Global Partner


Founded in 1805 in Geneva, Pictet & Cie is today one of Switzerland’s largest private banks, and the leading independent asset management specialist in Europe, with CHF 477 billion (EUR 446 billion) in assets under management and custody as of March 2017. Pictet & Cie is a partnership owned and managed by eight general partners with unlimited liability for the bank’s commitments. The Pictet Group, based in Geneva, employs more than 3,200 staff. The group has offices in the following financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Turin, Tokyo, Verona and Zurich. Pictet has been our partner for the last 5 years and we have together organised 23 events in 4 different tracks and 3 Growth Summits.




Hosting Partners



Rotterdam welcomes entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors who are keen to seize the future. Daring to push the limits, and the longing for growth, are written into the city’s DNA. Rotterdam reinvented itself in the past and is doing it again. With the emphasis on innovation and a can-do approach, things happen in Rotterdam that can’t happen anywhere else. 

Rotterdam is a valuable partner for the market because it offers a short time-to-market. The city is gearing up to offer you high-level service. Investing in accessibility and the logistical quality of region remains a priority.It  also offers access to relevant networks of business partners and knowledge centres and the public/private innovation and development funds relating to them. 

The improvement of living conditions and social climate is also high on the agenda of the city of Rotterdam.
This  is achieved by developing quality housing in extension areas, in the city centre and near the riverbanks.

Rotterdam World Port, World City.




 Rotterdam Partners is the promoter of the Rotterdam economy. Rotterdam Partners serves all target groups that are relevant to the urban economy and city marketing: businesses, business or leisure visitors, localresidents and students. Rotterdam Partners acts as the connecting hub between businesses, institutions and the municipal government of Rotterdam. Launched on 1 January 2014, the foundation is a merger between the Economic Development Board Rotterdam, Rotterdam Investment Agency and Rotterdam Marketing. 


 The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largestsea port. The port owes its leading position to its outstanding accessibility for sea-going vessels. And to its intermodal connections and the 180,000 people working in and for Rotterdam’s port and industrial area. A place where unlimited ambitions can become reality. 





Clean Tech Delta (CTD) is a privately driven cooperation of internationally operating companies, knowledge institutions and local governments. Our private partners take the lead in recognising and developing new clean tech business. Local governments facilitate this cooperation. As a business minded triple helix organisation, officially established in May 2013, we form a new type of public-private partnership in order to realise new business for our members and attract new funding. We believe that clean tech is the key to adapt to and create a new economy. Using the region as an Urban Living Lab, a place where newly applied clean tech solutions can be tested, we can share the solutions and apply them, on a large(r) scale, abroad. Our ambition is to strengthen the clean tech cluster in our region and to make a significant contribution to the regional economy. In 2020 our cluster will count 4.000 companies, SME’s and start-up’s, which will provide 50.000 jobs.




InnovationQuarter is the regional development agency for West Holland. InnovationQuarter finances innovative and fast-growing companies, assists international companies in establishing their businesses in West Holland, and facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government. In this way, and in cooperation with the business community, InnovationQuarter supports the development of West Holland to become one of the most innovative regions in Europe.

The InnovationQuarter investment fund - which currently consists of € 80 million committed capital - offers venture capital to young technology companies and SMEs with growth plans in the region to bring new innovations to market. Through the fund, InnovationQuarter can raise the regional economy to a higher level.

InnovationQuarter is an initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Province of South Holland, the Cities of Rotterdam, The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Drechtsteden, Westland and Zoetermeer, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Leiden University, the Leiden University Medical Center and Erasmus Medical Centre and Foundation HEID (Holding Fund for Economic Investment The Hague).




Maritime Delta is an alliance of companies, government agencies and educational institutions in the Maritime Delta, the area of Maasvlakte to Gorinchem and Werkendam. Together they cooperate to further strengthen the maritime sector.





Programme Partner




InvestHorizon is the Investment Readiness Programme designed to increase investments made in Innovative European SMEs through Investment Readiness development and Investor sensitization. Brought forward by 10 qualified and reliable partners, InvestHorizon offers a set of services and training across Europe, to investors and entrepreneurs, from start-up to mid-cap level. The programme is dedicated to maximizing entrepreneurs’ chances of successfully obtaining funding, through training and direct access to key European investors.




Industry Support Partners:





CEO Collaborative Forum was launched in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Dave Darsch to connect international CEOs who faced similar challenges, and to give them the opportunity to learn and grow from each other. The Forum rapidly became Europe’s top platform for business leadership growth. Now run by former CEO-CF member Christian Dupont, the forum community continues to support CEOs in taking their companies to the next level.




CO2Cards offers carbon neutrality to companies and their employees through connecting them with carbon offset projects around the world. When committing to offset the carbon emissions of your workforce, you can choose the project which receives your support. In doing so, you are not only helping the environment, but also supporting green projects, helping them grow and reach their goals.

Tech Tour 2017 Cleantech Summit is carbon neutral event thanks to CO2Cards. See article here.




 CIC has been a home for great entrepreneurs leading fast-growing companies since 1999. This is our story. At CIC, you focus on growing your business while we take care of the rest. We provide high-quality, flexible office and coworking spaces, as well as stocked community kitchens, unmetered access to conference rooms, enterprise-grade internet services, printing and copying, phones, high-end furniture, operational and technical support, concierge services, perks and wellness offerings, and much more. Hundreds of CIC-supported events every month draw members from across the global startup community to CIC, and members have access to hundreds of other entrepreneurs, service providers, investors, and mentors.




Media Partners:

International Cleantech Network is an exclusive network of cleantech clusters from the world’s leading cleantech regions that aims to generate new business opportunities, enhance competitive advantages and create value for companies, knowledge institutions and local authorities across cluster regions.


Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) is the internationalization platform of the Flemish cleantech industry. It brings together more than 230 companies developing and offering sustainable technologies to the world. Focus is on Energy, Materials and Chemistry & Environment. Backed by the Flanders based but globally operating strategic research organization VITO, and with partners such as Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) and relevant internationally operating cleantech community platforms, it helps to set up co-operations between Flemish and foreign companies. The ultimate goal is to  create win-wins and contribute to sustainable development.