The startup programme of the City of Amsterdam
Startup in Residence, the programme that gets the City and startups innovating together, is back. Following a successful pilot in 2015-2016, the City of Amsterdam is once again looking for startups with creative and viable solutions for social issues. If these solutions prove successful, the City of Amsterdam will invest in them or be their launch customer, which would significantly kick-start the startup’s career. Applications are now open for the second Startup in Residence Programme.
Startup in Residence 2.0This time around, startups are invited to devise a solution for one of 14 social issues defined by the City. Themes range from safety and health to tourism, waste and more. The City welcomes innovative approaches to issues like how to increase bicycle use among young people in Amsterdam or how to guide the increasing numbers of tourists through the city. A new addition to this year’s Startup in Residence programme is the wildcard: a position reserved for a startup that wants to work on an alternative social issue.
“We learned a lot from the pilot programme. For instance, the fact that there is a big difference in use of vocabulary between startups and civil servants, which sometimes slows down the process and causes misconceptions”, says Minouche Cramer, Startup Officer of the City of Amsterdam. In the upcoming programme the City intends to reduce the gap between startups and civil servants by offering an additional training to the civil servants. The first few weeks of the programme will be spent helping the participants to get acquainted with municipal processes, such as decision-making and procurement processes. Another change in the programme is the involvement of lead mentors, who will measure progress on a (bi)weekly basis and advise the startups when needed.
Previous participantsOf the seven startups that participated in the pilot edition, the City now continues to work with five. MijnBuur, which stimulates the self-reliance and social cohesion of the people of Amsterdam, is currently validating their product in Amsterdam East. City Makers is currently developing an app for bike depot ‘het Fietsdepot’. Startup in Residence is the brainchild of StartupAmsterdam, the action programme designed to boost the startup climate of Amsterdam. The pilot programme was run in collaboration with the Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam and has successfully been adopted by other governmental organisations including The Hague, the province of Gelderland and Eindhoven. San Francisco, which provided the basis for this programme, remains in close contact with Amsterdam.
The Startup in Residence Programme Amsterdam runs from November 2016 until the beginning of April 2017. During these five months, the selected startups will be offered an intensive training programme. With the support of their lead mentors and the City of Amsterdam, they will have access to a large pool of specialised knowledge and expertise. Together with its partners, the City provides work spaces and various opportunities to launch and validate their products in Amsterdam. If the solutions prove successful, the startups will receive significant backing for their ideas.
Applications are now open for this year’s Startup in Residence programme. Take a look at the 14 social issues and think about how you would solve them. If you have any questions about the issues or the programme, contact the organisers by email or attend the information evening on 25 August 2016.
Apply for the programme now. Applications close on 18 September 2016.