The jury

Innovation Market

The Innovation Market is one of the interactive stages. Here, each entrepreneur has the time to present their idea before the jury and each judge scores every presentation on a score card. The judges are also allowed to make their selection for the final contenders, based on this presentation and on which business plan is their best. Hence, a final decision is made on the finalists.

The jury of 2018 consists of Alexander Carp, ABN AMRO; Herman de Knop, Philips; Jaco van Zijll Langhout, BearingPoint; Peter Hulshof, BCG; Johan Renes, DLA Piper; Tammi Horn, KPMG; Charles Amkreutz, Pon Teije Smittenaar, Port of Rotterdam; Erik Ubels , OVG; Jean-Jacques Sliepen, Nieuw Creatief Peil and Auke Ferwerda, wearereasonablepeople; Remco Boelens , HNK; Raimond Haan, Arnold + Siedsma

The final

At the finals, the finalists will pitch their business plans to the jury, the audience and the press. The jury consists of seven business leaders. These judges look at the business plan, but during the final they can ask the finalists the questions that where not answered before. These business leaders will than choose the winners of the Innovator Award and the Rough Diamond award.

Jury 2018


CEO Philips
Frans van Houten

Frans van Houten is CEO of Royal Philips. He is passionate about business transformation and is a long-time champion of innovating sustainably. His ethos is rooted in a lean entrepreneurial approach and he leads the company in its goal to make the world healthier and more sustainable and to deliver on the company’s stated goal of improving three billion lives per year by 2025.

Partner KPMG
Karina Kuperus

Karina Kuperus is a partner in KPMG Advisory in the Netherlands. She has a background in business administration and is an expert in the field of strategy & innovation. As a management consultant she serves health care providers, healthtech companies, payers and government organizations. Her most recent publications are a study on the quality of elderly care and a publication on the role of robotics in healthcare. Within KPMG Karina also holds the position of Head of Innovation, driving KPMG’s innovation agenda. This is where KPMG focuses on digitizing its service portfolio into “Smart Tech Solutions” using technologies like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. .

Head of Innovation at ABN AMRO
Arjan van Os

Arjan van Os is head of the Innovation Centre at ABN AMRO. During his career at ABN AMRO he has developed a real passion for trend and technology that bring a great impact to the financial sector. In 2014, Arjan has obtained a post-graduate degree at THNK, Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership.

Non-executive Director at, amongst other, De Nederlandsche Bank
Margot Scheltema

Margot Scheltema is non-executive director of, amongst others, De Nederlandsche Bank and Post NL. In addition, she is perceived as one, as if not the most powerful, woman in the corporate environment in the Netherlands.

CEO Pon
Janus Smalbraak

Janus Smalbraak is the CEO of Pon Holdings, a company with more than 13.000 employees worldwide and a turnover of more than 7 billion euros per year. In addition, he is a welcome keynote speaker at several events to share his vision about the future of the automotive industry.

Partner at Boston Consulting Group
Allard Creyghton

Allard Creyghton joined The Boston Consulting Group in January 1994. He is a core member of the Financial Institutions and Health Care practices, focusing on large-scale transformations and organizational effectiveness. He leads BCG's work focused on high-performance organizations, alternative channels, and sales force effectiveness— among other topics. Since December 2015, Allard has served as the managing partner of the Amsterdam office.

Partner at DLA Piper
Jon Hayes

Jon is a corporate partner with a broad range of experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, group reorganisations, equity capital markets transactions and other corporate and corporate finance work. Jon has considerable experience of working on matters with lawyers in other jurisdictions, often on multi-jurisdictional matters. He also advises on securities regulation, the continuing obligations of UK listed entities and a wide variety of matters affecting English companies. Jon is an elected member of the International Board of DLA Piper.