StartupFest Europe hosted 8 high class events, over 3,500 international visitors, dozens of inspirational keynotes and hundreds of meetings between startups and investors, making it a great success. More than 1,000 European startups came in contact with over 100 billion private investment capital and multinationals. The organization looks back on a successful week of matchmaking and dealmaking. Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy from StartupDelta: “It’s good doing business in the Netherlands and a lot of fun. This is what StartupFest Europe is about: entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates coming together to make deals.”
The central theme of the second edition of StartupFest Europe was ‘Global Challenges, Startup Solutions’. Great speakers demonstrated what startups and innovation can do: Boyan Slat (The Ocean Cleanup) on how plastic soup can be extracted from oceans, Deep Nishar (MD Softbank Vision Fund how exponential trends in computing and genomics change our world, Nigel Gifford (Windhorse Aerospace), developing edible drones for Humanitarian aid in disaster areas, and Amy Robinson Sterling (Eyewire, depicting the human brain through the use of an online game). Also StartupDelta launched ‘Let’s kickstart Sint Maarten’, an action to help the island affected by hurricane Irma with startup solutions.
Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba.com, had a video message for the CapitalFest visitors: “We hope that by leveraging online technology every SME can become a global company. And that the global economy and the globalisation can become more inclusive, sustainable, healthy and happy.”
Hundreds of 1-on-1 encounters
StartupFest Europe’s goal was to bring startups into contact with capital, knowledge and customers. This happened during personal meetings between entrepreneurs and investors. Over 650 of these meetings were arranged through network tables.
Constantijn van Oranje: “Startups are good for the economy in many ways. They boost competitiveness, drive innovation, provide jobs and help corporates innovate faster. For startups to grow they need capital and customers. We are delighted that during StartupFest Europe we managed to connect many startups with Corporate executives and the best Dutch and international investors.”
About StartupFest Europe and CapitalFest
StartupFest Europe 2017 (25-28 September) is an initiative of StartupDelta and consisted of a main event (CapitalFest, organized together with Amsterdam Capital Week) and a number of thematic events spread across the country: Digital Health & MedTech, Blockchain Summit, FinTech Vortex, Energy Fest, New materials for the circular economy, Impact Startup Fest and The Future of HighTech.
StartupFest Europe and CapitalFest were made possible by, among others, the following founding partners: StartupDelta, Deloitte, Amazon Web Services, AkzoNobel, Rabobank, ING, Startup Amsterdam, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.