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Red Carpet Dinner 2019

11th edition - 25 September 2019, WTC Rotterdam

The Red Carpet Dinner is the prestigious yearly event of the city of Rotterdam, organised by Rotterdam Partners, welcoming newly arrived international companies to our city and introducing them to relevant business networks. The event provides unique opportunities to meet large national and international enterprises, innovative SME’s, (foreign) startups, ambassadors, (honorary) consuls, aldermen of local authorities and new international arrivals.

The Next Generation – How can we solve future challenges now

This year’s theme was ‘The Next Generation – How can we solve future challenges now!’ Aligned with this theme we also welcome entrepreneurs and companies to show and display their innovative solutions with which we will be able to (hopefully) already solve some of these challenges now.

Looking back

“Looking back at the Red Carpet Dinner makes me feel proud and satisfied. With 40 new arrivals on the stage, accompanied by our mayor and a big delegation of ambassadors, we really celebrated internationalization of the city of Rotterdam. This gives me and my team the confidence for pushing our promotion job to the next level. I hope that all participants met new people and made new business relationships. I want to thank my team, all partners involved, and especially Postillion Convention Centre WTC Rotterdam for organizing this great event. It’s a little bit too early to send a new Save-the-Date, but mark your calendar for Monday October 5th 2020. The Red Carpet Dinner will be back!”

– Wilbert Lek, Manager International Trade & Investment, Rotterdam Partners

Red Carpet Dinner Highlights

Poem by spoken word artist YMP

During the Red Carpet Dinner programme, spoken word artist YMP (also from Rotterdam) delivered a poem in which he had included all new arrivals that were welcomed during the event. You can re-experience this poem here.

Innovation Fair

As part of the Red Carpet Dinner event, a special Innovation fair was organized. Here guests could meet international entrepreneurs and innovators from the Rotterdam region who showed their exciting innovations. The following companies participated in the Innovation Fair are (click on the company to open their website, or download an overview of these companies with short descriptions here):

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