From bluetech to biotech, these startups are enacting solutions to local and global challenges.
Air quality, noise, traffic density, vibrations. There’s a lot going on in the outdoors that has an impact on people, day in and day out. With technology being as advanced as it is, tracking and measuring each of those metrics is certainly realistic. There’s just the question of finding the right access points.
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.
We started the journey to open CIC Rotterdam as CIC's first international location over 4 years ago, with 2017 marking our first full year officially open. To commemorate it, we decided to take a snapshot of our demographics and the numbers inside our center.
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.
by Melissa Ablett
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.
by Lois Dickhoff
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?
by Melissa Ablett
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!