Martin Luxemburg host at Startup panel BNR

ECE bij BNR

Martin Luxemburg, director of ECE and co-founder of Get in the Ring Foundation, took place in the Startup panel at ‘BNR Zaken Doen‘ this morning together with Chris Eveleens from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and Chris Hall, founder of Top 250 Scale-up 2017 Bynder and alumnus of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).

One of the news topics is the fast growth of startup Picnic, founded 2 years ago by a.o. Michiel Muller, alumnus of the EUR. From research of the ScaleUp Dashboard it becomes apparent that scaling up is difficult and that startup success to grow does often not have to do with a ‘great’ idea, but much more about the team behind the idea (experience, network etc.) and execution of the idea.

Moreover, during the panel the ICES (International Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas was discussed, where 53 Dutch startups will join and pitch. In general Dutch startups are not performing optimally when pitching for investors abroad, specifically in America. Reasons for this are first of all, the practicing (practice does really make perfect) and secondly, not adapting your pitch based on your audience (who are you pitching for and what is relevant to them?).

Lastly, the much used ‘Come back line’ of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK) was discussed, which startups can call when business isn’t going well. This openness of “failing” is an important step in the learning process and the line being used so much is a signal for much needed collaboration; a lot of support initiatives for startups are available, but not always easy to find.

Therefore, on the 19th of April, 2018, the StartupDelta Summit is taking place in Arnhem. On this event all people that make up the startup ecosystem come together to take concrete next steps in making the Netherlands the place for startups to start, grow and expand internationally by providing better access to talent, capital, network, knowledge & technology and markets.

Listen back here (in Dutch).