Upstream Festival

21sep(sep 21)17:0025(sep 25)23:00Upstream FestivalGROW & SCALE YOUR BUSINESS

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Connect with the frontrunners of the next economy at Upstream Festival. From 21 to 27 September, the Rotterdam Metropolitan area transforms into the place where founders, students, investors, policymakers and bold corporates come together to make a positive impact in the world. 

Through a plethora of events, carefully curated and focusing on individual topics with a common goal: enabling innovations that will drive the transition to the next economy.

Upstream does this by providing access to finance, new markets and talent for change makers that want to scale their business. More than 20 public and private partners from the greater Rotterdam region are united in Upstream – an initiative of Up!Rotterdam – to accelerate the transition to an economy that is digitalcarbon neutralcircular and inclusive.

Upstream’s Co-Creation Partners are setting you up with an inspiring and diverse programming of keynotes, talk shows, round tables, workshops, webinars and networking events. Over the course of 7 days, more than 40 co-creation partners have lined up 45+ events boasting more than 30 speakers with one thing in common: to promote and underline the necessity of a transition to the Next Economy.


  • Startups – Grow: unlock the ecosystem
  • Scale-ups – Expand: gain access to international markets, talent & funding
  • Corporates – Scout: find innovative solutions and talent for sustainable growth
  • Investors – Make it happen: unleash the network
  • Students – Learn: become a frontrunner of the next economy

The festival gives attendees access to an international ecosystem of talent, funding, markets and exposure opportunities. Changemakers from different backgrounds and industries come together to increase the innovation capacity of our region and highlight its position as a fast-evolving tech environment for businesses to grow.

Upstream’s Co-Creation Partners are setting you up with an on- and offline programming of keynotes, talk shows, round tables, workshops, webinars and network events. 7 days, 30+ speakers, 40+ co-creation partners, 45+ events.



September 21, 2020 17:00 - September 25, 2020 23:00(GMT+02:00)


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UP!Rotterdam helps front-runners of the next economy scale up. Rotterdam‘s thriving ecosystem offers the best home port for forward-thinking startups, scale-ups, innovative SMEs and corporations that dare to think big. Rotterdam provides the ideal innovation ecosystem for them to grow, and serves as a catalyst for change. We link and strengthen existing initiatives in partnerships and we work together with stakeholders to develop new activities.

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