Kickstart Europe 2023 provides latest insights to face global challenges

Kickstart Europe 2023 provides latest insights to face global challenges

In 2023, the digital infrastructure industry has to prepare themselves for various complex challenges such as rising inflation rates, energy costs, staff shortages and sustainability while supporting the fast and steady growing need for digital services. Therefore, more than 1000+ industry professionals come together on Tuesday February 21 at the Kickstart Europe Conference 2023 in Amsterdam to gain insights on how to battle these challenges and discuss new opportunities. 

On February 20 (Welcome Evening) and February 21 (Conference Day), Kickstart Europe offers a familiar conference program for an audience of 1000+ professionals from the data center, fiber, and cloud industry. During this annual strategy and networking event in the Amsterdam RAI, industry experts discuss the latest developments in strategy and investments in digital infrastructure.

First speakers announced 

On February 21, the conference kicks off with a dynamic morning program including discussions and short keynote insights into the data center market and investments in digital infrastructure. 

EMEA representatives from key players; Eric Boonstra (VP & GM Europe, Iron Mountain), Dick Theunissen (Managing Director EMEA, EdgeConneX) and Eugene Bergen Henegouwen (President EMEA, Equinix) will discuss the latest opportunities and challenges within the data center market. Based on a growth and trend analysis by CBRE Research Director Kevin Restivo. 

The morning program also focuses on investments in digital infra. In this panel led by NIBC Bank, C-level speakers; Alex Goldblum (CEO, Eurofiber), Anke Schlichting (CTO NIBC Bank), Rob Visser (CTO Nationale Nederlanden) and more to be announced, will discuss investment opportunities in this market.

Professor Open Innovation & Business Venturing Paul Iske (also the founder of the ‘Institute for Brilliant Failures & Serious Optimism’) will host the morning program as Chairman of the Day. 

In the afternoon, there will be plenty of networking opportunities (with the use of an easy speed dating tool) and panel sessions about sustainable developments, investment strategies, and EU market insights.

For the full overview of all speakers visit:

Urge for innovative strategies 

Stijn Grove, initiator of Kickstart Europe, looks forward to the sixth edition of the event. “Last year, our industry had to face a lot of difficulties. With the rising energy costs and inflation rates in mind, the urge to implement sustainable and innovative solutions to decrease these costs is sky-high. At the same time we need to support the transition to the ‘New Economy’, which is sustainable, open, transparent and digital. Data centers are the foundation of making these transitions successful. Therefore, the question arises which solutions and strategies will be suitable for the growth of our industry. We look forward to discussing both at Kickstart Europe.”


Kickstart Europe 2023 takes place on Monday February 20 (Welcome Evening) and Tuesday February 21 (Conference Day) at RAI Amsterdam. Tickets are available via this link.


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