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What is 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. 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.

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.

Our 5 pillars

Talent and diversity

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

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

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.

The StartupAmsterdam team is here to help

Whether you are branching out from or to Amsterdam and the region, or you are looking for a partner for your startup or event: we can help with connecting you to the right party and help get media attention.

Also, if you want to learn more about the startup eco-system and the StartupAmsterdam initiative, for your (government) organisation, students or your network, please contact us.