The Dutch StartupDelta
The Dutch startup programme StartupDelta is set to continue under a new name: StartupDelta2020
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced that Prince Constantijn is from 1 July 2016, the special envoy, at the helm of StartupDelta2020 for the next eighteen months.
Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs mentioned that startups appeal to our imagination. He shared a few examples of high-potential startups:
• The UK’s Blockchain (Founded in 2011), develops innovative software for safe and easy use of bitcoins. It’s now one of the fastest growing technology companies in the world.
• The Dutch company Fastned was set up in 2011 by Bart Lubbers. It lets you fast-charge your electric car in just 20 minutes.
• Salttech − based at the WaterCampus in Leeuwarden − was set up in 2010 by Gerard Schouten and partners. It has developed a technique to desalinate brine for drinking water. And it’s now expanding its knowledge base within the EU and the United States, offering solutions to various other water technology organisations, like the Water Alliance − one of Europe’s most prestigious water partnerships.
• RSP Systems A/S from Odense, Denmark was founded by a group of scientists in 2006. They’ve invented non-invasive glucose monitors, which will give diabetics a convenient, pain-free alternative to pricking.
What these companies share is that making money isn’t their number-one priority. Their endeavours want to improve the world, using the power of good ideas:
- Ideas for medical products that will improve the life for millions of patients.
- Ideas that provide people with clean water and enable safe financial transactions.
- Ideas for green energy.
In the Netherlands, the startup ecosystem is growing fast. Dutch startups are relatively successful: more than half of them survive the first five years. In other countries that’s only around 44 per cent. Last year, big companies like KPN and Microsoft Netherlands invested 255 million euros in Dutch startups.
Kamp announced that from 2017, the Dutch government will be giving 50 million euros to boost startup growth. Part of this money will go towards stimulating investment in startups and scale-ups. The rest will go into lowering wage costs for startup founders. This will ensure that startups can spend their money first and foremost on growing their business.