Next week the third Dutch edition of Capital On Stage will take place during the Amsterdam Capital Week. At this one-of-a-kind event founders and VC’s get to present themselves to one another through pitches as well as speed-dating sessions. We spoke with some of last year’s participating founders to find out some essential tips for startups joining in the 2016 edition.
Always keep in touch
Mark Studholme, founder of marketplace for homeware designers Crowdyhouse, explains that participating in the event has helped his company in a big way: “It helped us to raise our funding on good terms”. Although Crowdyhouse did not yet receive funding from investors they met at Capital On Stage, Mark explains that he met as many investors as possible, also in the weeks after the event, and that he is still in talks with them about potentially joining in future rounds. His first tip is then also to make sure to keep in touch with all VC’s you meet. While some founders may dream of striking a massive deal on the day itself, Studholme explains that it is definitely a more long-term game: “Do not expect anything to come out of it within a few weeks. What’s the saying again?: ‘Don’t invest in dots, invest in lines’”.