PROJECT

Startup in Residence
Overview
Startup in Residence is an innovative collaboration between the City of Amsterdam and startups. The programme invites Dutch and international startups to devise innovative solutions to social issues. After two succesful programmes in 2015 and 2016, the City has decided to run the programme again in 2017.

Status
Ongoing

Date begun


Initiated by
Amsterdam Municipality

Supported by
Amsterdam Municipality
Background
For the current edition of Startup in Residence, the city defined 13 social issues. With themes like waste, safety, health and tourism, the programme called upon a variety of companies. WASTED has joined the Startup in residence program to prove itself as an effective solution to foster waste separation on a city scale. With the Startup in Residence programme, WASTED has been invited to devise a creative and viable solution to the urban and social issues faced by Amsterdam and its inhabitants. If the solution proves successful, the municipality will invest in WASTED or become WASTED's launching customer. During the Startup in Residence programme, together with 13 other startups WASTED will go through intensive training with the support, knowledge, and expertise offered by professional lead mentors, and will gain access to the municipality’s network. Together with its partners, the municipality provides startups with the opportunity to conduct pilot launches and validate their products within the city.

Collaboration with the CTO
The Startup in Residence programme is run in collaboration with the Chief Technology Office of Amsterdam. Minouche Cramer – head of the programme – said, “We learned a lot from the Startup in Residence pilot, like the difference in use of vocabulary between startups and civil servants, which sometimes slows down the process and causes misconceptions.”This is why the new edition facilitates additional training for civil servants, bringing them up to speed on topics such as the lean-startup methodology, growth hacking, and Business Model Canvas. Meanwhile, the participating startups were coached to better understand the municipal processes, with training on organizing decision making and procurement processes.

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