Meetings, Pitch, Coffee, Repeat

Scale-up your startup


Where startups do business

TNW Conference is engineered to expose startups from early to growth stage to customers, investors and media exposure. Our goal is to help startups to the next level by creating long term value through connections, through business, through access to capital.

Over 5000 startups have exhibited at TNW in the past and collectively raised more than 4 billion in funding. TNW helps startups in 2 ways, via highly discounted Startup Tickets for startups who want to learn and connect and a high value TNW Startup Program (at a crazy low price) for the startups who have a clear goal in mind to raise funding, grow their business, and/or raise awareness and (employer) branding.

Who can apply

In order to be eligible for a Startup Ticket or to join the TNW Startup Program, a startup needs to meet these criteria:
- The company was founded between 2014-2020.
- The company has under 200 employees
- The company is building and marketing it's own software/hardware product (no agencies or consultancies)

Six reasons to join

Aside from being the most affordable way to be part of TNW2020, our Startup Program come with some incredible perks.

  • 1-1 investor meetings

    Get access to the matchmaking platform to schedule meetings with investors even before TNW2020 has started.

  • 400+ talks of actionable insights

    Get your growth mindset to the next level. Learn from the best at Grwoth Quarters and 11 other tracks.

  • Exhibit and grow pipeline

    Exhibit and get your product in front of 20.000 business hungry attendees. Grow pipeline, do business.

  • Pitch: the stage is yours

    Compete in a high profile setting. Get selected and pitch your company on stage.

  • Do business with corporates

    Join one of the corporate challenges and pitch your solution to them. Land those big fish customers!

  • Boost brand awareness

    Over 500 media publications are attending TNW. Stand out, connect and share your story to a global audience.

Pick your style

Fit the criteria? Apply for Startup Tickets or the Startup Program


Strategy & Corporate Finance Manager, Validated ID

ROI on steroids. We met Randstad Innovation Fund at TNW, they ended up leading our €2M seed round.


We're working with leading corporates to find solutions (provided by startups) for their challenges. We work closely with the startups and corporates to find the best matches. We've setup over 40 pilots for startups with corporates in the past 12 months. This is a huge opportunity to boost your business. Eligible for companies in the TNW Startup Program only.

  • Human intelligence

    The rate of technological progress is accelerating exponentially. With new inventions launching every day, let’s find ways to ensure our intellect and knowledge can keep up.

  • Sustainable food

    By 2050, we’ll need to feed 2 billion more people. Find out how can we increase the availability of food while decreasing our environmental impact.

  • Digital products

    In a saturated market, competition is fierce. Explore opportunities to design and create truly memorable digital products in this challenge.

  • Transportation

    Transportation is on the rise – and so is pollution. Find smart solutions to achieving zero-impact transport, on both the planet and our daily lives.

  • Smooth transaction

    Your online customer journey can make or break your business. Join this challenge to explore how the latest tech can make a smoother (digital) shopping experience.

  • Digital security

    Cybercrimes pose serious threats to individuals and organizations. Investigate how the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence can increase security – both online and offline.

The selection process

From application to exhibiting

  • Schedule a call with our experts

    You'll chat with our startup experts about your company, the phase you're in and your goals for TNW.

  • Selection process

    Our team will discuss your application, stage and goal and figure out if the TNW Startup Program is a good fit for your company right now. We're reviewing submissions on a weekly basis.

  • Go do business

    Awesome, you're heading to TNW. Register, make your company profile shine and start preparing and networking for TNW. Schedule meetings with investors and corporates, sign up for the Pitch Battle and corporate challenges.

The Process

Pitch Battle and Corporate Challenges

After you've been selected to enter the Startup Program, you'll receive information on how you can sign up for the Pitch Battle. Our jury is selecting 50 finalists that get the chance to pitch their startups to the most influential minds in tech, including investors and media.

You can also sign up for business challenges with corporates. This is a huge opportunity to land a pilot (and large contract) with billion dollar revenue companies. Once you're part of the TNW Startup Program, you'll receive info on how to bank on this.



Getting quality meetings is the main driver of doing business at TNW and is what's making 1 trip to Amsterdam so valuable. That's why we've invested deeply in our in-house matchmaking platform.

Schedule meetings with investors, corporates and potential clients before the event starts, preparation is crucial here. Last year, we had 3800 meetings scheduled between startups and investors, and over 30.000 meetings in general.


