Wanted: Dragons and innovators

For a Dragon’s Den of Transition, the organization of the European Industry and Energy Summit 2021 (EIES2021) is looking for both dragons and innovators. During the closing of the EIES2021 on December 8 in Rotterdam Ahoy, they can make deals to support interesting energy innovations. Sign up now as a dragon or innovator!

Dragon’s Den of Transition is a new part of the Summit. The organization wants to provide a stage for hopeful innovations in the field of European industrial transformation and also help them along the way. These are innovations from start-ups, for example, that could use a boost to reach maturity. The need can be financial, but also support in the areas of marketing, networking, entrepreneurship, business development and more. That is the role of the dragons.


During the last day part of the two-day Summit, on Wednesday afternoon December 8, five selected companies can pitch their innovations to five Dragons, representatives of development companies, funds, governments, banks and/or investment companies. They can respond to the pitches, make contacts and even make offers.

Journalistic nomination film

Innovators can apply to the editorial staff of Industrielinqs, the organizer of the event. The editors will compile a longlist. Ultimately, at least eight will be selected by a panel (editors and a number of experts). Journalistically prepared nomination films of 112 seconds will be made of these finalists. These films will be published from late October with short articles on the news site www.industryandenergy.eu. Together with the public, the Dragons will determine who will pitch in the Dragon’s Den of Transition on December 8.

Besides innovators, the organization is also looking for dragons. A few organizations have already agreed to provide a dragon, but there are still a few seats available.

Innovators can apply with a brief description of their innovation via redactie@industrielinqs.nl.

For more information about a Dragon chair you can contact editor in chief Wim Raaijen: wim@industrielinqs.nl.