Startup Award


Startup Award 2018 - An amazing start for a female entrepreneur

Our annual Startup Award for female entrepreneurs is back! In its fourth year and counting, the platform, created by TEDxAmsterdamWomen, offers promising startups the opportunity to pitch their company in front of a jury of experts, investors, advisers and members of the press. The winner will receive expert advice from professionals for a year, have the chance to meet a myriad of potential investors and enjoy a business trip to Hong Kong. Entrepreneurial women who have been working for at least a year on bringing their business idea to fruition can apply up until Monday, August 12.

Startup Award offers a dream start to female entrepreneurs

This TEDxAmsterdamWomen initiative is now a well-known phenomenon within the Dutch startup landscape. Marian Spier, founder of TEDxAmsterdamWomen: “In recent years the Startup Award has become one of the most important prizes for starting female entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. There are so many great initiatives and with the Startup Award we want to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. We especially want to offer women a chance to turn their dreams and ideas into successful companies.” Marian Spier also joined the Startup Panel of BNR Nieuwsradio on June 19.

Lotte Leufkens won the Startup Award last year with CloudCuddle. "I could not have imagined beforehand what the Startup Award would mean for the progress of my company. In addition to being extremely proud that I have been appointed as the winner by an expert jury, my company has grown, and so have I, as an entrepreneur. I still benefit from it every day."  

Attend the Startup Award

Are you a (young) professional or budding entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration and mentorship? Or are you just generally interested in watching the events unfold? Well, you are welcome to join our events! Please note: limited number of spaces are available, and registration is mandatory. 


September 3: Pre-Selection

During this first pre-selection, a six-member jury selected 10 startups for the semi-finals. An 11th candidate was chosen by the audience. Workshops were also offered by ABN AMRO, Facebook, Clifford Chance, Deloitte and Accenture.

Location: The Circl at ABN AMRO, Amsterdam  

Time: 09.15 - 18.00

September 24:  Semi-Finals - The Battle of 11

D-day! The ‘Battle of the 11’ - co-hosted by Deloitte - was at Epi Center Amsterdam. The 11 semi-finalist startups battled it out for one of the three finalist spots at the Grand Final on December 6, 2018.  

Time: 15.30 - 21.30
Location: EpiCenter Amsterdam

December 6: TEDxAmsterdamWomen main event 2018

On the prestigious TEDxAmsterdamWomen stage, three finalists will give their personal TEDtalk. The jury will then select the winner of the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award 2018.