The Holland in the Valley Academic Startup Program is organized in Silicon Valley for the 10 winners of the Netherlands Academic Startup Competition. These companies have presented pioneering innovations that will have significant societal impact. This program, provided for by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, aims to further develop their entrepreneurial mindset and to encourage further business growth.

During the incubation program, the startups will learn about the latest Silicon Valley technology and business innovations in their areas of focus, along with how to do business in Silicon Valley and across the United States.

In the first week, the startups will be introduced to Silicon Valley through a program tailor made for them by Silicon Valley Industry Leader Gigi Wang. During weeks two and three, each startup will embark on a tailor-made immersion program at local incubators who partner with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Learn more about the startups participating in the program.

The program is as follows:

Week one

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, September 2, at the Consulate General

  • Welcome by Deputy Consul General Vincent Storimans
  • Michael Dooijes, US startup liaison at the Consulate General
  • Entrepreneurship Mindset – Gigi Wang
  • Industry Speaker: Perspectives of Dutch Entrepreneur in the US – Loek Janssen
  • Pitching Anything to Anybody – Gigi Wang
  • Startups present and receive feedback
  • Networking

9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, at the Consulate General

  • Silicon Valley Investor Talk – Tae Hae Nahm, Storm Ventures
  • Startup Fundamentals – Gigi Wang
  • Marketing, Sander Arts
  • Holland in the Valley Trustees Talk: How AI is Changing the World, Stef van Grieken; Health Startup in US, Laura Van het Veer
  • Networking Session with guests: Startups give one-minute pitches to industry guest

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, at UC Berkeley Faculty Club

  • Leading Edge Innovation in AI – Peter Abbeel (UCB)
  • Business Model Innovation – Gigi Wang
  • Visit to CITRIS Research Center
  • Campus tour

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 5, in San Leandro and at the Consulate General

  • Company visits: Kaiser Permanente Garfield Center, MedShare – San Leandro
  • Developing Your Business Strategy – Paul Kallmes
  • Meet the Partner Incubators (Focus Academy, Paul Kallmes/360 Lab)
  • Mentoring Office Hours
  • Holland in the Valley dinner with HV Board, Entrepreneurship Committee, Talent Committee, plus alumni

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, September 6, at Stanford University Faculty Club

  • Present to Silicon Valley Investor, Shomit Ghose, Onset Ventures (4 minutes pitches + 4 minutes feedback)
  • Wrap-up: learnings, feedback and follow-up for CES Unveiled Amsterdam
  • Stanford University Campus Tour
  • Company visit: GoogleX in Mountain View, California
  • Networking

Weeks two and three

Individual program at Focus Academy and 360 Lab.

Focus Academy — In the heart of downtown San Francisco, Focus Academy helps large companies expand their Bio-innovation business programs and emerging international Bio/Health-tech companies to enter and flourish in the US market. We provide a vibrant space, together with in-depth business, market, and product development programming. Join our well-integrated and thriving startup community to move your innovation forward.

Paul Kallmes/360 Lab — Paul Kallmes is an experienced startup advisor and mentor. He was previously the General Manager of the Vault in San Francisco, where he ran programs in startup training, investor education, tech summits, and international delegation hosting. The Vault is an award-winning and unique co-working space in the heart of Jackson Square, right by the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Kallmes is currently developing and implementing such programs at 360 Lab, a spacious new co-working and incubation space in the trendy South of Market area of San Francisco. It is a multi-use space that can accommodate up to two hundred people, and like the Vault, is very well connected to the San Francisco and Silicon Valley tech ecosystems. Dutch delegation members will see both spaces to get a sense of the way co-working happens in the heart of the tech world, and perhaps make plans to establish themselves in one of them as they begin their international expansion activities.”

Gigi Wang runs, MG-Team, LLC, which delivers entrepreneurship and innovation training programs globally.  Since 2012, she has been teaching science & technology boot-camp twice a year at ACE Venture Lab at Amsterdam Science Park which has spun out top Dutch start-ups including Lumicks, Scyfer (acquired by Qualcomm), and Metrica-Sports (expanded to US market).  She partners with the Dutch Consulate SF and the Amsterdam Business School on their Silicon Valley programs.  Gigi is currently Chair of the Jury for the 2019 Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award. She is also an Industry Fellow & Faculty at UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology where she chairs the Berkeley Method Entrepreneurship Boot-camp and teaches Berkeley executive innovation workshops. 

Read the full program:

Mission Booklet HVSW 0830