Talent for Transition

Are you a student or an entrepreneur with a burning desire to shape the future of energy? Do you want to make a meaningful impact in the world by driving the energy transition forward? Join Talent for Transition on the 28th of September, an extraordinary event designed for talented individuals.

In a world where energy plays a pivotal role in shaping our lives, the need for a sustainable future has never been more urgent. During this event, you have the power to contribute your innovative ideas, entrepreneurial spirit, and fresh perspectives to accelerate that much-needed change. Talent for Transition is your opportunity to engage with industry experts, network with like-minded peers, and ignite your passion for making a difference.

Through captivating keynote speeches, interactive workshops, and network opportunities, participants have the chance to deepen their understanding of the challenges this industry faces, brainstorm innovative solutions and explore the untapped potential energy transition holds.

From renewable energy technologies to sustainable business models, this event aims to inspire students to think critically, develop their skills, and contribute meaningfully to the landscape of energy transition.

Join us at “Talent for Transition” and embark on a transformative journey where you can unlock your full potential. Together, let’s shape the future of energy and create a sustainable world for generations to come.


14:30 – 15:00 Walk-in / Arrival with Watertaxi*

15:00 – 15:05 Welcome by Liesje Goldschmidt (Erasmus Enterprise) & Ans Boersma (Startup Academy)

15:05 – 15:15 Intro by Jouke Goslinga – Program Director at RDM Rotterdam

15:15 – 15:30 Johan Antonissen – Teacher and Coordinator Rotterdam Energytransition (EAS)

15:30 – 15:50 Kirsten Ruiter – Entrepreneur & Managing director at Buccanneer Delft

15:50 – 16:00 Break

16.00 – 17.00 Breakout Sessions

  • Inspirational tour through Innovation Dock by Jouke Goslinga (RDM) & Ferdi Bakker (Port of Rotterdam) in ENG & NL
  • Speeddate Sessions with Start-ups by Ans Boersma & Arianne Kooijman (Startup Academy)
  • Navigating the gap between the corporate & start-up worlds by Mitja Caboni (PortXL)

If you want to shape the future of energy you will likely require the support of established companies who are also looking to change. Discover what challenges you can expect and how to find your way through them to success. Based on experience of an accelerator bringing innovation to one of the most conservative industries on the planet: the maritime industry.

  • Hack your Career by Lars Crama (UP!Rotterdam)
  • Idea Validation Workshop by Liesje Goldschmidt (Erasmus Enterprise)

17.00 – 18.00 Networking drinks & Business Market

18:00 End of Event / Back with Watertaxi*

See you there!


* We provide the option to take the Watertaxi from stop 21 (close to Erasmus University) to RDM and back for free. See the pickup point on the image below.


Liesje Goldschmidt – Head of Business Development at Erasmus Enterprise

Ans Boersma – Manager at Startup Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam

Johan Antonissen – Teacher & Coordinator Rotterdam Energytransition (EAS)

Kirsten Ruiter – Entrepreneur & Managing Director at Buccaneer Delft

Jouke Goslinga – Program Director at RDM Rotterdam

Ferdi Bakker – Innovation Connector at Port of Rotterdam

Arianne Kooijman – Communication Manager at Startup Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam

Lars Crama – Private Lead & Change Maker at UP!Rotterdam


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