25th KPN Scale Up Afternoon - The 25th anniversary

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25th KPN Scale Up Afternoon - The 25th anniversary

Get ready to speed date with well-known corporates, investors, startups and scaleups

By KPN New Business - Liaison Mgr Startups

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, March 30 · 4 - 8pm CEST


Wilhelminakade 123 123 Wilhelminakade 3072 AP Rotterdam Netherlands

About this event

On behalf of KPN Liaison Management Scaleups, we welcome you again to our 25th KPN Scaleup Afternoon.

The event will be hosted on the 30th of March 2023.

The program of the event

15:30 - 15:55 Walk-in

16:00 - 17:00 Opening

17:10 - 17:30 1st round of speeddates

17:30 - 17:45 Break

17:45 - 18:05 2nd round of speeddates

18:10 - 18:30 3rd round of speeddates

18:30 - 20:00 Walking buffet and networking

Speed dating information

We will kick-off the 25th anniversary with a panel discussion on how to make Open Innovation work between corporates and startups.

After this, you'll get the opportunity to speed date with with our well-known partner corporates, investors and KPN.

Startups & scaleups can indicate with which of the companies they would like to speed date during the ticketing process (Please be aware that we do our best to take your preference into account, but we have limited speed date spots and a selection has to be made).

This event will be live with on-site speed dates only.

The following 1) KPN departments 2) corporates and 3) investors will be present:

1) KPN (for startups & scaleups looking for cooperations with-, or investments from KPN):

[ To be announced]

2) Corporates (for startups & scaleups looking for cooperations, Proof of Concepts, or sharing knowledge).

Aexus focuses on business development outsourcing for innovative international tech solutions; looking for cooperation, POC’s, sharing knowledge and a fresh point of view. Their focus industries are IoT, Health, Cyber Security, AI, AR and 5G.

Albert Heijn is looking for innovative retail scaleups to share knowledge, get a fresh point of view or start a Proof of Concept. Focus areas are connected store and connectivity, shelf availibility, sensors and product packing, image recognition, IoT and new paying methods in the customer journey.

ANWB’s primary focus is on companies with a B2C or B2B2C focus which favour new and/or disruptive solutions with a compelling service offering and strategic relevance to their priorities energy and mobility. They partner and selectively make minority investments with scaling companies that have a proven traction and can clearly show the market opportunity.

Connekt is active in smart mobility and sustainable logistics and is looking for scaleups in this category. Think of scaleups that processes data, stimulate autonomous vehicles, traffic management and everything else related to mobility and logistics.

Deloitte is looking for cooperation with scaleups who can solve their clients' challenges on sustainability, digital, trust and security, and transformation. They are mainly interested in MA tools, taxation, future banking, but also Web3.0, Metaverse, Quantum computing.

Dura Vermeer is interested to either cooperate or invest in preferably Dutch startups with use-cases in powerprocess technology, robotizing of building construction, digitalizing of drawing processes, circular construction material, C02 solutions and other relevant data platform and services.

• Enterprise Solutions is looking for deep tech companies. They can help you with either an investment, cooperation or to share knowledge.

• Erasmus University Rotterdam is looking for companies wanting to collaborate with academia in terms of research, sponsoring, guest lectures, etc in various industries. They focus on social entrepreneurship, mobility solutions and future/ sustainable business models.

EY is an accounting and tax firm, who supports fast growing companies with accounting and tax related issues. They are looking for fast growing companies who want to professionalize their company to cooperate with or to share knowledge with in all industries.

Hortiheroes helps startups by showcasing and introducing them in the market. They are interested in startups who are active with one of the following topics: circular or energy neutral cultivation, data-driven cultivation, automation of labor, sustainable packaging, optimizing the chain and innovative consumer concepts in the food and flower industry. helps startups by showcasing and introducing them in the market.

