Friday 10 November

Official opening

More info to follow

Monday 13 November: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

SIM Theme Meeting: ‘From Manufacturing to Creative Industries’

More info to follow

For SIM members (closed)

Organized by the Samenwerkende Industrieterreinen Maastricht (collaboration of Maastricht industrial estates, SIM).

  • Contact person: Liesbeth Versteegh: | 06-33785730
  • Location: Expo Groeten uit Maastricht
  • Register using the form sent out to SIM members
  • Free entry

Monday 13 November: 5:00-10:00 PM

Chamber of Commerce – Working towards successful self-employment: An inspiring networking event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Municipality of Maastricht

Have you been working for yourself for a while now? Then you won’t want to miss this event. It promises to be an inspiring event where you can join hundreds of other independent self-employed entrepreneurs from the area and find new energy and new ideas.

For those who have been active self-employed entrepreneurs for some time already

Organized by Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday 14 November: 2:00 PM – 10.00 PM

Event Kick-off Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Maastricht

GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. GEW Maastricht aims to inspire you about venturing up to start a new company, and provide you with relevant knowledge, information and network to kick off your venture.

Open for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, starting up a new company, or just for having a great chat about startup venturing with our exciting community (public).

  • Organized by: Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E)
  • Contact person: Julian Lupescu |
  • Location: Infocentrum Belvédère
  • Registration required: Early birds tickets will be available in mid-september. Registration is possible via the website ( or by purchasing a ticket at the door (no guarantee that places will be available for door tickets).
  • Ticket prices will be announced in september
  • Programme:
    4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Workshops: networking and creating a Business Plan (exact workshops will be announced soon)
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Food & networking
    6:00 PM-10:00 PM: Evening talks – top international speakers will give you insights about a broad range of subjects related to entrepreneurship, human development and innovation. At the end of the evening we will grab some drinks at an informal chat with our speakers.
  • More info:

Wednesday 15 November: 2:00 PM – 7.00 PM

GEW Maastricht – Startup Market

GEW and Limburg Startup ( invite you for an afternoon of networking and inspiration where you can meet various innovative startups that will be showcasing their early stage prototypes, products and services.

Open for anyone interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, starting up a new company, or just for having a great chat about startup venturing with our exciting community (public).

  • Organized by: Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E)
  • Contact person: Julian Lupescu |
  • Locatie: Student Service Centre – Ezelmarkt Maastricht
  • Registration not required
  • Free entrance
  • More info:
  • Programme:
    5.30 PM-6:00 PM: Keynote speaker
    6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Networking & drinks


GEW Maastricht – The innovator’s Challenge case competition

The “Innovator’s Challenge” – case competition organized by the MC4E, aims at solving complex company challenges with entrepreneurial solutions. Organized in the format of a hackathon, the competition is aimed at bright students who are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to a problem case within a short period of time.

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER: 8:00 AM -12.00 PM

Open Coffee Maastricht: effective networking in a low-threshold environment

The Open Coffee Maastricht enables self-employed entrepreneurs, students, expats and job seekers to work actively with each other and to share and learn from each other.

For anyone who wants to network effectively.

  • Organized by: Open Coffee Maastricht
  • Contact person: Math Fooij: 06-36293747 |
  • Location: Expo Groeten uit Maastricht
  • Entrance € 5, of which € 2.50 is donated to the Toon Hermanshuis Maastricht.
  • More info:

Friday 17 November: 2:30-6:30 PM

Inspiration House – closing event for the fifth edition of Pressure Cooker

Programme for start-ups that kicks off on 19 October and concludes on 17 November with participants making their pitches to a jury.

In 80 hours time, the starting entrepreneur strengthens insights, skills and performance. The starting entrepreneur builds on an allround foundation. The program has five pillars and is handled by twenty experts.

Closed event for entrepreneurs, guests, jury, and Pressure Cooker participants.

FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER: 6:00-9:30 PM

SME – The world looks cool in blue!

From old jeans into a chair, suitcase, or motorcycle! Industrial Designer Marc Meijers invented the DenimX recipe that combines jeans with bio-based plastics to give old jeans new life and produce high quality lifestyle products, designed in Maastricht.

Let yourself be inspired by this SME member on Entrepreneur’s Day. Marc will passionately share his story, from idea to circular product, and with all the associated challenges of DenimX designs, to build a more beautiful, sustainable world in blue! What can you contribute to the circular economy?

More information about this meeting: regional advisor

You can also come to the Greetings from Maastricht expo in the Eiffel building, the former production site for the Sphinx factory. You’ll be given a tour of this new section of Maastricht that creates space for creative, innovative entrepreneurs as well as organizations that focus on culture and recreation and social facilities.

The networking meeting is open to all entrepreneurs with advance registration.

  • Programme:
  • 6:00 PM entry with buffet
    7:00 PM Marc Meijers kicks off the programme
    7:45 PM Tour of the Eiffel building
    8:30 PM EXPO Maastricht and networking event
    9:30 PM Close
  • Registration: required for non-members:  (name, company, and billing address)
  • SME members and their guests can use the members’ platform
  • Price: free for SME members, €40 for non-members, including buffet and networking drinks. You will be invoiced in advance.


2017 Maastricht Award

With this award, the Municipality of Maastricht, together with various partners, shows its appreciation for the many entrepreneurs who choose to make Maastricht their company’s home. At the same time, this initiative is designed to highlight and reward distinctive and excellent entrepreneurship.

The awards are organized by the Municipality of Maastricht and a range of partners, including Rabobank, Centrummanagement, Maastricht Marketing, and representatives from the retail sector, hospitality industry, manufacturing industry, and the service sector.


JBS – Theme meeting

More info to follow

TUESDAY 21 NOVEMBER: 4.30-10.30 PM

Share the inspiration – Leadership 3.0 = female leadership: Let’s go girls!

Our changing world requires the ability to listen and connect – in short, it needs inspirational leadership. Leadership requires courage and humility to visibly stand out in a positive way. Awareness and a high degree of customer credibility leads to noticeably better cooperation. This event gives women in Limburg directly applicable tools for taking their leadership to the next level.

For all entrepreneurial women in Limburg (public)


SME – how do you ensure that innovation makes your business successful?

Cross Industry, what can we learn from the hotel industry? Entrepreneur Paul Rinkens takes us on a personal journey as he tells the story of how he grew into the entrepreneur he is today and how the hotel industry has used innovative concepts to revitalise itself. He’ll give you food for thought on the cross-pollination of different cultures and environments.

Thursday 30 NOVEMBER

Municipality of Maastricht – Social Entrepreneurship Dinner

The goal is to pair Maastricht’s 25 largest companies with 25 social institutions and make a match on a closed market. The Municipality of Maastricht will facilitate this initiative by the Samen voor Maastricht foundation (together for Maastricht).

For: the 25 largest companies in Maastricht and 25 social institutions

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER: 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

MKB-Limburg and Business Leads pitches and questions!

Pitch your business to 20 to 30 other companies in 1.5 hours and dare to ask questions. MKB-Limburg and Business Leads are hosting a breakfast meeting at the Greetings from Maastricht Expo. During this networking meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your company to 20 to 30 other participating companies in 1.5 hours. You’ve never experienced faster promotion for your business. In addition to your pitch, you’ll have the opportunity to pose a question to all participants. No question is too crazy! Are you looking for new employees, do you have a technological challenge, would you like to do a pilot project with a new product, or do you just want to get in touch with that one person at one of your major prospects? The MKB-Limburg and Business Leads network will find an answer to your question as quickly as possible.

SME members and their guests can use the members’ platform

Price: Free, breakfast will be provided.