Seven startups have been selected to participate in the City’s accelerator programme Startup in Residence. The young companies, which were selected out of 85 applicants, will work on the City’s challenges in the field of Mobility, Healthy City, Circular Economy and Vibrant City.
With Startup in Residence the City embraces young companies’ innovative solutions for the challenges in city development. In case of successful solutions, the City of Amsterdam will procure and act as launching customer.
Municipalities as launching customer
To have the local government act as launching customer is one of the measures in StartupAmsterdam’s action programme, to this end StartupAmsterdam worked together with Amsterdam’s CTO office to develop the governmental accelerator Startup in Residence. On demo-day the startups will present their innovation before other national and international municipalities.
The Startup in Residence pilot project will kick off in November and run for four months, until March 2016. During this time, the startups will work with the City of Amsterdam on a voluntary basis. With Startup in Residence the City takes a credential role and actively showcases success and opportunities to other partners, both public and private, offering a gateway to the participating startups to scale.
- Startup &Thijs develops solution-oriented software in healthcare, will work on the social challenge of target group transportation.
- CrowdEffect will shed its light on the challenge of corporate social responsibility. This startup from Utrecht provides impact-driven entrepreneurs a unique sales channel by connecting them with cities’ residents.
- New-born startup Buur, aims to be a hyper local social network of ‘familiar strangers’ and will tackle the challenge of public space report. For the challenge of waste separation two startups have been selected.
- RecyQ works on circular waste management, recycling and job creation in Amsterdam. They will be joined by Gamatec SA, a startup from Switzerland, that uses carbon negative technologies to improve the environment.
- City Makers, startup that has created a platform for the development of smart cities will take on the challenge of abandoned bicycles in Amsterdam. Lastly there’s the challenge of traffic report for which startup Wander Technology has been selected.