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Who we are

We are Startup in Residence

The startup incubation programme of the City of Amsterdam. During a six month programme you will receive training 1 day per two weeks. You will get the chance to pilot and test your product and/or services in the City while partnered up with an expert mentor and a potential client.

Challenges

Startup in Residence invites both Dutch and international entrepreneurs to come up with solutions for one of the City’s sustainability and/or mobility challenges. Does your solution not fit one the pre-defined challenges you can also apply for the Wildcard Challenge.

Alternative Food Packaging
Sustainability 2020

Develop alternatives for packaging food that meet hygiene measures intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but still embrace circular values. The goal is coronavirus-proof packaging and tableware: guaranteed to be safe to use, hygienic, and without risk of contamination.

Circular Construction
Sustainability 2020

Come up with an innovative solution to stimulate circular construction. This can be in either products and/or services that can be used in circular construction and renovation.

Circular Textile
Sustainability 2020

Develop a circular textile product that matches the procurement needs of the City in the coming four years.

Connecting assistance on the way
Mobility 2020

Devise and bring to life a ‘helping hand’ digital platform that connects people with restricted access or disability to random ‘helping hand’ passengers in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

Green & efficient deliveries for a better neighbourhood
Sustainability 2020

Devise a solution for a more efficient – and preferably emission-free – supply of goods and services in busy neighbourhoods in the city. The liveability of the neighbourhood should be considered as well as the consequences (financial or otherwise) for the customer of the goods or services.

Insightful alternatives to using your car
Mobility 2020

Find a way to give consumers clear insights into the economic and environmental impact of their current mobility habits and from this, provide practical advice and solutions for using alternative forms of mobility.

Mobility Sustainability 2020
Wildcard

For the Startup in Residence 6.0 programme, the City has reserved a spot for Startups to independently propose a solution for a sustainability or mobility challenge that we did not pre-define. In their bid, the Startup must define both the challenge and the solution.

Emission-free taxis
Sustainability Mobility 2020

Increase demand for emission-free taxis in Amsterdam, by making it easier and more attractive to choose an emission-free option when ordering or selecting a taxi.

Park that bike right
Mobility 2020

Find a solution that:

makes it possible to distinguish between people who are parking their bikes for a short time (maximum 2 hours) and for a longer time in busy areas in Amsterdam (shopping streets, main streets and nightlife areas);
increases awareness of the rules;
encourages the desired bicycle parking behaviour;
does not rely heavily on enforcement.

Smart charging solutions for recreational (private) boats
Mobility 2020

Develop a sustainable, client-friendly, financially attractive, and scalable charging solution for electric pleasure craft that can preferably be tested and realised before summer 2021.

Waterborne charging solutions for cargo vessels
Mobility Sustainability 2020

Develop a waterborne charging solution for commercial electric cargo vessels. The solution must be client-friendly, financially viable, and be realised by the end of 2021. 

Connect local food to the hood
Mobility 2020

Find an innovative solution to make regional food logistics more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective, so that regional, sustainable produce becomes more accessible for the local market.

Journey simulator – public transport
Mobility 2020

Devise a journey simulator for the Amsterdam Area’s mobility network that focuses on (potential) accessibility issues encountered during journeys. The simulator needs to be kept up to date and passengers must be able to deliver feedback.

Less pressure on the road, less stress on the bike!
Mobility 2020

What digital or non-digital solutions can the City of Amsterdam apply to ease the pressure on the bicycle network and enable cyclists to choose appealing and comfortable routes?

Programme / timeline

June 24, 2020

Start Application Period

June 24, 2020

July 16, 2020

Information Meeting

July 16, 2020

August 11, 2020

End Application Period

The deadline is 11 August 23:59pm

August 11, 2020

August 14, 2020

Announcement First Selection

August 14, 2020

August 17-20, 2020

Online Interviews

August 17-20, 2020

August 21-28, 2020

Startup Presentations

August 21-28, 2020

August 29-30, 2020

Announcement Selection Startup in Residence 2020

August 29-30, 2020

September 28, 2020

Start Startup in Residence Programme

September 28, 2020

March 21, 2021

End Startup in Residence Programme

March 21, 2021

FAQ

Practical Questions

Yes, we have decided to drop the following requirement: if the business consists of a legal entity, the business must not have been registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or a similar chamber in its own country for longer than six years. This requirement is not applicable.