Check out some of the startups that have participated in the TNW Startup Program


  • Food Delivery
  • Restaurants
  • Marketing
  • Delivery
  • Food And Drinks
  • Founded in 2013
  • Raised: $1.8B
  • 1000 employees

"Deliveroo is an award-winning British delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. Deliveroo works with over 20,000 best-loved restaurants, as well as over 30,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world. Del

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Glovo App

  • Logistics
  • On Demand Services
  • Delivery
  • Founded in 2015
  • Raised: $514.9M
  • 60 employees

"We believe everyone should have their entire city accesible to them immediately. Glovo buys, pickups and delivers anything in your city within minutes.

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  • Groceries
  • E-Commerce
  • Shopping
  • Software
  • Mobile Applications
  • Founded in 2015
  • Raised: $383M
  • 1900 employees

"Picnic is the world’s fastest growing online supermarket that makes grocery shopping simple, fun, and affordable for everyone.

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  • Information Technology
  • Travel
  • SaaS
  • Ticketing
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Software
  • Founded in 2015
  • Raised: $133.5M
  • 260 employees

"TravelPerk is a next-generation business travel booking & management platform for companies of any size. We are the world's first and only all-in-one platform for booking business travel that is 100% free. TravelPerk has the world's largest inventory

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  • Internet
  • Enterprise Software
  • SaaS
  • Education
  • Software
  • Educational Games
  • Gaming
  • Founded in 2012
  • Raised: $58.5M
  • 11 employees

"Kahoot! is a global educational brand & FREE platform that creates classroom heroes. Support: @KahootSupport. Try #GhostMode on our site

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  • Mobile
  • Apps
  • Dating
  • Mobile Applications
  • Founded in 2014
  • Raised: $22M
  • 100 employees

" Happn is a dating app that allows you to find the people you've crossed paths with in real life

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  • Hospitality
  • Food Tech
  • Food
  • Food And Drinks
  • Recycling
  • Founded in 2013
  • Raised: $11.8M
  • 120 employees

"Winnow builds artificial intelligence tools to help chefs run more profitable and sustainable kitchens by cutting food waste.

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  • Transportation
  • Ride Sharing
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Founded in 2016
  • Raised: $8.3M
  • 40 employees

"felyx offers shared electric scooters as a new urban mobility concept. Our fast, convenient, and affordable escooters can be located and activated through an app and parked at any destination ("freefloating").

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  • Recruiting
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Skill Assessment
  • Virtual Reality
  • Founded in 2015
  • Raised: $6.5M
  • 55 employees

"ActiView develops a Virtual Reality assessment platform that serves HRs in recruiting the most fitting candidates, developing talent, and providing talent-related insights that support strategic decisions

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  • Internet
  • Enterprise Software
  • SaaS
  • Software
  • Founded in 2013
  • Raised: $1.5M
  • 18 employees

"Rooted in design thinking and lean, Next is Business Design, Innovation and Transformation software for high performing organizations.

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  • Data Integration
  • Clean Energy
  • Renewable Energies
  • Solar Energy
  • Founded in 2017
  • Raised: $150k
  • 3 employees

"The independent dataplatform, designed for the energy industry to accelerate the development of sustainable energy.

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  • SaaS
  • Legal
  • Document Management
  • Founded in 2014
  • 10 employees

"SignRequest helps you sign online. Sign yourself or get documents signed. Easy, secure, legally binding and free.

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    • Founded in 2015
    • 110 employees

    "Temper is the platform for FreeFlex work. We make working for yourself easy. With a super handy platform and enough jobs in the best places.

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    FlixMobility GmbH

    • Technology
    • Travel
    • Transportation
    • Tourism
    • Founded in 2013
    • 1000 employees

    "FlixBus is a European long-distance mobility provider and offers a new, convenient and green way to travel which suits every budget.

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    • Technology
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Architecture
    • Algorithms
    • Blockchain
    • Founded in 2018
    • 30 employees

    "Effect.AI is a decentralised network for artificial intelligence. We construct, market and power your AI.

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    • Automotive
    • Clean Energy
    • Clean Technology
    • Electric Vehicles
    • Founded in 2010
    • 156 employees

    "EVBox is a leading global player in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions with over 50,000 charging points worldwide.

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