The city of Amsterdam: a thriving centre of scientific innovation and activity

All eyes will be on Amsterdam during the innovation and match-making activities at the Startup Fest Europe which will take place in the city next week. The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award ceremony is part of this week full of innovative events. A matchmaking event for researchers, companies and entrepreneurs is scheduled to take place prior to the presentation of the Award with a focus on the latest innovations and technologies that will help solve a wide range of societal problems.

Science meets Business

On Thursday the 26th of May ten finalists will be competing for the title of most innovative idea and win the 2016 Science & Innovation Award. A big focus of this years programme is to help the researchers to turn their ideas into reality. Therefore a matchmaking event is initiated. Here researchers from Amsterdam’s knowledge and research institutes can present their ideas, new technologies and revolutionary solutions to a large number of societal problems. The event offers researchers, entrepreneurs and investors the opportunity for a quick meet and greet during ‘speed dates’. And at the same time, businesses can be introduced to the latest innovations and technologies that they can use to stay ahead of the competition. This is also the perfect opportunity for researchers to see how their innovations could be used in everyday life. The goal of the event is to boost cooperation between knowledge institutes and businesses. This aim fits in well with the City of Amsterdam’s long-term ambition to promote its highly-valued knowledge and innovation. Amsterdam was recently awarded the European Capital of Innovation Award.  

Collaboration between businesses and universities

Market leaders such as Tata Steel, who will deliver the keynote speech during the event, acknowledge the need to strengthen cooperation with universities and utilize the available knowledge and expertise. Tata Steel and Scyfer have opened an office at Amsterdam Science Park to be close to the source of information and inspiration. Tata Steel R&D Group Director Debashish Bhattacharjee explains:Our commitment to research and development is reflected in our nearly 500 R&D employees who are dedicated to their work. In addition, we closely cooperate with universities and research institutes worldwide. Our presence at Amsterdam Science Park and our collaboration with science based start-up company Scyfer is one of those examples. Working together with the science community is vital for our global R&D strategy and future innovations."


The award is organized by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam Medical Center, the City of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Science Park. Other partners include research institutes Amolf, Nikhef, CWI, Sanquin and NKI-AVL. The event is sponsored by Rabobank and Erac.


Note to the press: Would you like to find out more about the areas of expertise behind the innovative ideas, or would you like to receive images or videos, an invitation for the event or would you like to submit a request for an interview, then please send an email to pers@ixa.nl