The Assessment Committee will consist of

representatives of the Programme, experts on innovation and entrepreneurship, and the civil servants responsible for the specific sustainability and mobility Challenges, who can consult a team of experts at any time (see p. 33 of the Tender).

Each Challenge has a different assessment committee, based on the specific experts and clients for each Challenge.  Every application for the same Challenge is assessed by the same committee. (see p. 33 of the Tender).

1 – 1,5 days per week.

The deadline for asking questions is 4 August (23.59pm).

Very much so. This programme is partner driven. We are always on the lookout for partners and coaches: parties that can help startups and the municipality to make the programme successful.

All of these options are possible. It depends on the participating startups.

The programme will take about 8 to 12 hours per week. Presence on these days is obligatory. For the other days working at a distance is possible.

Yes, there are a lot of connections with scientific institutes such as Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions and the University of Amsterdam. We have an extensive network to which we can connect not yet participating mentors when a startup has a particular demand for this.

Certainly. Scalability is one of the assessment criteria. The City of Amsterdam can even help you connect to other cities.

No, that’s not a requirement. If the City decides to purchase the product/service of the startup when the programme has finished, it is a requirement that the company or a subsidiary of the company is registered in Amsterdam.

Startups will focus on one city during the 6-month programme, but SIRA provides opportunities to learn from, share experiences and network with other municipalities.

SIRA allows startups to work with city partners to build, refine and/or co-develop products that address critical and meaningful social challenges. It is the City’s intention to act as launching customer at the end of the programme. The 6-month SIRA programme also includes:

  • Training/workshops (an incubator programme of the City and its partners) for an average of four hours a week;
  • Professional mentoring/coaching;
  • Internal content guidance from the City;
  • Peer-to-peer learning;
  • Workspace (at partners and the City);
  • The network of the City;
  • Process support;
  • Product or service development;
  • Access to startup events;
  • The City can act as a Startup Visa Facilitator.

Schedules will be agreed upon with your partnering department, but at least 1 person from your team must be available in person once per week to meet with your client and participate in all trainings and workshops.

General questions about the challenges

Yes, you can apply for multiple challenges.

For each challenge you need to fill in a new application.

You can apply with the same solution for all the three different challenges.

We have two separate Wildcard Challenges, one for Sustainability and one for Mobility. We can award to a maximum of three Startups per Challenge, provided that the Startups have Solutions that differentiate in their business models so they are not competing with each other. The Participating Authorities are not obliged to award participation to any applicants.

For this Startup in Residence 6.0 programme, the Participating Authorities have reserved a place for a Startup to independently propose a solution for a sustainability and mobility Challenge. There are no minimum requirements for the wildcard, other than the criteria mentioned for the Wildcard Challenges on p. 23 of the Tender. The Wildcard solutions are assessed by the assessment criteria mentioned on p. 30 of the Tender.

Specific questions about the challenges

The challenge says: Develop alternatives for packaging food that meet hygiene measures intended to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but still embrace circular values. The goal is coronavirus-proof packaging and tableware: guaranteed to be safe to use, hygienic and without risk of contamination.

 

If your idea meets the goal of coronavirus-proof packaging and tableware: guaranteed to be safe to use, hygienic and without the risk of contamination you can submit your idea.

 

You can still submit your Solution for the Alternative Food Packaging Challenge if it is not specifically for the coronavirus, but fits all the other requirements.

The solution must not lead to extra objects in the public space. For example collection points. The demand on public space is already high and even more now due to corona measures.

There is not a prototype required for all challenges.

