Can start-ups help to make the city more attractive?

Can start-ups help to make the city more attractive? Luis Carvalho and Willem van Winden (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) draw lessons from Amsterdam’s “Start-up in Residence” programme.

Amsterdam is exploring ways to engage start-up companies in the development of new solutions for urban problems and challenges, ranging from reducing bicycle theft, separating waste streams more effectively, or promoting alternative tourism. We analyse this new practice and its impact, by interviewing opinions and experiences of startups, city departments involved, and experts.

We derive recommendations for improvement and practical guidelines for other cities that may want to start a similar programme.

The results will be elaborated in a paper, to be presented at the prestigious RENT conference in Lund, Sweden.

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Audrie van Veen

I think it is important to continue this kind of research if you really want to fight climate change. It's not only about technology.
You can also meet Willem van Winden, and other stakeholders of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in Brussels on 18 October in a very interesting event on upscaling of innovations: