Networkapp was started by Elma Bassa and Margriet de Groot. Innovation is in their blood. For them, it is all about coming up with and developing new products and concepts that result in better, simpler processes, sustainable products or optimisation of the supply chain. As an innovator, you are always looking to connect up with relevant know-how or find the missing link for a new product or service. Elma and Margriet are such indefatigable and enthusiastic consumers of knowledge that they have always been keen participants in conferences and network meetings. And then … they had an idea.
Elma says, “Too often, we got home feeling we had missed opportunities. That the people we wanted to meet had been there but we hadn’t managed to speak to them. We also found it difficult with such a large group of people to discover who exactly we should be talking to. How successful a conference visit was depended mainly on chance encounters over coffee or in workshop sessions.”
Margriet adds, “We started brainstorming and sketching out some rough ideas. What do you need and what would work well? We soon had the broad outline of Networkapp . A single, simple tool that would help everyone find the right know-how.”
The Networkapp developers believe strongly in combining online contacts and face-to-face encounters at gatherings. That live contact remains necessary for fruitful cooperation – technology is merely one valuable aid to help you connect to the right people more quickly and efficiently. What is more, given the vast amount of expertise that you can find on the Internet, an event is an ideal opportunity for you to prepare and focus. Our goal is to connect up sources of know-how and help people further with their countless wonderful innovations and collaborative ventures!
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