Startup Fest Europe Opening

Startup Fest is a week long festival of events that will be officially kicked off on Tuesday 24 May. During this one day event in the historic heart of Amsterdam we will welcome international keynote-speakers and will facilitate match-making between investors and startup entrepreneurs from all over the world at the Startup Garden.

Beurs van Berlage

Who will be speaking?

So far the following names have been confirmed: Tim Cook (Apple), Nathan Blecharczyk (Airbnb), Travis Kalanick (Uber), Gillian Tans (, Pieter van der Does (Adyen), Andrus Ansip (Vice-president of the European Commission), Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

What happens at the Startup Garden?

The startup garden is the market place where selected startups present themselves to investors (in the morning) and corporates / press (in the afternoon). The selection of startups is done by the partners of Startup Fest and each of them represents a specific sector, industry or region. All founders will receive personal training on their presentation skills.

What’s the price of admission?

Startup Fest Europe is all about match-making. We want to make sure we have the right people in the right room. That’s why we’ll start with the first batch of 250 tickets, aimed at two target audiences:

Corporates / investor tickets: € 995 Eventbrite - Opening Startup Fest Europe
Startup only tickets (*): € 650 Apply here

(*) Innovative startups can also win a place in the startup garden, which automatically offers access to the official opening. Please apply here if you want to be considered for a startup only ticket. This is also your chance to present at the Startup Garden or be included in the match-making app.


Date : 24 May 2016
Time : 11.00 until 18.00
Place : Beurs van Berlage, : Amsterdam
For : Startups, Scale-ups, Investors, Corporate innovators

This event is made possible by the following partners:


Huawei is a global leader of ICT technology and innovations. Continuously innovating based on customer needs, we are committed to enhancing customer experiences and creating maximum value for telecom carriers, enterprises, and consumers. Our telecom network equipment, IT products and solutions, and smart devices are used in 170 countries and regions. With annual sales revenue [...]

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IBM is a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company with a relentless focus on innovation. Join the thousands of startups and developers who are working with IBM to disrupt industries. Visit us in the IBM Innovation Space in B.Amsterdam, let's team up to accelerate your success and apply now to receive up to $120K credits to build, [...]

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

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Ziggo is a leading media and communications services provider to consumers and businesses in the Netherlands. It provides approximately 10 million television, broadband Internet and fixed and mobile services to more than 4 million customers. Customers also have access to more than 2 million WifiSpots throughout the country. Ziggo also provides products and services for [...]

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Deloitte Center for the Edge is proud to be a founding partner of Startup Fest Europe. At Deloitte Center for the Edge, we believe future businesses can be found on the edge of current businesses. What is created on the edge of the competitive landscape - in terms of technology, new business models, and startups [...]

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Shell actively encourages entrepreneurship because innovation is at the heart of the transition which the energy industry will be experiencing in the coming decades. The energy future of 2050 is uncertain in many ways. In 2050 the world will have nine billion people, 75% of whom will be living in cities. Many millions of people [...]

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Rabobank is a Netherlands based, international financial services provider operating on the basis of cooperative principles with a predominant focus on providing all finance services in the domestic market. Internationally the Group's focus is on food and agriculture. In line with its cooperative roots, Rabobank Group is a cooperative bank, comprised of independent local Rabobanks, [...]

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Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science works to create a smart, skilled and creative environment in the Netherlands. Its mission is to ensure that everyone gets a good education and is prepared for responsibility and independence. The Ministry also wants people to enjoy the arts, and aims to create the right conditions for teachers, [...]

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Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry of Economic Affairs promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow. By paying attention to nature and the living [...]

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Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Besides being the world's most popular search engine, Google also has a special relationship with startups. Do check out the Google Developers program and the Google for Entrepreneurs network.

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