In the past several years, the Amsterdam startup ecosystem has gone from practically nonexistent to a global destination for entrepreneurs. The small Dutch market makes it imperative that startups provide products that appeal to a greater global audience. Centrally located in Europe, Amsterdam provides a great opportunity for scaling companies, and the transition to the German and greater European markets is not difficult. The last few years have seen an increase in activity, as evidenced by the creation of accelerators Startupbootcamp and Rockstart, both of which provide an excellent launchpad for aspiring entrepreneurs. Both StartupDelta and Startup Amsterdam have been instrumental raising the profile of the Amsterdam ecosystem. However, the European market is fragmented and the regulatory environment for doing business is complicated. Additionally, the lack of a major exit means that the ecosystem is lacking in scaling expertise and capital that results from experienced founders.
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Patrick is a co-founder at Startupbootcamp, and is also the co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam. As CEO of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, Patrick leads accelerator's focus on smart city infrastructure. He is also co-founder and CEO of A-ccelerator Holding, and co-founder of Wireless Interactions Accelerator Holding. In addition, he is a mentor at both Startupbootcamp and IBM SmartCamp.
Currently serving as the Dutch Government's Special Envoy for Startups, Neelie is also the leader of StartupDelta which is a collaboration of government bodies, knowledge institutes, startups, financiers and businesses. The initiative was founded to provide better access to funding and regulation expertise for startups from outside Europe.
As the founder of the Amsterdam branch of Hackers & Founders, James is an integral part of the community. He has grown the community to include over 1,500 people from across the Netherlands, and with Joris Machielse has created a co-working space in the heart of Amsterdam.
Oscar founded Rockstart after having two successful exits. Rockstart offers startups in Amsterdam access to its network of mentors, capital, and resources for 1000 days. It is bundled a co-working space (Rockstart Spaces), an accelerator (Rockstart Accelerator), and has plans to open a Rockstart Academy and a Rockstart Campus (for university based startups).
As the director of Startup Amsterdam, Ruben is responsible for public-private partnerships. He was also a driving force in the creation of StartupDelta by connecting the leading Dutch startup initiatives and tech clusters. Previously, Ruben had founded DutchBasecamp, a means of connecting the Dutch and Silicon Valley ecosystems, and CodeUur, which is an program to give one hour of programming instruction a week.
Kees serves as both the Lean Coach and is a Senior Partner at Value First, an incubator and management consultancy. He also serves as Lean Evangelist at Startupbootcamp and coaches both startups and corporate innovation teams on business strategy & lean startup methodology.
In 2006, Boris co-founded The Next Web, a media company that focuses on tech news and business. Under this umbrella is The Next Web Blog, TNW Labs, and, most famously, The Next Web Conference.
Formerly the Dutch Minister of Finance, Jan Kees is currently the CFO of KPN, the Dutch telecom giant. In his capacity as CFO, he also serves as head of the newly launched KPN Ventures, a fund of €35 million to invest in Dutch startups.
As a leading member of the Amsterdam startup community, Peter has co-founded Growth Tribe, a "growth hacking agency". The agency offers growth hacking workshops, trains growth hackers, and helps nascent companies scale.
Johan is the founder of several successful startups, and founded Peak Capital in 2007. He is also a mentor at both Startupbootcamp and Rockstart.
TomTom has a public offering on the Euronext Amsterdam, raising €125 million. The company has since grown into a GPS and mapping giant.May, 2005
Tech media company The Next Web holds its first annual conference, and has grown to bring together 3,500 individuals to Amsterdam to discuss the latest web trends, learn about best practices and meet the world's leading technology and innovation influencers.April, 2006
Startupbootcamp is an accelerator that provides startups with essential tools during a 3 month program. The company provides €15,000, 6 months co-working space, over €450,000 in sponsored services and the platform to pitch to over 400 investors at Investor Demo Day.2010
Media giant acquires Hyves, a Dutch social network, for an undisclosed sum.November, 2010
Oscar Kneppers founds Rockstart after a successful exit. The Rockstart Accelerator is a program that helps entrepreneurs take their companies from early traction to the global market in 6 months.July, 2011
Hackers & Founders is a global meetup group that is also the largest networking group for engineers in the world.2012
Dubbed as The Netherlands' first "unicorn", Adyen raises $250 million from a diverse group of foreign VC firms, including General Atlantic, Felicis Ventures, and Temasek Holdings.December, 2014
Former Dutch politician Neelie Kroes is selected to head StartupDelta, an initiative by the Dutch Government to improve the image of the country as a startup hub. Concurrently, Neelie is also the government's Special Envoy for Startups.December, 2014
The City of Amsterdam, in cooperation with corporates such as Sanoma, Rabobank, and TomTom established Startup Amsterdam as to increase opportunities for city’s quickly booming startups.January, 2015
The mobile giant KPN launches KPN Ventures, a €35 million fund to invest in startups.June, 2015