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Entrepreneurship College - SDG Edition

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Why is infrastructure core to our quality of life? Why play improvements in infrastructure, industry, and innovation an important role in many of the other SDG’s? Why should entrepreneurs commit to sustainable industrialization and how can innovation contribute to this? These questions will be passionately highlighted during this entrepreneurship college.

Every second Thursday of the month, we organize lectures around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Our guest speakers are academic experts and entrepreneurs working in the field of the SDGs. They discuss root causes, challenges, relevant theories and important stakeholders. 

Every entrepreneurship college is committed to one of the sustainable development goals. Our mission is to introduce the goals to everyone who is interested in the goals, but also to entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs that want to make the world a better place through entrepreneurship.

For each course we invite an expert to explain one of the goals, to provide insight into why urgent change is needed and what the consequences would be if we failed to achieve the goals. After the expert, an entrepreneur comes to talk about his or her company and answers the following questions. Why are they trying to achieve the relevant SDG? How do they do this? And how do innovations and technology play a role in this? The lecture will end by a short talk from Bart Grevenhof, project manager of the entrepreneurship program at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, who briefly provides insights into the latest technologies.

Our goal is to welcome and inspire students, teachers and professionals of all kinds of backgrounds.

September 12, it's Dr. E. Yaghmaei and Quicargo's turn. 

Dr. Emad Yaghmaei is Research Fellow in Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology. He is also affiliated at University of Southern Denmark in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His research interests cover innovation management issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and society. This includes social technology and innovation management of emerging technologies such as ICT, IoT and Cyber-Security. He is currently focusing on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles in industrial contexts to demonstrate how industry can work productively together with societal actors to integrate methodologies of RRI into research and innovation processes.

Quicargo is a platform, founded in 2016, that aims to solve the problem of empty lorries travelling around Europe every day due to planning inefficiency. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion on the road, as half of the trucks on European roads are partially empty. The Dutch startup connects businesses in need of transportation to the empty vehicles using its proprietary algorithms. They use a pricing and matching algorithm that finds the best match between a shipper and a carrier. Quicargo is now fully operational in the Benelux and Ruhr Area. They currently connects almost 2,000 businesses to roughly 6,000 trucks from 270 carriers. Up until now, Quicargo has saved up to 215,000 km of empty truck space on the road and thereby reduced CO2 emission with 3% inside their network.

Founded in 2016, Quicargo was selected in the top three “digital freight platforms” in Europe by Frost & Sullivan for their sustainable solution for the transportation industry.


17.00 - 17.15 Arrival Restaurant de Tropen
17.15 - 18.00 Expert: Dr. E. Yaghmaei (TU Delft)
18.00 - 18.45 Inovative start-up: Quicargo 
18.45 - 19.00 Q&A 
19.00 - 20.00 Happy Hour! 

This event will be moderated by Jos Hummelen (SO/Creatie).

Tickets + route

After registration, the lectures are freely accessible. You can access De Tropen by two entrances: at Mauritskade 64 and through the terrace at the Oosterpark. Reserve your spot via Eventbrite.

Entrepreneurship College

Entrepreneurship College - The SDG Edition is powered by KIT Royal Tropical InstituteHvA - Hogeschool van AmsterdamDe Tropen café & restaurant and the SDG House. The SDG House is a place where innovators share knowledge and work together, offering office space to 50+ entrepreneurs, organisations and NGO's that work on achieving the SDGs.


Published by  Entrepreneurship 10 September 2019