VentureClass “Innofest: Festivals as source of innovation and entrepreneurship”

October 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
van Swinderen Huys
Oude Boteringestraat 19
9712 GC Groningen


Innofest was founded in 2016 with the aim to bring together startups and established companies developing novel solutions for current challenges of the society, such as energy and waste management. These solutions would first be piloted at festivals – natural test facilities providing complex and challenging yet controlled spaces. If a solution or prototype works at a festival, it could be scaled up to the real world, as a festival can be seen as a miniature of a society with real navigation and human behavior, but smaller scale and fenced-off terrain.

Eight festivals in Northern Netherlands have already opened their terrains as living labs: Into The Great Wide Open, Welcome To The Village, Eurosonic, Noorderslag, Oerol, TT Festival Assen, Noorderzon, FestiValderAa and Paradigm Festival.


Join us if you want to know more about this initiative and opportunities for your business!


Anna van Nunen

Throughout her working life Anna van Nunen has always worked on innovation in the broader sense, in her free time she visits many festivals. With Innofest she can combine these two things. As the director of Innovest she manages the Innofest Foundation and is responsible for finding and bringing together the right partners to help innovations develop further. Alongside her work at Innofest, Anna does research for Mister Motley, a magazine on visual arts. Furthermore Anna develops new projects and programs on the topic of sustainable innovation for Lab Vlieland and is responsible for the execution and coordination of these projects.


The VentureClass will conclude with a Q&A session where Anna is available to answer your questions.



07:00 p.m. Doors open
07:30 p.m. Welcome & introduction VentureLab International (by Aard Groen)
08:00 p.m. VentureClass
09:30 p.m. Networking drinks


We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday, October 27.


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