ING is looking for companies who can mean something for the financial sector. One of their focus industries are technological enablers, containing data analytics, AI and blockchain. Their second focus area is strategy, so sustainability, customer experience and personalisation. Next they focus on value space meaning digital assests, open finance and embedded finance. They are looking for scaleups with more than 10 FTE in their early stage, growth or maturity phase. They have a slight preference for European/Dutch companies and can offer POCs or cooperation.

Johan Cruijff Arena is looking for companies that can provide IoT solutions for the tracking of SUP cups to inspire reuse. IoT solutions needs to be able to integrate to a event hosting platform to connect & trace personalised SUP cups as part of the event experience.

Microsoft is looking cooperation with B2B software companies with headquarters in the Netherlands. They support scaleups in business development and help them by giving access to the market.

PortXL is looking for cooperation in the industries of maritime, logistics, green or renewable energy. They prefer scaleups in the growth or maturity phase who can join their 2023 program.

Rabobank is looking for cooperation with scaleups with software or services to grow a better world in terms agri, food and sustainability. Other focus areas are remote sensing, solutions for the energy transition, in the housing sector, and fintech.

Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) is looking for Dutch startups and scaleups who are ready to scale up to an intertional level.

Rockstart has an accelerator programme for start ups in the industries of digital health, energy, emerging tech and agrifood. They offer a network, acces to expertise industry knowledge, acces to market and to capital.

YES!Delft helps to make a positive impact in the world through innovative technology and entrepreneurship. They support tech startups, both hardware and software, that want to build tomorrow's leading firms. They offer full-lifecycle support through our set of services, to help entrepreneurs achieve success at every moment of their startup stage.

3) Investors (for startups & scaleups looking for investments).

ABN AMRO is a financial institution focusing on matching companies to informal investors; solely looking for investment opportunities in Dutch companies, with with scalable businesses and a capital needed up to 2 million

Eneco Ventures invests in startups and scaleups in Series A rounds who are active in North-Western Europe and accelerate the energy transition.

Imec.istart.nl offers Dutch tech startups pre-seed funding between 100.000 and up to 250.000 euro per startup. Next to this startups join an accelerator program that runs for 12 to 18 months, and are offered tailored support to succeed and grow globally. Imec.istart often operates as the first formal investor of a startup. The program just recently launched, but can count on many years of experience and is powered by the business support of Novel-T.

InnovationQuarter is looking for investment opportunities with start-ups and scale-ups in the industries of Maritime & Harbor, Horticulture, Aerospace, Life Sciences & Health, High Tech Systems & Materials, Energy, Circular, ICT and Cybersecurity, and are established in Zuid-Holland.

• Lumo Labs is looking for investment opportunities with pre- or early seed startups preferably based in the Netherlands. They focus on software startups in AI, Big data, Blockchain, IoT and/or VR/AR who meanwhile are working towards the SDGs of Good Health & Wellbeing, Quality Education and/or Sustainable Cities & Communities.

• Volta Ventures is looking for investment opportunities with early stage B2B SaaS in the Benelux.

Interested? Get your ticket on this webpage and join our event

The deadline for the speed dates is March 14th.

We hope you'll join our 25th KPN Scaleup Afternoon!

If you can’t attend our event but ordered a ticket, please cancel your registration in eventbrite or inform us via kpnscaleups@kpn.com at least one week in advance. If you want your data to be removed from our systems please email: kpnscaleups@kpn.com

We love Innovation, We love Startups & Scaleups

About the organizer

KPN New Business is the department of KPN that is responsible for the growth of new products and services, among which: Internet of Things, Smart Home, KPN health, Security, E-identification and much more. The New Business Team focusses on the co-creation of new business models and co-development of new products (with the use of mutual assets). The team offers access to KPN’s extensive expertise in connectivity, security, related technologies and to our leading network infrastructure. In case of a proven mutual matching proposition, the New Business Team offers the opportunity to use KPN as a pilot customer and/or channel partner. The Liaison Manger organizes diverse events to connect with startups.

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