verschuure and Heerd Jan Hoogeveen, Director of Startup Utrecht. Hope to see you there!
10:30 - 11:15
Ask Me Anything - Rob van Nuenen
UtrechtInc hosts the yearly ‘Ask Me Anything’ with the winners of last year, to put the real winners in the spotlight. This year our guest will be Rob van Nuenen, who won the ‘Utrecht Startup of the Year 2020 - later stage’ award. Get inspired by Channable’s CEO! Offline visitors have the opportunity to ask their questions during the event.
Meet Match & Multiply - HealthTech
If there is one thing we have learned from COVID it is that HealthTech is essential in taking new science to the medical world. But this complex world calls for strong networks and teams. Crossroads and UtrechtInc are here to help you to meet, match & multiply! Join our UtrechtInc HealthTech expert session, lunch and meet & greet with young talents to meet. Learn about the cutting edge and new opportunities where you can add value as an entrepreneur, employee or intern.
14:00 - 15:00
Investor Readiness Program
Would you like to join an investor readiness program? Then this is the session you should join! In this program ROM Utrecht Region examines your business case and teaches you how to look at your proposition through the eyes of an investor. In addition to information about the program, there is the possibility to ask questions to former participants.
Access to Capital and (public) funding
The subsidy landscape is extensive and very dynamic. PNO Consultants will be present to help you explore the most exciting and relevant grant opportunities for your business! PNO will share helpful tips & tricks on how to write a winning proposal. After this presentation, you will be able to utilize, maximize and secure relevant (public) funding opportunity for your company at local, national, and European level.
16:00 - 17:30
Magic Mon(ey)day: Breaking the spell
Meet the 4impact venture capital team as we demystify the investor-founder dynamic and share some insights into how 4impact considers new investments.
Take the opportunity to also meet experienced founder, Niels Wielaard, of Satelligence, one of the 4impact portfolio companies. Satelligence is a fast-growing and innovative remote sensing satellite startup which focuses on protecting rainforests. Niels will take you through the ups and downs of building (and financing!) a business.
Join us at Utrecht Inc for a drink (on us!) and a relaxed chat about successes, failures, and most importantly: learnings.
20:00 - 21:00
Funding options ROM
Find out what the various funding options of the ROM Region Utrecht are. At the ROM we work with a Proof-of-Concept fund and Participation fund. What do these funds entail and when are you eligible for funding? Be informed about the various funding options of the ROM and ask questions to entrepreneurs who have received funding.
Masterclass Internationalisation Strategies
Do you have ambitions to scale your company across borders? DutchBasecamp offers a full-day crash course to work on the fundamentals of a successful internationalisation strategy. With practical tools and a demand-driven program to define the right target markets for your solution! StartupUtrecht offers a 50% discount on the participationfee!
Tuesday - November 9th
8:00 - 9:30
WeScale Challenge 2021
Are you an ambitious (startup) company in the Netherlands, aiming for international expansion? Or are you an ambitious company in Taiwan, aiming for international expansion in Europe? Pitch your company and the innovative products or services you’re offering your clients. Show how beneficial your innovations are for society and how you would use Taiwan / the Netherlands in your plan to expand internationally.
10:00 - 12:00
Webinar: How to protect your digital invention
With the rise of digital innovations, questions about their protection are also increasing. It can be a challenge to couple new digital technology and IP in a way that best suits your business. Are you looking for answers to these questions? Then sign up for this webinar hosted by the Netherlands Patent Office on 9 November.
12:00 - 14:30
Meet Match & Multiply - ClimateTech
We are all committed to a cleaner world and ClimateTech is the way to do it. Accelerate your road to a world with net zero’ emissions and meet, match & multiply with other key players in the ecosystem. Join our UtrechtInc ClimateTech expert session, lunch and meet & greet with young talents. Learn about the cutting edge and new opportunities where you can add value as an entrepreneur, employee or intern.
12:00 - 14:30
Meet Match & Multiply - EdTech
The EdTech market is bigger than ever and the possibilities to improve education are endless, but having a big market to tap into does not mean it is easy to meet, match or multiply. Especially in the educational sector where it is hard to find the right people to speak to. Crossroads and UtrechtInc are here to help!
Join our UtrechtInc EdTech expert session, lunch and meet & greet with young talents to meet. Learn about the cutting edge and new opportunities where you can add value as an entrepreneur, employee or intern.
13:00 - 17:30
Crossroads - Tech Tuesday (afternoon program)
As a startup or student, experience a day full of inspiration around Blockchain, Cyber Security, AI, VR and simulations. Lisk Center and partners bring you Tech Tuesday An event where talents from now and the future will find each other in the field of new technologies. Follow workshops, visit the various stands and join us for drinks afterwards!
