On 22 June 2015, Vastari CEO Bernadine Brocker, won the Jury Prize at TheNextWomen after pitching her business in three minutes. The jury, which was composed of investors and financial professionals, awarded the start-up with a €16,000 prize convertible loan.
Hundreds of female entrepreneurs made their way to the National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to attend the annual Innovation Summit, which hosts a ceremony awarding the best female-led startup pitch competition, and announces the best 100 Dutch female entrepreneurs.
Vastari, founded in 2013, is a company aiming at connecting collectors to museums, thus encouraging exhibition loans. Vastari is currently collaborating with hundreds of curators from various fields who are looking for artworks to include in their upcoming art exhibitions. “At our company we believe that to share art is keeping it alive.” The name of the company alludes to Giogio Vastari (1511-1574), who is considered as the first art historian. The company values all connections, and has created a vast database of object types, including art, design, fossils and memorabilia.