The Netherlands is Europe’s Best-Connected and Largest Ecosystem for startups. In 2014 the Startup Delta was founded by the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs with the goal to turn the Netherlands into Europe’s West Coast for Awesome Startups. Its efforts have not been unnoticed, as many of the Dutch Startups have received international recognition, such as 3D Hubs, a pioneer in additive manufacturing and the world’s largest online marketplace for 3D printing services. Adyen, a fintech startup who became the first Dutch unicorn, reaching $1 billion in VC investment. And WeTransfer, a startup who developed a program to easily share digital files which is now used worldwide.
The startup landscape in the Netherlands consists of many innovative tech hubs all with their own strengths and focus, of which the most notable ones are Amsterdam (IoT & Circular Economy), Eindhoven (Smart Cities, VR & Design), Utrecht (Healthcare & Gaming) and The Hague (Cybersecurity). Especially Amsterdam has received much international attention as it was awarded the innovation capital of Europe, and the second best startup city and third best scale up city by the European Digital City Index (EDCi). Yet the true strength of the Dutch startup ecosystem is that it’s all about cooperation, entrepreneurship and innovation.
Prince Constantijn Van Oranje-Naussau, younger brother of the Dutch monarch, King Willem-Alexander, and special envoy of the Startup Delta: "In politics there is a lot of talk, but entrepreneurs actually build things, develop new businesses, drive innovation and create jobs. That’s why entrepreneurship is important and that’s why we have to stimulate entrepreneurship in the Netherlands if we want to be competitive in the long run."
In the Compass global ranking of international Startups hubs the Dutch eco-system as a whole was ranked 4th in Europe. The 2017 Compass ranking report also stated that the Startup Delta is one of the fastest growing ecosystems in Europe. The reasons for this fast developing startup eco-system can be found in the national believe in open innovation, the strong experience in public-private partnerships and the fact that the Netherlands ranks number 1 for implementing governmental policies that are aimed at growth for startups, innovation and entrepreneurship.
The following Innovation Dutch startups will visit Taiwan to join the InnoVEX:
1.Undagrid, the leading IoT solutions provider for aviation, maritime and logistics
2.Aigency, the world's first employment agency for artificial intelligence
3.Travis the Translator, the world’s first smart pocket translator powered by artificial intelligence
4.iBand+, a new device helping people to dream and sleep better
5.Onera, developing solutions for users to understand & improve their health
6.Ato-gear – Helping people improve the way they move, by making the science of movement accessible
7.Bambi Medical, a soft fabric, skin-friendly, wireless monitoring device that eliminates pain and stress of babies
8.LifeSense Group, designing innovative wearables for health applications