Present Your Startup program is active in the following regions:

Present Your Startup is an accelerator program and a successful pitch event. We connect 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? Then, in 2014, she created Present Your Startup. Since then, the concept has grown more and more. Nowadays, Present Your Startup is also active internationally in Curaçao and New York.

Looking for funding?

Are you a startup founder with an innovative idea or product? Apply for our program! Every applicant will be called and invited for an introduction meeting at our HQ in Haarlem. After the intake, shortlisted startups will be invited to participate in our Online Academy. During the Online Academy, you will learn more about pitching, business modeling and finance.

If you finish the Online Academy before September 10th, you will be invited to the finance day. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to pitch your idea during the Pitch Day for an audience of investors and experts. Eventually, the best 5 startups will pitch at the big Live Pitch Event on November 28th. 


Are you an investor?

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 participating in our events is fun, it also offers incredible business opportunities. Our foundation has a strong committed team that largely works voluntarily, provides access to their network and refers 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 and internationally. Our initiative is supported by VC's who are part of our judging panels and/or member of our Advisory Board.

Because of Present Your Startup I got the story of Waterly sharp. Doors opened that would otherwise remain closed.
— Bart Verweijen, Waterly, finalist 2016

Results of the past years


  • The finalists raised almost €300.000 live on stage.

  • After the finals, they raised another €350.000.


  • The finalists raised €50.000 live on stage.

  • After the finals during the celebration drinks, they raised another €300.000.


  • Almost €400.000 was raised live on stage.

  • The finalists raised €1 million in services.

  • After the finals, they raised €600.000 extra.


  • The finalists raised more than €300.000 live on stage.

Present Your Startup was a very nice experience. We where working on the second round of financing and still we learned a lot of new things from Present Your Startup. They helped us on our way to properly finance for the second time.
— August de Vocht, NoFoodWasted, winner Present Your Startup 2016