Continuum Family Business Visit – The Netherlands 2017

Continuum Family Business Visit – The Netherlands 2017

An exceptional journey: Over the course of a 4 day trip family businesses from the MENA, Africa, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas visited the Netherlands to discover Dutch Family Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Technology in key cities to explore business opportunities, discover new technologies, and exchange thoughts.

The Continuum experience was designed for family enterprises and offices that were looking to:

  • Explore Europe’s biggest HIGH TECH INCUBATOR with over 200 innovative start ups
  • Learn how the largest PORT in Europe is transforming to face the economy of the future
  • Join the creators of cutting edge new products at one of the largest MAKER SPACES in the country
  • Visit and connect with a NETWORK of Dutch family businesses and entrepreneurs and explore business opportunities
  • Reflect on the TRANSFORMATION of the economic landscape with experts and academics in various leading institutions

The Continuum Participants were welcomed during each visit by members of the owning families and had the opportunity to meet entrepreneurs and experts in innovation and technology. During a half day Conference the participants and hosts got together to share their experiences and to discuss the economy of the future.

The Program of Continuum 2017 was created in consultation with the Dutch Consulate (UAE), FBNed, the Dutch Family Business Association, and Rotterdam Partners, and in collaboration the Windesheim Centre for Family Business (Netherlands), as well as Hizkia van Kralingen (Cultural Partner).



Van Oord
Founded in 1850 Van Oord is today a leading international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil,gas and wind).

VDL Groep
Founded in 1953, VDL Groep is an international industrial company focused on the development, production and sale of semi-finished products, buses & coaches and other finished products and the assembly of cars.

This family-owned SME is one of the world’s leading aluminium construction companies.

FBNed is the family business association of the Netherlands. Collectively, members represent a turnover in excess of 42 billion euros and over 260,000 employees. The average age of member businesses is 80 years.

Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business, Windesheim The Netherlands


Rotterdam Partners
Rotterdam Partners has the objective of strengthening the economy of Rotterdam and the region.

RDM Makerspace is a unique RDM Rotterdam is the hotspot for innovation in the port of Rotterdam: this is where the manufacturing industry of the future is taking shape.

Dutch Drone Company
Dutch Drone Company offers a wide variety of services with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

RAMLAB’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technology by providing its partners with easy access to the entire value chain.

A design company whose process involves high-end computer-based design and robotic fabrication processes.

Founded by the Philips Family Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. One of its core beliefs is that research results are translated into successful innovations and serve as a basis for creating new products, processes and enterprises.

Is a leading technology region in Europe. Located in the Southeast Netherlands, with Eindhoven at its heart, this top technology region of world standing creates solutions for the societal challenges of tomorrow.

Institute for Photonic Integration
The Institute for Photonic Integration is a leading R&D center in the field of photonics. The work of the institute ranges from fundamental scientific research to the development of prototypes that are taken on to the product stage by industry.

The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe.

One of Europe’s largest incubators.

As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onwards, and of major aspects of European and Asian art.