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International European Entrepreneurial Region Conference

  • 22 May 2019
  • 23 May 2019

Empowering Sustainability

On the 22nd and the 23rd of May, Europe will meet Gelderland and Gelderland will meet Europe.

During the two-day international conference Empowering Sustainability you will meet other European partners, innovative start-up and scale-up hubs and clusters from various European regions. Together we will set to work to accelerate innovation in sustainability. How to deploy the strength of entrepreneurs? Identify opportunities. How can the government support these opportunities? The conference is the time to be inspired as well as a next step to European cooperation with other entrepreneurs, authorities and education institutes.

  • Be inspired and listen to key note speakers from business & industry, science and government including:
    • Prof.dr.ir. Louise O. Fresco, President Executive Board Wageningen University & Research
    • Alberic Pater, Manager Sustainability, Ikea Nederland and many others
  • Meet entrepreneurs, administrators, policy-makers and innovation hubs from the Netherlands and Europe;
  • Check the international cooperation corner and participate in the partner search;
  • Closely look into themes that matter: food, health, energy, industry, government as accelerator;
  • Learn from sustainable projects and remarkable locations in Gelderland;
  • Be surprised by Olympic top sports location Papendal and top chef Eric te Velthuis.
The conference offers you a unique opportunity to start a genuine dialogue with European partners and work together on innovation and a sustainable Europe.


Chairman of the day Diana Matroos (TV host, journalist) Language: English

Day 1: Papendal
13:15 arrival (shuttle service)
14:00 informal start/getting acquainted with like-minded participants and/or those with different views

15:30 start of plenary programme with key note speakers and interaction
18:30 work sessions
19:30 network dinner

Day 2: locations throughout Gelderland
09:00 introduction of themes, expectations, questions, desired ‘outcome’
10:00 transport by bus and 'storytelling'
11:00 work visits Gelderland. Themes: Food, Health, Energy, Industry and Government with good practices and exploration of future cooperation
15:00 transport by bus
15:30 closing and farewell drinks

Dinner on day 1 and lunch on day 2
Possibility to stay overnight with breakfast service in Hotel Papendal
Transport from and to Arnhem Central Station
Transport during the work visits on day 2

Potential participants can state the reasons why they would like to receive an invitation by email to EER2019@Gelderland.nl.
If you know any people in your network that simply have to be there, please point this event out to them. Because of privacy legislation, you cannot share their data directly with us. 
We aim for a balanced composition of participants. Therefore, we may not be able to grant all applications.

Conference participation is free of charge. The conference is for invitees only: you only pay for travel and accommodation expenses.

Mark 22 and 23 May 2019 in your calendar and attend the International European Region Conference Empowering Sustainability. You will receive the official invitation in April with registration option, details on the work sessions and further information.

Netherlands-Canada Chamber of Commerce | Wilhelminastraat 184 HS | 1054 WT Amsterdam| The Netherlands | +31 (70) 2210 555 | info@nccc.trade 

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