The prototype is required for the packaging challenge

In our eyes, this should always be a combination of ‘on the spot’ communication on the designated, busy areas in the city, and a broader campaign through (online and printed) municipal communication channels to get people more familiar with the rules around bike parking. See for example: https://www.amsterdam.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/fietsparkeren-1-5-meter/

  • Yearly counts by research bureau Trajan.
    In this research, the bike facilities are counted and updated,
    as well as occupancy rate (how many bikes are stalled WITHIN the facility)
    and parking occupancy (how many bikes are stalled, divided by the facilities)
    On of our program targets is too let locations not exceed a parking occupancy over 125%
  • Research by our OIS department on the experience of cyclists in Amsterdam (questions about how satisfied cyclists are about parking possibilities)
  • Notifications by colleagues (such as gebiedsmakelaars, gebiedsbeheerders, managers of redesign assignments),
    as well as notifications by entrepreneurs and residents
  • Our team’s inspections on known hotspots

It should be possible for applicants to access the (counting) data we use, both visualised in a dashboard and ‘raw’ (GIS) data.

For this tender there is no tie. In general SIR does  work together very well with        Marineterrein’s living labs, so we could make a connection there if relevant to the programme

It should be possible for applicants to access the (counting) data we use, both visualised in a dashboard and ‘raw’ (GIS) data.

The team’s approach on hotspots consists of

  1. If possible- create more parking facilities
  2. Communication with perspective (no parking here, but you can find facilities on ….)

 

These routing solutions are always location bound.

 

For example, around the Damrak, through traffic signs and (temporary) prints on the ground we guide cyclists to the Beursplein bike parking facility, at the Koningsplein, through traffic signs and (temporary) prints on the ground, to the ‘bike parking pontoons (boats)’.

 

A dynamic routing solution, guiding cyclists to the available (indoor) bike parking facilities in the area will shortly be installed around Vijzelstraat and Rokin.

Yes, you can have a look at this report https://pure.hva.nl/ws/files/6350074/Reisproef_Eindrapport.pdf

For this challenge the Vervoerregio Amsterda is the challenge owner, not the City of Amsterdam. And yes. They will help and link where ever is possible.

Yes, for this challenge it is necessary to take into account the different existing services. In this challenge it is necessary to research how the link between the different platforms should work. The services/platforms you should consider are:

  • NS Journey Planner
  • OV9292
  • Google Maps

For this challenge the Vervoerregio Amsterdam is the challenge owner, not the City of Amsterdam. We can not say in advance what your business model for this challenge should be. However, if necessary, the Vervoerregio Amsterdam will help you make a connection with other potential partners.  

Yes this is correct.

International Startups

We can only act as a visa facilitator if the Startup is a participant of the Startup in Residence Programme. The organisation does not accept requests from non-participating startups.

You can find more information about the startup visa here below (see section 1.5 of the request for tender, the complete tender can also be found on our ‘apply’ section).

1.5 Startup Visa Facilitator
Since 2015, ambitious entrepreneurs can apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. The residence permit ‘scheme for startups’ affords entrepreneurs one year to launch an innovative business. A prerequisite is that the startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) who is based in the Netherlands.

The City is a recognised facilitator and is qualified to guide startups that would like to apply for a startup (residence) permit in the Netherlands. To qualify for the City’s guidance as facilitator, the Startup will have to be a participant of the Programme. When a Startup is selected and accepted to the Programme, it can request that the Startup in Residence organisation act as its facilitator. The Startup in Residence organisation will consider the request and will make the final decision on whether it will take on the role as facilitator.

The City and the Startup in Residence organisation have no obligation to act as a facilitator for Startups participating in the Programme.

For more general information about the residence permit for startups in the Netherlands and the application procedure, see: http://english.rvo.nl/subsidies-programmes/residence-permit-foreign-start-ups.

International startups are very welcome to apply and join the programme. We accept Startups based in another country provided they respect the regulations set out in the Tenderdocument. 

 

For the duration of the programme, you have to be available in Amsterdam at set times to participate in the training programme, to meet with your mentor, the clients, etc. This amounts to roughly 1 day per week, but may be more intensive during certain periods of the programme.

