Meet Vincent Storimans 

​Vincent Storimans

​First Secretary- Royal Netherlands Embassy Washington D.C.

Vincent Storimans (1979) is a Dutch diplomat who serves as First Secretary at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. since December 2015.

In this position he works on Trade Promotion, Energy and the Embassy’s Holland on the Hill Program.

Prior to his posting in the US Vincent served as Private Secretary to the Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mrs. Lilianne Ploumen (2013 –2015).

From 2011-2013 he worked at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Beijing as Second Secretary. In that role he was responsible for the (Renewable) Energy and Finance Portfolio.

From 2009-2011 he worked at the Non-proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

In this position his responsibilities included the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

(BTWC), Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) and the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

He represented the Netherlands as a member of delegation at international meetings and conferences, including EU Council Secretariat Working Groups on Disarmament in Brussels,

BTWC Expert Meetings and Meetings of States Parties in Geneva, Wilton Park conferences in Steyning (UK) and the UNGA First Committee Session in New York.

Before he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he held positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, working on trade relations with Turkey, and the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (2007-2009).

Vincent Storimans holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam (2006).

Posted by Mariella Priem January 13, 2017

Houston hosts World Petroleum Congress 2020 

We are pleased to share the news that Houston has won the bid to host the World Petroleum Congress in 2020. The last time the triennial World Petroleum Congress was held in the United States was 30 years ago in Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, the U.S. WPC Bid Committee chaired by Galen Cobb, Vice President of Industry Relations at Halliburton, and Visit Houston, worked tirelessly to make this happen. The Partnership has been supportive of this effort for many years. Houston’s bid for the WPC has been a frequent topic on the recent trade missions to Cuba and Mexico.

Houston is an ideal place to convene global thought leaders to discuss innovation, technology and global issues shaping the future of the energy industry. This is a major win that further demonstrates Houston’s position as the energy capital of the world.

Posted by Mariella Priem January 03, 2017

The Netherlands is taking over SWSX with New Dutch Wave! 

World famous festival South by South West (SXSW) is coloring a little more orange next year, because of the launch of ‘New Dutch Wave’ in Austin on March 12th 2017. The New Dutch Wave consists of the ‘Take Over House’ in which the Dutch creative Industry is granted his own stage. The ‘Take Over House’ is an addition to the regular participation of the Dutch at SXSW. Startup Envoy HRH Prince Constantijn will launch the Take Over House on the festival terrain at March 12th. From March 12-16 there are endless possibilities for Dutch interactive media, movies and music.

The new public-private initiative is the result of an intensive collaboration between the ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Dutch Embassy in Washington, The Netherlands Business Support Office in Houston (NBSO), StartupDelta, Topsector Creatieve Industrie, Buma Cultuur and the municipalities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Public participation is focused on a joint approach to position the Netherlands as one and to give an incentive to Dutch businesses. The new consortium ‘New Dutch Wave’ of Corrino Media Group, Wink and Enterprise Summit have developed a strategy to make sure Dutch creative entrepreneurs and artists are even more in the spotlights at SXSW.

“New Dutch Wave” is a physical meeting place, a showcase-pavilion and an online meeting point in one; a platform for leading creative companies. It emphasizes the Top-Ten-position of the Netherlands as creative country and the strength of the diverse ‘creative cities’. Besides that, there will be a ‘Take Over House’ in Austin in which there is room for Dutch music, meet-ups, startup pitches, art project, readings, panels and network events during the festival.

The Dutch embassy in Washington is supporting this program: there are 740.000 jobs created in the United States thanks to Dutch initiatives, most of them in Texas (86.000).

SXSW (March 10-19 2017) is an annual festival in Austin, Texas on the cutting edge of interactive media, movies and music. There are more than hundred stages for more than 2000 artist originating from more than fifty countries. Since 1987 SXSW was home to superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Jay-Z and Pharrell. Last year President Barack Obama was present too and gave a speech. This stresses the growing importance of SXSW as a mondial phenomenon.

In the next months, multiple sponsor sessions will take place to support the financing of the activities. Next to activities on the SXSW Trade Show and in the ‘Take Over House’, innovation vouchers will be granted to Dutch participants who will present themselves at the SXSW- main program. You can register here:

Posted by Mariella Priem December 09, 2016 Categories: Austin

Stella Lux Solar Car goes Texas!  


On November the 22nd- 23rd twofold world champion of the world solar challenge (2013 and 2015) Stella Lux family solar car visited Austin. TU Eindhoven's successful solar team teamed up with the solar team of the University of Texas in Austin, who build solar car TexSun, to showcase both solar powered cars in the smart city capital of the world. The visit of the TU Eindhoven solar team was part of strong ties between GSC3 partnership and PIB, the NBSO-Texas, The University of Texas in Austin and NXP.



​After unloading the cars from big trucks and picking up Mayor Adler at City Hall, Stella Lux and TexSun formed a remarkable convoy through the city of Austin. After this ride, both cars where showcased at the campus of the University of Texas in Austin, which attracted a big crowd. In the meantime, those who were interested had the ability to listen to very interesting lecture on the development of solar cars by prof. Gary Hallock, the mentor of the solar team in Austin. This lecture was followed by a very interesting presentation of  Mitchell Jacobson, the Co-Director of ATI Clean Energy Incubator, who told the team all about funding and mentoring for technical start-ups by an incubator.


