Information & Registration
Interest list is now open!
Register on the interest list above and we’ll keep you updated via email on the progress of the organization of the trip as well as any potential deadlines for registration.
In March we’ll organize an information session about the Startup Flight @YES!Delft.
Here we’ll tell you all you need to know on what the requirements are and how you must register. After the information session we’ll open the registrations for the trip.
Registration will close one week later. After this we’ll go through all the registrations and select the 15 most motivated students that will join us on the trip. After registrations close we’ll try to inform you as soon as possible whether you’ve been selected!
Registration deadline is to be announced!
Do you have any questions regarind the start-up flight? Don’t hesitate to ask us anything! Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and Requirements
Flight dates to be announced, around May
800.- Euro’s per person
- Preferably Master Student
- Motivated for Entrepreneurship
Why going abroad?
First of all why are we organising this trip? Main goal is to inspire students to become an entrepreneur and that you will learn a lot about entrepreneurship in this trip. We will make sure that you will learn a lot. But you personally will learn most if you prepare yourself as good as possible. It is what we’ll do and what you can do to learn the most. We hope after this trip you use your knowledge to begin your own startup.
Why we went to Silicon Valley in 2019
So Silicon Valley: You can say whatever about the American people, but something to really admire is their opportunism. This is very visible and tangible in Silicon Valley. They think big, really big.
Silicon Valley is actually three distinct areas that are part of a large geographic area, called the San Fransisco Bay Area. The Bay Area is home to second largest cluster of Fortune 500 companies in the United States and encompasses 25% of all global venture capital investments.
Netherlands: 17 million people; 2000 startups; 500 investors
Bay Area: 7 million people; 27000 startups; 15000 investors.
Netherlands: 1 unicorn
Bay Area: 48 unicorns, 4 decacorns.
Unicorn = startup with a valuation of over $1 Billion. Decacorn = over $10 Bilion.
To inspire students to pursue succes and give them an insight how it can be achieved, we challenge them to dream big. We believed that putting students in this environment, it would be enivitable to do so.
We’re working hard on this years program. So it is still to be announced!
What are the main pillars of our program for our Start-up Flight? To inspire you to make your start-up dream become reality, we will want to give you a full picture of the start-up ecosystem.
What is a full picture of a start-up ecosystem?
We will try arrange visits with start-ups, investors, incubators and universities. A possible addition to that would be a visit to the Dutch consulate. With this we want to give you an insight on how start-ups grow big, how they get investments, how they are supported and how new talents are building new start-ups.
Do you want to get a feeling of how that could look like? Check out the program of last year below!
How do nineteen Dutch students explore San Francisco? By bike!
What do the two bloggers of the day do to take this experience to the next level? Hire a tandem!
We started our tour by cycling to the Golden Gate Park. After participating in a Rollerdisco-class taught by four grannies, we cycled via the coast, a few hills, a bit of jungle and some more hills to arrive at the Golden Gate Bridge. absolutely spectacular. After hours of cycling entertainment, we wheeled it to happy hour, followed by some bonissima Italian cuisine. What a day. Unfortunately, several group members have collected sunburn as souvenirs.
Today was our first real introduction to the technological and entrepreneurial empire that is the San Francisco bay area!
Starting at the Dutch consulate with an interaction with Nova and FLYR, followed by an exploratory tour through the offices of HackerOne and Stripe.
The most inspiring session was at HackerOne. It is amazing to see how Jobert, the co-founder, and his team have created an entire new market for themselves in which they proceed to dominate. With their successful venture, they are turning the widely perceived negative image of hackers into a positive problem-solving asset for companies worldwide. His stories have shown us that the sky is not the limit and that passions can turn into successful breakthrough businesses.
Wednesday started off at Palo Alto Networks, where René Bonvanie made clear that real unicorns ($1B+ companies) have a story to tell and that you have to be truly different. Then we moved to the adult playground called Google X, where Stef van Grieken explained us they only solve problems when more than 1 billion people benefit. Imagine a 10x improvement instead of the 10% most business strive for!
Today also marked our introduction to Venture Capital. Mark Pols of GGV Capital gave us a crash course in VC and Matt Ocko of DCVC blew our minds with his deep tech portfolio.
We concluded our day with a tour around the renowned Stanford University, where only 2 undergraduate Dutch students are studying.
The day started at the Dutch consulate with a visit from Ernst van Nierop, the so called VP of scaling at Gitlab, an open source code collaboration platform. All the employees of Gitlab work remotely. Gitlab’s internal organisation structure embodies the vision of their product: not remote friendly but remote first. After Gitlab the group went to Thumbtack, a company that tries to make it easier to hire professionals for all sorts of jobs. Thumbtack showed the importance of scaling, dealing with a cold start and the importance of understanding the latent needs of your users. The day ended with a visit to Rescale, with an inspiring talk of Joris Poort, who let us face the reality of beginning your own startup.
All the employees of Gitlab work remotely, Gitlab’s internal organisation structure embodies the vision of their product: not remote friendly but remote first. After Gitlab the group went to Thumbtack, a company that tries to make it easier to hire professionals for all sorts of jobs. Thumbtack showed the importance of scaling, dealing with a cold start and the importance of understanding the latent needs of your users. The day ended with a visit to Rescale, with an inspiring talk of Joris Poort, who let us face the reality of beginning your own startup.
The last “company Day” of the journey was a perfect mix of successful, established companies and rising, fast growing startups:
Really a “hipster” company to work for. If you don’t like pinky rounded libraries, sunny rooftops and music rooms where you come to play for a work pause… this place is definitely not for you…
One of the few not digital companies we visited, their packaging product is so clean that you can even eat it…and yes, we tried it.
These guys definitely know how to scale! From 0 to 350 employees in the blink of an eye. their systems is so simplistic, why didn’t we come up with this?
Jumping in one of the unsexiest business is not for everyone, doing it successfully is even for fewer. Honor is rocking the industry with an all new look towards the home care!