Campus Café | Opening Connect-U
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Campus Café | Opening Connect-U

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Residence of Connect-U, Ariënsplein 1 in Enschede

Campus Café connects Twente’s innovation community

The Campus Café brings Twente’s innovation community together with breakout sessions on new technologies, innovative and international entrepreneurship and talent retention. Entrepreneurs, professionals, researchers and talent have the opportunity to inspire each other, learn from each other and get to know each other better.

Creating impact by co-creation

What role can a building play in connecting education, research and business? Connect-U is a breeding ground for talent, innovation and business development. The city campus in Enschede is opening its doors and would like to celebrate this with you on Thursday 21 April. We would like to show you how we create value and connect talent in new ways. A program with several table talks and a keynote. Are you there too?

Date: Thursday 21 April 2022
Time: 15:00 – 17:30 hours
Location: Residence of Connect-U, Ariënsplein 1 in Enschede

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15:00 | Welcome

15:05 | Building the community 
Table discussion with André Roos (chairman of the Connect-U steering committee), Steven van Roon (quartermaster T-Valley/Novel-T), Viola te Velde (head of business operations &deGroot). The discussion led by Bas Westerweel will focus on how a community comes about and what students and businesses can gain from it.

15:25 | Keynote Martijn Pater; Colloborate or die 

15:45 | Technology serves the movement
Discussion with Martin Olde Weghuis (TopTeam Sport), Paul van de Kolk (Sportinnovator), Frits Oosterveld (Lector Saxion) and Carlo Caunter (Little Rocket). The discussion with Bas Westerweel is about how technology can help in sports and exercise and the use of data to achieve better results (beweegmonitor).

16:05 | Ecosystems and valorization
Anka Mulder (chairperson of the Saxion Executive Board), Trudy Vos (member of the Executive Board of Twente Regional Training Center), Edwin Ouwejan (ambassador for the Ministry of Economic Affairs), and Jeroen Diepemaat (project alderman for Enschede) talk to Bas Westerweel about collaboration, the assignments of MBO and HBO, and the significance of a city campus for the Twente ecosystem.

 16:30 | Closure and joint opening


The opening of Connect-U is part of the Dutch Innovation Days, a five-day innovation festival where creatives, entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, geeks, artists, talents and the curious meet each other. April 20-24, Enschede will host the second edition of Dutch Innovation Days with a unique crossover formula, full of talks, challenges and experiences with mindblowing innovations and pioneers, spread across 15 creative hotspots in the city, with Connect-U as epicenter. For more information about the Dutch Innovation Days:

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