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Startup Fest Europe looks for 50 Startups and Scaleups to Pitch!

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by Startacus Admin

With the aim to create a true “West Coast of Europe” Startups scene, Startup Fest Europe is looking for 50 top Startups and Scaleups to Pitch to over 100 Startup Fest Europe partners of toptier Euro & US-based VCs at an event next Month in Amsterdam.

From 24-28 May 16, the Netherlands will host a marathon of matchmaking between startups, investors, developers and corporates with fourteen regional innovation hubs hosting startup / business events on specialized topics.

Startup Fest Europe is a nationwide 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 matchmaking 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.

Developed as a concept by Startup Delta and 75 leaders and heads of the Dutch startup ecosystem, it was agreed that the Startup Ecosystem would strongly benefit from hosting a European startup event - hence the birth of Startup Fest Europe.

So what’s the Pitch part?

On Opening Day (May 24) with over 100 partners of toptier Euro & US-based VCs (Insight Partners, Golden Gate Ventures, Northzone, Accel, Open Ocean Capital to name a few) to be present, 50 startups & scale ups will be given the chance to pitch for Startup Fest Europe funding and in a ‘startup garden’.

The selected startups will then also be able to listen-in on presentations from 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.

For more information on the whole of Startup Fest Europe inclusuing the Pitching Event, head to where you can see info and news on all of the happenings or watch the below promo video (with euro pop music included too!)

If you are a Startup or Scale-up interested in pitching - here’s the Google form that you will need to complete and submit - we’ve been informed that Startups have until the 9th April to apply so get your skates on!

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Published on: 4th April 2016

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