The overall goal of StartupDelta is to establish a thriving and competitive ecosystem in the Netherlands, listing a top 3 position in Europe on the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. Coming from nowhere, the Netherlands is now listing a 4th place in the EU and 19th globally (January 2016). So, we’re on speed and aiming high!
The StartupDelta initiative consists of a dedicated team with excellent connections in enterprise, government, research and all aspects of the startup community. They are assigned to tackle challenges that hinder growth for startups. StartupDelta, led by Special Envoy Neelie Kroes, closely collaborates with the 10+ tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.
If you have a request for Special Envoy Neelie Kroes, please fill out this form.
If you have a question on a specific topic, or you are looking for a connection in the startup ecosystem, please contact one of our team members. You can find their contact details as well as their focus area’s on our team page.
If you are looking for our press officer Rick Janse Kok, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
StartupDelta is a lean and mean initiative formed with a multidisciplinary team from government officials from all layers of the Dutch government. Within one and a half years’ time StartupDelta intends to have successfully achieved its goal of positioning The Netherlands as one of the top three most attractive startups ecosystems in Europe. With help from partners in the government, corporates, educational systems, financial world and many others, StartupDelta strategies are about linking up, changing the system, and creating impact:
Linking up the ten innovative Dutch hubs into One Single Hub. Together they form Europe’s largest and best connected startup ecosystem. All our hubs have one single point of contact; we make their qualities transparent; we share our networks; we exchange ideas and opportunities with the ultimate goal to give startups the best support and environment to grow. Furthermore, we link up the Dutch ecosystem to the best hubs in the world.
Changing the system to one that is designed for startups, so they have the best environment to establish their business models and flourish. Focused actions are aimed at Capital, Talent and Networks. To accomplish this, we work together with government, politics, corporates, academia and many others.
Creating impact. Our approach is based on a limited timeframe to create maximum commitment on all levels of involvement and “push”. We aim for concrete results which will make the difference, involving others to play a central role in our activities and hand over our work at 1/7/2016. Startup Delta works together with partners to create a dynamic system which – within one and a half year – should sustain itself.
StartupDelta is proud member of Startup Nations.
Startup Nations is an organic and nimble network that promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration. Members are startup-savvy policymakers seeking better evidence and tools for smarter policymaking and programming to support and strengthen entrepreneurship ecosystems.
Value creation comes first in Europe’s largest ecosystem.
Innovative startups play a key role in value creation in our society and economy. They can establish new business models, disrupt vested interests and systems thoroughly or add more incremental improvements to our lives. Startups are a force to be reckoned with. The overarching philosophy of StartupDelta therefor is about value creation in the widest sense of the word. This ranges from economic value creation, to societal and cultural value creation or combinations of these aspects. Simply because it is this unique mixture which make a product, device or service so attractive and ready to conquer the market.
We, from StartupDelta, think that the Netherlands offers a variety of excellent technologies and disciplines, creativity, openness to change, innovative talent and instinct for business to make startups accelerate. And in an area which is comparable to the size of Silicon Valley. Welcome to Europe’s West Coast! We aim to be Europe’s best connected and largest startup ecosystem.