 

After the programme, when the City of Amsterdam decides to purchase your Solution, or otherwise invest in the production of the Solution, we require the Startup to base itself in the Netherlands (p. 5, Tender).

For the duration of the programme, you have to be available in Amsterdam at set times to participate in the training programme, to meet with your mentor, the clients, etc. This amounts to roughly 1 day per week, but may be more intensive during certain periods of the programme.

 

After the programme, when the City of Amsterdam decides to purchase your Solution, or otherwise invest in the production of the Solution, we require the Startup to base itself in the Netherlands (p. 5, Tender).

The requirement in general is that the Solution of the Startup needs to contribute positively to the tendered issue. As the tendered issues are related to the specific area of competence of the Participating Authorities, the Solution offered needs to contribute specifically to this areas of competence, as possibly – in the case a Participating Authority decides to act as a launching customer or otherwise invest in the Solution offered – the taxpayers in the area of competence want to see value for their money in their neighbourhood.  In other words if the Solution offered will receive financing from the Participating Authorities, the benefits for the physical area of competence need to be evident. Pilot project will – for the same reason – be performed in the area of competence of the Participating Authorities.

International startups are very welcome to apply and join the programme. If the partnership produces a solution to the respective sustainability and/or mobility Challenge (‘the Solution’), the Participating Authorities may decide to purchase the Solution privately from the Startup or otherwise to invest in the production of the Solution, the Startup must base itself the Netherlands.

Application Form

Yes, you can apply for multiple challenges.

For each challenge you need to fill in a new application.

You can apply with the same solution for all the three different challenges.

We have two separate Wildcard Challenges, one for Sustainability and one for Mobility. We can award to a maximum of three Startups per Challenge, provided that the Startups have Solutions that differentiate in their business models so they are not competing with each other. The Participating Authorities are not obliged to award participation to any applicants.

For this Startup in Residence 6.0 programme, the Participating Authorities have reserved a place for a Startup to independently propose a solution for a sustainability and mobility Challenge. There are no minimum requirements for the wildcard, other than the criteria mentioned for the Wildcard Challenges on p. 23 of the Tender. The Wildcard solutions are assessed by the assessment criteria mentioned on p. 30 of the Tender.

Finance & Contract

No, it is not.

The answer is no. The goal is to work towards a launching customer relation. There may be resources available to set up the pilot, if necessary

No, the City has the intention to become launching customer at the end of the programme. This all depends on the provided solution of the startup. Intention is not the same as a promise.

Yes, the startup remains 100% owner of the product/service.

Yes, that is possible.

There has to be a business model. This does not have to be the definitive version because further development of the business plan/ business model is part of the Startup in Residence Programme.

The main objective of this programme is not to help startups get seed capital. If it’s beneficial for the development of the solution the municipality can decide to help te startup develop the product/solution.

If the collaboration in the programme leads to a validated solution to the tendered issue, the Participating Authorities have the option to privately purchase or otherwise invest in the innovative Solutions during a period of four years after the award of participation in the Programme.

To the startup as it is registered at the Chamber of Commerce. A one-man business is a possibility.

SIRA is a programme opportunity to test ideas and develop new technology products and services. It is not a substitute for a contract to sell an existing product or service to government. It is the City’s intention to act as launching customer at the end of the programme.

No, the Programme does not provide any kind of bursary or financial support for rent expenses or employees pay etc.

We might be able to support you in connecting with other funding opportunities, but this is not the main goal of the programme. The intention is that either the City of Amsterdam or Vervoerregio Amsterdam becomes your launching customer, provided that the Solution fulfils all the requirements and needs.

We can help with applying for grants as long as the grant contributes to the challenge and your solution.

There is no pre-investment available. The Participating Authorities and startup invest time and resources into the development of the Solution. If it’s beneficial for the development of the solution the Participating Authorities can decide to help the startup develop the product/solution.

What is going to be awarded is the incubation programme. If the collaboration in that programme leads to a validated solution to the tendered issue, the Participating Authorities have the option to privately purchase or otherwise invest in the innovative Solutions during a period of four years after the award of participation in the Programme.  

