The province of Zuid-Holland’s international policy focuses on the European Union (EU), and beyond the EU, in particular on China. Europe increasingly determines Zuid-Holland’s scope for development, which is why the province takes an active approach in the European arena, notably in Brussels, in order to help shape European policy. Many of Zuid-Holland's challenges fall within the domain of European policy.
The province has set objectives in such fields as Mobility, Green Areas & Water, Living & Working, Government and Finance. The province’s European and International Affairs (EU-IA) Department is aligning Zuid-Holland's vision for 2015-2019 with European policy on five priorities: exploiting our economic potential, the transition to a circular economy, reliable and clean transport, a reliable and sustainable food supply, and protecting the metropolitan delta.
Startup in Residence Zuid-Holland
On the 19th of February the province of Zuid-Holland announced its twelve challenges. With the Startup in Residence programme the province invites startups to come up with creative, smart and innovative solutions for regional challenges. With the announcement of the challenges, the Startup in Residence programme Zuid-Holland is now officially in full-swing!
Through this programme the province and startups get to work together and learn from each other. On the one hand, startups get to work closely with a big government organisation and develop their idea and business together, while on the other hand, startups help with innovating the province of Zuid-Holland.
"These young entrepreneurs often have refreshing and innovative ideas, which they can implement in a short time-span. With the input of startups the province can move fast with concrete solutions", Regional Minister for Economic Affairs, Adri Bom-Lemstra states. "For startups the programme is a great opportunity, as it may lead to having the province as launching customer”.
The selected startups will start in May with the programme. They will have access to workspaces within the provinciehuis. In addition, the programme includes training sessions, workshops, coaches and mentors to help further develop their concepts and prototypes.