Amsterdam and London’s future partnership
Collaboration between London and Amsterdam looks more promising than ever, as deputy mayors of both startup capitals met during the two-day bootcamp to discuss startups, sharing economy and creating jobs in both cities.
An eventful, information-packed bootcamp
The bootcamp kicked-off on the morning of 23 November with a welcoming speech from alderwoman Kajsa Ollongren and head of the economic team of HollandUKTrade (Dutch link), Fred Olthof. As one of the official partners for this bootcamp, HollandUKTrade gave advice to the Dutch startup participants on a soft landing in the UK. It was previously announced that, as of 16 September 2016, Dutch entrepreneurs and startups entering the UK can work and network in a new co-working space offered by HollandUKTrade: Hub-Holland-Hub (Dutch link), located in the Dutch Embassy in London.
As planned, the four Dutch FinTech startups that took part in the bootcamp – HAVE, Smart2Cover, Owlin and FRENNS – were given a diverse range of workshops, legal and HR advice, and a session on how to set up a company in the UK. “Most of us in the group were extremely impressed by your [StartupAmsterdam’s] job and the approach you had to everything”, said the founder of FRENNS in a post-bootcamp email.
The bootcamp's participants also visited the Barclays accelerator and had a meeting with PensionBee – a Dutch startup that successfully expanded into the UK. PensionBee representatives explained how they achieved the move, shared their experiences and offered some advice on the dos and don'ts of expanding.
The first day of the bootcamp was successfully rounded off with the seven startups – the four Dutch companies and three UK businesses (Credit Kudos, StockViews and LiqiDT) – taking part in a pitching session. The session was organised by Holland FinTech and hosted at the Dutch Embassy with an audience of 80 people – all from London’s FinTech sector.
The second and final day of the bootcamp was comprised of an information session hosted by EY at Canary Wharf – the UK’s largest financial centre. EY contributed with a presentation on the financial sector in the UK and London, while London&Partners offered insights on how to set up a business in London.
For their final stop, the bootcamp participants were invited on a tour of Level39, Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future-cities companies.
Are you a founder of a Dutch startup company and thinking about expanding into foreign markets? Join in on the action by checking out StartupAmsterdam’s upcoming international bootcamps to the Middle East (PDF) in January and Munich in February.
For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Renée van der Heijden – Head of International Relations at StartupAmsterdam. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.