Upstream 2023: Connect, grow, transform.


Upstream 2023, the must-attend 1annual event that brings together all those contributing to a future-proof economy, will take place in Rotterdam from May 23rd to May 25th, 2023. Upstream is a three-day event, co-created with over 40 partners dedicated to supporting the growth of companies committed to accelerating the transition to a future-proof economy that is digital, carbon-neutral, circular, and inclusive.

The festival gives its attendees access to an international ecosystem of talent, funding, markets, and exposure opportunities. As changemakers from different backgrounds and industries come together to leverage their innovations, they highlight the position of the Greater Rotterdam Metropolitan Area as a fast-evolving tech environment for businesses to grow.

3 days, 40 co-creators, and countless reasons to join

For the past three years, Upstream has provided its participants with a range of opportunities for growth, and this edition will be no different. Every year, Upstream invites the Dutch innovation community, as well as international corporations and investors, resulting in over 45 different events happening throughout the festival. Past editions attracted over 2000 attendees. 

First confirmed city events

The co-creators have already confirmed the first city events. Among them are Startup Roulette by Golden Egg Check, a Coding Competition by Devolympics, Superconnectors, and a Scale-up CEO dinner by Up!Rotterdam. Organizers can submit their city event until April 1st.

Meet, learn and connect in Rotterdam

Up!Rotterdam and Upstream’s co-creation partners invite all startup and scale-up founders who are looking to grow their business, investors across the world searching to expand their portfolios, bold corporates that want to move forward with the latest innovations, as well as every student and professional determined to make an impact. Save the date and join us in May 2023 in Rotterdam.

About Upstream Festival

Upstream connects change makers who drive the transition to a digital, carbon-neutral, circular, and inclusive new economy. We invite entrepreneurs, investors and bold corporates to share, connect and create meaningful innovations for sustainable growth. Learn more at the event website. and via the Impact Report of the 2022 Upstream Festival.


Photos: Upstream, Ben Houdijk (header image), Bart Heemskerk (insert image)

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