Science meets Business organizes several events throughout the year with the goal to 1) spark collaboration between science and business through networking and 2) to close the gap between the Leiden Bio Science Park and Leiden center by showing what awesome things are happening there.
The main, most frequent event - and as such the backbone of Science meet Business - is the SmB Cafe. This cafe is hosted every second Thursday of the month, nine times a year (Feb-Jun, Sep-Dec), at BioPartner or at PLNT.
Other events include the Business Plan Competition (SmBPC), the annual BBQ (SmBBQ) and other incidental events and appearances like (at) Gulliver (started by SmB), the Weekend Business Challenge, the Science Tent at Werfpop and Leiden Loves Science.
Would you like to collaborate? Contact us!
September 9th 2021
SmB Cafe & BBQ: We're back!
After a long time of lockdown and not or only virtually seeing each other: we're back in business! With Science Based Business non the least. Our traditional June BBQ couldn't take place in June, so that's why we are hosting it in September. Can't wait to see our SmB regulars as well as the SBB alumni again!
The speakers and sign-up link will be added shortly. Follow LinkedIn or register for our newsletter to get a notification!
April 1st 2021
Collaboration with Venture Cafe Rotterdam
We've missed you guys and have decided to start up again online. Collaborating with Venture Cafe Rotterdam, who has similar goals to our and has shown that networking can be done in a fun way online as well, we will dive into Innovation and Collaboration, giving the podium to initiatives and companies that are making a difference through collaboration in the greater Rotterdam and Leiden area.
Keep an eye on our socials for the info on how to join!
Return to be determined
Due to the COVID-19 scare we have decided to not host our cafes as of April 2020. Our team decided that yet another online session would not contribute to our goal and therefore would not be worth your and our time. We are currently exploring how we can offer you the content-filled networking you want and need, while respecting all the necessary health precautions. We will keep you up to date!
Thursday the 13th
SmB Cafe February 2020
After the holiday season we will be back with science and business inspiration and networking you were lacking. Looking forward to welcoming everyone again!
Wednesday the 11th
December Special has been canceled
Due to circumstances we can no longer host the Science Battle, unfortunately.
Since we want to deliver quality programmes we decided to not quickly fill a new programme for the evenening and decided to cancel the session alltogether.
We hope you find a good alternative for the evening and we will be back after the Holiday and New Years' events and start with a bang in February (Thursday the 13th).
We wish you all the best and are looking forward to welcoming you in 2020!
Thursday the 10th
SmB Cafe October 2019
This month we are hosting a special set of speakers with an extra special contribution from outside of Leiden (Nijmegen actually) our latest Dutch Ig Nobel prize winner!
Thursday the 12th
SmB Cafe September 2019
After the summer months we'll be back with our fall season of SmB Cafe's, of course every second Thursday of the month! This time: Nanotech, BaaS and MedTech. This special session we will be welcoming the EIT Health teams!
Thursday the 13th
SmB Cafe and BBQ June 2019
Our yearly Science meets Business BBQ, where scientists, students and business professionals can mix, meet and mingle to broaden their network, look for (people to fill) positions, learn and/or just to have fun and catch-up. For sure that we will be celebrating another year of science meeting business. We are looking forward to welcoming you all!
Thursday the 11th
SmB Cafe April 2019 (CANCELED)
The April weather may be unpredictable, and apparently the number of sign-ups as well. For the first time in the history of SmB we have decided to cancel the cafe due to too few sign-ups... We didn't like it and we're very sorry, but our speakers as well as our audience deserve more impact through our events, so they will be coming back another time! In the meanwhile, check out the May Cafe!
Thursday the 14th
SmB Cafe March 2019
After an awesome Valentine's Day Special at the beautiful National Museum of Antiquities, we will be back at BioPartner for your monthly shot of entrepreneurial science.
Thursday February 14th
Leiden Loves Science 2019
Look no further. We have an exciting alternative for Valentine’s day. One that will fill your heart with Leiden’s love for science and arts. This year’s honorary doctor, Australian professor Melissa Little, as well as world-renowned Leiden-based professor Christine Mummery will share their love of stem cells and regenerative medicine with you. Of course many others from Leiden University will share their enthusiasm for topics like Egypt, Europe, the human brain and space. Come and meet professors, scientists and art lovers and get enthused, surprised and curious what Leiden, City of Discoveries, has to offer.
Thursday the 13th
SmB Cafe December 2018
Corny or not: time flies when you're having fun! This will be the last Cafe of 2018 already. We have had a lot of awesome speakers, developments and discussions last year and the last one will not provide any less. Let's go out with a bang before we completely dive into the December holiday spirit. See you then!
Thursday the 8th
SmB Cafe November 2018
On the 8th of November Science meets Business and PLNT Leiden show you what is happening in Leiden with plants, scientifically. What research is being executed and who is successfully using plants in their venture?
Thursday the 11th
SmB Cafe October 2018
Come over, come over, the eleventh of October: the second Thursday of the month! We'll make sure again that you can enjoy time off, while gaining knowledge about what's going on in science and business, get to know new people and maybe get inspired to start your own (or not and realise pure science is more your thing)! See you then at BioPartner 1, to be found by our brand new beachflag. See you then!
Thursday the 13th
SmB Cafe September 2018
Back after the summer! What better way to catch up on the summer stories with colleagues or to regain motivation by hearing about new endeavours and cool business updates? Join us for more science entrepreneurship and let's start the new academic year with a bang. See you there!
Thursday the 17th
SmB Cafe May 2018
This month, due to Ascension Day, our cafe will not be on the regular second Thursday of the month, but on the third Thursday, May 17th. After an awesome special at HUBspot last April 17th, we will return to BioPartner 1 for the May Cafe with three speakers on the subjects of science and business. This month with an exciting bunch of young entrepreneurs. Claim your (free) spot now!