The Province of Zuid-Holland launches the First Startup




On January 26th at Provinciehuis Zuid-Holland, Regional Minister for Economic Affairs Adri Bom-Lemstra and the Region’s Innovation team officially launched the first Startup in Residence program of Province of Zuid-Holland.

Explore future business models

Startup in Residence programs are aiming to forge the innovative collaboration between governments and startups to address pressing societal challenges and explore future business models together. The Province of Zuid-Holland offers these startups a creative workspace. Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Ms. Adri Bom-Lemstra: “We are increasingly seeking input from outside sources - smart and creative solutions from third parties who think out of the box. Innovative startups can do that.”

Collaboration with the Province

Startups are invited to collaborate with the Province on the specific challenges related to the regional agenda during a 6-month program. The training of selected startups is provided by The Hague-based startup accelerator World Startup Factory, which previously performed the trainings for Startup in Residence The Hague and Startup in Residence Ministry of Justice and Security.

Gerrit Jan van ‘t Veen, Co-founder World Startup Factory: “It takes passion, endurance and a complementary team with impressive skills and capacities to succeed as a startup. It’s exciting for us, and our network of experts and mentors, to collaborate with the Province on supporting an eager and competitive group of startups".

New Business Summit 2018

Yearly New Business Summit 2018 has been organized by World Startup Factory in close cooperation with the Province of Zuid-Holland. At the event, Prince Constantijn Van Oranje as a Special Envoy for StartupDelta spoke about the opportunities of the local startup ecosystem: “If you want to stimulate innovation as a government, you need to ensure that there is room for startups to realize this innovation through extensive regulation and funding”.

New Business Summit aims to be the platform where different ecosystem actors could test and help to improve innovative startup solutions. During the day, 11 excellent international startups from Impact Accelerator #3 of World Startup Factory discussed their products with the public in interactive breakout sessions. The partner companies including KPN, ABN AMRO, The Business The Hague, InnovationQuarter, The Hague Security Delta, SPIE and others joined the sessions to explore the possible applications of new solutions developed by the impact-driven startups.