Previous Startup in Residence editions a success
Startup in Residence is a governmental startup incubator that invites local and international startups to devise viable and creative solutions to the urban and social challenges that the City of Amsterdam faces. The selected startups and entrepreneurs will collaborate with the municipality and its vast network of mentors to solve these challenges.
After a remarkable pilot back in 2015 and an awesome second programme last year, Startup in Reisidence is back again this year with its third edition. The previous editions were so successful that the City of Amsterdam has come up with a whopping 20 challenges this time around, meaning the number of startups taking part had to be bumped up to 13.
“We are extremely proud of the growing enthusiasm for the Startup in Residence programme”, says Minouche Cramer, the City of Amsterdam’s startup officer. “The enthusiasm shows in the high number of challenges that were brought in, but also in the number of startups that are eager to participate. We are also very excited about the other governmental organisations who joined the Startup in Residence family. Among those are the province of Noord-Holland, the City of The Hague and the Ministry of Justice and Security.”
The six-month intensive programme kicks off on 1 December 2017 and runs until mid-2018. The 13 startups will each take part in a high-intensity training course under the supervision of a team of experienced mentors and entrepreneurs. And the City of Amsterdam will guide each business through the specific topics and challenges, which include getting residents more physically active, keeping bulky waste off the streets and efficiently measuring the health of the city’s residents.
“Both in the Netherlands and Amsterdam we have everything to become the number one tech hotspot of Europe”, says Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, StartupDelta’s special envoy. “To achieve this, we need a good startup policy and a lot of ambition. With the Startup in Residence programme, governmental organisations show how they can use innovative public procurement to become launching customer of a startup. As the initiator of this programme, the City of Amsterdam shows great ambition and makes a significant contribution to the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands.”
The startups taking part in the third edition of Startup in Residence are:
- Creatives Across (Amsterdam) – this company’s lamp reacts to sound, making users more aware of the level of noise that they’re producing. The tech will be tested in and around Rembrandtplein.
- FutureCV – an innovative digital self-learning tool that was designed with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in mind. The company has a particular focus on helping users develop their tech skills.
- GameBus – gamifies motivation for healthy living. GameBus rewards families, colleagues and friends to help them become healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle – all through a cutting-edge personalised gaming experience.
- Happitech (Amsterdam) – this startup’s app utilises in-smartphone tech to measure the user’s health – without any extra hardware.
- Landscape Data – uses data science to help its customers solve complex problems. The company will use their expertise in data analysis, cleaning and visualisation to make Amsterdam an even-more engaged and responsive city.
- LucemGo – this startup’s visually appealing LED technology motivates people to exercise. The company will try to make the Zuidas even-more lively and vibrant.
- Platform Eerlijk Wonen (Amsterdam) – this company’s data-driven platform helps prevent housing fraud.
- SportySpots – develops an app that maps out the public sports facilities in Amsterdam, helping users uncover new spots to exercise.
- SwiftComply – connects restaurants, inspectors and regulators via an accessible web platform, reducing the financial and administrative costs of fat, oil and grease control in the city.
- The Great Bubble Barrier (Amsterdam) – this company’s ‘barrier of bubbles’ is placed at the bottom of canals, rivers and other waterways. When it's brought back up to the surface, harmful plastic and debris can be easily removed from the water.
- Thuiszorgagenda – this cutting-edge online platform helps caregivers by supporting and organising their jobs, taking the pressure off home caregivers and creating better care.
- Transformcity (Amsterdam) – develops a collaborative urban-development platform that brings together social networks, visualisations and interactive maps.
- WASTEDlab (Amsterdam) – this online platform rewards users with digital currency for every bag of waste they separate, which can be exchanged for benefits and discounts at local retailers.