The Netherlands 2020

An amazing start for a female entrepreneur!

Our annual Startup Award for female entrepreneurs offers promising startups the opportunity to pitch their company in front of a jury of experts, investors, advisors, and members of the press. The winner will receive a place in our 6-month accelerator, which includes a place in our Hub, training, personal coaching, access to an incredible network. Entrepreneurial women who have been working for at least a year on bringing their business idea to fruition can apply in 2021

FEM-START Award offers a dream start

to female entrepreneurs

“There are so many great initiatives and with the Startup Award, we want to stimulate female entrepreneurship in the Netherlands.”

Sandra van der Pal

Startup Coach

“We especially want to offer women a chance to turn their dreams and ideas into successful companies”.


Marian Spier

Founder, FEM-START

Criteria for the startups

  • World improving idea with a sustainable impact on the target group
  • Scalable business
  • A clear financial business model
  • Clear marketing model to grow from startup to scale-up
  • Can show traction, the idea is already in the market
  • You have an online presence, website, Instagram or Facebook
  • At least one female founder who should pitch
  • At least one year and a maximum of three years since you started setting up your company
  • Netherlands based business

Selection process & schedule

Date TBC: Startup Award Pitch Day

At this first pitch day, a jury will select out of all 30 candidates, 15 startups that continue to the Startup Award. During the day we also offer the candidates coaching sessions in the afternoon.

Date TBC: Startup Award Finals
D-day! The ‘Battle of the 3’ Out of the 3 startups 1 finalist will be chosen. The jury will select the winner out of these three finalists.

Location: TBC
Time: TBC

Winner prize package

The 6-month accelerator program, including:

  • a place in our Hub
  • bi-weekly training
  • personal coaching
  • incredible network

Attend the Startup Award

Are you a budding entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration and mentorship?
Or are you just generally interested in watching the events unfold? Well, you are welcome to join the event! Please note: a limited number of spaces are available, and registration is mandatory. More info on how to attend will be shared soon.

We are based in Amsterdam, NL

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