Discover Zoetermeer Startup Ecosystem

Discover Zoetermeer Startup Ecosystem





Zoetermeer


Is your startup/scaleup looking to expand in Europe? The Netherlands has Europe’s largest startup ecosystem, the #1 port in Europe and a competitive fiscal climate. The thriving entrepreneurial climate makes the Netherlands the ideal place to start or expand your business. Many hotspots are located in West Holland, a region with easy access to the Port of Rotterdam, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Schiphol Airport. Join our creative and innovative community and enjoy our exceptional quality of life.

The region houses 7 Innovation Hubs within a 35-mile radius

Unique incubator and accelerator programs for companies in all phases and in different industries

Easy access to talent in the region: 3 top 100 research universities; 5 universities of applied sciences

A large number of corporates in the region are cooperating with startups

The strongest sectors are Horticulture, Agri & Food, Water, Life sciences & Health, Chemistry, High tech, Energy, Logistics, Creative Industries

Excellent market for testing: it’s a testbed for innovation and the Dutch are early adopters & internet savvy. Fast internet connection and 90% of population speaks English!

Startup visa & work permits, Competitive tax climate and 30% tax free allowance on gross salaries make life easier for an entrepreneurs

Quality of life: the Dutch are the #5 happiest people on Earth and have a large expat community; 500,000+ international inhabitants, 75,000 registered expats

Well developed access to capital

Well developed access to capital

Dutch ecosystem has a large number of funding mechanisms for all stages. It guarantees startups stable access to finance in through different stages of growth.

Maurice Beckand Verwee
Maurice Beckand Verwee

Koen van der Burg
Koen van der Burg

Rodrigo Olmedo
Rodrigo Olmedo

Zoetermeer Activities Calendar


ActivityDateApplication Deadline 
Mission for Ecosystem Builders11-13 April 201820 March 2018Applications closed
Mission for Startups and Scaleups9 – 13 April 201820 March 2018Applications closed
Mission for Ecosystem Builders #217-19 October 201817 September 2018APPLY NOW
Mission for Startups and Scaleups #215-19 October 201817 September 2018APPLY NOW