Investing in the future of startups and scale-ups

Over the next four years, Ready to Scale – a collaboration between ACE, The Start-Up Network and StartupAmsterdam – will help 200 promising startups and scale-ups become investment-ready businesses. In addition, it aims to make the region’s non-traditional funding options more transparent. An additional €20 million of capital will be invested in the region, and the participating businesses will be supported via one-on-one advice, mentorship, a six-month group programme and matchmaking with corporates, investors and students.

The launch – part of Amsterdam Capital Week – kicks off at the Amsterdam Science Park’s Startup Village on 29 September 2017. Attendees will learn what it means to become investment ready, can connect with the Ready to Scale network and find out more about the Funding Database. Entry is free, but attendees must sign up first. So what are you waiting for? Register now on the Ready to Scale website.

“Promising startups want to scale faster. They need new markets, growth capital and an extensive network,” said Amsterdam’s Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren. “With the professional guidance of Ready to Scale, these entrepreneurs will get access to growth capital so that they can expand quickly, enter new markets and conquer the world.”

Ready to Scale’s promising start

The programme has already seen success from its soft launch earlier this year, when 25 companies were selected to join the programme – many of which are already reaping the benefits. “Ready to Scale brought us exactly what we needed: funding. The efficient funding process gave us the resources to grow,” said Marc Habbema, CEO of E-learning startup SOWISO.