Connecting Dutch Tech

Our mission? With a founder-centric approach we connect and empower startups to grow and sustain a productive tech community.

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Our vision

Techleap.nl’s vision is a well-connected and self-empowering tech ecosystem.  We take on the mission of being a ‘catalyst’
to contribute to this future.
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BOLD Community

A curated community of top founders & CxOs in NL helping each other grow.

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We help founders connect, learn & grow, through:

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Programmes

Rise & Pole Position
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    Resources for Startups

    - Startup Jobs - Funding Allies - Connector - Fundright - GoGlobal - Startup Finder - Science Finder - Science to Impact
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      The Scale Lab Podcast

      Hosts Constantijn van Oranje and Joe Wilson discuss the opportunities and hurdles of scaling a tech startup in the Netherlands.
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        Blog

        Startup stories, learnings and insights.
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          Reports

          Insights and data on the latest startup trends.
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            01 / 022
            • BOLD Kick-off Aftermovie

              On May 12th, 2022 we officially kickstarted ‘BOLD’ – a hand-picked community of Dutch scale-up founders and CXOs who are committed to helping each other grow, supported by top leaders in tech, who want to give back to the ecosystem. See some highlights in our aftermovie.

            • NEW: ALL-IN video series by Techleap.nl

              A 7 episode series that explores the personal entrepreneurial journey of ambitious Dutch tech founders and business leaders. Watch the videos, get inspired and go all in on Rise, our programme for the next generation of serious tech entrepreneurs.

            • Overview of Dutch initiatives to support Ukraine

              Following the situation in Ukraine, Techleap.nl has compiled an overview of initiatives led by organisations within the Dutch tech ecosystem as well as NGOs based in the Netherlands that focus on providing humanitarian help for the Ukrainian people. 

            • The key takeaways & learnings from IGNITE | 2022 Techleap.nl Summit

              On February 10th, we welcomed 14 expert speakers and 4 moderators at our event-of-the-year IGNITE | 2022 Techleap.nl Summit. We condensed almost 2 hours of great talks and shared insights into a 10-minutes blog - a perfect option for everyone who is short on time to watch the full event recordings! 

            • Interview: How Sid Sijbrandij redefined the world of SaaS with GitLab

              In the first episode of season #2 of The Scale Lab, our hosts - Constantijn and Joe - welcome Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of GitLab, at the studio. Some highlights of the discussion: Sid shares his entrepreneurial journey from being a submarine engineer to becoming the CEO & co-founder of GitLab; he discusses the importance of strong company values in a remote work environment, and how transparency plays a crucial role in GitLab's competitiveness. 

            • Thinking Bigger: How ambitious is the Dutch entrepreneur?

              Is the culture of ‘just act normal, that is crazy enough as it is’ limiting Dutch entrepreneurs? Are groups of entrepreneurs similar in age, education, and gender missing opportunities? Can entrepreneurial experience circumvent this cultural barrier? We've partnered up with Utrecht University School of Economics to explore the largest global dataset on entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, to answer these questions as part of this report.

            • NEW: How Pieter van der Does made Adyen one of Europe’s largest fintech unicorns

              In this episode, Pieter van der Does - CEO & founder of Adyen, shares his founder journey - from selling BiBit to founding Adyen - one of the few Dutch fintech unicorns, with a market value of more than €60B. He talks about the company’s hiring strategy, their approach to raising investment, and what makes Adyen unique in the payments industry. 

            • Our Dutch Healthtech 2021 Report is out!

              This report sheds light on the Dutch Healthtech sector from the founders' and investors' perspectives. It also provides an action plan on how we, together, can overcome the most pressing industry challenges.

            • NEW: How Ali Niknam changed the world of banking with bunq

              In episode #12, we talk with Ali Niknam - founder & CEO of bunq. We go back to the roots of bunq and Ali’s beginnings as a founder. Listen in to find out how bunq managed to raise $228M and reach a $1.9B valuation.

            • Techleap.nl Job Board is live!

              A free and transparent overview of (almost) all jobs in the startup ecosystem of the Netherlands. Find 2000+ vacancies from 700+ tech startups from all over the Netherlands. 

            • The Scale Lab podcast

              The Scale Lab is a Techleap.nl podcast on how to scale up your startup beyond the Netherlands. Hosted by Constantijn van Oranje and Joe Wilson, this podcast series gathers remarkable Dutch entrepreneurs who were able to create breakthrough startups to deconstruct their scaling journeys. 

            • Go Global

              GoGlobal has been created for all ambitious entrepreneurs who want to expand their business abroad and become a serious player in the international arena. This website is your one and only ultimate guide on global expansion with valuable data and interactive maps, regional insights, video tips from fellow Dutch entrepreneurs, checklist and must-knows. 

            • Let's #KickstartNL, read our election manifesto

              Signed by over 200+ investors, startups and ecosystem builders, read our #KickstartNL manifesto to understand our collaborative vision for the future of the Dutch Startup Ecosystem and the policy changes we see having an impact!

            • Check our vacancies and make an impact on the startup ecosystem

              Our team is dedicated to make the Netherlands “a unicorn nation”. We help the next generation of tech leaders with unique programmes and resources to provide founders of tech companies access to technology, talent, capital and markets. 

            • Flattening the Climate Curve Report

              Learn more about the challenges faced by Dutch tech companies attempting to flatten the climate curve, the ecosystem around them and what we can do to create the best environment for them to scale.

            • Artificial Intelligence Startups & Scaleups in the Netherlands 2021 Report

              This report provides research insights into the level of AI adoption within the tech ecosystem in the Netherlands and contains a selection of hurdles AI companies face in the Health sector.

            • The State of Dutch Tech 2020 Report

              The State of Dutch Tech 2020 report provides a data-driven overview of the Dutch tech landscape in 2020: where the Netherlands stood in relation to other European ecosystems, the challenges we’ve been facing as well as the future direction we need to take in 2021. 

            • Dutch Tech Ecosystem and COVID-19 Impact Report

              Get insights into startups' biggest challenges imposed by COVID-19.

            • Market Expansion Report: Energy Edition

              Find out how scaleups and startups can expand abroad while further flattening the climate curve. 

            • 285 Startup Solutions for the Energy Transition

              Discover the bidbook Startup Solutions for the Energy Transition, containing the profiles of 285 green startups. Ranging from agriculture to wind power to the next big thing in urban living.

            • Gender Diversity in the Netherlands Report

              This report addresses gender diversity in the Dutch startup landscape. We analysed over 1,500 startups and VCs using data from our partner Dealroomshows to further conclude how great the need for a more diverse startup ecosystem is.

            • COL Impact Survey Report - June 2021 (in Dutch)

              This report provides an update, as per June 2021, on the Corona Bridging Loan (COL) survey that Techleap.nl has conducted to assess the level of extra support needed for companies that have recently received the COL.