The Garden: connecting startups and scaleups to corporates and governments

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The Garden: connecting startups and scaleups to corporates and governments

Stimulating the innovation ecosystem

The Garden program connects a diversity of parties such as startups and scaleups to corporates, government, investors, and others on different topics. Through this, Deloitte contributes to the innovation ecosystem in the Netherlands. The monthly sessions take place at the Venture Café, part of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Rotterdam.

Innovation ecosystem

Innovation is about collaboration and partnerships. Deloitte’s The Garden program enhances and accelerates the innovation ecosystem of the Netherlands through monthly face to face gatherings for a diversity of parties such as: startups, scaleups, corporates, and innovation leaders. The goal of these sessions is to build relationships for collaboration and assistance in mutual problem solving around specific topics.


The Garden 

The Garden's interaction aims to trigger creativity and stimulate entrepreneurship by the creation of a fruitful space for the exploration of new business concepts. Furthermore, The Garden leads to an expanding interdisciplinary collaboration, in which the attending parties exchange specific expertise, validate business concepts and provide mutual business solutions.


Sessions & themes: 

•29th of September: Bionics (biomimicry)

•27th of October - in collaboration with (BIC) ESA Noordwijk: Space Technologies for Earth Applications

•24th of November: Sustainable Building

•December: to be determined

•26th of January 2017: Sharing Economy


All sessions will be held at the Venture Café, CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center), Groothandelsgebouw Rotterdam and are accessible for everyone. Click here to join our The Garden community and sign-up for the sessions.

Started in November 2015, past themes included: Internet of Things, Smart Materials, eHealth, Robotics, Life Sciences, Smart Mobility (altered program as part of Startup Europe), Art & Technology, and Food & Agriculture. Some of these topics might come back next year, though with a different focus within that field then. Keep an eye on this website or receive updates automatically via our The Garden community page.

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