About StartupAmsterdam

Amsterdam is a hyper-connected centre for European tech startups and the talent they require to thrive. To help the local ecosystem realise its full potential, the Dutch capital launched StartupAmsterdam, a public programme that fosters economic growth and collaboration.

What is StartupAmsterdam?

StartupAmsterdam is your access point to entrepreneurial success. Need investment, mentoring, a supportive network or tech talent? You’ll find it all in the startup capital of Europe. 

Background

The City of Amsterdam is dedicated to nurturing innovative startups and scale-ups. StartupAmsterdam was introduced as a public programme, which has co-launched and supported over 40 initiatives, projects, events and campaigns since its inception in 2015. By assisting with capital, talent and local resources, it put Amsterdam on the global map of startup hubs. 

StartupAmsterdam facilitates positive change with an emphasis on sustainability, and encourages an innovative and diverse ecosystem. This adds value to the city we call home by empowering its entrepreneurs, business communities and citizens. And we’re just getting started.

Initiatives

StartupAmsterdam supports a wealth of projects, events, communities and programmes that aim to improve Amsterdam's already-stellar startup scene. Check out the initiatives we’ve helped launch.

StartupAmsterdam focuses on five pillars:

Talent and diversity

Startup Amsterdam Waag Society Paul Tolenaar
Practical and theoretical training mobilises the enormous potential of Amsterdam, with a focus on women, people with a migrant background and international talent.

Emerging technologies

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StartupAmsterdam helps scale-ups and SMEs leverage AI, robotisation and other new technologies to improve processes, while keeping a close eye on ethical concerns like privacy and security.

Access to markets

By facilitating international collaborations and giving entrepreneurs access to networks created by the local government, we help scale-ups successfully enter new markets and have a global impact.

Stimulate network connections

Startup Amsterdam Julia de Boer
The right connections are crucial to success. We encourage interaction and community-building within the thriving ecosystem while establishing Amsterdam as the premier destination for innovative businesses.

Development of innovation districts

When your enterprise needs room to expand, we work with the city on strategies for procuring space and forming clusters of young businesses.

How can StartupAmsterdam help you?

Our team is ready to help. Please get in touch with us if:

  • Your startup works on a solution for Amsterdam’s urban or social challenges

  • Your Amsterdam-based startup requires media coverage and exposure

  • You’re organising an event that will benefit Amsterdam’s startup community and are looking for a sponsor, media partner or co-producer

  • Your international startup is looking to enter Amsterdam

  • Your Dutch startup is ready to expand abroad

  • You are a governmental official, civil servant or ecosystem builder interested in learning about StartupAmsterdam as an initiative

  • You work in education and want to introduce your students to Amsterdam’s startup ecosystem

StartupAmsterdam team

Our diverse, highly skilled team know exactly what’s what in Amsterdam’s startup ecosystem. Find each team member’s contact information and learn more about our individual roles within StartupAmsterdam.

Meet the team

Learn more about StartupAmsterdam and how to build your own city’s local ecosystem

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