Up!Rotterdam, along with more than 50 public and private co-creation partners, is gearing up to host the fifth edition of the Upstream Festival on May 28th and 29th, 2024. This annual event aims to bring together over 2000 startup and scale-up founders, investors, corporates, SMEs, and policymakers to foster cooperation and innovation. Attendees from various European startup communities will converge in Rotterdam, hailed as Europe’s best-connected city.

The focus of Upstream is on creating a future-proof economy by connecting changemakers who are driving innovation towards a digital, sustainable, and inclusive future. The festival has a strong emphasis on supporting startups and scale-ups that drive sustainable growth, with a commitment to sustainable value creation at its core.

The two-day program is expected to draw 2,000 visitors and offers a variety of event formats including expert roundtables, founder interviews, CEO dinners, and investor & buyer tables. These formats aim to facilitate valuable connections and successful matches between startups, scale-ups, investors, and corporates. Upstream also provides a platform for founders to address shared challenges and obstacles they face in scaling their businesses.

In addition to the main festival, attendees can participate in over 20 side events across Rotterdam, Delft, The Hague, and Zoetermeer. These side events offer networking opportunities, insights into innovative trends and best practices, and the chance to take startups to the next level. Established formats like TechSocials, Startup Roulette, and Circularity Run will be part of this year’s lineup.

Key figures from the industry have praised Upstream for its role in facilitating meaningful connections and partnerships. The event has become a go-to platform for founders, investors, and corporates to meet and collaborate in a casual setting.

More information and tickets for the Upstream Festival can be found on their website. Details about the event location, speakers, agenda, and side events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Upstream Festival is a community-driven initiative that has welcomed over 9000 startups, scale-ups, investors, and changemakers since its inception in 2020. Supported by Up!Rotterdam and a network of partners, including the City of Delft, Rabobank, Techleap, and ICOS Capital, Upstream continues to unite the entrepreneurial community in the Netherlands for sustainable growth. Join the 5th-anniversary edition of Upstream in Rotterdam on May 28th and 29th, 2024.

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