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(The application for 2018 is closed)

Below is a description of our selection criteria and application process. Check out the details before applying.

Which organisations are defined as a startup for this programme:

  • The business is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a similar chamber in its country of residence for less than three years;
  • The business should consist of natural persons or a legal entity;
  • It should have less than ten salaried employees;
  • Startups should be able to align their features set with the market situation. We expect the business to be flexible and open to adjustments;
  • The business should not be a subsidiary of a company that has 250 salaried employees or more.

Which startups are invited to apply:

Our goal is to match the products and solutions of startups with challenges of Provincie Noord-Holland (PNH). We’ll invite startups which we deem mature enough to make it likely that their business can deliver a proposed solution during the course of the program, while the startup is still flexible enough to adapt the product to meet the challenges of PNH specifically. The goal of the programme is to accelerate a collaboration between PNH and the startup.

We will invite up to 30 startups to speed date with sponsors of PNH on May 30th. These sponsors represent the challenges which PNH have issued. These speed-dating sessions are free of form, but are limited to 15 minutes. Additionally, you’ll have a meeting with one of the program managers for a general assessment on the health and maturity of your business.

Based on the speed-dating sessions we’ll invite 10 to 15 startups for Selection Day. During this day we will do a deep-dive on the proposed solution and the potential partnerships between PNH and the startups through a workshop. Additionally, we’ll conduct an in-depth interview with the program managers of the Startup in Residence program and/or one of it’s partners.

Up to 6 startups will be selected based on the outcomes of Selection Day. The Selection Committee will gather on June 19 to make the selection. This committee is composed of the sponsors for a specific challenge, advisors from PNH and partners of the Startup in Residence program.

The selection committee will take note of the following aspects in selecting the startups which are chosen to take part in the program:

  • What is the vision of the company to tackle the social issue and to what extent does this contribute to solving the social issue?
  • How unique is the design of the concept in the short and long term?
  • Is there a strong match between the challenge of PNH and the proposed solution by the startup?
  • Is there a clear form in which PNH and the startups can collaborate during the program?
  • How mature is the proposed solution and/or product the startup is offering?
  • How mature is the startup?