All official criteria to participate can be found in the Request for Tender on the website https://startupinresidence.amsterdam/content/uploads/sites/3/2020/06/Request-for-Tender-SIRA.pdf. The minimum requirements for the procurement need are described in the description of the respective issue. To stimulate creativity and innovation these minimum requirements are minimum and functional. The main procurement criteria is that the offered solution needs to positively contribute to the tendered issue. Other procurement needs and criteria can be derived from the description of the award criteria mentioned on p. 6, p. 30 and p. 34 of the Tender.

It is the intention of the Participating Authorities to act as launching customer at the end of the programme. If the City of Amsterdam/Vervoerregio Amsterdam is interested, after a successful pilot phase, in purchasing the solution, this will be discussed towards the end of the Startup in Residence programme with the relevant stakeholder/budgetholder within the respective Participating Authority

No, because the programme itself is a tender that is publicised on the Dutch and European tender calender and meets the objectives of Dutch tender law. Because the selection of the Startups for the programme is done through an transparent and objective procedure that meets the requirements as set out in the Dutch tender law (de Aanbestedingswet), there is an option for the Participating Authorities to purchase or  or otherwise invest in the innovative Solutions during a period of four years after the award of participation in the Programme.

If the collaboration in this programme leads to a validated solution to the tendered issue, the Participating Authorities have the option to privately purchase or otherwise invest in the innovative Solutions during a period of four years after the award of participation in the Programme.  

The programme

The programme is built up in the following phases: 1) Deep dives &Kick-off; 2) Lean Basics; 3) Options & Decisions; 4) Validate & Prototyping; 5) Launching Customer.

  1. The first phase is the official opening of the Programme, a first introduction to the public/municipality and the deep dives with the responsible civil servant/mentor/startup. During the deep dives goals are set and expectations are managed.
  2. The second phase is all about getting to know each other better and getting to know the lean startup basics. During this period the startup will follow a training programme, have a weekly lunch meeting and a two-weekly meeting with their mentor.
  3. The third phase is critical for the rest of the process since this is when the most important decisions on how to proceed are made.
  4. Phase four is the ‘Validate & Prototyping’ phase. The prototypes are going to be validated and tested. This phase is based on three key principles: Build – Measure – Learn. This is an on-going process.
  5. The last phase is ‘launching customer’. If solutions prove successful, the City of Amsterdam will invest in the startup as a launching customer and thereby significantly kick-start the startup’s career.

Very much so. This programme is partner driven. We are always on the lookout for partners and coaches: parties that can help startups and the municipality to make the programme successful.

No, the programme will take about 8 to 12 hours per week.

SIRA is a 6-month programme. It is the City’s intention to act as launching customer at the end of the programme.

Last year, roughly 120 startups applied.

The City of Amsterdam/Vervoerregio Amsterdam (Participating Authorities) intend to award participation in the Programme to a maximum of 15 Startups – one Startup for each Challenge. The Participating Authorities reserve the right to award participation to more or fewer Startups for each Challenge. The Participating Authorities may award to a maximum of three Startups provided that the Startups have Solutions that differentiate in their business models so they are not competing with each other. The Participating Authorities are not obliged to award participation to any applicants (p. 30 of the Tender).

Yes, this possible. Please make sure you follow the guidelines for submitting a Bid with another company as a collaboration or partnership in the Tender (p.31) https://startupinresidence.amsterdam/content/uploads/sites/3/2020/06/Request-for-Tender-SIRA.pdf

During the programme, you will work together with the client to implement your solution in the City, initially as a pilot. The Startup remains 100% owner of the product/service. If the City decides to become a launching customer, you will continue working together to implement the Solution. 

When the Participating Authorities have decided to act as a launching customer or to otherwise invest in the solution of the Startup, the Startup will keep on working directly with the stakeholder/budget holder within the respective Participating Authority. The Startup in Residence team will be available to the Startup and the respective budget holder/stakeholder  for support if needed during this period.

