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Amsterdam among global top 10 cleantech ecosystems: Startup Genome report

Already a booming startup and scaleup hub, the Amsterdam Area has now been named one of the best ecosystems in the world for cleantech companies dedicated to reducing environmental impact.

Gilles Dillen
Senior Manager Foreign Investments: Renewable Energy & Cleantech
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A top ecosystem for cleantech innovation

Amsterdam has been named one of the best ecosystems for cleantech companies, ranking 3rd in Europe and 7th globally. Startup research firm Startup Genome released its Global Startup Ecosystem Report: Cleantech Edition this week, listing the top ecosystems in the world to grow a cleantech startup. These are tech-based startups focused on reducing environmental impact and startups dedicated to renewable energy, transportation, logistics, and more.

  • The report ranked 25 ecosystems around the world, naming Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, London, and Los Angeles as the top 5.
  • The same organisation in September 2021 ranked the Dutch capital 13th for startup ecosystems and highlighted Amsterdam for its “explosive growth” in recent years.
  • Amsterdam's cleantech sector is gaining momentum, accounting for 10% of deals since 2016.

The increasing investment in cleantech comes as no surprise given the urgency of the climate crisis. But Startup Genome’s analysis reveals a “scaleup gap”, with barriers such as public policy and capital holding back successful scaling and massive impact potential.

Amsterdam’s burgeoning cleantech sector 

As an already booming startup and scaleup hub and a magnet for international talent, the Amsterdam Area boasts a high density of entrepreneurs, innovators, universities and businesses committed to environmentally conscious innovation to make a better world. 

Amsterdam-founded companies such as The Great Bubble Barrier and Land Life Company are already making waves globally in cleantech innovation. Specialised hubs such as Amsterdam Science Park, Impact Hub, and SDG House are a few of the concentrated areas in the region continuing to bring together expertise and generating viable climate solutions.

Gilles Dillen
Senior Manager Foreign Investments: Renewable Energy & Cleantech
amsterdam inbusiness is the official direct investment agency of the Amsterdam Area. We provide access to business intel, networks and potential partners, help tailor fact-finding visits, streamline setting up, and support you long-term as you expand your business.
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