Application/who can apply

I am a student, can I apply?

Yes, students can apply.

Is it necessary to be registered in The Hague in order to participate ?

No, you should only be able to work for minimum of two days a week in The Hague and attend all the workshops.

If I do not have a prototype because I offer a service, is it still possible to participate in the programme?

Yes, it is possible. It is essential that you are able to answer the question: “What could we make at a minimum to get our product/service functioning to prove it is a solution to a problem?”.

Do I need to formulate my questions in English?

You are allowed to formulate your questions in Dutch or in English.

Are there any costs involved?

There are no costs involved. We do expect you to travel to The Hague at own expenses.

Do I need to have a KvK (Chamber of Commerce) registration in order to apply for the programme?

Yes, your startup must be registered at the Chamber of Commerce.

Does the proposal need to be written in English?

The proposal can be written in English or Dutch.

I have questions about the program, where can I send them to?

Please send your questions to [email protected]

Is it possible to apply for multiple urban challenges?

Yes you can apply to multiple challenges, but you can only win with one entry.

When will the registration be open?

For information about registration see:

What does the application entail?

  • a document (max 10 A4s) with a clear description of your concept/pitch deck
  • a pdf-document with a few questions, that be found on SIR Intergov

Is it possible to apply with an initiative that has received support already?


Is registration as a foundation at the Chamber of Commerce sufficient?

Yes, you can start as a foundation. However, if you want to make profit as a startup, it would be advisable to register as a startup.

I want to know more about a specific challenge.

You can send your questions to [email protected]


Where can I find more information about the criteria for the Startup in Residence programme?

The criteria for each challenge can be found in the Tender on the challenge page:

Do I get my own office?

The municipality will provide the selected startups an office space at Apollo 14 in the Binckhorst The Hague during the SIR programme.

I have questions about the programme

Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Is there another way to show my concept if I do not have an MVP?

In order to take part in the programme, you must have at least an MVP.

Business Plan

To what extent must the product be built before the presentation? Must there be a beta version or a design?

You must provide a document with a clear description of your concept (see application). How you present your concept is up to you.

What are the criteria for a successful solution?

After being selected for the SIR programme, the startup will work together with civil servants on the solution. Before civil servants decide on whether or not to pilot the solution, criteria for a successful solution will be decided together.

Can the idea also be a service instead of a product?


Is having a business plan/model optional or required?

When applying for Startup in Residence, the startup should submit a document clearly describing the concept for their solution for the urban challenge. A full business plan is not required. if selected, startups will further develop their business plans during the programme.

What is the deadline for registration?

For registration and information see: