The application procedure is open until the 20th of April 2019.

You can apply if you are:

  • A student from research-oriented universities (WO) and universities of applied sciences (HBO) in The Netherlands 
  • A young professional with less than 5 years of working experience
  • Bachelor 2+, Master or PhD student


This competition is focused on cross-sector learning so we welcome people from all sorts of different (academic) backgrounds.

Step 1 – Register
Go to to register and sign up. This way you don’t have to fill in all the application steps at once. We will remember you now and the steps you’ve taken. The next time you visit the application page you’ll see that the steps you’ve already taken are still filled in.
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Step 2 – Finalize your information
Fill in your personal details, education and interests. Please note that you have to upload your CV and linkedIn. When you submit this form we assume you accept our conditons.

Step 3 – Enjoy the suspense

Now that you have completed your application and it’s already sent, all you have to do is wait and see which company will you work with, or if you made it for the Matchmaking Day! Don’t forget to check your spam folders every once in a while as well! You never know what good news might be waiting for you!

The selected people will be invited for the Matchmaking Day on May 1st.

The Program

The Rotterdam100 takes you on a unique journey through the entrepreneurial, business and scientific life. You will get opportunities to:

  • Visit leading companies 
  • Meet the present and future leaders 
  • Get trained by experts and business leaders 
  • Build a new app, product or business concept
  • Develop yourself on personal and business level 




  • 20th of April 2018 | Application Deadline

The selected people will be invited for the Matchmaking Day.

  • 1st of May 2019 | Matchmaking Day
  • 13th & 14th of May 2019 | 24 Hour Creation Battle
  • May – June 2019 | In-House Days
  • 13th of June 2019 | Grand Finale

Selection Day

We select 250 applicants to the Selection Day and they will:

  • Receive pitch training by Eldridge Labinjo
  • Pitch in front of business leaders of leading companies
  • Network with startups, corporates and the municipality

Eventually 100 participants will be chosen as the Rotterdam100

About the day…
During the pitch training, participants receive
tips & tricks on how to pitch, set goals and inspire people.

After a short break it’s time for you to pitch yourself to get selected for individual interviews with one or more of our case partners. You also have the opportunity to network with other various start ups and successful businesses!

The individual interviews are conducted by representatives from leading companies such as CGI, ABN AMRO, Humanitas, Port of Rotterdam,Unilever and more (depending on the challengers from the respective edition).

We end the day with drinks together with startups, leading companies and the municipality.
The Rotterdam100 2019 will then be announced!

Date |  1st of May 2019
Location | Rotterdam Science Tower

24 Hour Creation Battle and Grand Final

The Rotterdam100 will be divided into 25 multidisciplinary teams and each team:

  • Receives in-depth workshops on their case
  • Creates a solution for their business case in 24 hours
  • Meets CEOs and top advisors from the most innovative companies
    Such as former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and KPN CFO Jan Kees de Jager

About this battle…
In this battle the Rotterdam100 will work in multidisciplinary teams and create solutions such as apps, products and business concepts for our challenging business cases.

During 24 boosting hours, our professionals will give the Rotterdam100 workshops in idea generation, value proposition and business modeling! They will meet up with IT, finance, engineering, marketing and sales experts and use all their new skills and knowledge during their casework time.

Of course we make sure everyone will be powered up the whole day by having all kind of fun activities, workshops and motivational speakers during the entire day and night.

At the end of these 24 hours,in the teams present their solutions in a spectacular way to the case owners, i.e. our partner companies. The judges will select the final four teams for the Get in the Ring battle!

About the final …

During this event the final four teams pitch to win:

  • The title ‘Rotterdam’s Most Excellent’
  • The amazing opportunity of actually implementing the winning solution with one of the renowned companies, with the support of SMO as well!
  • A personal recommendation letter from Mayor Aboutaleb as Rotterdam’s Most Excellent 2018!
  • Mysterious prize 

The final contains a real life Pitch-Battle event in which the remaining teams pitch their develop solutions in front of a prominent jury.

An exciting 24 Creation Battle full with inspiring speakers, pitch battles and the created Impact will end with crowning the winner of the Rotterdam100 2019! A great end to a program full of networking and inspiration!

Date | 13th & 14th of May 2019
Location | Rotterdam Science Tower