Proudly presenting you the eight Blue Tulip Awards Winners!


16:30 – 21:00

On February 13, we invite the Top 25 innovators per theme to the Innovation Café, to celebrate innovation and exchange their experience and knowledge with the entire innovation ecosystem. Innovators will also get the chance to convince the jury of their concept during a speed dating session, after which the jury will pick the Top 10 concepts per theme. At the end of the night, the Top 10 concepts per theme will be announced and celebrated.

What is the location of the Quarterfinals?

Amsterdome, Seineweg 2, 1043BG, Amsterdam

Can I get there by car?

Due to very limited parking availability, we strongly advise you to use public transport to reach the venue.

How do I get to the event by public transport?

SHUTTLE BUSES: We have arranged shuttle buses from Sloterdijk to Amsterdome. Shuttle buses will drive frequently from 15:30 to 18:30 and bring you to the location.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Amsterdam Sloterdijk – Amsterdome route. Travel time: 9 minutes:

  1. At ‘Amsterdam Sloterdijk’ take bus 382/231, arriving at ‘Oderweg’.

  2. Upon arrival, walk 290m to reach your destination (please refer to the map below for precise directions).

What is the program schedule?

The program schedule is the following:

  • 16:30 – 17:00 Walk-in and registration for the Innovators
  • 17:00 – 17:20 Kick-off
  • 17:20 – 17:30 Walk-in Speed Dating
  • 17:30 – 18:20 Speed Dating
  • 18:10 – 18:30 Switch and Break
  • 18:30 – 19:15 Innovation Café
  • 19:15 – 19:30 Walk-in Plenary Room
  • 19:30 – 20:00 Inspirational Talk
  • 20:00 – 20:30 Top 10 Announcement
  • 20:30 – 21:00 Drinks and Celebration
What will I experience during the speed dating sessions and Innovation Café?

During the Speed Dating sessions, you will have two rounds of 10 minutes to convince the jury members you’ve been matched to why you should be selected as a Top 10 innovator of your theme. Please note that one person can represent your company during the Speed Dating sessions. If you come to the event with two people, the other person can network at the Innovation Café during the Speed Dating. Moreover, during the Innovation Café, you will have the opportunity to get to know fellow innovators and partners over dinner, drinks and games.

At what time am I expected at the event?

The walk-in and registration are from 16:30 till 17:00.

How do I get my ticket?

There are no tickets. By registering for the Quarterfinals, you are automatically added to the list of all the participants.

How should I prepare for the event?

As you will be speed dating with jury members, to prepare for the event, we recommend learning useful speed dating tips and techniques. For example, you can practice by role-playing with colleagues to mimic real-life as much as possible and simulate being under pressure. Doing so will help you be as crisp, concise and comprehensible as possible. It might help to take a step back and think about what really drives you, what problem you’re set out to overcome and what lessons you’ve learned throughout your journey.

How will the Top 10 be selected?

Jury members will collectively decide which innovators will advance to the Semifinals and claim their position as part of the Top 10.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for the Blue Tulip Awards Quarterfinals is business casual. A cloak room is provided for your coats and bags.

What do I do if I am unable to attend the event?

Try to find a representative that can attend the Quarterfinals. If nobody can represent your company in the competition, unfortunately you will be disqualified – in line with the rules of the competition.