Startup Noord-Holland / Flevoland
For two years, Haarlemvalley has organized ‘Present Your Startup’, a very successful program and event in Haarlem. Startups in the pre-seed and seed stage of their development together raised almost 1 million dollar in two years live on stage in cash, and afterwards even more.
Present Your Startup is an initiative of Valerie Vallenduuk, an attorney-partner at Vallenduuk Advocaten but mainly an entrepreneur. She is founder of platform inloopspreekuuradvocaat.nl (75 law offices as a client) and was until December 2015 Managing Director of Vallenduuk Advocaten but decided in January 2016 to focus on the Present Your Startup foundation. That turned out to be a great decision, because after Valerie and her business partner Melissa Oosterbroek presented their project plan Startup Noord-Holland / Flevoland to the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (in Dutch: de MRA) last January, they received in February a big amount to duplicate the Haarlemvalley concept in the whole of Noord-Holland and Flevoland.
In the next few months, the Present Your Startup startup program and events will be organized in the regions Haarlemmermeer/Schiphol, Zaanstreek, Gooi & Vecht & Haarlem. The winners of the different regional pre-pitching days will be pitching at the semi-finals in Amsterdam en the 7 best startups will eventually be given the opportunity to pitch at the big final Pitch evening in November at the Lichtfabriek, a beautiful corporate & cultural events venue in Haarlem. For a more detailed agenda of our different regional programs: see www.presentyourstartup2016.nl (Dutch).
But that is not all! On Tuesday May 31st, Haarlem and Harlem will meet each other at an event in New York! 6 Dutch and American startups will be 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. The Dutch Municipal executive councilor of Economics of the city of Haarlem Joyce Langenacker will open the event in a theater in Harlem and a delegation of the city of New York will be invited. After the Pitch event, investors will get the chance to choose their preference upon which a match will be made. Investors and Startups will then be invited to join the Limousine-tour during which they can talk while driving along 5th Avenue on their way to the Netherlands Club in Midtown where the day will be concluded with a nice dinner. See for more information: http://www.haarlemvalley.com/newyork .
Do you happen to know an investor or startup who would like to join us? Let us know!