After a run-up of several months, the finale of the Making Waves pitch event is here. On the 7th of September, the selected innovations from a variety of the Netherlands' most innovative sectors - including gathered at the Breezanddijk on the Afsluitdijk to pitch their ideas to a large audience of decision-makers and investors.
Several key-note speakers, including Kofi Annan, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, minister for Infrastructure and Environment, and Tom Middendorp, shone their light on innovation and the importance of sustainability in all sectors represented at the event. Mr. Annan praised the Netherlands, saying the Afsluitdijk is a great example of the synergies between water and energy, especially when it comes to generating energy from the tides and salinity gradients. Read the interview Schultz van Haegen and Annan gave to the Algemeen Dagblad here (in Dutch).
Three marine energy developers, Bluerise, Slow Mill, and Fishflow Innovations, will pitch their devices and projects to the Making Waves jury and hear whether they will represent the Netherlands at European-wide events later this year.