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A full week of match-making at 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). Join us from 24 – 28 May 2016 all around The Netherlands!

Events around specific themes
The regional innovation hubs of the Netherlands will host world class events on specialized topics such as Agri & Food, Fin Tech, High Tech, Water Tech, Energy, Health Tech, Hard Science, Web / Mobile and Smart Cities. It’s all about helping startups raise money, attract talent and connect with peers, founders, leading scientists, venture capitalists, corporates and policy makers.

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.

Make new connections

During Startup Fest we will welcome all international guests with open arms. This will be the perfect excuse for international talent to discover The Netherlands, and perhaps stick around: fast laning 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!

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Startup & Dance!

Imagine 2,500 startups, VCs, coders, corporates and students… dancing to the music of the best DJs in the world! This will be the ultimate celebration of the results at the end of this European Startup Festival. This is the place where we will all come together and join in celebrating a week that’s been all about matchmaking. This is the moment you want to be a part of.

Background

In the first half of 2016 The Netherlands holds the presidency of the European Union. 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.

Background

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