The Startup in Residence programme is open to startups, scale-ups, social enterprises and innovative small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). We use the term ‘Startup’ as an umbrella for all these types.
In addition, the business must be registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a similar chamber in its country. The business must have no more than ten salaried employees.
Note: you can submit your application through the Starthubs platform. You will find a link to the application form on each challenge page.
The assessment committee consists of representatives from the programme, experts on innovation and entrepreneurship, and the civil servants responsible for the specific challenges.
The assessment committee invites any number of startups per challenge to pitch for the assessment committee. It is up to the startups to decide on how they will do this (pitch, film, etc.), but they have a time limit of 10 minutes. After the pitch, the assessment committee will get the opportunity to ask questions for 20 minutes. The startups will be selected based on these 30 minutes and their application.
The assessment committee will arrive unanimously at one integral score based on the three criteria described below.
The assessment committee will look at the following aspects of vision and innovation. The more persuasive the vision and innovation, the higher the assessment. Think about including the following elements in your proposal:
The assessment committee looks at what the positive impact on the provincie Zuid-Holland and/or its citizens could be. The bigger the expected positive impact, the better the evaluation of the committee. Think about including the following elements in your proposal:
The more specific the proposal for realisation and implementation, and the more confidence this instils, the higher the assessment. Think about including the following elements in your proposal:
Please have a look at our FAQ page. We may already have answered your question there. If you have questions about the application procedure, the challenges or the training programme, you can submit them by sending an email.
To give startups a better understanding of the challenges, the province will organise one information meeting. This meeting will take place on 22 March 2019 from 15:00 – 17:00 at the Provinciehuis in Den Haag. If you wish to attend the information meetup, please sign up here. Startups are asked to communicate their interest in attending the information meeting before March 21st 2019. The information meeting is optional and will take place only if there is sufficient interest.