In 2016 the Present Your Startup program is organized in the following regions:
Present Your Startup is an accelerator program and successful pitch event. The platform connects startups, businesses and investors by organizing events and training programs in order to get startups funded.
Present Your Startup is inspired by the TV-programs Dragons’ Den & Shark Tank, but with an innovative twist. The concept is an initiative by Valérie Vallenduuk, lawyer-partner of Vallenduuk Advocaten, who asked herself: How can I connect startups to investors? Valerie Vallenduuk registered the brand name Haarlemvalley because the event was initiated in the city of Haarlem, the Netherlands in 2014. The first two editions of the live pitch event were organized under the name Haarlemvalley. In 2016, a new brand identity was launched under the name 'Present Your Startup'.
The name Haarlemvalley is still being used for our incubator located at the Rabobank in Haarlem, for our fund Haarlemvalley Capital and to address the international relationship between Haarlem and Harlem, New York.
Looking for funding?
Present Your Startup is an accelerator program which aim is to get startups funded by organizing events, offer support in form of consulting and preparing startups for financing.
Are you a startup with an innovative idea or product? Apply for our program! Every applicant is invited to attend our 2 Network & Selection Days in the region of your choice, during which the startups are selected for one of our three Prepare Your Startup Academies this year.
After the Academy, startups will get the opportunity to pitch their idea during the qualifying Pitch Day for an audience of investors and experts. Eventually, the best 5 startups will pitch at the big Live Pitch Event on November 22rd.
Present Your Startup has built a growing network of professionals and experts in various fields. Our foundation provides added value to investors. Apart from the fact that it is fun to participate in our events, it also offers incredible business opportunities. Our foundation has a strong committed team that largely works voluntarily, provides access to their network and refer startups to our startup program. Our work accelerates the growth of startups, but is dependent on sponsorships and donations. Contact Valerie Vallenduuk if you are interested in participating in our network.
At this moment, our network is expanding rapidly regionally, internationally and internationally. Our initiative is supported by VC's (for example Volta Ventures, Peak Capital and Inkef Capital) who are part of our judging panels and/or member of our Advisory Board.
The finalists of Present Your Startup have the opportunity to enter one of our incubators. At this moment, 3 finalists of Present Your Startup 2015 have their office at our location in the region Haarlem (our incubator is located in the office of Rabobank, Dreef 40, Haarlem). After the finale in November, we have place for our new finalists of 2016!
Haarlem Tech hub
Tuesday June 7th, we have opened our second location: Haarlem.Tech. This is a special tech hub, in cooperation with our technical partner 4BIS Innovations and EvoSwitch, the biggest datacenter of the Netherlands, located in Haarlem. This hub is established for developers, IT and tech startups.
Haarlemvalley goes international! On Tuesday May 31st, Haarlem and Harlem met each other at an event in New York: the ‘Haarlem2Harlem International Pitch Fest’. This event was organized in cooperation with the local startup community in New York ‘Silicon Harlem’ and unique because of the historical bond between Haarlem and Harlem. 6 Dutch and American startups have been given the opportunity to pitch for an audience of Dutch and American investors and experts to raise funds, expand their network and to target more (potential) customers. This unique event has already led to positive results and connections and the next edition of the International Pitch Fest will be organized in Haarlem next year. See for a video impression this video.
Since May 2016, Present Your Startup – Haarlemvalley is part of a cooperative association of 14 business support agencies from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and France. Present Your Startup is the only Dutch platform that is involved in the association. The partners will share knowledge and open their network to support the growth of entrepreneurial activities in Europe.
For three years, the pitch event was organized in Haarlem. After the successful first edition in the fall of 2014, the startups raised almost 300.000 euro live in cash on stage and afterwards more than 350.000 euro extra. During the second edition in 2015, almost 400.000 euro was raised live in cash on stage and besides that 1 million in services. Afterwards, 600.000 euro extra was invested in the startups and at this moment talks about further investments worth over more than 1 million are continuing.
Last November, Wednesday November 23rd 2016, was the third annual Present Your Startup Live Pitch Event. After more than 150 applicants, eventually 7 startup entrepreneurs pitched their businesses on stage in front of an audience of 400 people. During the show, more than 80.000 euro in cash, 80.000 euro worth of prizes and 300.000 euro in kind were invested. During the days after the show, the results were around 380.000 euro in cash and 380.000 in kind. At this moment, there are talks about further investments and deals.