In the current crisis, the world is increasingly dependent on digital and technological solutions from startups and scaleups. In the Netherlands, we understand it is more important than ever to empower our leaders in tech to futureproof the world.
In 2020, Dealroom named Amsterdam Europe’s number 3 ecosystem in terms of the total value of tech companies founded in the city. The ecosystem is valued at US$83.3 billion, up from just US$11.1 billion in 2015. While success stories like Adyen and Takeaway.com may dominate media coverage of Amsterdam’s vibrant startup scene, the city is working to make the ecosystem inclusive and ensure prosperity is broad based. In December 2020 the City of Amsterdam announced it will invest US$856,500 in RISE – Female Hub Amsterdam to empower women entrepreneurs and tech professionals. Over a dozen partner organisations, including StartupAmsterdam, TheNextWomen, Startupbootcamp, and The Code to Change, are backing the hub. In November 2020, 2 influential tech communities, the Founder Institute and WomenTech Network, announced they are partnering to create the Female Founder Program. Aimed at bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Europe, the program prioritizes supporting women entrepreneurs. In December 2020 the final Women in AI ACCELERATE pitch event took place in an immersive VR environment. Amsterdam’s startups also benefit from access to superior facilities and support services. Product is a space for scaling stage companies, while the Amsterdam Science Park is an internationally recognised hub for research, and entrepreneurship. Incubator Viisi Labs focuses on startups that develop sustainable FinTech. Incubator and social enterprise community center, Impact Hub, offers a suite of resources for founders.
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