HeroFestival 2019

Seeded by: HortiHeroes  (event is in Dutch)

Fueled by: Rotterdam Food Cluster & VNO-NCW Westland-Delfland

On Thursday 11 April the HeroFestival, seeded by HortiHeroes will take place. This is the moment where front-runners, innovators, government, knowledge institutions, start-ups, young professionals and investors in the Food & Flower industry will team up with other industries and outside talent to accelerate their impact.

The theme of this year is … Global Challenges, Dutch Solutions! Just like last year, you’ll enjoy presentations by seasoned experts and pitches by young heroes from the HortiHeroes Academy. Start-ups and scale-ups from our eco-system will showcase their innovation, and will be matched with leaders in the sector.

By applying our knowledge and skills to global challenges, we’re strengthening our position as global front-runner.

#Happy #Healthy #Hungerfree

We are excited to announce our speakers and host:

Host HeroStage I

Katja Berkhout 

Int. Director Startup Delta

Ynzo van Zanten

Chief Evangelist

Tony's Chocolonely

Bob Hutten

Director Hutten

Rob Baan

Owner Koppert Cress

Kim van der Veer

Account Executive

Agri & Food 

Microsoft Netherlands

Jurriaan Ruys


Land Life Company

Sebastiaan Brouwer


Resilient Island


Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt


The Fork 

Blockchain for Food

Michiel Dijkman

Head of Corporate

Affairs & Comms

Samsung BNL

Guus van Roessel

Director Business

Development Processing


Mike Vermeij


Dutch Greenhouse Delta

Wim and Jan-Henk

Fountainheads by 

Rotterdam Food Cluster

Maaike de Vries

Bestseller author

Health scientist

Niels Lauwers


Daniël Prak



Bram Tijmons

CEO Pats Indoor

Drone Solutions

Martin Tietema

CEO Foamplant

Edward Verbakel

Managing Director

VB Group

Host HeroStage II

Arthur Tolsma


HortiHeroes Class of 2019

We’re going to surprise, connect talent, startups, funding, knowledge and most importantly make an impact. Stay tuned for more information about speakers, sessions and special matchmaking opportunities!

HeroFestival Ticket* € 95,-
Startup Ticket incl. demo € 45,-
Student Ticket € 15,-

* HortiHeroes partners will receive a special discount. 

Stay tuned for more information about the programme (12.30-19.30h)  

Seeded by:

Event location | Schiecentrale Rotterdam


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