The past few years, I’ve dedicated most of my time trying to connect the ecosystem of Groningen and put the Groningen startup ecosystem on the map. The ecosystem is now better connected and often mentioned as the second best ecosystem of the Netherlands (after Amsterdam). Groningen has achieved this by working together with so many different partners. To me, it proves Groningen is small enough to build strong relationships and is large enough to think big.
This is exciting! Right now I am writing my very first blog post on the Founded in Groningen portal. Of course, I already added several companies, calls and initiatives via our back end. But this is different, I added this post through our new front end interface.
Since 2015, a new regulation enables ambitious entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. This gives you one year to launch an innovative business. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands. Launch Cafe is a qualified facilitator for your startup.