As startup capital of Europe, there are plenty of reasons to get your business idea off the ground in Amsterdam. Read on to find the answers to common questions about startups and what you need to know about launching one.

Why Amsterdam?

Aside from it being one of the most creative, bike-friendly and beautiful cities you’ll ever find, the innovation capital of Europe offers great advantages to the startup entrepreneur. It’s no surprise that Amsterdam is home to unicorns (startups valued at more than €1 billion) Adyen and Elastic, the rapidly growing Catawiki and Picnic – as well as success stories such as

Three unique advantages of Amsterdam:

  • Amsterdam is a natural testbed for startups thanks to a tech-savvy, adaptive (and sometimes critical!) consumer base. Tech companies like NextDoor, Tesla, Netflix and Optimizely all based their European headquarters here with the intention of growing into Europe.
  • Amsterdam is an attractive place to live and work, so there is a huge international talent pool for you to draw from. This is the reason that companies such as Uber and 3D Hubs have based their tech teams here.
  • Once you are ready to scale, Amsterdam is your ideal launch pad into the world. Not only because of our infrastructural connectivity, but initiatives such as SCALE (Startup City Alliance Network) links us to other cities like Paris, Berlin, London and Stockholm helping you connect to peers and grow into Europe.

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