Innovating faster together as a ‘single hub’

May 18, 2016

Innovative minds of the Netherlands come together in The Hague this year for a new edition of the How To Get There Summit. This grand innovation event mobilises corporates, startups and innovation hubs to innovate faster together as a ‘single hub’. The How To Get There Summit was initiated as part of StartupDelta by Neelie Kroes and minister Kamp and is organised by the innovation hubs of the Netherlands.

Innovating faster together

The Netherlands belongs to the top of innovation ecosystems worldwide. The Netherlands is practically speaking as big as Silicon Valley, has worldclass scientific output, is home to many corporates and is a gateway to Europe. An inventory by FD shows that more than 220 initiatives and collaborations are busy developing innovation hotspots in the Netherlands. Professor Frank van Oort of the Erasmus University Rotterdam notes however that many of those initiatives are too small to be able to compete at international level. To counter increased fragmentation, the innovation hubs of StartupDelta jointly organise the How To Get There (HTGT) Summit on 17 November 2016. During the HTGT Summit corporates, startups and innovation hubs work together as a ‘single hub’ to innovate faster together.
Participants of the HTGT Summit can in one day see, feel, hear, and sometimes even taste what the innovation ecosystem of the Netherlands has to offer. All innovation hubs, from Brainport Eindhoven to StartupAmsterdam and from Kennispark Twente to The Hague Impact City, showcase their facilities en share their knowledge and expertise. Dutch corporates across sectors share their expertise, success stories and brilliant failures. Startups join in the Get in the Ring competition to do business with investors, corporates and fellow entrepreneurs.

“In order to be at the forefront of new developments, we actively join the How To Get There Summit to meet with innovative companies and startups” – Paul Smits, CFO Port of Rotterdam

“The demand for sharing knowledge and collaborating is big. Even before the official launch more than 60 partners have already committed themselves to the HTGT Summit”, says Jurgen Nieuwenhuijsen, project manager of the HTGT Summit. At the time of the launch numerous partners such as USG People, EY, YES!Delft, KPN, PwC, LaunchCafe Groningen, Deloitte, Port of Rotterdam, StartupUtrecht, Vopak, HealthValley, Brightlands,  APM Terminals, WoltersKluwer, ING, StartLife, and SNS have committed to innovate faster together.

“How To Get There Summit helps USG People to find those technology partners to ultimately deliver real solutions for real needs of real customers.” – Michael Ammerlaan, Vice President Strategy USG People