​The Stella Lux sounds amazing, right? According to the proud solar team she is:


"She is intelligent, she is comfortable and she can drive from Eindhoven to Paris and back again, on

one single charge. Im talking here about the car of the future.

We bring Solar Mobility closer to society and its people. Therefore we make R&D Prototypes. Our

very first prototype was Stella. Now, Stella is made of the most advanced technologies which made

the impossible possible: Stella is World’s First Solar Powered Family car. She is designed in such an

efficient way that instead of using energy, she produces energy. This means that you are

independent of the energy grid and that you do not have to fuel or charge your car no longer.


That is what we do, We are Solar Team Eindhoven and we build a world where Solar Mobility is

reality. And we continue this path. Stella Lux was built and tested in the World Solar Challenge 2013.


 A car that can drive 1000 km on one single charge. Now, you can take your electric car to a holiday"


Want to learn more about this car, visit this page:​


Posted by Mariella Priem December 02, 2016

Meet Dale Morris 



Dale Morris is our colleague from the Royal Netherlands Embassy. He coordinates the Embassy’s Water Management efforts in the United States, in particular in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, California, and Virginia.  This work is focused through a “sustainability” lens: flood protection and flood risk mitigation, coastal and floodplain restoration, ecosystem resiliency, urban climate adaptation, smart planning and urban water management.  Morris is a co-director of Dutch Dialogues (New Orleans and Virginia), and member of various water-management advisory boards and steering committees in Louisiana, Virginia and Washington, D.C.


Morris also provides analyses of US macro-economic developments, monitors US fiscal and monetary policy, US federal budget, tax and appropriations policies, and is a long-standing member of the Embassy’s Pension Advisory Board.  Morris previously worked in the U.S. Congress, served in the US Air Force, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Virginia, and is an avid motorcyclist, hockey fan and white-water junkie.


Follow Dale Morris and the Embassy on twitter:







Posted by Mariella Priem December 02, 2016

Meet the second city in Texas- San Antonio 


Ranked as the #1 city for economic growth potential by Business Facilities and #3 among America’s Secretly Cool Cities by the Huffington Post, San Antonio continues to be a shining star in Texas. Located in south-central Texas, San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and has a population of over 2 million. The 15 colleges and universities in the area educate 160,000 students, providing a steady supply of skilled talent to the City’s workforce of 1.2 million.


From the 350 small companies getting their start at the local tech incubator (Geekdom) to larger operations like Maruchan and Toyota, businesses of all sizes thrive here. San Antonio provides a business friendly environment to a broad range of industries including aerospace (Boeing, Lockheed Martin), healthcare (Humana, United Healthcare), bioscience (BD- Becton, Dickinson and Company, Medtronic), information technology (Rackspace), cybersecurity (root9B, Digital Defense), new energy (Mission Solar Energy, KACO New Energy), and advanced manufacturing (Cytocentrics, Indo-MIM).


Businesses are attracted to San Antonio’s low-cost of doing business, skilled workforce, central North American location with close proximity to Mexico, and high quality of life. In San Antonio, you’ll find a business community and a local government that provides business environment that values growth and an eagerness to assist new international businesses succeed here.


For more information on San Antonio and to explore target industries in six additional languages, visit the international landing page





Posted by Mariella Priem November 18, 2016

World Champion Stella Lux visits Austin! 


The car of the future, the Stella LUX Solar Family Car will be in Austin this November the 22nd and 23rd. The Stella Lux is two-times World Champion World Challenge Australia 2013 and 2015. The car will be driving around Austin at 10.30 am on Tuesday November, the 22nd with Mayor Adler and accompanied by the UT Texas Solar car. 


Posted by Mariella Priem November 18, 2016

Austin ranks no. 1 in the Kauffman start-up index 

The Kauffman Index, from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, measures entrepreneurship at the national, state and metropolitan levels across a three metrics: the rate of new entrepreneurs, the number of entrepreneurs who started their companies when unemployed, and the number of startups per capita.

According to the data, roughly 555 out of every 100,000 adults in the Austin region became entrepreneurs in a given month during the past five years, on average. Further, nearly eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs in the Austin area were employed at the time they created their startups, on average. Lastly, Austin claims about 180 startup businesses – defined as businesses less than a year old that employ at least one person besides the owner – per 100,000 residents. You can explore Austin's data in the chart embedded below this story.

In 2014, the Kauffman Index ranked Austin No. 2. San Jose, California, ranked No. 1 in the 2014 report, fell two spots to No. 3 in this year's edition.

The latest Kauffman Index ranked Miami as No. 2, with Los Angeles as No. 4, followed by Denver, San Francisco, and New York City. The full metro-area rankings from the report can be found here.

Elsewhere in Texas, Houston snagged the No. 8 spot, climbing one spot in the rankings from last year, while San Antonio ranked 10th. Dallas-Fort Worth fell two spots to No. 15.

