Startup Fest Brightlands – Incubate. Accelerate. Validate. Scale.

Startup Fest Brightlands. Incubate. Accelerate. Validate. Scale., was an exciting one-day event with masterclasses, inspirational speakers, a ‘Get in the Ring’ pitch competition and a networking party.

Brightlands is the place to be when it comes to advanced materials, health, food and smart services. During Startup Fest Brightlands we celebrated the opening of Brightlands Innovation Factory, the entrepreneurial backbone of the Brightlands ecosystem. We got inspired by daring ideas for a better and more sustainable world. We empowered today’s pioneers in advanced materials, health, food and smart services on their journey from a bold idea to a legendary company.
The Brightlands ecosystem is home to daring entrepreneurs and visionary investors, forward-thinking corporations and knowledge institutes, talented researchers and students.

Startup Fest Brightlands took place on May 27th in Muziekgieterij, Maastricht.


Round one

Richard Habets

Richard Habets

How to build a legendary company without driving yourself crazy.

Patrick Vroomen Patrick Vroomen

Agile Business Skills – What is the basic equipment for today’s start-ups? You learn eight practical agile insights that will help you accelerate your business.


Round two

Martijn Kagenaar Martijn Kagenaar You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Theo Ploeg Theo Ploeg Smart Citizenship. Real smartness comes with an understanding of technology and the impact it has.


1 PM – 5 PM

Get in the ring ‘Get in the Ring: Brightlands Edition’ International pitch competition, where startups from Zuyd University, University Maastricht, TU/e and Brightlands will fight against each other in a boxring. The winner receives a ticket to the global ‘Get in the Ring’ Final 2017.
Tom van Aken Keynote Tom van Aken, CEO Avantium A 10-year journey to build an innovative renewable chemistry company. A journey paved with many challenges, moments of excitement and luck.
Innovation Factory Opening Brightlands Innovation Factory The official opening of Brightlands Innovation Factory, the entrepreneurial backbone of Brightlands ecosystem. Brightlands Innovation Factory is at the heart of Brightlands, a network of vibrant ecosystems, where research, education, and business collaborate to develop sustainable solutions in advanced materials, health, nutrition, and the smart services that bind them.

5 PM – 8 PM – Networking Party

Brightlands Innovation Factory Networking Party: the evening full of celebrations and networking with drinks, food and music.

Date : 27 May 2016
Time : 09.00h – 20.00h
Place : Muziekgieterij, Maastricht
For : Startups, corporates, investors, and experts in smart materials
Organizer : Brightlands



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