What is Startup Fest Europe?

A full week of match-making at Startup Fest Europe

Startup Fest Europe was a European festival of events that helped startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). The events were all around The Netherlands from 24 – 28 May 2016!

Events around specific themes

The regional innovation hubs of the Netherlands hosted world class events on specialized topics such as Food & Agri, FinTech, High Tech, Water Tech, Energy, Health Tech, Hard Science, Web/Mobile and Smart Cities. It was 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 were 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

We have welcomed all international guests with open arms during Startup Fest Europe. International talent used it as the perfect excuse to discover The Netherlands, and stick around: fast laning at our renowned museums & modern cultural institutions; experience our diverse, explorative and open-minded culture, participate in hackathons and, last but not least, enjoyed 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! Disco 3000: Startup the Party was the ultimate celebration of the results at the end of this European Startup Festival. It was the place where we came together and celebrated a week that was all about matchmaking.

Background

In the first half of 2016 The Netherlands held the presidency of the European Union. Startup Fest Europe was a great way to show the world that the West Coast of Europe is a hot bed for startups and innovation. We did this with inspirational speakers, mind blowing demos and great opportunities to make deals, deals and deals.

Startup Fest was initiated by Startup Delta after consultations in early 2015 with leaders of the Dutch startup ecosystem. 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 were the core of Startup Fest 2016.

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