Summit to bring together students, researchers and entrepreneurs

26-10-2016 • By Marlene Admiraal  

The Hague University of Applied Sciences will be hosting the How To Get There Summit (HTGTS) on Thursday 17 November 2016. This summit, an initiative of Henk Kamp and Neelie Kroes, aims to bring together corporates and start-ups to accelerate the innovation process through collaboration. During the event, our heads of research groups will be sharing their expertise in the form of workshops and lectures. Students with a passion for entrepreneurship can take part in order to expand their network and learn more about entrepreneurship from experienced practitioners.

According to Simone Fredriksz, Dean of Faculty, ‘The Hague University of Applied Sciences is eager to join this network of bold and unbounded pioneers in pursuit of creative solutions, which is why we are proud to host the HTGTS.’

THUAS strongly emphasises research, entrepreneurship and networking – three ingredients that are needed to turn innovative ideas into concrete services, products and businesses. The How To Get There Summit is far and away the event where these ingredients come together. The event also gives our students access to an extensive network with considerable knowledge and expertise in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. This network provides our students with a unique range of opportunities and possibilities.

In one day, participants at the HTGTS can see, feel, hear and sometimes even taste what the Dutch innovation ecosystem has to offer. Innovation hubs (such as Brainport Eindhoven, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and YES!Delft) will be showcasing their facilities and sharing their knowledge and know-how, while Dutch corporates will be presenting their expertise, success stories and most brilliant failures during various breakout sessions. Scale-ups have partnered up with nlgroeit in their search for a ‘growth formula’. Lecturers Ellen Sjoer, Rianne Valkenburg and Klaas Molenaar will be organising sessions on behalf of The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

THUAS founded the Next Economy research platform to establish a strong focus on entrepreneurship. So facilitating the HTGTS together with the Municipality of The Hague is a logical next step,’ says Dean of Faculty Sander van Ipenburg Grijpma.

The Get in the Ring Competition gives start-ups the opportunity to do business with investors, corporates and business professionals. Students with a start-up or students working on a start-up that is in the advanced stages of development have the chance to pitch their idea to major corporations during the Get in the Ring Competition.

Visitors can enjoy various ecosystem café sessions and other events in the Atrium at which the entire Dutch ecosystem converges and you can meet key figures from every imaginable area of expertise. The café sessions will have free admission all day long, while a ticket is required for the rest of the programme. A limited number of free tickets are available to students and lecturers.

For more information on tickets, the programme and more, see

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