Information & Registration
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.
On the 20th of March from 17:00-18:00 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 on the 27th at midnight. 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: 27th of March at 23:59
Fill out the form and send your motivation letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Information and Requirements
18th of May 2018 – 27th of May 2018
700.- Euro’s per person
- Master Student
- Motivated for Entrepreneurship
Why Silicon Valley?
First of all why are we organising this trip? Main goal is to get you people inspired 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. I 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.
Facts & Numbers
So Silicon Valley: You can say about the Americans what you want, but I really admire their opportunism. That’s also what you can see 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 peoples; 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.
We’re working hard on this years program. So it is still to be announced! Below you can read about last years program.
So what are we going to do? We want you to travel with us the path the entrepreneurs there walked along to get to the top.
We will therefore visit Stanford University and get a lecture about entrepreneurship in one of their lecture halls. We come to know how students live their lives in Stanford University.
Secondly, we will visit 2 startups in an early stage. What choices did they make to get here and what are their goals. We also will visit a Dutch startup. In here we learn how they manage and why they made the choice to go to Silicon Valley.
After that, we will visit a few of the many Incubators and accelerators in the area. Here in Delft we have actually one incubator. YES!Delft. Leading tech-incubator of Europa, so we can be very proud of that. In Silicon Valley however, there are hundreds of incubators.
Of course we will visit one of the big companies in this bay Area. We will visit the campuses of companies Google, Facebook and Apple and get access into one of these big companies. We have some good leads in Google.
Finally, we will visit the Dutch consulate in San Francisco. They can tell us all about the Dutch startups and companies in Silicon Valley. We will get a lecture here. The consulate is of a big help for us, because they are helping us getting us into startups, incubators and accelerators.
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!