Dutch Chamber of Commerce Recognises Innovation Expertise of Node1
Node1 Partner Growth, Samir Saberi, has been named Innovation Expert Jury by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) for it’s national annual SME top 100 Award. This annual innovation contest, run for the 12th consecutive time, is seen as one of the most effective ways for SME’s to showcase their innovation, find partners, investors, customers and recognition. Over the years it has grown into the largest and most important innovation award for SME’s in the Netherlands. Nominees and winners of the MKB top 100 are often seen as role models for their region and sector. Steiner Henskens, CEO of Bird Control Group, stated: “The nomination in the SME top 100 Awards provided us the opportunity to develop internationally”
Node1 is honoured to be able to contribute. “Innovation is critical for the economy of the Netherlands. I am glad to see that so many fellow entrepreneurs are picking up the baton and building together on the prosperity of our country, for now and for the future”, says Saberi. adding: “At Node1 we live and breathe innovation and genuinely believe in ‘giving it forward.’ I am therefore very pleased to be able to contribute in yet another way to innovation in The Netherlands.”
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Kamer van Koophandel, stimulates entrepreneurs to grow. Enabling growth through innovation is one of their cornerstone activities. 99 % of the companies in the Netherlands are SME’s. This group is responsible for 70 % of the jobs created and 60 % of the added value created. The opportunity to really influence the economic and social prosperity of the country by awards such the SME Top 100 is therefore enormous.
About Samir Saberi
Samir Saberi is a Partner Growth at Node1. He is a consultant on digital strategy, customer development, product management and growth marketing to corporate clients and a mentor to a range of startups and co-founder of the premium blog on the Dutch startup ecosystem StartupJuncture.
Previously he was an advisor on the Dutch startup ecosystem to former EU commissioner and Special Envoy for startups Neelie Kroes. He also helped her team to launch StartupDelta, the Dutch national initiative to promote the Dutch startup Ecosystem.
Saberi is currently working on his upcoming book on the Dutch startup ecosystem with professor Erik Stam. Stam is full professor strategy, organisation and entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, visiting professor at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and the academic director of the Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship.