Organisations should team up with other parties more often, in innovative ecosystems. This is what scientist, commissioner and counsellor Annemieke Roobeek advocates. Because ‘networking working’ leads to more innovation, more added value and more enjoyment during work. To respond to the big challenges such as digitalisation, energy transition, labour shortage, internationalisation, emerging markets and urbanisation, the concerned parties should be able to collaborate intensively in ecosystems.

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In this time of disruptive changes, we need to transfer to new innovative organisation principles. Principles which involve teaming up with chain partners, start-ups, governments, consultants, universities and even competitors. Only then can you innovate with impact using diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing.


HortiHeroes boosts innovation by helping to build this ecosystem, connecting where possible, and looking beyond just the Food & Flower industry. We are happy to make the crossover to other sectors, between the current captains of the industry and tomorrow’s talent, between corporates and start-ups, entrepreneurs and scientists, and between the Netherlands and the rest of the world.

Want to become part of the HortiHeroes Ecosystem?
Get in touch with Fabienne van der Klugt
(Community & Events Manager HortiHeroes)


Rotterdam Food Cluster

With over 8000 food-related businesses and a favourable location as ‘mainport to Europe’, the Rotterdam Food Cluster is unique in the whole world.

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Here, people are working every day on solutions to the food challenges of today and tomorrow – from seed breeding, production, processing, research & development and education, to transportation and technology.


Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk inspires and supports start-ups to apply space technology to everyday applications.


StartLife helps Food & Agtech start-ups grow within leading companies.

CIC Rotterdam

CIC’s mission is to boost the innovation ecosystem and to make things happen by connecting innovators.


The entrepreneurs network in North and South Holland.


YES!Delft is an entrepreneurs incubator that carries out entrepreneurship and supports it through every phase.


RoboHouse is the fieldlab for advanced robotics at the TU Delft Campus.
Companies, institutions and students can make use of the facilities, so that they may subsequently apply smart robots to their own business processes.

Dutch Greenhouse Delta

The DGD foundation promotes the Dutch horticulture sector globally. They focus on complex, large-scale projects concerning food production and floriculture in growing mega cities.