For Romanian-born Teodor Cătăniciu, everything started with an eye-opening experience. A few years back, he was a business student at a Dutch university only to realize that the program he had chosen wasn’t given him enough real-world knowledge. He wanted more.
There are close to 7,000 languages being spoken around the world, and a single person may be fluent in one or two, perhaps three. Language barriers are, thus, rather common – whether people deal with personal or professional matters.
“In the life sciences, collaborations are the key to furthering knowledge, developing new and better products, and getting them quickly to market,” says Cees de Wit. Collaborations, in fact, are what he believes will bring innovation in the field to the next level.
Whether very early-stage or more established, innovative companies are constantly on the lookout for new customers, trusted partners and key investors. For a strong network, both at home and abroad. For relevant knowledge and expertise. If they could find that in one place, too, then all the better.
Plastic is all around us – from our homes, cars and phones, to disposable water bottles, food packaging, and even our dental fillings. Avoiding just about every contact with it is, thus, rather unrealistic. Yet, while a lot has been said about the negative impact of plastic on people’s health and the environment, there is now a way to make it a lot safer.
Young people nowadays are brought up with a smartphone in their hand. They’re online and they’re on social media. They play games and share their experiences with their virtual friends. Yet, more often than not, there’s a certain disconnect between what they do and achieve in the online world and what they do and achieve offline, and vice versa.
The weather is an unpredictable thing – and especially so in the Netherlands. From sun and clear skies in one moment, to clouds, wind and rain only minutes later, short-term weather change has been difficult to pinpoint with the technology currently out there. Yet, that may not be the case for much longer.
SkyEcho, led by co-founders Yann Dufournet, Igor Stepanov and Tobias Otto, is on a mission to make rainfall- and storm monitoring more accurate and timely. A lot more accurate and timely, that is.
Our clients don’t choose for CIC just because they need ‘an office’. In fact, the four walls around them may be the least important reason why the decide to locate with us. So what is it they look for then? What has driven CICers to change their address to Stationsplein 45?
Having a startup comes with the turmoil of opportunities and setbacks while putting all your effort in thriving forward, and reaching for the stars. But it is easily forgotten that it’s in the early stage of starting-up, that you’re setting the culture can be set for years later.
Rotterdam is bursting with energy and new innovation initiatives. These include the first port accelerator program called Port XL, the Cambridge Innovation Center which opened in September to help scale ups, the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, and Blue City. Rotterdam has plenty to offer startups, both in the city and in its port.
At CIC, we value the impact that a good conversation between two talented people can have. So much so, that six years ago we founded a non-profit organization (the Venture Cafe Foundation) to devote an entire afternoon every Thursday to the power of networking. People gather, share ideas and learn under the umbrella of Venture Cafe’s weekly gatherings.
It made me wonder: How powerful is networking? Which factors combined lead to a powerful exchange of information between people?
I was recently on an email thread with the CIC General Managers (Kim Plank of CIC St. Louis, Natalia Martinez of CIC Miami, and Sarah Morin of CIC in Cambridge and Boston) and the question was raised: What are your tips and tricks for getting as close as possible to “inbox zero”?
On Saturday, January 21st, over 1.700 people attended the official opening party of CIC Miami. With visitors from as far as Santiago and Tokyo, guests enjoyed a fair of innovation with great food, drink, and entertainment. Check out photos here!
2016 was quite the year. From Brexit to Trump, and a disturbing amount of celebrities gone too soon, it’s been a weird trip around the sun. The CIC team is excited to see the start of 2017, but also had a big year ourselves.