StartupAmsterdam's initiatives

StartupAmsterdam supports a wealth of initiatives that improve Amsterdam's already-impressive startup scene. From startup networking events and international bootcamps to coding lessons for young people, it's safe to say that Amsterdam has no shortage of startup initiatives.

Growing & scaling


This global network, comprised of 10 startup cities, facilitates knowledge sharing between startup ecosystems with an emphasis on the role of the government in supporting startup ventures. Civil servants and public officials work together on strengthening local startup ecosystems, by using their collective insights to influence policies that help startup communities thrive.

Ready to Scale

This collaborative initiative between ACE, The Startup Network and various entrepreneurs, investors and universities supports startups in the process of scaling. The hands-on programme meets the specific needs of individual startups and arms them with the tools and resources required to grow.

Startup in Residence

StartupAmsterdam’s Startup in Residence initiative is a six-month programme that invites startups to tackle real civic issues for the City of Amsterdam. These cover a broad spectrum of topics such as health, tourism, safety, household waste and more. Participants receive access to industry experts, mentorship, support, training and the help of the City’s network to develop their innovation.


An initiative to support innovation in the cultural sector. Art-up seeks out development and growth opportunities within cultural organisations and assists them with specialist expertise. The Art-up incubator programme is a new venture designed to bring fresh and innovative thinking to these challenges.



The Civic AI Lab (CAIL) is a research lab for civic-centred and community-minded design, development and deployment of AI technology. CAIL focuses on applying AI innovations to education, welfare, the environment, mobility and health to make vast improvements to daily life with future-thinking technology.

AI Startup Lab

The AI Startup Lab challenges students, recent graduates and early-stage startups to lay the groundwork for launching an AI startup in as little as 10 weeks. The programme aims to make entrepreneurs ready to take the next step in developing their AI innovations that solve real-world problems.

Network connections

Amsterdam Capital House

This annual event greatly contributes to startup success by introducing founders to investors. With a focus on procuring capital, entrepreneurs attending Amsterdam Capital House receive unique opportunities to put their businesses in the spotlight, opening the door to gain the investment they need to grow.

Amsterdam Squared

This exciting new digital platform connects entrepreneurs within the Amsterdam tech sector. The platform aims to work as a digital accelerator, bringing specialist knowledge, support, networking and partnership opportunities to startups in various stages of development. Join the community to get involved.


Discover startups, scale-ups, investors, coworking spaces and accelerators by exploring this extensive database of Amsterdam’s startup ecosystem. Create your own profile to become more visible to investors, potential customers and partners.

Talent & diversity

Dutch Edtech

The Dutch Edtech Foundation aims to connect the fragmented education and learning sector and as such, stimulate acceleration of the EdTech field nationwide. They aim to connect the EdTech community, share insights and best practices, create an overview of the landscape and form consortia that focus on current concrete social challenges in the Netherlands.

Rise Female Hub

RISE is dedicated to showcasing, supporting and celebrating a gender-inclusive workforce, with an emphasis on female-founded startups. The group promotes and collaborates with female-led organisations in its mission to demonstrate that gender diversity leads to better innovation, productivity, happier people and a better world.


Encouraging diversity among tech professionals, this training fund provides interest-free allowances to students from under-represented groups so that they can upskill in IT. This makes it the first fund that focuses specifically on inclusivity and diversity in the tech sector, which benefits everyone.

Books & publications

SCALE Cities book

This handbook’s objective is to inspire public officials to put their city on the global map of startups. It provides step-by-step guidance on promoting innovation and collaboration between public and private parties. It offers examples and practical tips from the successes of the SCALE.CITIES partners.

StartupCity book

This comprehensive guide assists local governments with boosting the success of startups in their areas. Designed to provide guidance on how the public sector can better meet the needs of entrepreneurs, it contains examples and tips for implementing policies that work. The main contributors are representatives from SCALE.CITIES partners.

Startup Guide

Packed full of valuable resources, insight into programmes and tips for new businesses, Startup Guide also features interviews with some of the founders and investors who have helped make Amsterdam one of the most well-respected startup communities in Europe.