CIC Rotterdam | Community and events

Building a strong, creative and stimulating environment for our members is one of the key values of CIC. Whether it’s connecting with outside entrepreneurs or investors, students, or corporate companies: working out of CIC Rotterdam broadens your network and outlook.

At CIC Rotterdam, we have around 60 diverse events each month. These include bootcamps, social gatherings, tournaments, talks and a complete wellness schedule. 

CIC is passionate about events that drive the innovation ecosystem. Whether you’re simply looking for a unique venue to host your event, or you’re interested in collaborating with CIC to support innovators, you’ve come to the right place. We have a vibrant community and beautifully designed spaces ready and waiting for you.

Venture Café Rotterdam

Venture Café Rotterdam is a non-profit, sister-organization of CIC and is part of a global network. The Venture Café movement started as an experiment in 2010 in Boston and came to Rotterdam in the end of 2015 as the first European expansion.

Venture Café builds and supports the innovation community in order to accelerate innovation and to foster growth. By offering freely accessible programs they create a platform where students, startups, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, government and other organizations can meet each other and create impact. Every Thursday (between 17.00-20.00) Venture café hosts the largest innovation community gathering in The Netherlands (more than 300+ visitors every week) at CIC Rotterdam. Learn more about Venture Café and the program here.

Hosting of Events

CIC enables startups, nonprofits and other innovative businesses to focus their energies exclusively on their mission without the burden of operational overhead. Our event venue offerings are a great way for us to relieve some of those burdens. With our versatile space, we are happy to work with you to make your event a success.

As a CIC client, you have discounted access to a number of unique event spaces in addition to all of our meeting rooms. Whether you’re looking to host a panel discussion, a meeting to impress investors, or a meetup to connect with like-minded people, the CIC team is here to help.

Not a client? Don’t worry. Hosting events in our inspiring environment is also open to the public. Functioning as the living room of Rotterdam’s venture community: the Events Bureau is a place where you can host your event, exchange knowledge, build meaningful relationships, and make your ideas happen. Prefer to see the space in person? Book a viewing!

Talent Program

With an ever growing innovation community, the demand for skilled workers is increasing rapidly. Innovation creates numerous job opportunities and functions. With more than 14.5K visits (2018) of innovators from different backgrounds, Venture Café is truly a hotspot for talent.

Venture Café offers online & offline connections within their innovation community. Online they provide the Talent Portal, which was launched in September 2018, where an amazing meetup took place around the theme of Diversity & Inclusion. The Talent Portal is a platform that connects students, alumni and experienced professionals from the global innovation community with innovative companies.

Since March 2019, Venture Café offers offline opportunities with their talent program in collaboration with Rotterdam Partners by organising a ‘Talent Night’ every month on a Thursday. The entire Thursday Gathering is then focused on opportunities and challenges in the field of talent in the city.