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Startup in Residence Amsterdam, the startup incubator of the City of Amsterdam

How do we motivate people to get physically active and to use existing sports facilities? How can we measure the health of the city and its population in an innovative way? And how do we keep bulky waste off the streets? These questions are examples of challenges that 13 startups will try to solve as of December 1st, 2017, the start of the third Startup in Residence Programme.

After a pilot in 2015 and a successful second programme in 2016, ‘Startup in Residence’ is back with a third version in 2017/2018. For the latest edition of the programme the municipality published a record number of challenges (20). As a result the number of startups that have been selected to participate in the programme has doubled to 13!

“We are extremely proud of the growing enthusiasm for the ‘Startup in Residence’ programme”, says Minouche Cramer, Startup Officer for the City of Amsterdam. “The enthusiasm shows in the high number of challenges that were brought in, but also in the number of startups that are eager to participate. We are also very excited about the other governmental organizations who joined the ‘Startup in Residence’ family. Among those are the province of Noord-Holland, the City of The Hague and the Ministry of Justice and Security.”

During the six-month programme the startups will develop innovative solutions for challenges that were published by the municipality. The programme runs from December 1st until mid 2018. The startups will participate in an intensive training course and will be mentored by experienced entrepreneurs. Furthermore, they will be guided by civil servants on the specific topics/challenges. The municipality aims to create a sustainable collaboration with the startups using this method.

“Both in the Netherlands as well as in Amsterdam we have everything to become the number 1 tech-hotspot of Europe”, says Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Special Envoy StartupDelta and supporter of the ‘Startup in Residence’ programme. “To achieve this we need a good startup policy and a lot of ambition. With the ‘Startup in Residence’ programme, governmental organizations show how they can use innovative public procurement to become launching customer of a startup. As the initiator of this programme, the City of Amsterdam shows great ambition and makes a significant contribution to the startup ecosystem in The Netherlands.”

Startups 2017-2018:
Creatives Across
Startup ‘Creatives Across’ has developed SHHH is a lamp that reacts to sound. It makes users more aware of the noise they're producing, and let's them know in case neighbours might experience noise nuisance. Creatives Across will start testing at the Rembrandtsquare.

FutureCV is a digital self-learning tool that can be used for disadvantaged and vulnerable Amsterdammers. The goal is to develop digital skills among others.

GameBus is a platform that motivates and rewards families, friends and colleagues to stay and become healthy: physically, socially and mentally. It does this through a personalized gaming experience. The collected data may be of great value for the health-monitor of the GGD.

Happitech uses your smartphone to measure your health, without any additional hardware. Happitech makes your health insightful.

Landscape Data
Landscape Data helps organisations solve complex problems or questions using data science. This makes them experts in data cleaning, analysis and visualisation. The startup will use their expertise to make Amsterdam a more responsive and engaged city.

LucemGo designs interactive LED technology that motivates people to exercise. It also gives an artistic contribution to the public space. The startup will try to make the Zuidas a more lively and vibrant area.

Platform Eerlijk Wonen
Platform Eerlijk Wonen develops a datadriven platform in which tenant files of both corporations and private owners are fine tuned in three steps.

SportySpots provides a mobile application that maps all the public sport facilities Amsterdam has to offer.
It provides users with all the information so they can explore (new) sport spots.

SwiftComply has developed a unique technological marketplace in which, among other things, restaurants are brought together with inspectors and regulators to reduce the financial and administrative burden of fat, oil and grease control in Amsterdam.

The Great Bubble Barrier
By placing a 'barrier of bubbles' at the bottom of rivers and canals, plastic is brought to the surface and can easily be removed from the water, so that it has less impact on the ecological system.

Thuiszorgagenda is an innovative online platform in which care supply and demand come together to spare care needers and caregivers.

Transformcity develops a platform for collaborative urban development. It is a tool that brings together social networks, visualizations and interactive maps.

WASTEDlab is an online platform in which you can earn digital coins for every bag of waste that you separate, which can be exchanged to discounts & benefits at local retailers.

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Calling all startups: help solve Amsterdam's Circular City challenges

Would you like the City of Amsterdam as your Launching Customer? Apply now until 8 October for one of the 20 new challenges of the Startup in Residence (City Incubator) Programme. There are 3 exciting Circular City-related challenges, see below:

1) Circular public spaces
Develop an innovative way to help Amsterdam’s public spaces become part of the circular economy.

2) No food to waste
Find a smart solution to counter food wastage by Amsterdam households.

3) Sustainable city
Increase the waste separation rate and encourage the re-use of materials by the City.

4) Waste away
Find a good solution to keep bulky waste off the street.

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Calling all startups: help solve Amsterdam's Citizens & Living challenges

Would you like the City of Amsterdam as your Launching Customer? Apply now until 8 October for one of the 20 new challenges of the Startup in Residence (City Incubator) Programme. There are 10 exciting Citizens & Living-related challenges, see below:

1) Full access
Find an innovative solution to improve the accessibility of shops in Amsterdam’s shopping areas and public spaces (city centre/de Pijp).

2) Future teachers
Find innovative ways to improve the match between child day-care/schools and potential pedagogical workers/teachers, thereby contributing to a greater availability of personnel.

3) Help wanted!
Develop an innovative tool to encourage victims of discrimination to seek help sooner in an easily accessible manner and to gain access to the appropriate professional organizations.

4) Inclusive, digital and learning city
Develop an innovative solution to reach vulnerable Amsterdam residents (low-literate, low-educated, low-income people) and to teach them basic skills (in language, arithmetic, computer and internet, and/or financial management).

5) New Amsterdam citizens
Develop a solution that offers everyone (status holders as well as professionals) an easy and accessible overview of the available programmes in terms of work/education and activation programmes.

6) Responsive and engaging city
Find an innovative solution to help Amsterdam become a more responsive and engaging city.

7) Safe and Sound Rembrandt Square
Find an innovative way to diminish misbehaviour of the visitors of the Rembrandt Square area.

8) Safe Social Media
Develop an innovative instrument to help reduce discrimination on social media.

9) Vibrant Zuidas
Find an innovative solution to increase the liveliness of the Zuidas district and that contributes to the transition from just a business zone to a business/housing zone.

10) Wild peeing, no more!
Find an innovative way to diminish public urination of the visitors in and around the Rembrandt Square area.

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Challenges for Startup in Residence Amsterdam are revealed!

The City of Amsterdam has opened the registration for the third edition of ‘Startup in Residence’, the startup programme of the City. Following the successful editions of 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, the City is again seeking startups to propose creative and innovative solutions for societal challenges. Registration closes on 8 October 2017 at midnight.

Find out what the challenges for #sira3 are and register now:

Read more about the development of the project on the project page:

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Startup in Residence Noord-Holland & The Hague

We are excited to let you know that 'Startup in Residence' is expanding. Both the provincie Noord-Holland and the city of The Hague are launching their own 'Startup in Residence' programme. Applications close very soon, so be sure to enter very quickly.

Go to the city specific pages on for more information.