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Are you a fast-growing startup company with the ambition to expand your business abroad? Do you want to meet like-minded companies or attract investors? Then join the Netherlands Enterprise Agency's (RVO) startup mission to Web Summit 2022 in Lisbon. This event will take place from 1 November until 4 November. Web Summit is one of the world's most significant startup and tech events.

The 4-day trade mission to Web Summit 2022 allows startups to present themselves to a large and diverse audience.

Web Summit 2022

With more than 70,000 visitors across 4 days, 2,300 startup companies, 1,200 investors and 2,500 journalists from all over the world, Web Summit plays an essential role in the tech sector.

The conference focuses on internet companies, tech innovations and venture capital. Its partners range from Fortune 500 companies to startups. Participants represent all levels and sectors of the global tech industry.

Prominent figures such as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Al Gore, Bono and UN Secretary-General António Guterres have attended previous editions of the conference. The city of Lisbon is the perfect location due to its thriving startup scene.

Why take part?

This trade mission aims to support promising Dutch startups in their international growth. The mission offers a platform to present your company to an international audience. Through our NL Lounge, you can meet potential customers, investors, partners and other startups. You can also show your product or service. Together, we want to establish the Dutch startup ecosystem globally.

The Dutch mission to Web Summit 2022 offers you the chance to:

  • present your product or service to a large, international audience;
  • validate or test your product or service;
  • attract new customers;
  • expand your network;
  • build strategic partnerships with other companies;
  • meet potential investors;
  • attract talent;
  • generate media attention;
  • learn about the European and global markets and your competition.

For whom?

We invite startups that:

  • have a high-tech and innovative product or service;
  • have a product or service that has a proven market acceptance in the Dutch market;
  • have started or are ready for international scale-up;
  • are registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

Does your company not fit this profile, but would you still like to join this trade mission? Please explain in your application why you should be part of the Dutch delegation to Web Summit 2022.


We are still working on the final programme. Below you will find the highlights of the mission (these may change).

13 October
  • Preparatory meeting at CES Unveiled in Amsterdam.
1 November
  • Welcome reception at the Dutch Ambassador's residence in Lisbon;
  • Company visit in Lisbon;
  • Opening night Web Summit 2022.
2-4 November
  • Web Summit 2022.

Registration and fees

Register for this mission before 15 August. Each participant must register separately.

Up to 20 startups can take part in this mission. Companies that join the mission must fall within the format and focus of the mission. Registration does not guarantee your place in this mission.

We also encourage women's entrepreneurship. We do not select participants based on gender. But we challenge you to look for women participants within your organisation to take part in this mission.


The participation fee is €500 (excluding VAT) per company. Only 2 participants per company can take part. This fee gives you:

  • unlimited access to Web Summit 2022 for 2 participants;
  • attendance to our preparatory meeting in October;
  • use of the NL Lounge as a meeting point at Web Summit 2022;
  • access to side events and network activities;
  • the opportunity to sign contracts or Memoranda of Understandings in the presence of the Head of Delegation;
  • support from the Netherlands Embassy in Lisbon and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation are at your own expense. This also applies to meals and drinks, unless stated otherwise in the programme.

You will receive general information about the mission after your confirmation. This will tell which hotel the delegation leaders will stay in. It is not compulsory to book overnight stays at the same hotel. But, participants of previous missions have indicated that staying together in one hotel was helpful.

COVID-19 clause

The organisation will decide 8 weeks in advance whether to proceed with the trade mission. They will base their decision on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice, the event's entry regulations and the local situation in Portugal. Participants will be informed immediately if the event is postponed or cancelled. If that is the case, we will not collect any fees. Even after a decision to allow the mission to go ahead, the organisation reserves the right to cancel the trade mission in the event of unforeseen circumstances. We will not charge any participant costs in such cases.

Participants are responsible for arranging travel and accommodation. They must cancel travel and accommodation arrangements themselves if we cancel the mission. Any costs associated with this are for the participant.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Dutch government places importance on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and endorses the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. These state the CSR standards for internationally active entrepreneurs. Following the OECD guidelines is one of the conditions for participation in this mission. To assess whether your company meets these conditions, we ask you to complete a CSR self-scan after registration.

More information

For more information about this trade mission, please contact:

Maarten Schweers
Project Leader Web Summit 2022
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Maurits Berger
Project Leader Web Summit 2022
Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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