About

The Holland in the Valley Startup Bootcamp is a 4-day intensive program organized by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco. 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 Startup Bootcamp program is designed to provide a first-hand experience of the Silicon Valley ecosystem. The program includes workshops and roundtable discussions with Silicon Valley industry experts. Individual sessions are scheduled to address and discuss specific needs. The program also includes a road trip through Silicon Valley, visiting key players in the Valley who share their experiences and insights about living and building a business there. Our signature event, Dutch Demo Night, is the grand finale. During this event, participants take the floor for 3-minute pitches presented before our expert panel.

Program costs are covered by the Consulate, but participants are required to cover their own costs related to travel, accommodations and some meals and local transportation.

Testimonials

“Een interessant kijkje in ‘s werelds meest turbulente keuken van business ontwikkeling.”
Gerwin de Haan, Timescapers

“Dit soort inzichten (de verschillen tussen NL en SV) zijn volgens mij alleen op te doen door de hands on experience van bijvoorbeeld de Silicon Summit.”
Michel Boerrigter, Calendar42

“De belangrijkste les voor mijn bedrijf is denk ik om nóg groter te denken. Of eigenlijk: niet denken maar doen. Risico’s durven nemen.”
Wouter de Vries, Antagonist

“(Mijn verwachtingen van de Bootcamp waren) Om sfeer te proeven en de ‘magie’ mee naar huis te nemen, en dat is zeker gelukt.”
- Felienne Hermans, Infotron



       
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