“The variety of work that you can find here is just massive. Cultural boundaries really expand to infinity.”
Cristina Carstea, Optiver
“Amsterdam has always been home to liberalism, enterprise, tolerance and diversity.”
Femke Halsema, Mayor of Amsterdam
“The sense of community is really incredible. The systems and the processes in place make living easy.”
Bronwyn Wainwright, Effectory
1660 tech companies
2718 startup jobs
12 homegrown unicorns
+50 coworking spaces
+30 accelerators and incubators
+20 startup & coding academies
+250 data science courses and 200 AI researchers
Throughout the entire city of Amsterdam, one is dazzled with the charm and uniqueness of restaurants, cafes, museums and every other attraction. The hidden treasures in the city’s different neighborhoods are many. Discover them on foot or with the thousands of bicycles spread on the street’s sidewalks and enjoy this major center of history, culture and richness.
From an entrepreneurship and tech point of view, Amsterdam is also a center point and a test bed; a launchpad and a talent pool. Today’s growing ecosystem of startups, incubators, investors, corporates and universities embodies the resilience and pioneering nature the city is known for. Amsterdam is where business meets purpose. Whether you’re an international business founder who’s interested in making the move to the Dutch capital or a local entrepreneur, a good overview of the startup ecosystem can only benefit your endeavors. Here’s how you connect to Amsterdam’s startup community. Our startup map is a topographical overview of all the important players in the Startup ecosystem of Amsterdam.
Land & Start
SETTLING IN THE CITY
If you want to move to Amsterdam or if you’re newly arrived, you may be wondering about the residence procedures. You can find all the information you need right here. Make the most of living as an amsterdamer!
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS
All your answers to questions about doing business in the Netherlands can be found here. You will have to register your company in the business register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Your registration will automatically go to the Tax and Customs Administration. A single fee of €50 (2016) is needed for entry. To make it even easier, this checklist will help a lot. Information about legal forms is available here.
Access to capital
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Access to talent
In what comes to education, Amsterdam counts with a long tradition of excellence. On this list, you can find a big number of universities and colleges, as well as many different courses in a wide range of areas.
Get to know the hottest markets in the ecosystem. They’re listed below.
Diversity and Inclusion
Amsterdam wants to bring down the gender gap. Thus, there are many initiatives and programmes that raise awareness for the Women in Tech (the RISE program also deserves a check, by showcasing and celebrating female careers). But there is much more when it comes to diversity in the city. In fact, Amsterdam is inclusive on every level, with its anti-discriminatory measures or the support of LGBTI rights, for instance. For startups and scale-ups, the mission is the same: to make the future of tech (even) more inclusive and diverse.
Amsterdam in the Media
Virtuagym helps fitness providers during the lockdown
Due to the lockdown, gyms and other fitness centers are ‘out of action’. But Amsterdam-based Virtuagym is helping gym and studio operators to generate revenue.
Protolabs acquires Amsterdam-based 3D Hubs
Protolabs, a global technology-enabled company, acquired Amsterdam-based 3D Hubs – an online manufacturing platform – for $280M.Know everything here
Amsterdam ranked as a top-10 scaleup city
The European ScaleUp Monitor 2020 report ranks Amsterdam as a top-10 scale-up city and offers tips to help companies achieve speedy growth.
Lepaya announces expansion to Sweden
One year after acquiring Smartenup, soft-skill scaleup Lepaya, from Amsterdam, announced that it’s entering Sweden. Check out why.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITY
Amsterdam has it all: a long and rich cultural heritage and history, diversity, inclusion and a great quality of life. In this cultural capital, with world-class museums or theatres, you find a world of wonders, opportunities and a happy work/life balance. Read here why you will enjoy the city so much
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