Stories of participants

The Rotterdam100 takes you on a unique journey through the entrepreneurial, business and scientific life. To give you a glimpse of what you can expect, some of the former participants shared their stories. Get to know:

  • Their experiences
  • How they developed themselves
  • Their case solutions

About the Pitch Day

“One of my professors notified me about the talent competition Rotterdam100, because he knew that I’m very interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, startups and the Next Economy. Themes that are central to the Rotterdam100 competition and that is why I decided to apply.

The competition started with the Pitch Day, where we received a pitch training from Eldridge Labinjo. Before this day I didn’t know what to expect, however when I arrived it was all so impressive, all those people, those national and international students!”

It was a big happening and a really great experience.

Jeffrey Geene, Young Professional Business & Finance
Case ABN AMRO – Destroy The Bank

Case solution – Know

My and my team build an application for ABN AMRO: ‘Know’.

It’s a platform on which companies can buy transaction data from consumers. For example: A company can ask for the transaction data of 4000 women, 20 – 25 years old and living in the Netherlands.

A woman can than independently decide to disclose her transaction data and in return receive a voucher that she can give to a charity of her choice. 

About the 24 Hour Creation Battle

“One of the most inspiring things of the Rotterdam100 were my fellow candidates during the 24 Hour Creation Battle, some of them already had a lot of (work)experience in their discipline. Through working with them I kept on learning new knowledge and ways of doing stuff, over and over again.

 If I would have to name the most inspiring person to me that would be former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende. He gave a speech on the end of the 24 Hour Creation Battle when everybody already used a lot of energy in solving their cases, including me. Then the former Prime Minister came on stage with a super energetic speech which literally and figuratively shook us a wake! It was inspiring to hear that he also started at the bottom and took a lot of amazing steps to reach the top.”

A valuable experience in which you come in contact with the world outside of science and interact with talented people.

Lars Suanet, Computer Science at Leiden University,
Case CGI/Port of Rotterdam: ‘A Logistic Nightmare’

Case Solution of Lars’s team

My and my team build an dashboard tool for CGI and Port of Rotterdam.

It’s a dashboard that helps the port in analyzing and interpreting the available arrival data of vessels and trucks.

The tool collects all related information from the daily activities that directly influences the work within the port.

The same tool reads the collected data, displays patterns of behaviour and eventually forecasts operational scenarios. 

After Rotterdam100…

As winners of the Rotterdam100 2017 edition, our team was invited to join the global Get in the Ring Competition in Singapore! The intense week packed with professional and social activities brought us closer as a team, while at the same time allowed us to gain new insights in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. We participated in amazing workshops and have met many interesting people who we are still in contact with. Attending this conference together gave us a solid base to turn our winning idea into a real start-up: Circal Technologies.”

Cato Bui, Master Strategic Management Rotterdam School of Management,
Case ENGIE – Run (Ning) in Circles! (Winner Rotterdam100 16/17)

Case Solution – EmissionS

We are striving to prevent pollution of container ships by using their emissions to grow algae on board for future usage.

Algae is used as a natural filter for CO2, but also has the potential as a biofuel i.e.  for cancer treatment.

This team illustrates what Rotterdam100 stands for – thinking beyond the case and into the future.