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Startup Event


The TUS Expo & RoboBusiness Start-Up Event starts directly after the grand opening of the International Robotics Week – Wednesday 19 April.13:30 at Lobby 2.

13:30 Expand Your Network, matchmaking area, Princess Alexia

The Start-Up Event starts with matchmaking tables. Entrepreneurs are introduced to potential investors and professionals. The matchmaking tables are designed for entrepreneurs within the field of Robotics and Unmanned Systems. Visit the matchmaking area to learn more.


14:30 Investor Panel, Lobby 2

Learn how thought-leading investors and experts consider robotic and unmanned solutions. This panel is hosted by the Chrysalix venture capital and will include:

  • Prince Constantijn of Orange-Nassau, Special Envoy for Startup Delta
  • Ray Quintana, General partner Cottonwood technology fund
  • Marco Bosma, Senior Vice-President Fintech & Innovation at Rabobank
  • Fred van Beuningen, former corporate executive, venture investor in clean tech and robotics
  • Eiso Vaandrager, Senior Investment Manager

15:30  Pitch Arena, lobby 2

The Start-up Pitch Arena is an important element of the International Robotics Week. Five start-ups present their work in a 3 minutes long pitch, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges. In a nutshell: it is all about fascinating people with an idea, and doing it better than your competitors!

All participants of the Pitch Arena have the unique chance to pitch in front of the best audience European robotics has to offer; and receive constructive feedback from the renowned VCs in the field. The winner will also receive a total value package of €20.000, consisting of:

€ 5,000 investment by Rabobank including VAT
€10,000 worth of Accenture consultancy
€ 5,000 RoboValley start-up package

Meet the Judges
This year, the jury will consist of some of the best and most experienced professionals  They will show no mercy with their questions. Do you have what it takes?

Liduina Hammer, UNIIQ
Fred van Beuningen, Clean Tech Delta & Chrysalix
Patrick de Ruiter, Rabobank
Mark Wiermans, Accenture Technology Services


Registration for the Pitch Arena is now closed, but you can still register for the Matchmaking below!

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