Registration for third edition of Startup in Residence Amsterdam is now open

For the third consecutive year, the City of Amsterdam invites entrepreneurs to come up with solutions to its most demanding challenges through the successful Startup in Residence Amsterdam programme. Applications are now open, and successful applicants will receive access to the knowledge and expertise of both civil servants and a team of carefully selected mentors, as well as an extended network of leaders and entrepreneurs. Successful startups will also get the workspace they need to innovate and the chance to run their pilot in the city itself.

20 challenges you can solve this year, plus one wildcard challenge

This year, the city is focusing on themes such as cleanliness and waste reduction, inclusion, fighting discrimination and partaking in the circular economy. There are 20 challenges you can try to solve, as well as a ‘wildcard challenge’ for the ideas that don’t neatly fit into a box. Challenges include better management of the road network, helping new citizens hit the ground running, fighting discrimination, improving digital learning and encouraging education.

Over a dozen success stories from the past two years

Startup in Residence Amsterdam has already graduated several successful startups over the past two years. Alumni include Van Plastik, who reduce plastic waste by converting it to usable material for 3D printers, and Gamatech, who work on converting organic waste into energy and Biochar. Other successful alumni now help tackle the abandoned bike issue, regulate canal traffic through guidance systems, and improve the lives of residents and visitors through smart compasses or better city guides.

Applications are now open

There are a few forms you need to fill to apply, all of which can be found here. The best three applications within each challenge category will be invited to present their ideas to a selection committee, and one startup will ultimately be selected per category. Applications are open now, and the programme is scheduled to start on 1 December 2017.