UK Mission to

The Next Web Conference


Amsterdam, 9-10 May 2019

On 9 and 10 May the Department for International Trade (DIT) in The Netherlands is leading a mission to one of the leading tech conferences in Europe; The Next Web (TNW) in Amsterdam. At TNW, we’re going to showcase inspiring British examples of our leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The UK is exemplary when it comes to digital innovation.

Technology businesses are at the heart of the UK economy and are playing an important role in driving growth across the country, from financial services and high-value manufacturing to retail and agriculture. Our nation’s openness to international collaboration, and strengths across all industry subsectors, makes partnering with the UK a perfect investment opportunity.

The UK offers an outstanding environment for global technology companies. We have, a strong start-up culture bolstered by technology clusters all over the UK, a ranking of fifth best place in the world in the Global Innovation Index in 2016 and 4 of the world’s top 10 universities, plus educational providers that develop our technology workforce.

As well as providing a world-class creative ecosystem, the UK is also a great place to invest, with a flexible intellectual property system, a transparent and pro- business environment and a number of tax incentives.

5 years of continuous growth

Over the last five years, the technology sectors have experienced continuous growth in value added, export and investment.

£54 billion in exports

In 2016 digital services and goods exports totalled £54 billion, according to DCMS.

44% increase in service exports

Services exports were up by 9 per cent compared to 2014 and up by 44 per cent since 2010.

39% increase in goods exports

Goods exports, which DCMS has published for the first time this year, were up by 21 per cent compared to 2014 and 39 per cent since 2010.

Meet the 🇬🇧 delegation
🇬🇧 activity at TNW
Thursday 9 May 2019

8.00 – 9.30 Welcome Breakfast – IJkantine

9.45 – 10.00 Opening TNW Conference – Main Stage

12.00 – 14.00 Bilateral Lunch with senior Dutch and UK government officials

14.00 Ministerial visit to the UK pavilion

19.30 – 23.00 Official UK TNW opening party – Bar ‘Roses’, Reguliersdwarsstraat 40

Friday 10 May 2019

9.30 – 12.00 TNW X Tracks – Venue 5

12.30 – 17.00 Startup City Summit – Venue 5

16.00 – 21.00 Afterparty – IJKantine

We’re also linking our Industrial Strategy and national strengths to the TNW Conference Program


At TNW, we’re thinking about the future of technology. We want to explore how tech can help solve challenges on sustainability, security and mobility, much of which start local at the city level. Our mission will showcase policy approaches and solutions, both at our pavilion and the innovation workshop. If you’re not engaged yet, the Ecosystem builders and Future Generations tracks will be sure to inspire you.


Since Bitcoin’s boom in 2017, the cryptocurrency industry has had its ups and downs (literally). Yet blockchain technology still has the potential to improve our lives. Perhaps you’ll help us find a solution for the Northern Ireland border issue? At TNW, experts share their strategies and predictions for mass adoption in the face of uncertainty.


Both the UK Government and TNW have identified artificial intelligence as having the potential to radically change the way we work, live, and play. Showcase your innovation at our pavilion, engage with key influencers at our VVIP lunch and get inspired by some of the world’s greatest thought leaders in AI. 


The Creative Sector in Amsterdam is booming, and technology is increasingly becoming a core medium of expression. TNW has made ‘the art of tech’ a key conference track. Come and listen to the biggest names in the creative sector, close partnerships and be in front of the wave. 









Excited already? Get an impression of last year from the aftermovie

The NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord will be transformed to a festival terrain; an exiting epicenter of European Tech in a vibrant neighborhood with trendy hangout spots. From Central Station, you can take a quick, scenic (and free) ferry ride across the water.


With our special discounted rate for the DoubleTree Hilton on the conference venue, you’ll never have to leave the bubble! Click here to book.

If you want to discover the sprawling nightlife of Amsterdam just around the corner though, or if the Hilton is fully booked, check out some other discounted offers in the city with here.

Contact info

DIT The Netherlands
+31 (0)70 427 0427

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