"Rotterdam is a young, innovative city that thrives on the inspiration of young professionals. One thing is clear: to attract and retain their talent and creativity, networking is vital. YPR is a distinctive network where young Rotterdam professionals can meet and get inspired to work in this vibrant international city.” - Mr A. Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam
Wednesday September 17th the YPR foundation kicks off the 2014-2015 season with a crisp new calendar of events: commencement speeches, cultural encounters and special ops. All events with one goal in mind: connecting young professionals with eachother and with the City of Rotterdam.
We are extremely honoured that Ing A. Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, will deliver the very first commencement speech in City Hall. Commencement speeches are less bound by structure. A commencement speech, simply, is an opportunity to share your personal experience, values and advice. Famous commencement speeches include those by Steve Jobs and John F. Kennedy. YPR introduces the commencement speech in Rotterdam because we believe that the lessons learned by Rotterdam's captains of industry can be very inspiring. Each year we will challenge a mix of captains to take the stage. The whole 2014-2015 calender will be revealed the next following weeks.
16.30 hours - doors open / networking reception
17:00 hours - performance by Music Matters 2013 award winner Neda Boin
17:05 hours - welcome by the board of the YPR foundation
17:10 hours - commencement speech by Mr A. Aboutaleb
17:30 hours - networking reception
19:00 hours - end
For this kick off event we invite not only young professionals, but also the senior management of companies located in Rotterdam. We are convinced that YPR is very much worth your time.
Oscar de Grave - deGrave
Marianne van de Velde - Music Matters
Mike van der Steen - AD / De Persgroep
Christian van Maaren - Shell
When & Where
The YPR foundation
Young Professionals Rotterdam (YPR) is the meeting place for young professionals in Rotterdam. YPR aims to connect all young professionals in Rotterdam (25 – 35 y/o), offering them an active network for cultivating professional and social contacts. Connecting young professionals with each other and with the vibrant City of Rotterdam.
YPR organizes both knowledge/inspiration focussed events and a very full social calender. The latter in cooperation with the major events and big cultural icons in Rotterdam. All YPR events have an networking component in the program.
YPR goes far beyond the boundaries of your own organization and sector. Both commercially and socially an excellent place to be. Launched by the public private partnership Rotterdam Central District in November 2011 as a stimulus for the inner city of Rotterdam the YPR network has evolved. The YPR foundation is constituted in 2014.
YPR: connecting young professionals for a better and more fun Rotterdam.