Talking Schmidt fans have something to look forward to later this month: the Alphabet executive chairman and former Google CEO is set to speak at the first Startup Fest in Amsterdam on May 24th. Eric Schmidt is among several big name keynote speakers, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Uber founder Travis Kalanick, and Airbnb CTO Nathan Blecharczyk. Google is among the list of sponsors for the first Startup Fest as well.
Here’s how Startup Fest Europe describes the event:
Startup Fest Europe is a one-of-a-kind nation wide festival of more than 25 independently organised events in the Netherlands that helps startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals).
The purpose of Startup Fest is for entrepreneurs to make deals with investors, establish partnerships with corporates and attract the right talent. From 24-28 May 2016 The Netherlands will be the place where every startup in the world wants to be.
If you’re in the region and want to attend the event, tickets are on sale now but they’ll cost you; a conference pass goes for €995.00, or just over $1100 USD, so you’ll probably want your boss to cover the expense. Startups looking to attend the event, however, can apply for discounted or even free admission.
Two interesting things to watch for during Schmidt’s attendance: first, whatever Schmidt Talking happens of course, and second, if any startups in attendance make great candidates for Alphabet/Google acquisitions given the nature of the event. 9to5Google will have full coverage of Schmidt’s remarks so stay tuned and mark your calendars for May 24th.