Posted by Mariella Priem October 20, 2016

New Honoray Consul 

We are honored to introduce you to our new honorary consul Mabrie Jackson. In joint collaboration with the NBSO-Texas, Mabrie will play an important role in the development of the Dallas-Forth Worth region for Dutch entrepreneurs. Her diverse background and strong network combined with the multiple opportunities of this booming region, will make it possible to give Dutch companies the best advice!








Mabrie Jackson joined H-E-B/Central Market as Director of Public Affairs in March 2016.  Jackson comes to the Texasbased retail grocer from the North Texas Commission, where she served as its President and CEO 2010-2016 and the 45 year-old organization’s first female leader. Jackson brings to H-E-B a varied background that includes public service through a seat on the Plano City Council, roles with Fortune 500 companies and serving as the interim President and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce. After stepping down from the Plano City Council in 2009, Jackson ran for the Texas Legislature as the Republican primary and run-off election candidate for the Texas House District 66 seat. An advocate for global trade, Jackson currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dallas.
Accompanying her civic and political background, Jackson brings an extensive history of corporate experience. She worked at Microsoft Corporation for 13 years incubating award-winning, revenue-producing relationships with international, national and local technology companies. Prior to Microsoft, Jackson spent 10 years in financial services marketing for EDS. She worked in virtually every aspect of public relations, including media relations, marketing collateral, advertisements, promotions and special events.  
Jackson currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, a member of the Energy Future Holdings Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, a director of the HCA Medical Center of Plano Board, and Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) Advisory Board.  She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Jackson previously served as President of the Collin County Child Protective Services Board, on the University of North Texas President Search Committee, a Governor’s Appointee to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, Vision North Texas Management Committee, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Clean Air Steering Committee, AT&T Performing Arts Center Communications Committee, Texas Association of Business Board, H. Wayne Hendrick Scholarship Board, the Assistance Center of Collin County Board, and as a member of several National League of Cities and Texas Municipal League committees. 
Jackson is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at SMU in Global Studies and is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and The University of Texas at Austin. While attending the university, she served as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. She is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Global Leadership Program. Mabrie is married to Marshall Jackson, and they have two sons. 

Posted by Mariella Priem October 14, 2016

Nationaal Export Event- Nieuwegein 

Nationaal Export Event

woensdag 2 november 2016 | Nieuwegein

Op woensdag 2 november a.s. organiseren DHL Express, Fenedex, ING, het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken en de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland ( voor de zevende keer het Nationaal Export Event. Hét evenement voor startende en ervaren exporteurs die meer willen weten over internationaal zakendoen. 

Op het Nationaal Export Event draait alles om investeren in internationaal succes. Wij bieden een boeiend dagprogramma met vooraanstaande sprekers, workshops en huiskamergesprekken over actuele thema's en de uitreiking van de Nationale Exportmanager Award 2016.

Ook dit jaar kunt u individuele gesprekken inplannen met Nederlandse diplomatieke vertegenwoordigers uit meer dan 100 landen en specialisten van ING, DHL, Fenedex en Daarnaast is volop ruimte om te netwerken met collega-ondernemers.

Wij heten u van harte welkom in De Woonindustrie in Nieuwegein.


08:30 uur   inloop en inschrijving

09:00 uur   Start adviesgesprekken

10:00 uur   Plenair programma met o.a.:

Marten van den Berg | Directeur Generaal Buitenlandse Economische Betrekkingen | ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

        Thecla Bodewes | CEO Bodewes Scheepswerven

Marieke Blom | ING

Goof Hamers| VanderLande Industries

11:05 uur   Finale Nationale Exportmanager Award

12:15 uur   Netwerk lunch

- Vind uw collega-exporteurs en wissel ervaringen uit.

– Spreek met specialisten in de verschillende regio’s

13:45 uur   Workshops en Huiskamergesprekken | ronde 1

15:00 uur   Workshops en Huiskamergesprekken | ronde 2

16:00 uur   Netwerk borrel



Datum:             woensdag 2 november 2016

Tijd:                 van 8:30 tot 17:00 uur

Waar:               De Woonindustrie | Symfonielaan 1 | Nieuwegein

Kosten:            Deelname is gratis

Bij no-show zonder afmelding wordt van € 225,-in rekening gebracht.

Aanmelden:      U kunt u tot uiterlijk 19 oktober via deze link aanmelden voor de gesprekken. Voor het evenement zelf kunt u zicht tot 28 oktober aanmelden (via dezelfde link).

Let op:             Het Nationaal Export Event is primair bedoeld voor exporteurs van goederen en diensten. De organisatie streeft ernaar het programma zo optimaal mogelijk te laten aansluiten op deze doelgroep. Gezien de exclusiviteit van dit event, en om een goede balans van deelnemers te waarborgen zullen aanmeldingen en daarmee de toelating tot het Nationaal Export Event worden getoetst aan de doelgroep. De bedrijven die niet tot de primaire doelgroep behoren horen uiterlijk een week van tevoren of ze kunnen deelnemen aan dit evenement.


Nationaal Export Event





Posted by Mariella Priem October 14, 2016
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