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Programmes for leaders in tech.

Our programmes connect founders with scaling icons, industry experts and fellow tech entrepreneurs. It's your chance to share challenges and hurdles with peers & established CEOs, and as a result, create favourable growth conditions for your business and overcome looming obstacles on your entrepreneurial path.

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Just launched: Our Healthtech initiatives

The healthtech sector in the Netherlands is still young and fragmented. That’s why we’ve been engaging with ecosystem stakeholders to build collaborative solutions. As a result, in the next few months, we’ll focus our activities on bringing more relevant stakeholders together to help healthtech startups make a real impact!

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Reports & Tools

We produce reports and build tools to empower leaders in tech. In our resources section, you will find industry insights and tools ranging from our Startup Finder to a comprehensive Startup Job Board.

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Podcasts and interviews from the ecosystem

Your success is our success. To identify the key ingredients for exponential scaling, we collect the success stories of top Dutch entrepreneurs within the tech ecosystem and share the most important learnings in our blog section.

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Rise

Rise is an exclusive programme for serious tech players. In a trusted environment, scaleup founders discuss their growth challenges during tailor-made sessions with experienced entrepreneurs and scaling experts. Every quarter we select 10 companies to join the programme. It’s free, and we don’t seek equity. Check now if your company is eligible!

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Pole Position

Pole Position is an exclusive initiative for ambitious deeptech entrepreneurs who want to make an impact. In a safe and active environment, founders of early-stage deeptech companies share their growth challenges during tailor-made sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs and key stakeholders. This year we select 10 companies with a focus on healthtech to join the initiative. 

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GoGlobal programmes

GoGlobal is a series of global expansion programmes for Dutch scaleups looking to go international. Each programme is developed for a specific sector and region. It provides access to industry experts and delivers the basic must-knows a business needs to accelerate its growth to a specific country. It’s free, and we don’t seek equity.

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  • Latest report: Netherlands Startup Employment Report 2021

    How did the employment market change throughout 2021? Which Dutch regions and industry sectors have generated the highest number of jobs in the past year? And what professional skill sets are most sought-after by Dutch startups? The third edition of the Netherlands Startup Employment 2021 Report presents the key employment trends and developments in the Dutch job market in 2021. Download your free copy now to learn more.

  • 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.