Nathan Blecharczyk (Airbnb) joins Tim Cook (Apple), Travis Kalanick (Uber) and Mark Rutte during the unique startup-week of the European presidency
For one week the Netherlands will be the center of the global startup community. Thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, hackers, investors and corporate innovators will get together to create tomorrow’s economy.
Startup Fest Europe takes place from 24 – 28 May and aims to bring the world together and help startups grow faster. More than 28 events will take place in 14 cities across 5 days. Today the organization adds three more names to the already impressive speaker line-up.
Alongside Nathan Blecharczyk (Airbnb), Gillian Tans (Booking.com) and Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp) have confirmed to give their keynotes at Startup Fest Europe in The Netherlands. The opening event, where the aforementioned speakers will perform, will take place in Amsterdam’s former stock exchange, the Beurs van Berlage. The following week will see startup hubs throughout the Netherlands organize events where the aim is to build, connect and disrupt.
Chairman Startup Fest Europe, Constantijn van Oranje:
“We welcome the world’s leaders in technology to Startup Fest Europe, where they’ll inspire a next generation of entrepreneurs. They will discover the Netherlands as a hotbed for innovation and entrepreneurship. The place where startups from Europe meet for a full week of match making.”
Current highlights of the Startup Fest Europe Week
Campus Party brings together young technical talent and aspiring entrepreneurs. An estimated 5.000 European students, so called ‘Campuseros’, work together for five days, 24 hours a day in workshops and challenges and spend the night in special tents. Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s grand scheme for superfast public transportation – will present his vision on future transportation and the consequences for our cities and jobs. Dutch icon Bas van Abel, founder and CEO of Fairphone, represents a social enterprise that is building an international movement in fair development of electronics. He will exemplify innovation from an ethical point of view.
During the YES!Delft Students E-Forum, Dutch former finance minister Jan-Kees de Jager will share experiences from his days as an entrepreneur. The Future of High Tech in Enschede will see Chris Anderson take the stage. Anderson has an impressive track record as a writer and as an entrepreneur. He has founded several successful companies, including DIY Drones, and GeekDad Book Tour. Currently, Anderson is at the helm of the American company named 3D Robotics which he co-founded and which has raised more than $ 100 million in venture capital.
The Hague presents a special Impact day on the 26th of May. This day we will focus on impact start-ups and scale-ups using smart and secure innovation. Tens of thousands of people are working towards making the world a better place through innovation. Every day and in many ways. We call this the ‘Impact Economy’. This will be the focus of The Hague Impact Startup Fest.
On the 26th of May, the city hosts an exciting program, with inspirational speakers, uplifting demos, pitch sessions, and useful matchmaking opportunities between impact start-ups, investors, international organizations, developers and corporates. Join us on the 26th of May at Impact Startup Fest. And if you want to contribute to Impact Startup Fest you can as well.
Startup Fest Europe will come to a close in epic fashion during the Startup & Dance event at the stunning Cruise Terminal in Rotterdam on May 28th.
About Startup Fest Europe
For the past year-and-a-half StartupDelta, the initiative led by Neelie Kroes, former vice president of the European Commission for the digital agenda, has put the Netherlands on the map internationally as an attractive and full grown startup ecosystem, resulting in a nr 1 ranking in the Startup Nation Scoreboard.
Startup Fest Europe is initiated by StartupDelta, as a crown to the ambitious results that have been achieved. For a full week, the Netherlands will showcase the fields of expertise in which it excels: food and agriculture, health, energy, high tech and water technology. Chaired by Constantijn van Oranje and led by Jim Stolze, this world-class event brings the most exciting speakers to the Netherlands whilst facilitating worldwide matchmaking between funds, startups, talent and centres of excellence. The main goals: deals, deals and deals. Startup Fest Europe is an official EU presidency event, supported by the ministry of Economic Affairs and the ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences.
Startup Fest Europe takes place from the 24th to the 28th of May 2016 and we have our Impactful event on the 26th. On www.startupfesteurope.com you can find an up-to-date overview of all the events that will take place.