City of Amsterdam asks startups for solutions

Startup in Residence: Call for startups to solve Amsterdam social issues

Applications are now open for Startup in Residence, an innovative collaboration between the city of Amsterdam and startups that launches in November of this year. The City of Amsterdam invites Dutch and international startups to devise solutions to social issues in Amsterdam relating to four themes: Urban Mobility, Vibrant City, Circular Economy and Healthy City. With the Startup in Residence project, the city invests in the startup ecosystem and in local and international talent. Startup in Residence is an initiative of StartupAmsterdam and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the City of Amsterdam.

“Amsterdam is an international city that is constantly on the move. Fast growers in the creative and technological industries are vital to the city’s economy. It is an economy that is evolving and that offers many opportunities to all entrepreneurs, thinkers and inventors who feel locally engaged but are internationally minded,” says Kajsa Ollongren, Amsterdam’s deputy mayor and alderperson for Economic Affairs.

The Startup in Residence pilot project will run for four months, from November 2015 until March 2016. During this time, the selected startups will work with the City of Amsterdam on a voluntary basis. The startups will be offered an intensive training program, as well as the support of professional coaches or mentors (entrepreneurs, discipline-specific experts, scientists and/or civil servants). If solutions prove successful, the City of Amsterdam will invest in them and thereby significantly kick-start the startup’s career. More information on who can apply can be found on the website, application is open until midnight 30 September.

The project is a first for Europe, and is modelled after a similar program in San Francisco, Entrepreneurship in Residence. Startup in Residence is a revolutionary move in that it is not corporates but local government that asks the market for solutions to the city’s needs, and can follow up with procurement.

In addition to the training program and professional coaching offered by the City of Amsterdam and its partners, the startups will be provided with working space and supervision in terms of both content and process. They will also have access to the municipality’s network.