Spectaculaire Finale Rotterdam100 na 24 uur afzien.

Afgelopen vrijdag vonden de 24 Hour Creation Battle en Finale van de Rotterdam100 plaats in Feyenoord stadion De Kuip in Rotterdam. Tijdens deze talent competitie spande studerend of recent afgestudeerd toptalent zich 24 uur lang in om duurzame en creatieve oplossingen te vinden voor de grootste uitdagingen van Rotterdam. Als klap op de vuurpijl gingen de 4 beste teams in een pitchbattle de strijd aan voor de titel ‘Rotterdam’s Most Excellent’ en een trip naar hét platform voor ondernemers en innovators: de conferentie van Get in the Ring in  Portugal.

Tijdens de vijfde editie van de Rotterdam100 werden in het holst van de nacht challenges gekraakt, ontwikkeld door CGI, ABN AMRO, TNO, Humanitas, Maasstad Ziekenhuis, Feyenoord en Unilever. Na een nacht hard doorwerken, wakker gehouden door koffie van Heilige Boontjes, chocolade van Johnny Doodle en blikjes Redbull, explodeerde op de ochtend van de finaledag het adrenaline niveau door een collectieve uitvoering van een traditionele haka. De blij verraste organisaties noteerden een breed scala van Next Economy innovaties; van het recyclen van plastic in tuinmateriaal, een app die het fileprobleem op lost, nieuwe E-health toepassingen tot het digitale voetbalstadion van de toekomst.

And the winner is…
Na een zenuwslopende knock-out pitchfinale wist een van de teams van Maasstad Ziekenhuis de jury het meest te overtuigen. Team (G)Oldies ontwierp binnen 24 uur een oplossing voor drie fundamentele problemen in de ouderenzorg door de toepassingen van hologrammen, Big Data en een zelf-lerend algoritme. Zij mogen zich vanaf nu ‘Rotterdam’s Most excellent’ noemen en  vliegen woensdag 30 mei naar de Get in the Ring global meetup. Een van de trotse winnaars: ‘‘Het was afzien en ik wist niet dat ik zo lang wakker kon blijven, maar ik ben erg trots en zal deze geweldige ervaring nooit meer vergeten’’


06/04/2018 – Meet Graciëlla

An ambitious, hardworking, fun, food loving business owner who is also former participant of the Rotterdam100!

Name: Graciëlla van Hamersveld
Age: 24
Background: Master of Science in Econometrics – Business Analytics and Quantitative Marketing at Erasmus School of Economics
Current employment: Co-owner Waikiki Foodtruck and Co-founder Closure

What are you currently doing?

I am currently working in both of my own companies. I have a food truck called Waikiki, that sells pole bowls because I love food! But I also started a company called Closure, together with a friend of mine. Closure is a service for both the bereaved as well as companies; it is a two sided platform that one the side provides a form that they can fill in one time so that they do have to email all companies where the deceased had a subscription. Our will service will do this. On the other side we subsidize data so that a company does not have to put precious time in processing of the data.

That sounds super interesting! How did this come about?

My co-founder is econometrist as well and before this, she was a payment consultant at Innopay and I was intern at KLM when something quite strange wast happening in the world that made us come up with the idea. In May, the new GDPR will issue the new legislation and regulations, which in turn, includes a great deal of regulation concerning a person’s life. When you die as a person, you are no longer a natural person, but you are also not part of the GPR anymore. When we thought about a person’s next of kin, we thought we could unburden people. And then during that process it appeared that you could also unburden companies, which made the whole concept so much nicer, because we have such a construction that companies benefit and pay for the next of kin, making it free for the unburden relatives. We both decided to take some time off and launch our company!

Very inspiring, did your participation in Rotterdam100 in any way help you with your career?

In terms of networking, I am still talking to some of the companies who were challengers during Rotterdam100. It’s definitively easier to get access to their network after meeting each other at the event. We both benefited from this connection. For example a certain party from the Rotterdam100 last year is even interested in doing a pilot with Closure! Other than the partners I met so many other interesting people that might benefit my career. Besides this, I still go to Eldridge Labinjo’s pitch sessions which are held every month. I really liked the Pitch Training that he gave us during the Selection Day, he gave super helpful tips. So yes, it has definitely helped me!

And how did you survive the 24-hour creation battle?

I actually thought it was totally fine. Everybody is pumped up with excitement and ready to solve a killer pitch. Of course, it also helps that I perform best when barely sleep! I did the pitch in front of the jury and we slept 15 minutes just before to be little refreshed haha. Obviously afterwards we were super tired, but it you feel satisfied and it was absolutely worth it!

To close of why would you recommend the Rotterdam 100 to others?

For me the main reason to apply for any talent competition, and the Rotterdam 100 was by far the most fun one, is the people that attend. You meet so many inspiring and fun people.
It is funny, because I still come across people from the Rotterdam 100 in various places. So definitely network and the fun! The 24-hour creation battle itself was such an amazing experience. Besides the working on cases time, the sessions were super good and we were even invited to do some karaoke. I did not do that in the end, because let’s just say it would not have benefited the team spirit if anyone heard me singing. But once again I loved the Rotterdam100 and it brought me a lot so I would recommend it to anyone who is ambitious, eager to learn and loves meeting new people!