Why was the Dutch Startup Association (DSA) founded?
The startup ecosystem is growing and rightfully so as they are increasingly important for driving innovation and economic growth. A recent study by the OECD showed that over 60% of new jobs are being generated by starting and/or new companies. Politicians acknowledge this too, however it’s more common to talk about startups than to talk with them. Who acts as the voice of startups when it concerns legislation, economic policies, educational regulations and other governmental issues? Following the successful approach of other European countries, the Dutch Startup Association (DSA) will be founded by entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs as the only organization for and by startups to work with politicians, entrepreneurial and governmental organizations like Startup Delta, VNO-NCW and ONL.The DSA knows what issues startups really struggle with day-to-day and with a real voice from within startups they can truly be represented on topics and legislation that are important for them.
We invite you to join the DSA; a community and voice by and for startups.
What will the DSA do?
- Lobby for startup-friendly legislation, towards European, national and regional governmental bodies
- Act as a sparring partner for e.g. StartupDelta to make the ‘real startup voice heard’
- First point of contact for politicians, public and private organisations, governments, ambassadors and corporates
- Research on issues, trends and developments within the startup ecosystem
- Close the gap between politicians and startups
- And anything startups members feel that would make their startup-lives easier
Here are some startup issues the DSA can take on with Dutch and European politicians:
- Attractive taxation for venture capital, to make it easier for (foreign) investors, friends, and family to invest in startups
- Pay employees in stock, in order to bind talent to startup companies
- Flexible labour market in order to quickly scale and attract talent
- Relief of regulations for new technologies, for example standard experimental articles that offers space for social innovation or new technologies
- More issues, like cookie legislation, will be addressed based on input from startup members
How does the DSA work?
To get the DSA up and running a board has been put in place with recommended startup representatives from all Dutch regions and various domains (health tech, AI, blockchain, media etc.), all startup entrepreneurs themselves. As it’s a community for and by startups, we invite all startups to join the DSA for a small yearly fee. If you consider this fee as an equivalent of having your own lobbyist and spokesperson, you will agree the fee is very low.
This is merely the first step to get started. We cannot do this without the commitment and support from startups themselves and most importantly giving them the central role in the association. The point of views and agenda will be decided by the startup members only. Jointly we will create a startup association by and for startups. Ultimately we can only be effective and successful if we represent the majority of startups in the Netherlands.
What do we need?
We need Partners and Fathers to endorse, support and fund the foundation. Google is the first Founding Partner willing to free up funds to launch the DSA and support the launch of the DSA. We are looking for 3-5 other Partners to kick start this adventure with a yearly commitment of EUR 20.000- 40.000 per partner. The main, initial investment will be in setting up a solid infrastructure (legal entity, website, communication tools and content etc.) and hiring a Director to run operations and lobbying. The DSA has talked to several other European startup associations (e.g. German, Belgian and Allied for Startups in Brussels) and will use their learnings and best practices to ensure a jump start.
What is our goal?
In the short term, we strive to have 100 (paying) startup members and more than 10 endorsements by key Dutch entrepreneurs or organisations and to have tackled at least one major startup headache. Long term we want to have at least 500 startup members and a full, prioritized agenda of startup headaches to work on relentlessly.
The options to support the DSA are listed below;
20-40 k per year
* Father 1.250 euro per year
* Member 125 euro per year
Want to know more or are you ready to become a Partner, Father or Member? Let any of the board members know.
- Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten [email protected]
- Diana Krieger [email protected]
- Don Ginsel [email protected]
- Kirby Binayao [email protected]
- Marja Ruigrok [email protected] - Quartermaster
- Roland Sars [email protected] - President
- Taco Potze [email protected] - Treasurer
- Pieter Veldhuizen [email protected]- Director a.i.