Startup in residence

Want to help make Groningen a better place with your startup? Groningen is looking for ambitious startups to come up with new and innovative ways to tackle societal issues and urban challenges. Startup in Residence is a 5 month program where you’ll get intensive coaching and training, and the City will act as launching customer for the most promising solutions.  Find your challenge, pitch your fix and we’ll help you kickstart and launch it with our Startup in Residence Program. 

Challenge accepted?

Whether it’s the much needed energy transition, creating a circular economy, waste sorting or healthy ageing, there are plenty of issues to tackle in Groningen. We’ve got 16 challenges lined up and ready for you to choose from.  The deadline for signing up is July 2 and the pre-selection starts July 6. Selected startups will be invited to pitch their idea from July 9 to 17 and we will announce the final selection in August.

The program

When you're selected, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get cracking on September 14. Selected startups will get 5 months of intensive training along with guidance from professional coaches, to master all the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and help you to turn your idea into a prototype. You will have access to both the municipal and provincial governments’ networks and resources, and of course a place to work your magic. When your awesome idea is shaped into a working and successful solution, the City and Province will be your launching customer and help get your product market ready.

Application requirements for the Startup in Residence program

In order to participate, the startup must meet the following application requirements:

- The startup must not have been registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a similar chamber in its country for more than five years;
- The startup must consist of natural persons or a legal entity;
- If the startup consists of a legal entity, the business must have no more than ten salaried employees;
- The startup must not have contracted any subcontractors;
- The startup must own an MVP/prototype/beta version;
- Startups must be able to align their features set with the market situation. We expect the startup to be flexible and open to adjustments;`
- The startup must not be a startup that has originated from another business that has 250 salaried employees or more.

Further information can be found in the Tender Guidelines

Questions about the program?

Any questions? Look at the FAQ page or contact us: