Our early stage startup program Boost, which we first launched in 2014, is all about connecting startups to the three most important resources needed to grow: new customers, media coverage and external capital.
Providing stage time for startups, sharing their pitch decks with investors and facilitating valuable meetings are just a few of the ways in which we ensure maximum exposure for participating companies. But today we’re announcing something even bigger – Dutch venture capital firm henQ has committed to investing €100k on the spot at TNW Europe 2015, in one startup from the Boost program.
According to henQ Co-Founder & Executive Partner, Coen van Duiven, the company decided to put forward this guaranteed investment prize due to the high quality of startups they saw taking part in the Boost program last year.
Unlike many startup rallies, Boost participants must make it through two rounds of vetting before being selected as one of 150 companies to take part in the program. Just 75 of those are invited to present on stage during the conference – 25 will be picked by an expert jury and another 50 will be chosen through a public voting campaign that will launch in early April.
Our team has already interviewed more than 80 startups in the past three weeks, but applications are open until all 150 spots have been filled. For an impression of last year’s Boost program, check out our recap video below.
➤ To apply free for The Next Web’s Boost program, click here to complete your application.