Amsterdam seeks start-ups for six-month residency programme – Cities At this time – Connecting the world’s city leaders

Amsterdam seeks start-ups for six-month residency programme - Cities Today - Connecting the world's urban leaders

The Metropolis of Amsterdam is in search of the most recent cohort of innovators for its Begin-up in Residence programme, with this 12 months’s themes being sustainability/round financial system and mobility.

The beginning-up incubator initiative, which launched in 2015 and is now in its sixth version, goals to attach start-ups with key metropolis challenges. Throughout a six-month programme, chosen corporations get the possibility to pilot their services within the metropolis and on the finish, the municipality could develop into a launch buyer or collaborate with the companies in different methods.

The beginning-ups obtain coaching for in the future each two weeks and every is partnered up with an knowledgeable mentor.

Options are sought in a variety of areas this 12 months, together with emission-free leisure boats and taxis, regional meals logistics, a journey simulator centered on accessibility points and methods to ease stress on town’s bike community. Like earlier years, this version additionally has a ‘wild card problem’ for each themes, the place entrepreneurs can submit concepts and options that haven’t been outlined.

Minouche Cramer, Begin-up Officer, Metropolis of Amsterdam, advised Cities At this time: “The Begin-up in Residence [programme aims to] bridge the hole between small revolutionary events and the federal government. It’s each an revolutionary procurement software and an incubation programme the place start-ups and authorities work collectively in direction of good options for societal points.”

She stated the scheme additionally helps to make public tenders extra accessible to smaller events akin to start-ups, scale-ups and social entrepreneurs.


Amsterdam remains to be working with a number of start-ups it has found by the Begin-up in Residence programme, together with Round IQ, KOPPL, Semilla Sanitations, International Information Methods, The Eco Coin, Nice Bubble Barrier, E-waste Arcades and Skialabs.

Additional, since 2015, the workforce in Amsterdam has helped round 20 different cities and governmental organisations to arrange their very own Begin-up in Residence programmes.

On what different cities can study from Amsterdam’s expertise, the Begin-up in Residence web site states: “Crucial suggestions we obtained from the start-ups is that they principally valued the truth that the start-up programme’s predominant focus is geared toward including social worth, versus solely specializing in investments.”

It additionally highlights the significance of dedication from purchasers throughout the metropolis, a superb construction for the mentors of the programme and common, clear communication with all companions concerned.

The deadline for functions is August 11, 2020. The residence programme runs from September to March.

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