Pitch your plan to a panel of six senior professionals of large funds, from the corporate world and the broadcasting industry.

Pitching for funding (powered by SvdJ)

You’ve written a daring scenario, developed the concept for a ground-breaking AR production or devised a cross-media game, and you want to check whether your idea is viable in terms of funding. Then the Conference for the Curious is for you! You have five minutes to pitch your plan to a panel of six senior professionals of large funds, from the corporate world and the broadcasting industry. They give you immediate feedback on content, possible partnerships, the potential role of their organisation in relation to developing the idea and the financial feasibility. Tips & tricks are of course generously shared. Pitching for Funding is powered by Stimuleringsfonds Voor De Journalistiek.

Sign up to pitch

Nothing is as vulnerable as a brilliant idea. The pitches are therefore a for the public private component of the conference. There are a few places available. So: do you have a plan you would like to pitch? Register right away via medialab@vpro.nl citing Pitching for Funding.

First come, first served, and full = full! In order to participate you will need a ticket to the conference.

Maximum number of participants: 15


Members of the panel are Stan van Engelen (editor in chief TV, VPRO), Liesbeth van de Kar (Coordinator NTR Digital), Bert-Jan Woertman (director Marketing Communications High Tech Campus), Joy Arpots (scout Brabant C), Natasja Paulssen (director Dutch Rose Media) and Richard van Tilborg (Director Ordina Smart).

Joy Arpots has been artistic director for various stages: pop venue Doornroosje Nijmegen, Chasse Theater Breda, Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, concerthall Vredenburg Utrecht and Koninklijk Theater Carré Amsterdam. Joy was deputy artistic director of 2018Eindhoven, candidate Cultural Capital of Europe. Since 2015 he is artistic scout of the Brabant C Fonds. Arpots was counselor of various cultural organizations and member of various cultural advisory committees, like Fonds Podiumkunsten and Raad voor Cultuur.

Stan van Engelen (1974) is editor in chief of VPRO TV. VPRO is an independent public broadcaster that is widely recognized, both in the Netherlands and abroad, as an innovative media organization. Stan started working for VPRO in 2000 as web editor and since then worked on media projects in which traditional and new media are merged like the cross-media documentary series In Europe, and the global journalism project Metropolis. As head of TV, Stan has a love for projects that combine the crafts and skills involved in ’traditional’ TV production with new forms of storytelling as made possible by new technologies.

Liesbeth van de Kar has over 20 years experience in the field of internet/new media productions (websites, apps and interactive storytelling). She was involved in one of the first internet projects in the Netherlands, The Digital City in Amsterdam. The past 17 years she worked on online and cross media productions at the national broadcast company NTR, such as www.sesamstraat.nl.  She was editor in chief during the interactive project about Jheronimus Bosch. This project is nominated for the Spinawards and Dutch Interactive Awards 2016. She is also head of design and web development at NTR.

Natasja Paulssen, owner and cofounder of Dutch Rose Media, an Augmented Reality agency, finds that new technology creates a seemingly unstoppable stream of information. She believes that people must find a different approach to deal with the information overload, and the go with the flow.

Richard van Tilborg, partner innovative technologies at Ordina, gives innovation a recognizable face. He has worked on many cases of added value, from hidden wish to impact. Furthermore, Richard is part of the advisory board of Virtual Reality Netherlands, co-founder of Machine Learning Netherlands Meetup, expert Digital Innovation at Computable and hosts a radio show at New Business Radio.

Bert-Jan Woertman is an enthusiastic networker, creative communicator and new business developer. Throughout his career he has specialized in building effective, self-reinforcing communities. As a member of the Management Team of High Tech Campus Eindhoven Bert-Jan is responsible for New Business Development and Marketing & Communications. As a co-founder, Bert-Jan is also actively involved in building the world's best accelerator for high-tech startups: HightechXL.