The Netherlands is attractive for start-ups. It is sometimes called the “Silicon Valley of Europe.” Now, The Hague has launched a special plan to attract promising start-ups which have an international impact and strive to make the world better.
The Hague represents a unique hub that connects start-ups with governments, international companies, research centres, studios, and thousands of creative entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a United Nations organization, one of the many NGOs, art schools, or start-ups, The Hague, as the international city of peace and justice, works on social and global challenges and builds solutions that work.
Economic success goes hand-in-hand with social impact. Or it can anyway – and it should. In The Hague, it is called “impact economy.” It’s an economy that has an enormous potential to grow – and create beautiful things that benefit all of us. That’s why the city is investing in people, places, experiments, and ideas.
Some examples which are in progress are:
- developing drones that are being used in emergency situations.
- designing smart phone applications that help manage the use of water in risk areas.
- growing mushrooms on the coffee grounds of corporate companies.
- building smart authentication tools that give access to delicate information to only the right people.
- developing power planes that generate and transform alternative energy.
The city of The Hague has a budget of six million euro available for this plan during the period 2015-2018.
More information is available on http://impactcity.nl/