The Rotterdam100 is open for everyone, no matter where you are from!

We focus on the most ambitious and innovative students. However, it is not a requirement to apply with a case, since you will develop an elaborate business case during the Rotterdam100 trajectory.

Yes, you can participate either as a(n) (inter)national student or young professional with no more than 3 years of working experience.

In upcoming years our society is facing huge challenges such as more and bigger refugees streams, resource scarcity, pollution, extreme weather, food insecurity and 2.5 billion new citizens in 2050. For dealing with these challenges we need collaborations between governments, companies, knowledge institutes, students and young professionals who will the ‘Next Economy’.

The Next Economy contains developments like the internet of things, big data, robots, open source innovation, reneweable energy and cleantech. These developments can be supportive in dealing with the huge challenges our society is facing. For this reason the participants of the Rotterdam 100 will focus on generating and implementing innovative ideas that will establish The Next Economy in the city of Rotterdam.

From all applications 150 candidates will be selected for the Pitch Day. Then 100 candidates will make it to the 24 Hour Creation Battle. The 5 winning teams of the 24 Hour Creation Battle (+/- 25 candidates) will compete at the Grand Final. Only 1 team will win this last round.

Most of the activities of the Rotterdam100 take place in the city of Rotterdam. However, some of the partner companies involved in this talent competition are headquartered in another Dutch city and will invite you there.