Upstream Festival

There is no doubt that gathering as many relevant stakeholders from the local innovation scene as possible can only bring benefits for everyone involved. New connections, new ideas, new business opportunities. That is exactly why Upstream Festival was created. 

Designed as an annual event, and having taken place five times since 2020, Upstream brings together startups, scale-ups, investors, corporates, policy makers and students to exchange knowledge and inspiration, and make a positive (local) impact. The event takes place over several days and features a variety of partner-created sessions on three key topics: access to capital, markets, and talent. 

Upstream 2024
The fifth edition of Upstream Festival connected 2000 like-minded entrepreneurs, investors and changemakers from 29 countries in Rotterdam to explore everything a startup needs for growth. Curious about Upstream’s impact? Download Impact Report – Upstream 2024

Organized by Up!Rotterdam, Upstream stays true to its mission: to make the network work for you. To know more about the event, reach out to us at: And in the meantime, stay tuned for next year’s edition taking place on 27 & 28 May 2025.