StartupAmsterdam – your ultimate guide to Amsterdam’s tech and startup ecosystem

Your main pillars of knowledge are:

  • Who is who – To make connections even easier, we've set up a page showcasing Amsterdam’s key industry players and connectors. Browse our who is who in the ecosystem page, remember the names of those you want to connect to and send them a LinkedIn request.
  • Startup Map – One of StartupAmsterdam’s key assets is the Amsterdam startup map, powered by Dealroom. It showcases the ecosystem’s stakeholders: not only startups, but scale-ups and investors too. Filter through the data by business model, size or growth, or find useful resources – such as workspaces and accelerators – and get data on investors. Once you’ve set up shop in Amsterdam, make sure to add your startup to the map; log in using your Dealroom or LinkedIn account.
  • Event Calendar – Our extensive startup calendar shows all startup and tech-related events that take place in Amsterdam. Becoming part of the community is all about making connections: by joining meetups, conferences and workshops, you’ll understand why this cosmopolitan city is renowned for its village-like feel. You can also submit your own startup event; if you want an additional social-media push from us, fill in this startup-event promotion form.
  • Latest News – There are numerous news sources on the Dutch and Amsterdam startup scene, such as StartupJuncture, Sprout.nl (Dutch link) and Silicon Canals. On our latest news page, we bring it all together: who got funded, which opportunities are available and how the city’s developing – this is the one news page you need for a comprehensive overview.

Accelerators and incubators in Amsterdam

This city is home to many awesome international and locally founded accelerators. A list of these – including links and extra information – can be found on our accelerators and incubators page. Examples include:

  • Startup in Residence – A brainchild of StartupAmsterdam, this incubator is an innovative collaboration between the City of Amsterdam and startups. The project invites Dutch and international startups to devise solutions to social issues in the city.
  • ACE Incubator – An incubator and accelerator that combines the activities of UvA, VU, HvA and AHK. It is their ambition to become a leader in accelerating science-based and technology companies that are the drivers of innovation, economic prosperity and job creation.
  • Startupbootcamp – The largest startup accelerator in Europe offers three branches in Amsterdam: Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living, Startupbootcamp E-commerce and Startupbootcamp FinTech & Cyber Security.
  • Rockstart – With its two in-house accelerators, Rockstart gives startups the chance to take part in a 150-day programme that will fine-tune their business and prepare them for scaling.
  • Let it Grow – The Let it Grow Lab facilitates green solutions to urban challenges. Located at B. Amsterdam’s newest green location, B.2, this five-month incubation programme offers workspace and access to the network of Royal FloraHolland.
  • Impact Hub – An innovation lab, a business incubator and a social-enterprise community centre that offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of your work. Joining their diverse community of members and collaborators will inspire, connect and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.
  • Open-House – Open-House is an innovation platform and talent programme that uses festivals and events as a testing ground for entrepreneurs in the entertainment industry.

Where to work and where to find work?

Live to work or work to live? No matter what your answer is, you'll need a place to work from. Luckily, Amsterdam has many internationally renowned co-working spaces, including WeWork and Spaces, or you can base yourself in one of the local hubs such as B.Amsterdam (a startup paradise at the edge of the city), Rockstart Spaces, TQMakerversity or Prodock – a unique co-working space at the Port of Amsterdam.

Finding a job is tough, but knowing where to look makes things a little easier. Whether you’re looking for an internship, a full-time/part-time job, freelancing gig or even a co-founder title, Dutch Startup Jobs will satisfy your needs with its simple and effective platform. Cocoon is a useful platform to find a job that you’ll love at a cool, up-and-coming startup; if you’re a developer, try Honeypot; you can also get inspired by the job vacancies on I amsterdam’s local portal; and if you’re a student looking for a part-time job, check out StudiStartupJob (Dutch link).

Getting your smarts on

Amsterdam’s universities are famous for their high level of education; yet, so many students graduate with no practical skills. This leads to them being unable to find relevant work experience, while startups and companies struggle to find skilled talent. The solution? Amsterdam’s finest startup and tech academies!

