Solving social and urban challenges in the Amsterdam area

Startup in Residence has joined forces with nine municipalities across the region to connect startups, scale-ups, innovative small and medium-sized businesses as well as social enterprises with key social and urban challenges.

The regional programme is a collaboration with the municipalities of Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Velsen, Diemen, Lelystad, Almere, Purmerend, Zaanstad and Amsterdam. They will work together to solve seven defined challenges in fields ranging from social work to engineering – they include how to decrease loneliness and how to restore building foundations. The complete list of challenges is available here.

Startup in Residence Programme

Inspired by San Francisco’s Entrepreneur in Residence programme, StartupAmsterdam launched their own programme in 2015 in Amsterdam. After a successful launch, the programme was continued in the Dutch capital and introduced in The Hague in 2016.

The annual programme invites both Dutch and international entrepreneurs to find creative and viable solutions to social and urban challenges faced by the cities and their inhabitants. If the solutions prove successful, the municipality will invest in the startup or become its launching customer.

During the six-month programme, startups receive intensive training with support, knowledge and expertise from professional mentors, and they’ll gain access to the municipalities’ networks. Together with their partners, the municipalities provide startups with working spaces and the opportunity to conduct pilot launches and validate their products within the city.

Learn more at a special info session

There will be an information session on 20 September for all startups and scale-ups who are interested in taking part in the programme. The meeting gives potential participants the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges, incubator programme and registration process. Applications are open from 14 August to 14 October 2018.

Want to learn more about the Startup in Residence programme? Visit their website or send an email.