“Holland isn’t a nasty place to take your enterprise. Everybody speaks English, we’ve the quicker web within the EU, we even have the best density of Indian eating places within the metropolis,” mentioned Gert Heijkoop, Consul-Normal of the Netherlands, Bengaluru, as he started the panel dialogue with Saskia Bruines, Deputy Mayor of the Hague and Anesh Kisoen, Worldwide Enterprise Advisor, The Hague Enterprise Company at Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020 (BTS2020) on Thursday.
The dialogue centered on The Hague Enterprise Company — which offers providers to entrepreneurs, worldwide firms, and NGOs that want to set up, relocate, and broaden their enterprise to The Hague within the Netherlands. The Hague Enterprise Company has developed a digital platform — The Digital Softlanding — the place they’ll information, groom, and put together Indian startups and scale-ups for his or her European enlargement.
“Immediately, cybersecurity is a necessity and has turn out to be an integral a part of our metropolis,” mentioned Ms. Saskia as she spoke concerning the Hague Safety Delta (HSD), a community of about 300 companions from authorities companies, analysis institutes, and a variety of companies who work collectively on safety challenges. “Particularly in tough occasions like these, we have to push for innovation for a sustainable financial system. Our intention is to convey individuals collectively who’re dedicated to sustainable improvement objectives.”
Welcoming Indian startups to The Hague, she mentioned, “You’ll be able to sharpen your wits, benefit from the seaside, and construct a big community of worldwide contacts.”
Anesh Kisoen spoke concerning the goal of The Hague and the main target areas of the Digital Softlanding programme, that are as follows: impactful society, AI, good cities, agritech, cyber, and healthtech. “We imagine we should discover new methods to maintain the alternate of startups between India and The Hague going robust on this time, the place we’ve restrictions to journey and discover our ecosystem,” he mentioned.
The Digital Softlanding programme is supposed for Indian tech startups and scale-ups who’re creating a worldwide affect with expertise and trying to broaden in Europe. It has developed a four-step full digital course of for startups and scale-ups to discover, regulate, join, and combine inside the Netherlands ecosystem at The Hague. It’s on the lookout for 50 Indian startups for his or her pilot in December.
Avinash Kulkarni, Chief Gross sales Officer, Kaizen Safe Voiz — a expertise startup that works with voice biometrics or voice authentication — shared his expertise of The Hague within the panel. Earlier than travelling to the Netherlands final 12 months, he mapped out the market relevance of their product, the associate ecosystem, potential clients, and so forth. Whereas in The Hague, it acquired help within the type of a workspace, world visibility by means of occasions, entry to clients and companions, and extra.
He shared his learnings from his 40-day keep within the nation. “Social media works completely within the Netherlands in case you’re trying to community. Additionally, it’s spectacular that the Dutch take into consideration the atmosphere, so discuss your expertise being pro-planet as a way to enchantment to your clients there,” mentioned Avinash.
He added that The Hague has the best startup ecosystem with zero red-tape, zero corruption, and gives a wholesome atmosphere, the place your concepts are revered and your failures are accepted.
Akanksha Sharma, Senior Coverage Advisor for Innovation, Consulate Normal of the Netherlands in Bengaluru, moderated the panel the place Indian startups mirrored on the expertise of establishing within the Netherlands and entrepreneurship platforms within the nation talked about their programmes.
Gaurav Verma, Founder and CEO, Dojoko, realised that they selected the Netherlands for its exemplary larger training system, shut proximity to different EU international locations, pleasant tax legal guidelines, and modern tech organisations.
“Extra importantly, we wished to be in a mature and supportive startup ecosystem that has an accelerator, capital, expertise, and the place English is well understood. The sensation we acquired from InnovationQuarter was that they actually care about our startup, and that sealed the deal for us,” mentioned Gaurav.
Gerrit Jan van’t Veen, Co-founder, WorldStartup, spoke about what distinguishes the Netherlands from its neighbours. “It is fairly an open tradition, so it’s simple to strategy individuals.” He added because it’s a small nation, they’ve a variety of worldwide connections by means of buying and selling.
Ravleen Pal, Deputy Head of Financial Part, Embassy of The Netherlands in New Delhi, mentioned that the Netherlands sees India as an necessary associate, and they’re eager to foster a relationship with startups. She added that the Dutch Embassy in India gives a number of routes that startups can avail to get to the Netherlands. “We allow market enlargement for each international locations, assist facilitate startup visas, information you thru taxation insurance policies, make it easier to navigate the market, and so forth,” mentioned Ravleen.
Stef Prinsen, Account Supervisor, InnovationQuarter, spoke about their position in serving to firms discover methods to lift funds. “We do it principally for firms which are already within the Netherlands,” he mentioned.
Sarvesh Poddar, Enterprise Relations – North and West Europe, SUSTANIX, mentioned that it’s actually necessary whereas selecting your facilitator within the Netherlands that each your enterprise objectives are in alignment.
“We have had a improbable partnership with WorldStartup. They’ve helped us get our first BV (a personal firm with restricted legal responsibility; in Dutch), and helped us to enter the Dutch market simply,” he mentioned.