BSSA – Since January 2016, the B. Startup School Amsterdam has taught hundreds of students the essential skills they need to jump-start their careers in the startup scene as coders, experienced designers, growth hackers and digital-content creators.

Growth Tribe Academy – More than 1,400 people – from different age groups and backgrounds – can now call themselves growth hackers thanks to Growth Tribe’s first 12 months of work. Most importantly, recent graduates that go through Growth Tribe’s three-month-long academy programme are able to find their dream jobs in Amsterdam’s high-growth startups and tech companies – they can even start their own business.

Amsterdam is also a city where people come together. Regardless of your background, you’ll always find a group of people that share your interests. Whether you’re into app developmentJavascript or FinTech, make sure you check out Amsterdam’s thriving tech meetup scene.

Startup-corporate collaboration

To many of us, startups and corporates are worlds apart; however, at StartupAmsterdam, we recognise the value in connecting the two stakeholders. After all, these collaborations can lead to benefits for both parties.

Together with TNW, we created the Launchpad meetups – a platform that allows startups to search for launching customers and pitch themselves to corporates that are interested in innovation and new tech.

Can’t find your customer locally? StartupAmsterdam organises international startup bootcamps to explore new markets.

In a bid to meet the needs of corporate stakeholders, we launched the Corporate Network – a platform for our 80+ corporate partners. Thanks to the platform, corporates' profiles are more visible for startups. Also, it enables corporates to advertise their knowledge challenges, view fellow innovation managers and even participate in peer-to-peer knowledge-exchange sessions.

Investment

Get to know the Dutch investment scene, with many firms based in Amsterdam. To help out the Netherlands' startups, Peak Capital – one of the VCs in Amsterdam – has mapped out the Tech Venture Capital Ecosystem (PDF). Their article 10 things all startup founders should know is also useful. Other worthwhile reads include interviews with Amsterdam-based VCs such as Keadyn, Prime Ventures and INKEF Capital and the blogs of Leapfunder and VEECEE.co.

Want an overview of the entire Dutch VC landscape? nlfunding.co is your one-stop-shop.

Mark your calendars

Aside from the startup event calendar for your weekly updates on local meetups and talks, there are a number of annual unmissable events, including:

  • Uprise Festival (April) – Born in Amsterdam, this event puts people first and technology second. As Uprise eloquently describe their event: “120 growth-stage companies, eight content stages, music, investors, enterprise, games, jobs and mayhem.”
  • TNW Conference (May) – This is simply one of the biggest intimate tech festivals in the world. On stage during the 2016 edition, Gary Vaynerchuk said the conference was “unbelievable,” “f*cking awesome” and “the nicest set up to a conference” he'd ever seen. We wholeheartedly agree.
  • TheNextWomen Summit (June) – This event connects female starters, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals with knowledge, capital and network.
  • Amsterdam Capital Week (September) – For a week in September, Amsterdam becomes the capital of capital. With a programme that boasts over 25 events, Amsterdam Capital Week focuses on connecting various types of capital with early-stage startups and fast-growing scale-up companies.
  • Amsterdam eWeek (October) – The Amsterdam eWeek is a festival for international and local companies in the tech, marketing and media sectors. The festival offers a range of workshops, conferences, walk-ins, dinners, meet-ups, parties and networking events.
  • World Summit AI (October) – This event brings together the main driving forces of AI in one conference: enterprises, startups, investors and deep tech. It is the result of a unique collaboration between the global City AI network and over 100 international AI events.

Don’t be a stranger!

Naturally, Amsterdam’s startup community is represented on LinkedIn and Facebook. In addition to joining these groups, we highly recommend that you follow StartupAmsterdam on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook to stay up-to-date on news, upcoming events, opportunities and more.

If that’s too social for your liking, why not sign up for the our monthly newsletter, which offers a curated update of startup-related happenings in Amsterdam. We also have curated playlists on the StartupAmsterdam’s YouTube Channel to give you a virtual tour around Amsterdam’s co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators – as well as other helpful and fun content. 

Finally, welcome to the centre point of the European tech and startup scene!