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The 17th edition of the Tech Tour Benelux Venture Forum will take place on the 21-22 of November, 2017 in Maastricht, Heerlen and Geleen. The Forum is convening 40 early stage companies who will present in front of an investor jury composed of key industry players including venture capitalist, corporate investors and business angels. The Forum will bring together companies and investors in smart services, healthcare, food and nutrition, and materials.


The Forum plays an important role in the European and Benelux innovation scene. It fosters start-ups in the high-tech industry and it promotes Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands as innovative, attractive and interesting countries to do business or to invest in. The presenting companies take part of the Forum as part of the European Venture Contest, which comprises of a series of regionally and vertically focused Venture Forums where 1250+ companies from 36 countries apply, and the top quartile from each event are selected to present at the EVC Final, Tech Tour’s yearly flagship event for discovering emerging talent in Europe.


The Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum includes the following interactive programme:

  • CEO Venture Academy where CEOs dry-pitch their presentations and receive feedback from coaches
  • How to structure an effective presentation” by Youssef Sabbah (Tech Tour)
  • Opening speech by Leon Klinkers (Brightlands Innovation Factory) and William Stevens (Tech Tour)
  • Company presentation sessions in food and agro, smart services, healthtech and materials
  • Evening fireside chat with moderators Maurice Olivers and Lia Voermans (Brightlands Innovation Factory), and panellists Joep Beukers (APG), Twan Beurskens (Province Limburg), Casper Bruens (Chemelot Ventures Management), Thomas Cleij (University of Maastricht), Robert Jan Galema (INKEF Capital), Stefan Jockenhovel (Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials), Leon Klinkers (Brightlands Innovation Factory), Leo Kretzers (Medtronic), Margareta Merke (Boostani), Paulien Strijland (Brightlands Innovation Factory), Tys van Elk (LIOF Industriebank NV), Constantijn van Oranje (StartupDelta) and Herman Wories (DSM)
  • Panel discussion on “Converging technologies – how innovation is accelerating” moderated by Perry van Rijsingen (21st Century Business Growth Advisors), featuring Kim de Boer (Chemelot Ventures Management), Patrick Polak (Newion Investments Management), Steve Seuntjens (PHS Fund), Antoine Trannoy (Jolt Capital), and Yannick Willemin (SGL Group)
  • Award ceremony announcing the best quartile presenting companies to present at the EVC Final


The Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum is proudly supported by Brightlands, Brightlands Innovation Factory, Provincie Limburg, APG, Chemelot Ventures, DSM, LIOF and Medtronic.


About Tech Tour

Founded in 1998, Tech Tour is a Community that facilitates investment into world-class entrepreneurs through events and an online matching platform between growing and emerging innovative companies and investors across borders, regions, sectors and stages. We aim to accelerate world-class innovation by promoting it through a vibrant online Community and in person at 25 tech events held each year.


For more information please visit:

Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum – Programme

Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum – Participants

Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum – Presenting Companies

Tech Tour 2017 Benelux Venture Forum – Partners