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Dates: May 24-28, 2016
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Startup Fest Europe

Startup Fest Europe is a European festival of events that help startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). These week long match making activities are a joint effort of startup hubs in the cities of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Delft, Eindhoven, Enschede, Geleen, Leeuwarden, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Wageningen and Zwolle.

From 24-28 May 2016 The Netherlands will be the place where every startup in the world wants to be. It is a four day marathon of matchmaking between startups, investors, developers and corporates. Fourteen regional innovation hubs will host world class events on specialized topics.

Startup Fest Europe is an official event during the Dutch Presidency of the European Union. The EU Presidency meetings in the Netherlands will all take place at Amsterdam’s historical naval dockyard, the Marine Etablissement. These are meetings of ministers and civil servants from all the EU member states.

During the opening of Startup Fest in the historic heart of Amsterdam on tuesday May 24, there will be international keynote-speakers welcomed and there will be facilitated match-making between investors and startup entrepreneurs from all over the world at the Startup Garden.

Startup Fest Europe is a great way to show the world that the West Coast of Europe is a hot bed for startups and innovation. We will do this with inspirational speakers, mind blowing demos and a great opportunity to make deals, deals and deals.

Startup Fest was initiated by Startup Delta after consultations in early 2015 with leaders of the Dutch startup eco system. Constantijn van Oranje chaired these consultations and invited 75 leaders of the Dutch startup community to voice their views on how to create a true “West Coast of Europe” and bring international VCs and startups to the Netherlands.

The consulted leaders were virtually unanimous in their conclusion that the Dutch Startup Ecosystem would benefit greatly from organizing a European startup event. One that would be high in quality and would not only focus on the web, but also on the fields of expertise in which the Netherlands excels – such as food and agriculture, health, energy, high tech and water. An event that would facilitate world-wide matchmaking between funds, startups, talent and centers of excellence. These ingredients are the core of Startup Fest 2016.

Startup Fest Europe is a week long Festival that takes place during the European presidency. Each day events will take place that focus on startups in specific verticals. Here you can find the program.

Attract co-founders, creatives and developers

This will be the perfect excuse for international talent to discover The Netherlands, and perhaps stick around:

  • fast landing at our renowned museums & modern cultural institutions;
  • experience our diverse, explorative and open-minded culture
  • participate in hackathons, LAN parties and so on;
  • visit the epic dance party on the final day!

Startup & Dance!

Imagine 10,000 startups, VCs, coders, corporates and students… dancing to the music of the best deejays in the world! This will be the ultimate celebration of the results at the end of this European Startup Festival.

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