It’s a Wrap! 2nd Edition of Talent for Transition – Circular Economy an Inspiring Success!

We are still buzzing and looking back to the 2nd Edition of Talent for Transition – Circular Economy! 🌐♻️ This collaborative event by Erasmus Enterprise, Hogeschool Rotterdam Startup Academy  and BlueCity brought together passionate individuals, forward-thinking businesses, and innovative ideas to pave the way for a sustainable future.

From engaging inspiring speakers to hands-on workshops, the event was a full of creativity and collaboration. Participants explored ideas to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy.

Throughout the event, inspiration flowed freely as speakers shared their insights, experiences, and visions for a circular future. The energy was wonderful, fueled by the determination to drive positive change and make a lasting impact on our planet.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the attendees, speakers, and partners who contributed to the success of this event. Your passion, dedication, and innovative spirit are the driving forces behind our shared journey towards a circular economy.

As we reflect on the achievements of the 2nd Edition of Talent for Transition, we are reminded of the potential that lies within each of us to shape a better world. Let’s continue to harness that potential, working together to create a future where sustainability thrives.

Stay tuned for updates on future initiatives championing the circular economy. Together, we can build a world that works for everyone, now and for generations to come. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey!

What's next? ​

For the 3rd consecutive year, Erasmus University Challenge – in collaboration with Erasmus Enterprise and Erasmus University – create the amazing opportunity for students to learn and improve by developing their own business ideas with support from many educational and industry partners. Whether the idea is based on a prototype, scientific project, or your sheer motivation, everybody with an impactful idea is welcome! Besides online and offline coaching of our invaluable network, developing your personal skills and many opportunities for networking, there are of course also many prizes to win worth up to €5.000,-!

Erasmus Enterprise Kicks Off Entrepreneurial Year 2023 with Grand Awards Ceremony and Impactful Roundtables

Erasmus Enterprise, a dynamic hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, celebrated the official opening of the Entrepreneurial Year 2023 with a spectacular awards ceremony and impactful roundtables. The event was an exceptional gathering of visionaries, leaders, and change-makers in the entrepreneurial landscape hosted by Ernst Hoestra.

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of outstanding entrepreneurs who have made remarkable contributions to their respective fields. Three prestigious awards were presented, showcasing the extraordinary talent within the Erasmus Enterprise community:

Erasmus Enterprise Community Award


Ease2Pay, led by Gijs van Lookeren Campagne and Jan Borghuis, was honored with the Erasmus Enterprise Community Award. The award signifies the deep sense of belonging and collaboration that Ease2Pay experienced within the Erasmus Enterprise community in the past year. Gijs van Lookeren Campagne and Jan Borghuis expressed their gratitude, stating:

"We have never felt as at home as in the past year being part of Erasmus Enterprise."
Jan Borghuis
Co-founder Ease2Pay

Startup Award


Thijs Nederlof and Rik Roosenstein were recognized for successfully launching their startup, Teachbuddy, and were presented with the Startup Award.

Next Frontier Award


The Next Frontier Award, presented by Jan Peter Balkenende (Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands), was bestowed upon IMCOMET. This award recognizes IMCOMET’s pioneering efforts and potential to lead the way in uncharted entrepreneurial territories.

The awards ceremony was followed by three engaging roundtable discussions moderated by Sheila Struyck, featuring influential voices in the fields of sustainability, smart cities, digital society, urban challenges, and the entrepreneurial generation. Distinguished participants included Caroline Nagtegaal (European Parliament), Inge Merkelbach (BIG’R), Ilja Linnemeijer (Business Unit Leader Zuid-Holland PwC), Sabine Biesheuvel (BlueCity), Martijn Hamann (Endeit Capital), Liduina Hammer (InnovationQuater), Adriana Hoppenbrouwer (The Fabricant), Jasper van Ouwerkerk (McKinsey & Company), Laura Rosendahl Huber (RSM), Michael Dooijes (ScaleNL), Ras Lalmy (YES!Delft), Julie Knoeff (Graduate Entrepreneur), and Karen Maas (Impact Centre Erasmus).

The official opening of the Entrepreneurial Year concluded with an exhilarating countdown, moderated by Allard Castelein, and was followed by a sustainable-driven networking session. Attendees enjoyed refreshments from Vet&Lazy and sustainable bites served by chef Tessa van der Geer, fostering meaningful connections among like-minded entrepreneurs.

Erasmus Enterprise is excited to embark on a new entrepreneurial journey in 2023, fostering innovation, collaboration, and societal impact.

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Stay informed and be part of the entrepreneurial community at Erasmus University Rotterdam!