Criteria and prizes

Startup Award

In its fifth year and counting, our annual Startup Award is back!

TEDxAmsterdam Women will once again offer a stage to inspiring and high-potential female-led startups. On September 4, 2018 twenty five promising entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their idea in front of a jury of specialists, investors, press and consultants. It’s a chance for startups to showcase their idea(s), garner feedback, and generate awareness.

Criteria to enter the Startup Award

  • World improving idea with sustainable impact on target group
  • Scalable business
  • Clear financial business model
  • Clear marketing model to grow from startup to scale-up
  • Can show traction, so idea has already been proven to be successful
  • Website is live
  • At least one female founder who should pitch
  • At least one year and a maximum of three years since you started setting up your company
  • Startup must be registered in the Netherlands

Winner Prize Package:

  • Business Class return ticket Amsterdam-Hong Kong from Cathay Pacific Airways to attend the StartmeupHK Festival
  • ​A personalised meeting programme whilst in Hong Kong, organised by InvestHK (to make business contacts and meet potential ​investors)
  • One-on-one financial coach from ABN AMRO
  • One year of executive coaching


If you have any questions with regards to the Startup Awards, please send an email to Please note that submissions can only be made via the form. Any submissions via email will not be accepted or considered for participation in the awards.