European Stories – Amsterdam

13 March, 2017


Amsterdam, entrepreneurs, Europe, Startup, startup ecosystem, Startup tour


Locals going Global

Historically, the Netherlands always did a great job to expand its businesses internationally. Nowadays, they are putting their inner skills to work to better their start-up ecosystem.

The Amsterdam start-up ecosystem is vibrant. There is a clear will of becoming a technology hub that matters on the global scale, and they are putting their money where their mouth is.
Amsterdam both trains and attracts great talents. Entrepreneurship is in the blood of the Dutchies and runs through the canals of Holland’s capital.

Not so surprising, they are very focused on Smart city and sustainable developments.
But it takes a long time and a lot of capital to develop and implement these types of technologies and product.
That’s where Amsterdam is pulling its game from.
Through its diverse start-up programs, Amsterdam is enabling many start-ups every year to put their technology at work. They get contracts with the city enabling to test their product, improve it, and generate the cash flows needed to go further.

Despite the quality of its young entrepreneurs, the Netherlands is a rather small country. They have a real need of going international from the very beginning.

And once again the city of Amsterdam is playing a major contribution.

You may already know about B-Amsterdam, the largest start-up campus in the world, soon to be second for Station F in Paris that you may already know as well.
Actually, B-Amsterdam is soon to be brought down to the third place for a new space you may not have heard of yet. In New York, the old navy yard of Brooklyn is being transformed into a gigantic start-up campus, much like on the model of Station F.

And guess who’s playing along? Exactly, Amsterdam is getting involved through the IAmsterdam program. They want to set a strong foothold in a place that will attract much of the international interest in start-up and technology, bringing the lights on their start-ups made in Amsterdam.

Internationalization is even more important when you are a small country, and thanks to the hard work produced in their hometown, Amsterdam is able to attract the good attention, in a place as crowded as New York City.

Amsterdam by the numbers:

194M € 3rd 13% 45%
Capital invested in start-ups 2016 ?  Favorite city for entrepreneurs in Europe 3️⃣ Female founders ? Biggest European Start-up Ecosystem ??

Best incubators/accelerators:

  • Rockstart
  • StartupBootcamp
  • StartupNext
  • EO accelerator

Top VC:

  • HenQ
  • Keadyn
  • Startup delta
  • Peak Capital
  • Holland Venture
  • Leapfunder (Crowdequity)

Best Start-ups:

  • Booking
  • Adyen
  • Gemalto
  • TomTom
  • Elastic

Cool stuff:

  • B-Amsterdam
  • Google Campus
  • StartupAmsterdam
  • Startup Delta
  • Team Academy

Best Coworking spaces:

  • TQ
  • Startup Orgy v
  • Amsterdam
  • bovendebalie
  • Hackers and founders

Best media:

  • TheNextWeb
  • Silicon Canals

Top vertical:

  • Smart City
  • FinTech


Antoine Delanglade