What you need to know

Amsterdam is a great place for startups. The city has a talented, English-speaking workforce, an excellent quality of life and a growing community of entrepreneurs. Now, Startup Guide is exploring this thriving ecosystem in an informative new book. Filled with tips for young companies, helpful information and interviews with the people who’ve put the city’s startup ecosystem on the map, it has everything you need to know. A launch party takes place on 11 December, so register now

In the meantime, take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with the basics of joining Amsterdam’s rapidly growing startup community. After all, finding a home, setting up an office and making new contacts takes time. But if you prepare in advance, you’ll be ready to navigate the road ahead. 

Make it official

If you’re coming to Amsterdam from outside the EU, explore the option of the ‘startup visa’. This one-year residence permit requires that you offer an innovative product or service, provide a plan to develop your idea into a business and have sufficient financial resources as well as a registered mentor. When your 12 months are almost up, you can apply to extend your stay.

Learn about the visa

On the hunt

Get ahead of the competition (and save yourself time and effort) by browsing the best job boards for new positions. There are plenty of portals focused on tech and startup jobs, so you can find listings of relevant openings quickly and start writing an amazing cover letter.

Start looking for jobs.

Head of the class

Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of programming, add new skills to your CV or benefit from a brief training session, Amsterdam’s startup and coding academies are the place to be. Course lengths vary and you can study data science, coding, artificial intelligence, app development and more. Some programmes are fully funded, and many help participants find employment after graduation.

Browse startup and coding academies.

Hot desking

Will you be working on your own in Amsterdam? Don’t stay at home in your jammies – head to a co-working space, like Rockstart Spaces or TQ. You’ll find everything needed to get things done, including conference rooms and tasty snacks. They’re also a great place to network with fellow entrepreneurs and become part of the local community. 

Check out coworking spaces.

Home sweet home

The Amsterdam housing market can be intense. Finding a place of your own (or even just a room) takes time and effort, especially for newcomers who are unfamiliar with how things work. Brush up on the basics of renting and buying in Amsterdam before stepping foot in the city and you’ll be prepared to find somewhere that works for you, while avoiding scams and headaches.

Get up to speed with the housing market.

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Health is wealth

Everyone living in the Netherlands is required to have health insurance, so you’ll need to purchase a policy when you move here. Providers are obligated to accept everyone who applies, regardless of health or age, and you’ll be covered for things like doctor’s visits and hospital care. If you have questions about healthcare (or housing) you can also contact IN Amsterdam for free assistance.

Read about the Dutch healthcare system.

Mix and mingle

Rub elbows with investors, entrepreneurs, techies and other movers and shakers at Amsterdam’s many events targeting the startup ecosystem. You can attend talks on hot-button topics, make new contacts at networking nights or hear industry leaders share their thoughts and ideas at conferences and seminars. Follow our calendar and you’ll always have something to look forward to.

Browse the events calendar.

Read more startup news from around Amsterdam.