Big names from the corporate world, such as Tim Cook and Travis Kalanick, plus startups, investors, techies and graduates from all over the world flock into town during this week for
Startup Fest and The Next Web’s Tech Week and conference. Amsterdam will be abuzz with events, get-togethers, meetings and pitches, cementing its status as startup capital of Europe’s West Coast. In just five days you could attend over 30 top-notch events where the most inspirational company founders in the world share their stories, all in one of the most charming and creative cities in Europe. Here’s an overview of what will be going on and some selected highlights – stay tuned to the StartupAmsterdam website and follow StartupAmsterdam on Twitter, as we will share all event info and updates.

StartupFest Europe – 24 to 29 May

Dozens of startup events take place all over the Netherlands under the umbrella of StartupFest Europe, and speakers at the grand opening in Amsterdam include Apple’s Tim Cook, Travis Kalanick of Uber, Pieter van der Does of Adyen and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Some absolute Startup Fest highlights take place in Amsterdam like the FinTech Stage on Wednesday, Energy Fest on the Thursday and the Mobile Convention on Friday. Innovative startups can get a special discount to attend this remarkable festival (click here for more information).

For more information, visit the StartupFest Europe website.

TNW Tech Week – 23 to 27 May

The Next Web’s Tech Week ensures an amazing build-up to one of this week’s main events, the TNW conference, with lots of great goings-on. StartupAmsterdam’s favourites include:

  • Launchpad Meetups, 23-25 May – The Launchpad Meetups are small-scale, high-impact events, organised in-house at participating companies with the mission to connect disrupting startups with corporates. Some of the biggest Amsterdam-based corporates open the doors to their headquarters for the Meetups, which are organised by StartupAmsterdam, TNW and EY in collaboration with the network partners KPMG, KLM, Amsterdam Marketing and Holland Fintech. To take part, visit the Launchpad Meetups website.
  • TheNextWomen Innovation Summit, 23 May – The fifth-anniversary edition of this summit brings together more than a thousand of the world’s most innovative female entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors. Among the speakers are Ida Tin, co-founder of Clue, Tina Wells, CEO at Buzz Marketing Group, Gillian Tans, COO for and, last but certainly not least, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. To book, visit the event website.
  • Young Creators Summit, 25 May – This event offers a great opportunity for entrepreneurial students and teenagers that are interested in tech and startups. They can get inspired by major global tech companies and successful founders and connect with fellow young creators. To register, go to the Young Creators Summit website.

For more information on Tech Week, visit the website.

TheNextWomen Innovation Summit 2015 Amsterdam

TNW Conference – 26 and 27 May

TheNextWeb Conference boasts an incredible array of big-name speakers, including Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, Julie Zhuo, Director of Product Design at Facebook, Kees Koolen, former CEO of and former COO of Uber, Nalden, co-founder of WeTransfer, Jitse Groen, co-founder and CEO of and Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. Despite the impressive line-up, it remains the most intimate tech event – with a festival flavour added to boost networking opportunities. StartupAmsterdam hosts the Collaborative Economy Stage, which explores models such as the sharing economy, access economy and the on-demand economy. At the conference, we will also be present with a StartupAmsterdam booth, where you can meet us as well as a number of amazing startups.

To learn more, go to the TNW Conference website.

TNW Conference Amsterdam