What is the Startup Bootcamp?
Want to get an inside look into an exciting world of opportunities in Silicon Valley? The Holland in the Valley Startup Bootcamp is a 4-day intensive program organized by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, together with DutchBasecamp and BootUP Ventures. A panel of experts, including serial entrepreneurs, venture capital investors, and Silicon Valley business leaders, selects a group of promising Dutch startups to participate each year. The Startup Bootcamp offers companies the tools they need to succeed in Silicon Valley and similar thriving business communities.
The program includes:
- Workshops and roundtable discussions with industry experts in Silicon Valley
- Individual sessions to address and discuss specific soft landing needs
- Location visits to key players in Silicon Valley who share their experiences and insights about the local ecosystem. In recent years we visited Steve Blank, Airbnb, Facebook, NestGSV, Stanford and Flipboard
- Dutch Demo Night, the grand finale. During this event, participants take the floor for 3-minute pitches presented before Angels, VC’s and an expert panel.
Program costs are covered by the Consulate General, but participants are required to cover their own travel expenses, accommodations as well as some meals and local transportation.
This Year’s Participants
In October 2014, 12 of the Netherlands Hottest Startups are coming to Silicon Valley for the Holland in the Valley Bootcamp. See here which companies are coming.
“An interesting look inside the world’s most turbulent epicenter of business development.” – Gerwin de Haan, Timescapers
“The only way to truly get an insight into the difference between the Dutch ecosystem and Silicon Valley is to get the hands-on experience that, for example, the Silicon Summit provides.” – Michel Boerrigter, Calendar42
“For me, the most important takeaway from this week was to think even bigger. Or actually: not to think, but to simply act. It’s essential to have the guts to take a risk.” – Wouter de Vries, Antagonist
“I expected to get a taste of the atmosphere of Silicon Valley and I hoped to take a bit of that magic back home. In that I definitely succeeded.” – Felienne Hermans, Infotron