To be among the best destinations for startups and scale-ups in the world, the Netherlands will invest another 65 million euros in policies over the next four years.
New package of measures aims to further strengthen the Dutch startups and scale-up ecosystem, improving access to venture capital and the issue of talent attraction, a major challenge for Dutch startups. With the economy booming and the unemployment rate at 3.4%, new ventures find it difficult to attract and retain talent. The new measures seek to correct the problem by offering a new tax scheme for employee stock options and the possibility of residence (and recruitment) of employees outside the European Union.
Driven by the desire to strengthen the startups ecosystem of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital since 2015 has a broad and cohesive public policy, built in partnership with the private sector and called StartupAmsterdam. The program not only put Amsterdam on the global map of the startup hubs in just a few years, but also transformed the city’s economy.
Other regions of the country rely on initiatives such as StartupAmsterdam and are all part of StartupDelta, a public-private partnership that brings together public and private initiative in the name of innovation and entrepreneurship. StartupDelta’s role is to provide information and support, with input from the main innovation hubs in the Netherlands, from the Ministries of Economic Affairs, Education, Culture and Science, Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, as well as the startups community itself .
Different players thus contribute to the strengthening of the Dutch ecosystem, consolidating its role as one of the most interesting destinations for startups and scale-ups in the world. For the international entrepreneurs that the country seeks to attract, Hub55 can be an important resource, since it has all the necessary resources for the test drive or soft landing of international enterprises in European soil.