Oscar Kneppers is considered one of Holland’s most successful serial entrepreneurs and a celebrated internet publisher, launching several cross-media titles since 1998 –all focused on new media and technology.

After selling his media businesses in 2002 and 2008, Oscar founded Rockstart – a great place for startups – in 2011. Rockstart is the startup acceleration company that builds formats to support startups -new, innovative growth companies- in the first 1000 days. Rockstart provides the most promising startups from around the world with access to capital, resources and networks, offering our participants a support infrastructure critical for success.

Rockstart Accelerator is a 100-day intensive coaching program for startups to accelerate towards the successful launch their business.

Rockstart Answers are action-oriented Q&A events that leverage collective knowledge and network to startup entrepreneurs.

Rockstart Spaces are innercity startup hubs that supply urban office space for growing companies. First launched in September, 2012, Rockstart now hosts 50+ companies and 200 people from 27 nationalities in a 2000 m2 downtown Amsterdam hub.

Scheduled for 2015 are the Rockstart Academy (education), Rockstart Campus (University startups) and further expansion into foreign territories.

Oscar started his career with the Dutch publisher IDG (1991). At IDG he created the first Dutch internet magazine ‘Net Magazine’ (1994) and a succesful technology newssite Webwereld (1995). In 1998 Oscar started his first business and launched Emerce, a magazine and website about e-business, marketing and technology. Emerce -sold in 2002- is still considered the most prominent Internet and e-commerce mediabrand in the Netherlands.

In February 2005 Kneppers launched Bright, a cross-media title about Tech, Style & Design. In December 2006 he added Brightlive, a Dutch future fest for digital lifestyle, creative design and innovative technology. In December 2007 Kneppers set up Bright.TV, an online video channel where Bright journalists post their video items about Tech, Style and Design. In May 2008 Oscar sold Bright to Dutch publisher NDC|VBK.

Over the years Oscars companies won several awards. In 2006 Bright won the Dutch Bloggie for best starter. In 2007 Kneppers won the title ‘Most Innovative Publisher‘ at the National Publishers Congres. Rockstart was awarded ‘Best Investor’ at the Dutch Startup Awards 2012 & 2013.

My favorite quote

“Step forward. Start.”

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