May 23, Startup Summit Sweden – the Netherlands

Wednesday 23 May 2018
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Startup Summit Sweden – the Netherlands

All you need to know about connecting to the Swedish – Dutch Startup Scene

What are the key factors behind the thriving startup sectors in Sweden and the Netherlands?

In both Sweden and the Netherlands, the startup sector is booming. According to the Startup Genome ranking the Stockholm and Amsterdam startup ecosystems were both ranked top 20 globally. During the high-level Startup Summit speakers discussed the factors behind the thriving startup sectors in both countries, and how a long-term collaboration can lead to an even better performance of our startup-ecosystems. Prince Daniel of Sweden and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands honoured the event and made introductory remarks about their view on the importance of startups and what the countries can learn from each other.

The two princes were invited due to their engagement in entrepreneurship and startups. Prince Daniel is committed to enterprise and works to promote entrepreneurship among young people, eg. through the project Prince Daniel’s Fellowship. The idea behind the project is to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and to support ambitious young entrepreneurs in growing their business. Prince Constantijn is Special Envoy at StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands, and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies.

The Swedish State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Stina Billinger, and the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer, discussed how policymaking and financial support can help the startup sector flourish, and what the two countries can learn from each other. The event was the starting point for a long-term collaboration between the two countries within the startup sector.

“For me, it is very important that our startup sector is doing well, because then startups become scale-ups and that’s good for the economic growth. […] The three most important things we can help startups with are access to talent, access to funding and access to connections”, Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands

“One important factor for startups is gender equality – women cannot stay at home with the children and scale-up a company at the same time”, Stina Billinger, State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden.

The summit was held the day before the opening of conference The Next Web, in the brand-new Amsterdam premises of Epicenter. a digital innovation house and destination for large corporates and fast growing digital scale-ups looking to learn, inspire, collaborate, grow and innovate with impact.

“Startup Summit Sweden – The Netherlands” was organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, The Embassy of Sweden in The Hague and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Welcome to scroll down to the end of the page for event photos.

Event photos by: Carolina Nordholm, Nordholm Design & Communication


14.30 Registration

15.00 Welcome by Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman Swedish Chamber of Commerce

15.03  Intro by moderator Wilco Schuttelaar – Holland Innovation Network

Introductory remarks by HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden and HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

How do national governments support scale-up ecosystems? Summing up the findings of a study comparing the United Kingdom, Sweden & the Netherlands

Marc Wullings – Managing Partner SkipRed

Learning from the study: How can policymaking and financial support help make the startup sector flourish?

Stina Billinger – State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden, and Mona Keijzer – State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands

16.05 Break

16.20 Fireside talk about building a global startup ecosystem: International expansion and business opportunities

Ricardo van Loenen – Founder/CEO B.Building Business and Patrick Mesterton – CEO Epicenter Stockholm

Fireside talks about talent acquisition

Ruben Nieuwenhuis  – Director StartupAmsterdam and Alberto Corti  – Head of SSES Ventures

From Startup to Unicorn

Robert Bueninck – General Manager DACH Klarna

Presentations by four mature startup companies from Sweden and the Netherlands

On internationalization: Their journey and lessons learned!

Learn Adapt Build
Elizabeth Nelson

Ronald Scheffer

Just Football
Joel Fredman Klockar

Stefan Stefansson

Fireside talks about startup culture and women in Fintech

Don Ginsel – Founder Holland FinTech and Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist – Senior Advisor to NFT Ventures, Chairman Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Concluding remarks

Nils Beer – Director of StartupDelta

17.40 End of Summit

17.40 Match Making/Tour Epicenter

17.40 Networking, drinks & snacks

19.00 End of Event






Epicenter Amsterdam
Fred. Roeskestraat 115
1076 EE Amsterdam

Participation Fee

This event was offered to you free of charge with thanks to our generous sponsors.

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