Successful Healthtech Bootcamp kickoff at Health 2.0

In a jam packed Ballroom in the Santa Monica Conference, the participants of the Digital Healthtech Bootcamp 2015 gave it their all during their 3 minute pitch to the audience of Health 2.0 and judge consisting of four experts from the health tech field.

A full room attended the Dutch pitch session during Health 2.0

A full room attended the Dutch pitch session during Health 2.0

The nine Dutch participating startups were all well prepared, and it showed. Gigi Wang, partner of the MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, gave them a lot of pointers for their pitch during their practice round beforehand,  and they started their pitch training in the Netherlands to prepare for this week.

This whole week, nine startups and a group of Dutch executives will visit numerous companies and will pitch their company several times to al local audience. Their week started at Health 2.0, a health tech conference with over 2,000 visitors from all over the world, and the startups already made valuable connections during their own pitch session.

This Wednesday night they will perform again during Dutch Digital Health night, hosted by the Consulate General. The Dutch startups, but also several local startups and executives will attend the evening. Follow the journey of all participants this week via #ddhb15.



October 6th, 2015 by

RoboValley invites companies and investors

The Netherlands is leading in robotics technology. Notable applications range from micro indoor aerial robotics, to an unmanned ambulance drone, care and companion robotics to selfdriving cars. Representatives from RoboValley attended and co-sponsored RoboBusiness in San Jose last week to attract companies and investors to join their robotic ecosystem, located at world renowned Delft University.


The RoboValley team from Delft last week together with our NFIA-Director John van den Heuvel in San Jose.

RoboValley is a great example of the Dutch high tech ecosystem, combining cutting edge technology in a multidisciplinary approach with entrepreneurship, incubation and acceleration programs to help you get your product to the market. It is this same practical, hands-on, no nonsense approach that has brought Dutch universities to many victories in the past, like in for example in the World Solar Challenge. If you are in next generation robotics, you should definitely consider joining RoboValley.

For more information, please contact RoboValley in Delft directly. If you prefer to start out closer to home, please feel free to contact our colleagues John at the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency or Robert at the Netherlands Office for Science & Technology in San Francisco.

September 28th, 2015 by

The Second Digital Health Bootcamp coming up this October

laptop and stethoscopeOver 10 startups and 30 executives are visiting the Bay Area this October for the Digital Health Bootcamp 2015, organized by the Consulate General of the Netherlands. During 5 action-packed days the groups are able to learn and explore everything Silicon Valley is about.

Startups are being trained to give the perfect pitch, and they get the opportunity to showcase their ideas and businesses to investors and funders from around the world. Gigi Wang, chair emeritus of the MITEF/Stanford Venture Lab, supports the startups in their preparations for their pitches. She will give them tools to make the best head start possible.

The startups and executives are able to experience the newest technologies at the intersection of Health and IT first-hand. They will be introduced to rapidly scaling US startups, investors, research institutes and potential business partners, and are able to share their ideas with them. Furthermore, they will participate in the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara and attend network and pitch sessions at the Consulate General in San Francisco.

All the startups and companies attending the Digital Health Bootcamp are trying to integrate IT in the world of Healthcare. From streamlining medical processes to securely send private emails and software for mobile devices in order to facilitate treatments. The Digital Health Bootcamp will bring Dutch startups and local investors together and provide these startups the best tools and practices to grow.

September 3rd, 2015 by

The Ocean Cleanup’s Mega Expedition arrived in San Francisco

Boyan Slat presented The Ocean Cleanup at the Consulate General

Boyan Slat, the 21-year old entrepreneur and environmentalist visited the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco last Friday. He was here to talk about his massive project of cleaning up the ocean and the arrival of the ‘Mega Expedition’ in the harbor of San Francisco last Sunday.

At the age of 16, Boyan was diving in the waters of the Mediterranean and saw more plastic bags then fish, he explained during his presentation. That it when he started his quest for cleaning up the ocean. He approached more then 400 companies, asking them to sponsor his project. Only one company replied: with a rejection. When his TED talk went viral, only 1,5 years later, a crowdfunding campaign raised $2.2 million through some 38.000 donors.

Boyan Slat presenting The Ocean Cleanup at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in San Francisco

Boyan Slat presenting The Ocean Cleanup at the Consulate-General of the Netherlands in San Francisco


The idea behind The Ocean Cleanup is to set up enormous floating barriers in a V shaped form, 30 miles in both directions, to use the ocean current to drive the debris to the center. But before building his Ocean Cleanup, exact measurements must show if the expectations about the plastic in the ocean were right. That is where the Mega Expedition was set up for. 30 vessels crossed the Great Pacific Garbage patch using a series of measurement techniques to sample the concentration of plastic. Lead Oceanographer at The Ocean Cleanup announced that they probably have to rethink the old estimate of 250,00 tons of plastic on the patch, based on the plastic they found at the Mega Expedition.

The Ocean Cleanup was able to conduct the Mega Expedition thanks to major financial contributions from entrepreneur-philantrhopists, including Salesforce chairman Marc Benioff. Due to the location of the Garbage Patch in the Great Pacific, we can expect to hear more from The Ocean Clean Up in the bay area in the coming years.

First they will start analyzing the data and testing the durability over time of the actual system of The Ocean Cleanup. The next phase is to test the Ocean Clean Up in the ocean, close to the shore of Tushima Island, Japan. Expectations are that in 2020 The Ocean Cleanup can be placed at it’s final location in the Great Pacific.

August 24th, 2015 by

San Francisco based startup Datafox raises $5 million

DataFox, a search engine and tracking algorithm for companies, has just raised 5 million dollars in a round led by Goldman Sachs and Green Visor Capital. Goldman Sachs has invested in the company several times now. DataFox was on the radar of the bank since a former employee of Goldman Sachs started working for the startup. In 2013 DataFox received 2 million dollars in another investment round.

Dutch startup Datafox raises $5 million

Bastiaan Janmaat, co0founder DataFox

Bastiaan Janmaat, a Dutchman and a regular a speaker at the Holland in the Valley Startup Bootcamps, is co-founder of DataFox. Bank and high-growth tech companies use Janmaat’s startup for predictive insights that help them to spot the next hot company. Those insights can range from investment opportunities to a growing number of customers, or they help sales and marketing teams to find the next client. Janmaat believes that his company can save lower-level analysts hours of their time, he tells StartupJuncture.

The money from Goldman Sachs will be used to quickly expand the team. Currently they have 14 people working at their new office and they are recruiting 10 more. Hiring is relatively easy for the company: DataFox can use it’s own software. The startup has hundreds of customers according to Janmaat, which pay an average of 10,000 dollar a year to use the search engine. Continuously developing the product and bringing it to more sectors are top priorities for DataFox.

July 22nd, 2015 by

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