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Startup in Residence challenges startups to innovate Amsterdam

The incubator of the city of Amsterdam releases 20 new social challenges for startups.

Startup in Residence is an innovative collaboration between the City of Amsterdam and startups. The program invites Dutch and international startups to devise innovative solutions to social challenges.

The third Startup in Residence Program will run from December 2017 until May 2018, with a final event in May. Registration is open now and closes on October 8, 2017, at midnight. The program offers startups an intensive training program, as well as the support of professional coaches and mentors. The startups will also be provided with working space, have access to the municipality’s network and the opportunity to pilot/validate their product or service in the city.

It is the City’s intention to act as startup’s launching customer at the end of the program and thereby significantly kick-start their career.

For this third edition, the City has defined 20 challenges. These range from ‘how do we promote an inclusive and responsive city’ to ‘how do we keep the city clean (waste and nightlife nuisance)’, and from ‘how can our public space become part of the circular economy’ to ‘how can we reduce food wastage’. This edition also features a ‘wildcard challenge’, inviting startups to propose a solution for a challenge that has not been formally defined. The complete list of challenges is available at

The City is organising an information meeting on 4 September for all startups that are interested in participating. Here, they will have the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges, about the incubator program, and about the (registration) process.

Click here to see 20 social challenges proposed by Startup in Residence. 
Application deadline – October, 8.


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