The Netherlands is seeing a significant increase in the number of startup companies hitting their scale-up phase, according to researchers at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Last year 331 startups grew into fast-growing companie, compared to 98 in 2014. The Netherlands now counts 3,200 such companies, a five percent increase compared to last year, BNR reports.
Rotterdam investor Keadyn pushed 4.5 million euros into creating an "incubator" for technology startups. The concept is called 42workspace and is set to open its doors in the center of Rotterdam next week. A few other investors are also involved in this project, NU.nl reports.
The United Kingdom's imminent departure from the European Union could result in more foreign investments in Dutch startups, Prince Constantijn said to BNR. "The Netherlands is an attractive fallback", he said. Constantijn took over as head of StartupDelta this summer.
Accenture decided to invest 500 thousand euros into the Netherlands' RoboValley, a Delft based "innovation hub" focused on robotics, the two parties announced in a press statement on Monday
Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is allocating 20 million euros over the next four years to be invested into the promotion of e-health initiatives, she announced at E-Health Week in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
Prince Constantijn will be the Netherlands new special ambassador for startups, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday. He is taking over from Neelie Kroes on July 1st, when Kroes starts work at Uber
Prince Constantijn kicked off the Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The Prince does not know whether startups will become the driving force behind the economy, "but they are important to renew the economy", he said in the opening speech
The Netherlands is investing in the startup and scale-up ecosystem in the country. Next year the government is investing 50 million euros, partly into relaxing the rules for the customary wage scheme for new companies and partly into startups and small and medium sized businesses themselves, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs and State Secretary Eric Wiebes of Finance announced on Tuesday.
The Next Web and Google are working together to launch a technology campus in the heart or Amsterdam which will house a "curated community" of fast-growing technology startups, The Next Web announced on Wednesday. This technology hub is set to open in the spring of 2016.
Researchers at Erasmus University think that the government should focus more on fast-growing businesses, instead of only on startups. The 2,800 fast-growing companies in the Netherlands created some 70 thousand jobs over a period of three years. "They are therefore the backbone of our economy", lead researcher Justin Jansen, professor of entrepreneurship, said
The municipality of Amsterdam wants to take in highly skilled and educated refugees and offer them a chance to start their own business.
There were a total of 75 startup investment deals in the Netherlands in 2014, with a total investment of slightly more than 500 million euro. This is according to Startup Juncture, a site that keeps track of all Dutch startup news.