Demokwekerij Westland facilitates as NEXT Economy needs NEXT Entrepreneur Access Point

Technological developments change the (economic) landscape. Do you have an idea what the economy of tomorrow – the NEXT Economy – will look like? Do you see chances in changes concerning big data, circular economy, mobility or sustainable energy? Are you about to launch a start-up with social impact? If so, Metropolitan Start-up Lab (MSL) is looking for you: the NEXT Entrepreneur!

Starting entrepreneurs with an idea for the Next Economy can battle on the 7th of July at the NEXT Economy needs NEXT Entrepreneur Access Point at Demokwekerij Westland. During this pitch event the audience will consist of potential launching customers, directors of established businesses, on the lookout for innovation in the value chain and eager to hear your ideas. Besides this platform, there are also other prizes for the best pitchers:

  • Financial reward of € 3000,-
  • One-to-one networking lunch with members of the jury, i.e. Jan Kees de Jager (CFO of KPN), Jannewietske de Vries (director of the Floriade 2022), Leendert Bikker (executive director World Expo Rotterdam 2025), Duke Urbanik (entrepreneur in residence YES!Delft), Laurens Groen (director Milgro) and Theo Duijvensteijn (Vice-major Westland and board member Roadmap Next Economy MRDH).
  • Prototype prize; consisting of a temporarily membership at RDM Makerspace.

NEXT Economy needs NEXT Entrepreneur is more than a pitch event. By offering several extra activities and extensive speeddate coaching sessions for the selected ideas, MSL wants to help start-ups and idea-owners to take the next step and support them in their growth. Take this opportunity and submit your idea before the 5th of June:  Enrolling is free of charge.

Metropolitan Start-up Lab (MSL) is a collaboration between Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag and tech incubator YES!Delft. For more information about this competition or the members of the jury see, and twitter. #mslnexteconomy

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From current situation to the new situation!

Periodic building update Demokwekerij Westland 2.0

After an intensive period of preperation the first proceedings on the building area has started. The pickets are in the ground, and the groundwork has started. Over the coming period we will keep you up-to- date on the progress of the activities with imagery. At the following link you will find the first building-update; After you have clicked on the link you can scroll down for more images.


Van der Valk Horti Systems; new participant at Demokwekerij.

Van der Valk Horti Systems has been an understanding for years in the horticulture sector. They are the only specialised company who fully concentrated on the development and production of air mechanics and screen materials. You find the systems of Van der Valk Horti Systems everywhere. High worthy components which not only start up the company but keeps it running.

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“Van der Valk Horti Systems became a participant of Demokwekerij Westland because we are an innovative supplier of air mechanics and screen systems and always need feedback from growers and other contacts from the horticulture sector. At Demokwekerij Westland we can get that feedback, it’s the ideal place for making contacts and keeping them” says Arno van Deursen from Van der Valk Horti Systems.

Greenhouses are getting bigger and more complex. Because of the many parts in the machines it is hard to reach everything for maintenance. So you need to rely on them completely. At Van der Valk Horti Systems we go till the end, with every development. Development of new products and systems is our core business. Every part we use has been thought through and we only put our signature on a system if we are completely behind it. Van der Valk Horti Systems, your insurance policy for business continuity.

Want to know more?
Visit the demonstration stand from Van der Valk Horti Systems at Demokwekerij Westland (ready soon) or visit the website:

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Flower Trials at Demokwekerij Westland

From 14 till 17 of June Flower Trials find their place at Demokwekerij Westland. Just like previous years the company Sakata will show their newest products in the area of breeding.

Next to Sakata, the companies Van de Bos Flowerbulbs and African Roots will be also presenting their newest products. During the Flower Trials companies show their new cultivation products and the latest trends on the area of flowers and plants. The whole Demokwekerij will be turned into an exposition filled with flowers and plants.

Flower Trials isn’t only at Demokwekerij Westland. On 30 locations throughout Westland, Aalsmeer in the Netherlands and Rheinland-Westfalen in Germany, 52 growers will be showing their innovations, creative concepts and wide assortments of flowers and plants. For more information go to the website: On the website you can sign yourself up for these days.


More than 200 growers at Crop protection days

On the 13th, 14th and the 19th of April the crop protection days found a place at Demokwekerij Westland. In collaboration with Van Iperen, Brinkman, Horticoop and several suppliers of these trading companies, Demokwekerij Westland organized these days.

With a turnout of more than 200 enthusiastic visitors we look back at three successful crop protection days. Each trading company had a separate day, whereby they gave the possibility, to their clients, to catch up and discuss the crop protection for the cultivation.

Next to a presentation from Demokwekerij Westland and from the trading company, visits had been made in small groups to the cultivation departments and crop protection research area. As well as crop protection, Robotica in the horticulture was one of the subjects of the day. The knowledge days, which also count towards extending spraying licenses, will be held again in September 2016, these days will be focused on the floriculture sector.