Explore is a by-invitation-only, free, high level leadership event at Epicenter Amsterdam, the city’s new digital innovation house.

We promise a day of digital opportunities, international top speakers and Epicenter magic followed by matchmaking, experience sharing, technology safaris and more.

The Explore event is co-created with Sime, Northern Europe’s leading digital business event.

A taste of the Epicenter magic

Who is invited?

EXPLORE invites professionals and leaders interested in digital business opportunities and in staying ahead in an increasingly fast moving environment where technology creates threats and opportunities for every industry and every company.

A vibrant mix of scale ups, entrepreneurs, executives from different industries and disciplines, advisors, academics, marketers, technologists and aficionados.

Agenda April 25

09:30 Registration & snacks

10:00 Welcome to the Epicenter of digital innovation – supercharging digital innovation

Ola Ahlvarsson, founder Epicenter and serial entrepreneur.

10:15 Exponential opportunities– Up close with a Singularity University thought leader.

Hajo van Beijma, COO, Singularity University Holland. 

10:30 Driving digital innovation – learnings from the innovation labs at Epicenter

Mahesh Kumar, CEO, Result, innovation and scaleup-expert.

10:45 Making Amsterdam the best place for scaleup entrepreneurs

Janneke Niessen, serial entrepreneur, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital.

Janet Bumpas, Program Director, ScaleUpNation.

Cecilie Chen, Head of Business Development, Acast.

11:05 The future of work

 Audience discussion.

11:15 Making Amsterdam a tech capital

Ger Baron, CTO City of Amsterdam.

11:30 The future of what was formerly known as advertising

Marketer sessions with our friends from OnBrand.

11:45 Men need more women in the Board room, women need more men in their cap table – The Case for The Next Women Fund 2

Simone Brummelhuis, founder The Next Women

12:00 The cities of the future – smart building, cities and solutions

Coen van Oostrom, Founder and CEO of EDGE Technologies, building a better world.

12:15 Power lunch – Lunch with amazing food from Epicenter’s restaurant and tech safari for those curious to try new technologies

13:00 Make work awesome, the opportunities of creating a disruption-ready, self-managing organization

Arko van Brakel,  serial entrepreneur, co-founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Semco Style Institute.

13:20 Intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship in a digital world

13:40 I saw the sign – up close with pop icon Ulf Ekberg, founder of Ace of Base

and investor in the future of the music inudstry

Ulf Ekberg, founder of Ace of Base who with eternal songs like I saw the sign and All that she wants sold more debut albums than any artist before him.

 14:00 Key takeaways and great ideas

Expert talks – you choose from different 45 minute thought leader sessions

  • Digital transformation leadership – thought leader session with experience sharing.
  • Innovation with impact – the no bullshit session about driving innovation.
  • Scale ups – Best practice.
  • Smart office – making your every day more creative.

Matchmaking sessions and mingle

Technology safari – where you explore new technologies

  • VR, AR and mixed reality
  • Biohacking your DNA
  • Chip implants

Drinks and experience sharing

Featured Speakers

Ulf Ekberg

Ulf Ekberg

Pop star and investor

Founder of Ace of Base –one of the world’s most selling bands of all times.
Janneke Niessen

Janneke Niessen

Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder Berlage

Janneke is co-initiator of InspiringFifty.
Coen van Oostrom

Coen van Oostrom

Founder and CEO of EDGE Technologies

‘Building a better world.’
Arko van Brakel

Arko van Brakel

Dutch entrepreneur, public speaker and inspirator

– driven by entrepreneurship and innovation.
Simone Brummelhuis

Simone Brummelhuis

Founder of The Next Women

Providing access to resources for female entrepreneurs.
Ger Baron

Ger Baron

CTO of the City of Amsterdam

Responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships.
Hajo van Beijma

Hajo van Beijma

COO at SingularityU Netherlands

Entrepreneur operating as international leader in the field of technology and human behaviour.
Janet Bumpas

Janet Bumpas

Program Director, ScaleUpNation

Previously Managing Director for Startup Bootcamp/Innoleaps.
Cecilie Chen

Cecilie Chen

Head of business development, Acast

Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh Kumar

CEO Result

Innovation and scaleup expert
Ola Ahlvarsson

Ola Ahlvarsson

One of Sweden's most experienced tech entrepreneurs

and kickboxing world champion.

Venue: Epicenter Amsterdam

Fred Roeskestraat 115, 1076EE Amsterdam

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