It’s year two for NewCo Amsterdam and our partners there have picked 40+ innovative companies to check out. Thanks to Andrea and Pepjin, who run NewCo Amsterdam, I’ve already got my picks all set up. If you happen to be nearby, come join us for what promises to be a great tour of one of Europe’s finest cities!
Thursday June 4th:
Friday June 5th:
9.00 – Amsterdam Economic Board.
This is the city’s innovation engine, an excellent example of public-private-citizen-
government collaboration. The Board focuses on innovation, making connections and economic growth. Their sector lead Cathelijne Hermans is on the NewCo AMS Advisory Board. Runner up: Tesla, who will talk about their supercharger network.
10.30 – Startupbootcamp
is located in the new and very hip venue B.Amsterdam. Part of an international startup network, Startupbootcamp is big in the Netherlands and across Europe. The co-founder Patrick de Zeeuw will present. Runner up: TravelBird, which I’m told is possibly the fastest growing company in Amsterdam at the moment.
12.00 – Rockstart
– similar to Startupbootcamp, but according to my hosts, a more local version. Also the company is in an amazing building, and I’m told founder Oscar Kneppers will be presenting, who is quite a charismatic character. Alternative: Cash or Card, an “awesome startup story.”
13.30 – Booking.com –
A big Netherlands success story – Booking is bigger than Expedia. The founder will speak, which is quite a treat, as he’s generally publicity shy. Runner up: Zazzy – a 3D Jewelry printing startup.
15.00 – Improve Digital
– Improve Digital is Europe’s leading independent publisher monetisation technology provider, which is near and dear to my heart. Runner up: MakerLab, which among other things is doing some, um, stimulating things with Oculus Rift! UPDATE
: Improve Digital had to bow out (they’ll be back next year!), so I’m headed to MakerLab
16.30 – StartupDelta
– From Andrea: “The hottest initiative currently around; they are trying to position Netherlands (not just Amsterdam) to take on the leading position of London and Berlin, currently considered the main startup hubs in Europe.” The organization is backed by heavy hitters in Dutch society, and I’m eager to learn more. Alternatives: The Next Web – an impressive online and offline media platform (and a long time partner of FM, my previous company,) or Good Vibrations, an iBeacon technology startup.
17.30 – Time to celebrate at the Borrel in the WeWork office!