More hands-on and mentoring than accelerators or incubators, venture builders support budding enterprises and new business ideas. These companies can provide startup resources and capital, and advice on business basics, such as market entry strategy and lean startup practices. These are the top venture builders in the Amsterdam Area.
A venture builder exists to nurture the minds, hearts and bank accounts of innovative entrepreneurs and companies-in-the-making. From the early-stage VC that Antler offers to ensure even brand-new startup founders get paychecks to the scaled-up European HealthTech projects that NLC undertakes, venture builders abound in Amsterdam and beyond.
Disrupt Development is the world's first post-growth innovation academy in global development. They collaborate with leaders, organisations, social businesses, corporations, international institutions and governments to help them achieve system transformation and maximise their influence.
ING Labs combines the experience and network of the eponymous bank with experts’ skills and knowledge to bring disruptive ideas to market. The ING incubators support initiatives that address client needs and, through a structured innovation process, help turn ideas into scalable solutions. In Amsterdam, ING Labs focuses on housing-related issues.
Antler is a startup generator and early-stage VC firm that provides funding from day one and connects founders to co-founders. This approach enables ideas to evolve while people get paid to launch an actual company. In addition, Antler provides a resource-rich online platform, mentor coaching and access to its talent network.
NLC: The European Healthtech Venture Builder
According to NLC, roughly 95% of HealthTech inventions never reach the public – no matter how much good they can do. This is due to market fragmentation and various other complexities. NLC aims to address this issue by bringing together the best people, top tech and capital, hoping to create ventures that can truly impact human lives.
Million Monkeys launches fast-growing internet companies by bringing together creative ideas, experienced entrepreneurs, technical skills and funding. Some Million Monkeys ventures include ClubCollect, a SaaS company that helps sports associations process their membership fees, and Adgoji, a data-driven ad tech media agency. It has also invested in Rockstart and Ace & Tate.
Peakfijn not only designs and builds complex digital applications, it also trains CTOs and tech teams along with the creators of growing startups, ensuring they have the digital base to succeed. In addition, Peakfijn buys equity in some of the companies it works with, thereby investing in their long-term success.
Aimforthemoon is a startup studio empowering entrepreneurial innovation and purpose-driven businesses. It has worked with a wide range of organisations, from the HEMA Foundation and Miele to pension provider MN and the Netherlands’ Employee Insurance Agency (UWV).
The Main Ingredient
The Main Ingredient co-founds ventures with corporate innovation labs and launches its own startups. A common objective is to create positive-impact solutions by setting ambitious goals, valuing honesty and transparency and working in close-knit teams.
Startup Studio Nescio
Startup Studio Nescio conceptualises and builds digital products and brings them to market. Its portfolio businesses range from early-stage startups to fully developed, successfully running ventures. Its name – the Latin phrase meaning “I don’t know” – is meant to express its eagerness to learn and dive into the unknown.
Entweder is a venture builder that makes a lasting positive contribution to the evolution of the workspace with successive ventures.
Slimmer AI is an AI venture studio that specifically works with SaaS B2B businesses, offering a vast network of tech entrepreneurs and experts in software and machine learning to help build scalable AI products.
OneUp works with big companies to develop new business models with a focus on impact and sustainability. From digital solutions to concept and execution of new models, they drive innovation in existing business structures and new spinoffs.
Check out the entrepreneur’s guide to Amsterdam’s startup accelerators and incubators. And be sure to see the article on scaling and going abroad and the guide to fundraising in Amsterdam.