Launchpad for startups

Pitch your company to the corporate you always dreamed of working with. Launchpad Meetups give you the opportunity to connect on an innovation challenge the corporate is facing. Pitch your solution to the  challenge and build that new partnership!

Apply for a Launchpad Meetup

Innovation challenge

Team Launchpad Meetups helps participating corporates to compose their innovation challenge. This will be the topic of the Launchpad Meetup. The corporate will invite decision makers on this topic. Please only apply for a Launchpad Meetup if think you can add value to solving the innovation challenge. Make your motivation to pitch count!

Application process

  • New challenges are online! Apply now for a meetup in May
  • Apply for a Launchpad Meetup with a great motivation
  • After you applied, you will receive a copy of your application
  • The corporate will inform you if you’re selected or not, +/- 2 weeks before the Meetup
  • Contact the corporate before the Launchpad Meetup
  • Do your homework

Why participate?

Pitch to the company you've dreamed working with

  • Connect at the right corporate level

  • Lay foundations for partnerships

  • Grow your startup even faster

Don't take OUR word for it

  • "We considered the Launchpad Meetups to be an easy way to get large corporates to know about us. We’re trying to find the right way to profit from each other."

    Manos Tsagkias

    904Labs

  • "It felt natural to form a joint team with Flamyngo and start working on the first experiment"

    Vincent Thamm

    Transavia

  • "The Launchpad Meetup at USG went very well. I’m having a follow up with the VP of Sales and Innovation as a direct result of the Meetup we attended"

    Karim Akhlal

    Recrout

Track record

Launchpad Meetups is an event format founded in 2015 by StartupAmsterdam and TNW. We have organised three series since, connecting 50 corporates to 220 startups during 67 Launchpad Meetups. More than 68% of pitching startups had a follow up meeting with a corporate.

  • Accenture
  • USG People
  • Vopak
  • Schiphol
  • SAP
  • Philips
  • Oracle
  • Mircosoft
  • KPMG
  • Disney
  • Domino's pizza
  • Deloitte
  • Bridgestone
  • ABN-Amro
  • TomTom
  • KLM
  • Dell
  • EY

Questions? We have answers.

If you're still left with questions, make sure to contact us.

  • Apply for more than one corporate

    You can apply for more than one corporate. We have a maximum of 5. Please be aware that every corporate checks every application individually, and a generic pitch on your business won’t work. Give a good motivation on the specific innovation challenge by tailoring it to the individual corporate!

  • Selected, now what?

    Yesss, Selected to pitch! Arrange a call with the corporate!

    When you are selected you will receive the contact details of a corporate. Ask to do a call to align your pitch with the expectations of the corporate. This is also a great way to make a personal connection. What you should ask:

    • What is the setting of the Launchpad Meetup? Boardroom or Auditorium. Who will be in the audience?

    • Can you provide me with the agenda of the Meetup?

    • How much time do I have for my pitch? How much time for the Q&A?

    • Should the pitch be in Dutch or English?

    • When do you want to receive my pitch deck?

  • What is a typical agenda for a Launchpad Meetup?

    Example agenda

    15 MIN | Registration                    15 MIN | Startup pitch 3

    15 MIN | Introduction                   30 MIN | Discussion

    15 MIN | Startup pitch 1               30 MIN | Drinks

    15 MIN | Startup pitch 2

    This is our suggested agenda, based on our experience with previous Meetups. Start with registration and a technical check of the startup presentations. A short introduction on your company and your innovation challenge kicks off the official part of the Launchpad Meetup, followed by the startup pitches. Our advice to the corporate is to give 5 minutes pitching time and 10 minutes for a Q&A. The can decide to have more than 3 startups pitching. The discussion can be plenary to also give the word to the audience, or they might choose to arrange short discussion sessions for the startups with relevant colleagues in their company, to further explore opportunities for collaboration. You will finish off with drinks!

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