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Thirty semi-finalists have been selected by our Business Panel for the Innovation Market & Semi-Final on March 20. Have a look at what our Innovators and Rough Diamonds do. ...

By the Boston Consulting Group (Michael Silverstein) When Howard Schultz initially proposed to buy Starbucks from its founders, the chain had three stores; he had a plan to expand to 150 stores. Today, Starbucks has more than 22,000 stores and is now opening in Italy—a lifelong dream...

It only takes a slight change in your formulation, but it will make your message 300% more convincing. Don’t sum up everything there’s to gain in accepting your proposal, tell your target group what they’ll miss out on if they don’t. Why does this work? The thought of losing affects people...

If you have a great idea and solid arguments, that doesn’t automatically mean you’ll easily convince everyone to implement that idea. For the past years I’ve helped many people develop important pitches. And whether it’s a project on internal scale or a multinational million dollar pitch, it’s often one...

Sweat starts forming on your forehead. You’ve been given exactly three minutes for your pitch – or thirty minutes for your presentation. But somewhere you got off track and now you must finish your last paragraph within one sentence. Stuttering, you see the crowd’s attention fade and your one...

It’s 2011. Rufus Grimson sells his company to Disney for 40 million dollars. He pitched with an unusual opening technique, the same that earned him 3,3 million investment dollars two years earlier. Pitch the unexpected When Rufus had to convince venture capitalists to invest in his online magazine Babble,...

Founders: Chantal van der Velde and Graciella van Hamersveld. Closure enables relatives to end or change subscriptions, contracts and accounts of a loved one that has passed away. Think of phone subscriptions, insurance, bank accounts, magazines and social media channels (Facebook, Instagram). Very often, these (social media) accounts...

Google Cloud is a partner of the Philips Innovation Award, as we support entrepreneurial ideas and want to ensure to stimulate innovation in the Netherlands. Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We are committed to significantly improving the lives of...

Established over 175 years ago, NS strives to provide convenient, fast, safe and affordable travel and to ensure that people can reach their destinations in a sustainable manner. We are continuously on the lookout for partners to co-develop new (tech) solutions across (smart) mobility, stations and digital services. We...

Rotterdam is a capital of innovation. Home to start-ups and scale-ups that are ready to change the world. Working hard to remain the world's smartest port. In a nutshell, Rotterdam innovation is about future-proofing our society, industries and economy. “The City of Rotterdam is proud to support the Rotterdam...

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