Can startups solve urban problems? An analysis of Amsterdam’s “Startup in Residence” programme

Can city administrations benefit from the entrepreneurial spirit of startups, and create better urban solutions with their help? In this paper, we critically assess the interplay between startups and city administrations for city-driven innovative public procurement or “challenge-based procurement” policy, taking Amsterdam’s Startup in Residence (SiR) programme as a case study. We describe and analyse this programme from two perspectives: i) the economic development perspective, i.e. does it promote startups and does it bring them new business opportunities, and ii) a governance perspective, i.e. does it bridge the gap between startups and the city bureaucracy; does it lead to a more innovative culture within city government.

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Reinier Siderius

Yes, startups can solve urban problems! Sidcon started in 2008 as a startup. Now there are 250 underground waste compactors in "De Pijp" "Hoofddorperplein"and "Oud Zuid" instead of 1000 underground containers. So less traffic and more public space!

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Jim Bowes

Many startups would like to be involved in making our cities better places to live. Startup in residence is a great program. The bigger issue is cities allowing more startups to be involved. I have been trying for years to help Amsterdam communicate with those they govern. So far I have not been able to get a foot in the. Ready, willing and able. Remain hopeful that one day my startup will be invited to help not just be a supplier.
Any time you are ready Amsterdam!

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Maaike Osieck

Interesting Willem, Thanks! great lessons we can share, @cornelia @minouchecramer @fransantonvermast

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