14:00 - 17:00
De InvesteerdersClub Pitch event
Are you an entrepreneur with a startup or scale-up and would either capital, network or knowledge take your company to the next level? Then The Investeerders Club (investors club) is looking for you! We select three entrepreneurs through a pre-selection process. If you are one of these three, we will train you to pitch and sharpen your proposition so that after the live pitch event you will have the best chance of a follow-up conversation with one or more of our investors.
Wednesday - November 10th
9:00 - 10:00
Online mission to Singapore for EdTech companies
Want to know more about business opportunities for EdTech companies in Singapore and South East Asia? Join the exciting and informative 'Online mission' by ROM Utrecht Region and partners. This ‘by invitation only’ virtual discussion between Dutch EdTech startups and Singapore-based EdTech experts will offer unique and useful insights into the latest developments in the EdTech space in Singapore and the wider Asian region. You will have the opportunity to listen and discuss topics of your interest with an Accelerator rep / Investor, Founder of a succesful Singapore-based EdTech startup and an Online Learning Platform or Corporate training manager.
10:30 - 11:45
Taiwan Business Day 2021
Taiwan Business Day (TBD) is an annual event organized by Taiwan Globalization Network (TGN) & its partners since 2012, aiming to connect business opportunities and entrepreneurial ecosystems between Taiwan and the Netherlands. The event includes presentations from relevant business leaders, as well as opportunities for stakeholders from both geographies to showcase their portfolio and network with potential partners.
11:00 - 12:00
Startup Mission to Berlin
Interested in Germany as your next market to scale up to? ROM Utrecht Region and StartupUtrecht organize this online session so you can tune in and get to know what Berlin has to offer. With: (a) A presentation by the Dutch Startups and Scale-ups Liaison from the Dutch Embassy in Berlin: Berlin’s unique and exciting startup ecosystem, its movers&shakers, do’s and don’t’s. (b) Where and how to start when starting in Berlin? Tips from the Manager International Startups, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology (c) Lessons learned from founders who have ‘been there and done that’.
11:00 - 12:00
Termsheet – What’s that?
Van Benthem & Keulen and the Regional Development Agency (ROM) of the Utrecht Region will elaborate on the ins- and outs of the Termsheet during this 60-minute event. The Termsheet is the first binding legal document of a transaction and outlines the transaction that parties want to engage in. Being prepared and informed can save you a lot of time and money. This workshop will take you through some of the pitfalls and will provide some eye-openers with regards to the Termsheet.
13:00 - 18:00
Meet Match & Multiply - The UtrechtInc community
UtrechtInc’s community is more than it’s startups. Come and meet UtrechtInc startup teams, experts, mentors and service partners! Join our UtrechtInc community afternoon. Get inspired by awesome founders in our community, get advice from our mentors and service partners and get a taste of what the UtrechtInc community is like. Stick around before/after the program and make use of our co-working space.
14:00 - 15:00
The art of Commercial Mind Management “maintaining the right mindset for sales reps and founders”
People tend to say that there's not much to it, to new business acquisition, and that (by words of a famous sports brand) you should 'just do it'. Unfortunately it’s not that easy. A wide variety of assumptions and ideas might influence our ability to acquire new business. Learning to recognise and knowing how to handle these assumptions and fears ' is called Commercial Mind Management. This workshop by Dealmasters will help you feel more comfortable and confident when contacting potential customers. Overcoming these thresholds therefore is an important step towards a successful and healthy growing business
16.00 - 17.00
Money Meets Ideas
On November 10, the pitchevent Money Meets Ideas by KplusV will take place digitally. During this meeting, three motivated entrepreneurs from the Utrecht region will present their business plan to a group of investors.
16:00 - 17:00
Opportunities for success in the USA
With the rising labor costs in America, the digital transformation is now really in full swing. Dutch technology companies are successful in driving digitization in the Netherlands – can they achieve similar success in America? interact with and gain information from companies that have in-depth experience with this; from government organizations that assist innovative foreign companies with soft landing programs; and from Dutch Chambers of Commerce that assist Dutch companies with networking and social integration.
17:00 - 19:00
What to know about becoming an angel investor
During Startup Utrecht's Crossroads 2021, Holland Startup will host the investor meetup for Business Angels, subject matter experts and interested parties. Join us for a drink, meet other investors and find out more about investing in startups. With talks from: Robbert Jan Hanse - serial investor and your host for the evening & Pieter-Paul van Beek - SME and investor in startups - THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT!
Thursday - November 11th
12:00 - 17.30
CLOSING EVENT of CROSSROADS 2021
After three days full of inspiring events from our partners, let's meet each other LIVE! We offer you an afternoon full of valuable insights about how to grow your company, about health and sustainability. Investor talks, European funds and lots of founders, investors and coaches on and off stage that you can meet and learn from. A keynote from Chris Hall from 'the next unicorn' Bynder, and to top it all off we are hosting the final pitch round of the Utrecht Region Startup of the Year competition, with drinks afterwards!