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 myriad 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 12th .

Audience gets a vote in Startup Award selection

On Monday September 3rd, 25 selected startups will have the opportunity to pitch their idea to a six-member jury consisting of TedxAmsterdamWomen partners, at the Circl ABN AMRO. During the day, various workshops will be hosted by ABN AMRO, Deloitte, Facebook, Clifford Chance and Accenture. At the end of the day the jury will choose 10 semi-finalists. In addition, the jury will select two more candidates for whom the public can vote to be awarded the 11th spot. The semi-finals, co-hosted by Deloitte, will take place on Monday September 24th at Epi Center Amsterdam. During the annual TEDxAmsterdamWomen conference – this year on December 6th - the winner will be announced.

Startup Award offers a dream start to female entrepreneurs

The initiative of TEDxAmsterdamWomen 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 will also join the Startup Panel of BNR Nieuwsradio on June 19th.

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 3rd: Pre-Selection

During this first pre-selection, a six-member jury will select 10 startups who will make it to the semi-finals. An 11th candidate will be chosen by the audience. During the day we will also offer workshops. These workshops will be offered by ABN AMRO, Facebook, Clifford Chance, Deloitte and Accenture.

Location: The Circl at ABN AMRO, Amsterdam  

Time: 09.15h-18.00h

September 24th:  Semi-Finals - The Battle of 11

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

Time: 15.30h-21.30h
Location: EpiCenter Amsterdam

December 6th: 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.