Talent for Transition – Circular Economy 2024

The world is producing waste at a much higher pace than the planet can decompose – but what next? Dive into the world of circular economy and give your circular career a flying start. Join us to grow your network and get inspired!

Whether you want to start your own company or prefer to work for an existing organization, Talent for Transition helps to give your circular career a flying start.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Did you know that the European Union produces more than 2.5 billion tons of waste a year? Needless to say, we are producing waste at a pace much higher than the planet can decompose.

So, what is the way forward? Dive with us into the world of the circular economy and listen to inspiring speakers, go on a tour and discover BlueCity, speeddate with peers or hack your career.

Taste, experience and expand your network!

In addition to the program, this event offers a ‘taste of circular’ where you will be surprised by delicious snacks and drinks from the kitchens of circular entrepreneurs. While enjoying tasty products, there are extensive networking opportunities.

For whom?

This event is open for students, entrepreneurs, and anyone else who is interested in the circular economy.



14:30 – Walk-in

15:00 – Introduction by Liesje Goldschmidt & Ans Boersma

15:05 – Welcome to BlueCity by Guus Meijer – Venture Lead at BlueCity

15:20 – Q&A with Guus Meijer – Get to know more

15:25 – Inspirational speaker (TBC)

15:45 – 1-minute pitches by circular entrepreneurs

15:50 – Break

16:00 – Breakout-sessions:

  • Guided tour through BlueCity (NL & ENG)
  • Speeddate session with circular makers by Ans Boersma & Arianne Kooijman (Startup Academy)
  • Brewery Tour & Tasting by Vet&Lazy
  • Breakout ‘Hack your Career’ by Lars Crama & Lisette Braakenburg van Backum (UP!Rotterdam)
  • Breakout ‘Idea Validation’ by Erasmus Enterprise
  • Breakout ‘explore the Lab’ by BlueCity

17:00 – Drinks, Food & Network Market

18:00 – End of Event



Recognize that by signing up for this event and/or attending it, the program organizer will share your contact information with the partnering organization.



Liesje Goldschmidt — Head of Business Development at Erasmus Enterprise

Ans Boersma — Manager at Startup Academy Hogeschool Rotterdam

Guus Meijer — Venture Lead at BlueCity

Arianne Kooijman — Communication Manager at Startup Academy

Lisette Braakenburg van Backum — Partner & Project Leads at UP!Rotterdam

Lars Crama — Private Lead at UP!Rotterdam