New Year's reception 

On the 27th of January the NBSO organized a New Year's reception together with the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce and the Port of Rotterdam. Highlight of the evening was the key-note by Allard Castelein, CEO and President of the Port of Rotterdam. Allard addressed the audience with an insightful speech about the Port of Rotterdam, recent developments and changes in the market, opportunities and challenges and the way ahead.

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest seaport in Europe and together with Singapore and Houston serves as one of the 3 key petrochemical hubs in the world. Allard further highlighted the similarities between  the ports of Rotterdam and Houston. In that respect we were delighted to have Commissioners Branch and Kennedy of the Port Authority of Houston as our guests.

With more than 120 guests present from a broad variety of backgrounds, the year 2016 started very well.

Guests had a good time catching up with old friends and making new ones, while enjoying a drink and  some tasteful appetizers at the beautiful Houston Club.

This New Year’s reception was the first cooperation between the NBSO and the Netherlands American Chamber of Commerce.

Posted by Saskia Pardaans January 27, 2016

Port XL- World port accelerator 

PortXL- World port accelerator showed us its mentorship driven innovation program to accelerate startups from all over the world, focusing on port related industries.

Their experienced team works with a proven formula, based on over seven years of experience of the highly acclaimed global accelerator network. An intensive 100-day mentorship-driven program accelerates ten exclusively selected start-ups.

PortXL also offers an ecosystem of founders, investors and corporate partners that supports and accelerates the entrepreneurial journey.

During Shakedown the teams will pitch their business ideas to an audience of launching customers, business angels, venture capitalists, multinationals, journalists, sponsors and others that will help launch your start-up to greatness.

Are you a team with scalable business propositions, ready for the market within 12 months and able to disrupt the sector? Look at It’s really innovative!

Posted by Saskia Pardaans January 26, 2016