By initiating a direct collaboration, it will become easier for startups from Amsterdam to set up shop in Paris, and vice versa. Both cities will provide workspaces and share networks and advice on how to do business in Amsterdam or Paris. By means of special ‘boot camps’, startups can quickly acquire essential information, for example about accountancy, marketing and legal matters. This will help startups from both cities to rapidly expand their market and grow their activities in Europe.

At a meeting on Friday, 11 March 2016, deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika of Paris and deputy mayor Kajsa Ollongren of Amsterdam signed an agreement to this effect. It states that the two cities will receive and support startups from both regions. Ollongren’s two-day working visit to Paris is part of Minister Ploumen’s trade mission. This trade mission is being conducted parallel to a state visit by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima.

As part of the working visit, selected companies have the opportunity to network with Paris-based entrepreneurs and organisations. This first edition of a boot camp is organised by StartupAmsterdam and Paris&Co. These public-private organisations support starting entrepreneurs in both cities and will be carrying out the collaboration agreements in the coming year.

Amsterdam previously entered into a similar collaboration agreement with the city of New York.  StartupAmsterdam, the Amsterdam startup scene and the City of Amsterdam are working together to turn Amsterdam into Europe’s most attractive city for startups. Connecting with other startup cities and exchanging promising startups is a key component of the StartupAmsterdam action programme.