2014 VCWI Knowledge & Innovation Forum

October 3, 2014

Aula Congrescentrum, TU Delft - Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft, Netherlands

About Event

The 2014 VCWI Knowledge and Innovation Forum is all about putting innovation at work. We aim to create a unique opportunity for our members and all participants to inquire, share, and inspire. Around this main theme, we have put together an exciting program that consists of three integral parts:

• What are the real-life case studies, success stories, and best practices?

One learns the best from real experiences. We are proud to have more than 10 Startup founders and owners to share their valuable stories and case studies. We also invited seasoned experts in academia and industry to talk about their innovation practices, and how to make yourself shine within big enterprises.

• How to make the perfect pitch to grasp that career-changing opportunity?

Communication and presentation skills are essential in one’s professional career. For the very first time, we host an Innovation “Idea Pitch” Workshop, sponsored by Chinese banking giant ICBC. We have a highly anticipated training session by professional speaker on how to give the perfect pitch. We will join 3 Startup owners who will pitch their great ideas, evaluated by a panel of experts and entrepreneurs. This would be a great learning experience for professionals and students alike.

• Which policies, funding schemes, and business aspects should you know to better support your innovation?

There are much more than just great ideas to make commercially successful products. Policies, funding, and business aspects are equally important. We are honoured to have senior policy makers from top universities and government agencies to tell us their vision and plan. We are also joined by venture capitalists, directors of technology parks from all 3 top tech universities in NL, to share their stories and tips for success. This is an opportunity not to be missed by self-starters, professionals and ambitious students.

The VCWI Knowledge and Innovation Forum also provide a unique networking opportunity for both organisations and individuals from China, Netherlands, and other European countries.

Event Schedule

  • 09:30 – 10:00

    10:00 – 10:15
    Opening and Agenda Briefing

    10:15 – 10:45
    Invited Speeches

    Drs. Dirk Jan van den Berg, President of Executive Board, TU Delft

    Mr. Xu Chen, Ambassador of Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands

    10:45 – 11:15
    Panel Discussion: Stimulating Innovation

    Mr. Paul Althuis, Director of Valorisation Centre, TU Delft

    Mr. Wilbert Pontenagel, Kennispark Twente

    Dr. Weimin Gao, China-Belgium Technology Centre, UCL, Belgium

    11:15 – 11:45
    Keynote Speech: Realizing the Value of Data Science and Big Data

    Mr. Bob Nieme, CEO, Serial Entrepreneur, Public Speaker

    11:45 – 13:00
    Lunch Break
  • 13:00 – 13:30
    Panel Discussion: Innovation success stories in Academia and Industry

    Mr. Iddo Bante, Business Director CTIT, Univ. of Twente

    Dr. Guofu Zhou, Principle Scientist, Philips

    Dr. Zongquan Yang, Systems Architect, ASML

    Prof. dr. Haixiang Lin, TU Delft

    13:30 – 14:45
    ICBC Innovation “Idea Pitch” Workshop

    This workshop is sponsored exclusively by ICBC

    Professional Training: How to give the perfect pitch?

    Mr. Henri Mathon, President, Amsterdam Toastmasters Club

    Idea Pitches and Expert Panel Discussion

    Panel experts: Bob Nieme, Henri Mathon, Wilbert Pontenagel, Xinmin Zhang Pitches:

    Interests-driven Social networks. Mr. Kees Blok, Co-founder & Owner, Qapp

    Online Job Search. Mr. Tianyi Xie, Co-founder Hoitalent

    Health Monitoring Platform. Mr. Xiaokui Zhang, Entrepreneur

    14:45 – 15:00
    Coffee/Tea Break
  • 15:00 – 16:45
    Parallel Sessions

    Session 1: Internet, Social and Digital Innovation

    Kees Blok (Owner Qapp), Huang Chen (Owner, Boundary Media), Kevin Guan (Founder, AsiancliQ), Tao Ma (Owner, Magic & Young), Ming Luo (GoGoDutch)

    Session 2: Water Cycle, Climate, and Environment

    Eef Leeuw(EIP Water), Jaap Shcellekens (Deltares), Fons Nelen (Nelen & Schuurmans), Jeroen Broekhuijsen (TNO), Salama Suhyb (SmartHydrology), Zhengbin Wang (TU Delft)

    16:45 – 17:00
    Summary and Closing

    17:00 – 21:00
    Drinks & Networking

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