The Next Web Europe invites 20,000 attendees to ‘Biggest startup festival on the planet’ in 2016

Rising international prominence of Amsterdam’s startup and technology scene makes Conference’s rapid expansion an obvious choice, according to organisers

Amsterdam, 4 August 2015 – Europe’s leading startup and technology conference, The Next Web, today announces its plans to scale the renowned Amsterdam edition in 2016 from a two-day content conference to a week-long, festival-style event, accommodating 20,000 of the world’s top technology leaders, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. The Conference covering topics such as the future of technology, marketing, innovation and imagination will be held in Amsterdam in May 2016.

The decision to dramatically build the event has come amidst measures made by Neelie Kroes and her StartupDelta initiative to capitalise on the growing potential of both Amsterdam and the Netherlands as a whole to become one of Europe’s top breeding grounds for startups and technology talent.

TNW Conference Europe ‘16 will be held across five days, tying together business development, thought-leading content and endless networking opportunities, including more than 10 stages, 500 exhibitor pavilions, and a music festival, as well as multiple ‘fringe’ events and masterclasses. The Next Web will also join forces with both StartupDelta and Startup Amsterdam to organise a variety of startup- and tech-related events throughout the city and the Netherlands in the same week.

“The Dutch startup footprint is growing fast and we’re taking huge steps to become Europe’s front runner in startup ecosystems. Next year, Amsterdam will host the biggest startup festival on the planet, and we’re relying on homegrown success stories such as The Next Web Conference, which has proven its ability to bring the international technology community together, to achieve this.„ Neelie Kroes, former EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and currently Startup Envoy to StartupDelta
“For the last 10 years we’ve been renowned for throwing the most hospitable and intimate party in tech, but we’ve also witnessed our audience expand and evolve. Today, technology is no longer a separate industry: it is the disrupting factor in every industry.The success behind next year’s event will be scaling the personal, intimate approach that we’re known for, so that every industry can experience it and engage with one another, strike partnerships across sectors, and in turn increase their rates of innovation.„ Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder & CEO of The Next Web
The Next Web’s 2016 edition will take place between the 24th – 28th May. To learn more about the event, confirmed speakers and to book your tickets, visit: http://thenextweb.com/conference/europe
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