The city ran a successful pilot of Startup in Residence in 2015-2016, after which the programme was continued in Amsterdam and was launched by Eindhoven, The Hague and the province of Gelderland. With the Startup in Residence programme, startups are invited to devise creative and viable solutions to social issues faced by the city and its inhabitants. If the solutions prove successful, the hosting governmental body will invest in the startup or become their launching customer, which would significantly kick-start the startup’s career.
Startup in Residence 2.0
For the second edition of Startup in Residence in Amsterdam, the City defined 14 social issues. With themes like waste, safety, health, and tourism, the programme calls upon a variety of companies. A new addition to 2016’s Startup in Residence programme is the Wildcard, reserving a position for a startup that wants to work on a social issue that is not defined by the City.
With Startup in Residence, startups gain access to the huge network of the municipality, and they are offered an intensive training programme and the support, knowledge and expertise of professional lead mentors. Together with its partners, the municipality provides working spaces and offers startups the possibility to conduct pilots and validate their product within the city.
Collaboration with CTO
The Startup in Residence programme is run in collaboration with the Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam. Minouche Cramer – head of the programme – said, “we learned a lot from the Startup in Residence pilot, like the difference in use of vocabulary between startups and civil servants, which sometimes slows down the process and causes misconceptions.” This is why the second edition will facilitate an additional training programme for civil servants. Also, the participating startups are helped to better understand the municipal processes, including training on organising decision making and procurement processes.
Startup in Residence graduates
Of the seven startups that participated in the 2015 pilot edition, the City of Amsterdam now cooperates with five. MijnBuur, which stimulates the self-reliance and social cohesion of the people of Amsterdam, validated their product in Stadsdeel Oost, and startup City Makers developed an app for bike depot het Fietsdepot.
San Francisco, which provided the basis for this programme, remains in close contact about all proceeds. More information on the startup programmes is available on the Startup in Residence website.