Meet the startups that represent the best of Northern Netherlands tech

The road to TNW Conference 2023 has begun! With just five months to go until Europe’s leading tech festival, TNW is touring several emerging tech hubs across the Netherlands to discover the best of Dutch technology ahead of the flagship conference in June.

First stop? Groningen. The TNW event took place on Thursday during the MXT 2023in association with Founded in Groningen and Founded in Friesland. Startups, investors, corporates and municipal representatives gathered here to share how Dutch companies are enabling the future of technology in the northern regions of the Netherlands: Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

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Among the Dutch startup tech hubs, the North stands out for its fast growth, with more than 330 startups across the three regions generating more than 5,000 jobs. Since 2018, Groningen has experienced an annual growth of 12% in the number of startups, followed by Friesland with 8% and Drenthe with 4%.

“If you compare the current startup ecosystem in the North to ten years ago, it is very different, especially in terms of collaboration. Startups, academia and investors are now working closely together,” says Niek Huizenga, Investor at G-Force Capital, said at the event. “Still, we need to progress faster and adopt a growth mindset to be even more competitive.”

“The North is ahead of the other regions in the areas that matter most, such as energy solutions and agri-food – an advantage we should be more proud of and communicate more about,” says Anne-Wil Lucas, Ecosystem Partner at NOMadded.

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