We can definitely call 2019 an interesting year for startups and scale-ups. Lots of developments internationally, from failing unicorn WeWork to Antler coming to The Netherlands shaking up the Dutch accelerator scene.

We stirred some rumour around Prinsjesdag, shared our insights on the budgetary notice and made it all the way to BNR stating the improvements we believe are necessary for The Netherlands to succeed in becoming the startup state of  Europe.

We have made serious progress on topics such as payment in stock options and the new startup visa. Several MP’s have visited our members and we have some new working visits pending. Are you interested in hosting a political working visit? Let our lobbyist Pieter know!

For 2020 we hope that the government will come with additional fiscal incentives regarding venture capital and more financial means for breakthrough technologies such as AI. In the recent ‘growth letter’ by the Economic Affairs department startups and scale-ups are mentioned as essential for economic prosperity. That’s the way we like it!