Depends on the Solution you have. If your Solution needs a cross departmental approach, the Startup in Residence team will connect you to the relevant departments, stakeholders or budget holders within the respective Participating Authority. 

After the selection we will provide an overview of our mentors and partners for this programme.

Please have a look at our impact report

Business Case

Yes, together with your assigned mentor we will help you with your business case and any related questions. There has to be an idea of a business model from the start. However, this does not have to be the definitive version because further development of the business plan/ business model is part of the Startup in Residence Programme.

Yes, during the programme we will support and assist you. This include legal advice, help with your business case and many more related topics. This support will continue after a successful programme. The end goal is that you run a business that does not depend on the help of the City or the Vervoerregio Amsterdam.

There has to be an idea of a business model from the start. However, this does not have to be the definitive version because further development of the business plan/ business model is part of the Startup in Residence Programme. Both for-profit and non-profit business models are welcome.

parties who do not participate in the programme.

Yes, you can apply if you do not have an MVP yet, however some challenges have extra requirements regarding the Solution, so make sure to check those beforehand.

UEA/ESPD Form

There is an English manual available on the website. https://startupinresidence.amsterdam/ Please don’t use Google Translate, since you need to have a clear understanding of the questions on the form.

There is a specific way to download the form. Make sure to download the latest version of Adobe Reader and follow these steps:

  1. Click on the link
  2. Save as PDF on your computer.
  3. Close window.
  4. Open folder with downloaded document.
  5. Click right mouse button and select open with Adobe Reader.

 

Make sure to read the English manual, as it can help you fill out the form correctly

This is a mistake, we have uploaded a new UEA form on the website that refers to the correct programme, namely the 2020 edition. If you still have to submit your bid please make sure you use the correct UEA form.

Other Questions

During the application period we organise information meetings where Startups can ask questions about the tender. There is no platform for everyone interested in this programme to meet, not during the application period.

The answers to all the questions that have been asked during the application period – both via email and during the information meeting – will be published on the website and on Tenderned . The last opportunity to ask your questions is via email before 26 July. The final deadline for publishing all the answers to these questions is 4 August, which is why we recommend you to wait with your application until all the answers have been published.

How to apply

This is the application for the Startup in Residence programme 2020. In this application, you can register for one of the mobility or sustainability challenges. This application consists of two elements that must be downloaded, completed, and re-submitted.

3.

Download and fill in the the Uniform Europees Aanbestedingsdocument (UEA). This is the Dutch version of the European Single Procurement Document (ESPD). You can download the UEA here. Please make sure you download and open the UEA form in Acrobat Reader and don’t forget to fill in and sign the document before you upload it.* If you don’t understand Dutch, please download the English manual here. In the UEA you declare that you meet the general criteria (See ‘What is a startup?’ in the Tender) and the specific criteria per challenge.

4.

Make sure that all information is complete

* Download restrictions for the UEA form: The PDF can only be used with Acrobat Reader, preferably version 11.05. Only that way, the security and the extrusion functions that are included in the interactive pdf will work. You must save the document directly to your computer and not open it in your browser. After downloading, you can open the document via your computer with Acrobat Reader. If you open and fill in the PDF document directly via a web browser it may cause problems.

Tip: if you have difficulties filling in the form, please just print it right away and fill it in manually (we have heard that the interactive pdf sometimes doesn’t work on Mac computers).

For more information about the programme take a good look at the Tender document Here you can find all the information you need.

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Training programme

During a six month programme you will receive training 1 day per two weeks. This ranges from value proposition building to Growth Hacking and from intellectual property to financial administration. In addition, we have created a series of workshops about how the City of Amsterdam works (for example: decision making and procurement).

Leadmentors

The leadmentors of the programme will guide you during the whole programme. They will measure progress weekly and help you when needed. At the beginning of the programme there will be a matching between startups and mentors

Knowledge and Expertise

To offer you access to advice and specialist knowledge we have created a network of partners. You are free to ask questions throughout the programme (for example, concerning: legal matters, finance, online marketing, technology).