Neelie Kroes guest speaker at Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Demo Day

Neelie Kroes guest speaker at Startupbootcamp Amsterdam Demo Day

09-Jun-2013 by Patrick de Zeeuw

Amsterdam, June 5th 2013 – European Commission vice president and Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes will be on stage at Startupbootcamp Amsterdam’s Demo Day to elaborate on her vision of the tech entrepreneurial & startup climate in Europe. On June 28th she will be interviewed by Startupbootcamp co-founder Ruud Hendriks on the importance of an innovation driven society.

Kroes has always been a strong advocate of improving the facilities for development and research within an entrepreneurial atmosphere. A milestone result of these efforts in her current role is the Startup Europe initiative, which includes the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Calls and Eurapp amongst others.

Recently Neelie Kroes appeared on the prime time TV show De Wereld Draait Door (DWDD) in which she made a plea for Dutch entrepreneurs to raise the level of their ambitions, and appealed for structural changes in the way entrepreneurship is supported. According to Kroes the European Commission will need to evaluate its allocation of resources across the different vertical markets. More money should be spent on tech startups, who deserve more backing and should be allowed to fail as part of their learning process. “Falling on your face is a very insightful action,” Kroes said to DWDD host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk.

Patrick de Zeeuw, co-founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, is very pleased to welcome Neelie Kroes on Demo Day. “She is the right person in the right place. Someone in Europe needs to represent the startup sector and to challenge both corporates and governments to put more emphasis on digital innovation.”

See more information about Startupbootcamp Investor Demo Day Amsterdam here.

Patrick de Zeeuw

Patrick is a Co-founder of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam and board member of Startupbootcamp Global. He is an active angel investor, building media, online and mobile companies. Patrick was the former CEO of Endemol Belgium & Poland, the Founder of 3Circles Media, CCO of SBSnet, and MD of United Broadcast Facilities International and Unitedesign. He coaches Start-ups in the online & mobile industry and sits at the advisory Board at Netgamix & Mobitto.