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New Business Summit

World Startup Factory

Thursday, 19 January 2017 from 13:00 to 19:00 (CET)

New Business Summit

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About New Business Summit

New Business Summit is the realization of our belief: In order to solve pressing societal problems most effectively, businesses today need to stem from an alignment of effort among various actors in an ecosystem. Entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, SMEs, research institutions and governments should come together with shared efforts to tackle real-world societal challenges. The event aims to be the platform addressing the need for this synergy.

We call for enthusiastic owners and supporters of businesses in smart technology to join us. For startups the event creates an opportunity to exchange and validate their approach with the community that can think out loud with you. For all ecosystem actors it is the place where they can seek for future opportunities to collaborate.

The event is co-organized by World Startup Factory, the startup entrepreneurs in our current Connectivity Accelerator and the City of The Hague.


12:30                Doors are open
13:00 - 13:30    Opening & Keynote by Jeroen van der Sommen
13:30 - 14:45    Breakout Sessions Round 1 (Panel)
14:45 - 15:00    Break
15:00 - 16:15    Breakout Sessions Round 2 (Panel)
16:15 - 16:30    Break
16:30 - 17:30    Impact City’s The Hague Innovators Challenge: Kick-off by Karsten Klein
                         Impact City’s The Hague Innovators Challenge: Pitch Competition
16:30 - 18:00    Investor - Startup Carousel (Invitation Only Session)
17:30                Drinks & Networking Start
18:00 - 18:15   Announcement of the Winners of Impact City’s The Hague Innovators Challenge
18:15 - 18:20   Closing Remarks

Keynote speaker

Jeroen van der Sommen, the Co-Founder of Akvo.

Jeroen van der Sommen has started as a groundwater hydrogeologist in West Africa and during 10 years in the field of water and sanitation and water resources management he learned about development. As a pioneer he loved to set up new teams, bringing people together, and to motivate and inspire them; in the Netherlands and abroad.

Building bridges and managing partnerships was Jeroen's drive behind the Netherlands (and the European) Water Partnership: public-private parties, NGOs and knowledge institutes working on common goals. 

Innovation is the drive behind Akvo: in trying to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, how can we make better use of modern tools like mobile telephones and internet? What can prevent us from reinventing the wheel? Jeroen found that our (hydrological) memory is short or virtual none existing: we can do better: by being more transparent, by sharing our experience and knowledge more efficient and by reporting back on our failures and successes. Not each of us alone (with their own tools), but in international partnerships of governments, donors, foundations, NGOs, private companies and knowledge institutes in an 'open source' way.

Breakout Sessions

There are 8 sessions, which happen in 2 rounds i.e. 4 sessions per round. Each session is a panel discussion including a startup, a corporate, an SME, and a public institution. Each panel member presents their approach to tackle the same challenge. A Q&A follows when the audience takes part in validating these solution. We expect these interactions to highlight best industry practices and help inspire new possibilities.

Once you sign up for the event, please check your email for our follow-up action to register for individual sessions.

Round 1 (13:30 – 14:45)

Promote workforce health and productivity, and reduce insurance cost for employers - led by ByCycling
Making everyday living hassle-free, by creating technology that's simple! - led by AwakeY
Increase efficiency of electricity usage in homes and buildings - led by Wattie
Hardware Product Design: Building in house VS Outsourcing - led by Fracktal Labs

Round 2 (15:00 - 16:15)

Boost local economy by improving retailers' online presence - led by GetOn (Held in Dutch)
Bikes for businesses and the future of urban mobility - led by Lock&Charge
Make indoor spaces safer with better indoor air quality monitoring - led by uHoo
Empower human connection and promote cultural experiences for city locals - led by EzyCities

Impact City’s The Hague Innovators Challenge

With The Hague Innovators Challenge, the City of The Hague aims to encourage start-ups, organisations and students to present new ideas on current global challenges.

As a part of New Business Summit, audience can witness pitches from the finalists of The Hague Innovators Challenge, who will compete for grand prizes of 5.000 - 30.000 Euros. The pitch competition will be kicked off by the Deputy Mayor of The Hague Karsten Klein. You can watch the pitches at

Investor-Startup Carousel

Investors and startups with specific interest in smart cities, smart mobility and smart building will be pre-screened to participate in a facilitated speed dating session. For more information email -


New World Campus building, Spaarneplein 2, 2525 VK Den Haag.

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New World Campus
2 Spaarneplein
2515 VK Den Haag

Thursday, 19 January 2017 from 13:00 to 19:00 (CET)

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World Startup Factory

World Startup Factory provides acceleration programs for technology-based, impact-driven startups. We launch startups into our vibrant ecosystem by offering them seed capital, diverse acceleration tools (entrepreneurship, training, mentoring, access to partner network and potential customers), and the help in becoming investor ready. We are keen on forward-looking projects and smart solutions

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