OUR STORY

Why was the DSA founded?

Simple: we want to turn the Netherlands into the startup nation of Europe. Politicians have to admit: startups are an important driving force of innovation and economic growth. Still they are more inclined to talk about us than with us.

That is why the DSA was founded in 2017. To take on your public affairs issues. To engage in lobby activities in Dutch and European politics. To act as the voice of startups and scale-ups when it concerns legislation, economic policies, educational regulations and funding issues.

Our ambition

To make the Netherlands the startup state of Europe. Where startups are not only in abundance, but are also successful, grow faster and operate on a more international basis than anywhere in Europe. We believe it is possible, and fast!

The DSA focusses on people, resources and rules. This is where we move the needle for startups.

Founded by startup entrepreneurs
for startup entrepreneurs

To reach our goal we need you; startups, scale-ups, partners. Startups are stronger together. We create a wealth of expertise and experience when we work together. Only then can we make the Netherlands startup-proof.

Becoming a member is easy. Sign up today and influence tomorrow’s startup ecosystem.

What will the DSA do?

  • Launch a new legal entity specially for startups the ‘Startup BV’;

  • Lobby for startup-friendly legislation towards European, national and regional governmental bodies;

  • Make the voice of startups be heard by acting as a sparring partner for e.g. StartupDelta;

  • Simplify the funding process by connecting the investment ecosystem;

  • Close the gap between politicians and startups;

  • Work on any issue that makes the life of a startup entrepreneur easier.

What we are working on

  • Attractive taxation for venture capital, making it easier for (foreign) investors, friends and family to invest in startups;

  • Paying employees in stock, retaining talent in startup companies;

  • Flexible labour market to quickly scale and attract talent;

  • Relief of regulations for new technologies;

  • Startup friendly European rules, for example on copyright and privacy;

  • Which issues you like to see addressed?

HOW WE WORK

To get started the DSA already has a founding board. On it recommended startup representatives from all Dutch regions and all domains, such as health technology, AI, blockchain and media. We have set up a solid infrastructure (legal entity, website, communication tools, content, etc.). Now we need the support of the startup community. That means you too. 

We need partners and fathers to endorse, support and fund the foundation. Google is the first founding partner, funding and supporting the launch of the DSA. We are now looking for 3 – 5 other partners to build our organisation.

We also need members. Our goal is to attract 1.000 startups and scale-ups to raise a powerful fist towards politics. Join the DSA for a small yearly fee. Get connected to a community of well-known and experienced entrepreneurs. Let the DSA represent you as your lobbyist and spokesperson. Our agenda will be fully determined by you.

How to support the DSA

For more information about the DSA or how to become a partner, father or member, contact one of our board members.

KvK: 70121761

Join Now!

To reach our goal we need you; startups, scale-ups, partners. Startups are stronger together. We create a wealth of expertise and experience when we work together. Only then can we make the Netherlands startup-proof.

Becoming a member is easy. Sign up today and influence tomorrow’s startup ecosystem.