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Capital On Stage

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Arjen Strijker

Founder & Managing Director

Arjen is founder, investor and CEO of fundsUP BV – a data-driven deal discovery app for investors that will gently cause a behaviour change in how (in)formal investing is accepted and practised today. Arjen also cofounded Capital On Stage in 2011, an unconventional venture capital conference that accelerates deal-flow for its participants (held in London, Berlin, New York, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Singapore, Barcelona... ). Capital On Stage brings together the worlds’ leading venture capitalists with growth-stage Internet companies actively raising €500k-€10m. The event also provides Enterprise Startup Programs that help bridge the divide between Corporate-Startup collaboration, acquisition and innovation learnings.

Over 400 leading ventures capital funds have presented on stage so far, such as NEA, Accel Partners, Balderton, Index Ventures, Fidelity Growth Capital, Greycroft, Jerusalem Venture Partners. Media coverage by diverse media such as Forbes (US), Techcrunch (UK), Financieel Dagblad (NL), The Straight Times (Singapore). 

Arjen owns 14 years of business development and leadership experience, covering the Internet, media, and venture funding space, having started his career at Red Herring Inc. Since 2001, Arjen has connected thousands of professionals with each other, creating new business opportunities between them - mostly increasing their talent pool and deal-flow. Helped 140+ Fortune 1.000 services & IT brands such as Silicon Valley Bank, CMS, Goodwin Proctor, KPMG, Rabobank, UBS, Hengeler Mueller, Rabobank, Google, Microsoft, and PayPal. 

Arjen is well-connected in venture capital, private equity, legal, and startup / entrepreneur scene within the finance, technology, media, and Internet space. He is an advisor to the management of Ticketguard  (ticketing company that sets a new standard in the ticketing industry by granting users easier and smarter access to buy and sell tickets, especially enabling much safer access) and at Magnr (#1 cryptocurrency investment bank / incl BitCoin trading platform, $100m+ turnover in 2015) and   Arjen owns a BBA in International Hotel Management from Stenden University in the Netherlands, and an MSc in Organisational Change from Manchester University. Arjen lives in Zurich, Switzerland since 2005.

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Wouter van Voorst tot Voorst


Wouter is part of the core team of Capital On Stage. As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) he is responsible for managing the marketing & brand team and related efforts. 

Before joining Capital On Stage Wouter worked with Deloitte for 12 years. As Brand Manager for Deloitte Digital, Wouter lead all marketing related efforts.  

He started his career as a recruiter. Moving up as recruiting manager he started loving the more strategic and creative/ online side of his work: employer branding, program & campaign management and e-recruitment. In 2009, Wouter took over the role of Employer Brand Manager in the Dutch firm. After a 2 year secondment in New York City he transitioned to the brand and marketing department. In his last role at Deloitte, Wouter was responsible for building the Deloitte Digital brand in the Netherlands.

Wouter is well connected in the Dutch consulting and startup scene. He was a guest speaker at the bigger (employer) brand conferences in the Netherlands. He won a Dutch Deloitte innovation award with his employee referral project.

A relationship builder with a creative and curious mind.

Capital On Stage is a unconventional invitation-only and global conference about funding where investors present themselves to startups - instead of the reverse. 

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