June 18, 2024
Q-lounge (ground floor), Erasmus Enterprise
Erasmus Enterprise x ScaleNL
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Get your startup a fastpass to the US! Apply now to first-ever pitch competition dedicated exclusively to startups based in South Holland.

Calling all ambitious Dutch tech startups in South Holland with US expansion plans! 🇳🇱  This is your chance to gain valuable insights, connect with industry experts, and compete for a coveted wildcard entry into the prestigious ScaleNL Accelerator East Coast program!


Join the first-ever Bridge to Success: Scaling to the US, a unique pitch competition for South Holland startups, offering them a stage to shine. Organized by Erasmus Enterprise, YES!Delft and ScaleNL, with the support of local Partner Hubs, this competition is your launchpad to the US market.


📅 Date: June 18, 2024

🕒 Time: 9.30 – 13.00 CEST

📍 Location: Q-lounge (ground floor), Erasmus Enterprise, Rotterdam


Why join the competition? 

  • Win a wildcard entry into the ScaleNL Accelerator East Coast program! This program provides three months of intensive coaching from experts in areas like fundraising, go-to-market strategy, and pitching to investors, and takes you for an in-person trip to the heart of New York and Boston in December 2024. 
  • Gain access to the local US-based network. Build valuable connections with stakeholders and potential investors who can support your American dream!
  • Boost your brand awareness and position yourself as a key player in the NL and US tech market.



Check the FAQ section below or reach out to hello@scalenl.com


Think you have what it takes? 👉 Apply by Tuesday, June 4th!



Who is the Bridge to Success: Scaling to the US - Startup Pitch Competition for? 

Tech startups actively scaling and/or seeking US funding within the next 12-24 months, and demonstrating strong US market potential. To be eligible, your company must: 

  • be registered in the Netherlands;
  • active in the Greater Rotterdam Area / South Holland region.
How to apply?

There are two ways to apply:

  • Nominated by a Partner Hub: Are you affiliated with one of our Partner Hubs listed below? Check with your Hub to see if they are nominating startups for this event. Apply directly through the application form and choose the partner that nominated you. Partner Hubs include:
    • 42 Workspace
    • Almende
    • CIC
    • BlueCity
    • Enviu.org
    • Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
    • ESA incubator
    • Graduate Entrepreneur
    • InnovationQuarter
    • Municipality Rotterdam
    • Platform Zero
    • PortXL
    • RDM
    • Rotterdam Square
    • YES!Delft
  • Independent Application: Apply directly through the application form, and choose ‘applying independently’. 
What's the selection process?

Based on applications, 6 startups will be chosen to pitch on June 18th. Each startup will have 3 minutes to present their business (3 min pitch with slides). If selected, we will ask you to send us the slides beforehand. A Selection Board will choose the winner, who will receive the ScaleNL Accelerator East Coast wildcard entry.

Who is on the Selection Board?

The Selection Board consists of seasoned professionals from the Netherlands and the US:

  • Julia Knoeff | Head of Platform at Graduate Entrepreneur & Internationalization Lead at Techleap
  • Lethabo Motsoaledi | Co-Founder & CTO of voyc
  • Ryan Patel | World-renowned Board Director, Startup Advisor and CNN Contributor
  • Lars Crama | Private Director at Up!Rotterdam

Apply now by June 4th

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