Zwolle has lots of big – often family owned – companies that are trying to figure out how to innovate. Zwolle also has a fast growing startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs are lucky to have so many resources available to help them in their journey.  This first edition of Startupboost Zwolle tries to showcase how mature companies can innovate using young companies and startup-methodologies.

WHAT: Innovation using startup-technologies and methodology.

WHEN: May 26, 17.00h CET. 2016

WHERE: Krachtstroom, Burgemeester drijbersingel 25 in Zwolle.

Admission: Free. Join

For anyone

  • launching or thinking about launching a startup.
  • working on innovation in his organization.
  • interested in the Zwolle startup scene.
  • interested in networking.
  • searching for a job or internship.


17.00: Walk-in.

17.30: Introduction.

17.45: Enterprise Innovation and the Age of Disruptive Change.

Speaker: Gerhard van der Bijl, Head of Digital Development,
Synopsis: How to innovate a running business using startup-methodology.

18.45: Innovation in the Rotterdam port.

Speaker: Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL.
Synopsis: The epic story on how multi-billion euro companies realized they needed startups for innovation and how they ended up bringing 12 young companies from all over the world to Rotterdam.

19.45: Managing the tires of your trucks and saving big money in the process?

Speaker: Francisco Valderrama, CEO, Glöck.
Synopsis: The classic 3-minute startup pitch, by this young company from Colombia.

19.55: Innovation in healthcare.

Speaker: Marco Woesthuis, Founder Open Healthhub.
Synopsis: Shifting control of treatment from insurance-company back to the doctor.

20.15: Panel discussion.

21.00: Networking