Great news for the Dutch startup ecosystem. Startup envoy Neelie Kroes just announced two big names to come to the StartupDelta region. Factory, the campus for founders and investors backed by Google and the Hardware.co community and accelerator.
In a blogpost on the StartupDelta platform, Kroes described the possible deals she made while she was in Berlin last week. It seems that it’s almost certain that the Factory and Hardware.co will come The Netherlands.
Factory Berlin, backed by Google and Lufthansa (among others) launched last year, and is a creative hub/campus where the best of the Berlin startup ecosystem comes together. Residents are early-stage startups, local heroes and international technology giants. Factory provides them with the space and support they need to innovate, collaborate and grow.
According to Kroes the Factory management is “very keen to come to the Netherlands for their next hub.” In which city that might be is not decided yet.
The Hardware.co community started as a Berlin meetup about hardware technology in 2013. Now it is also a startup accelerator. In 2014 Hardware.co Munich launched. Next hub: Holland. Kroes said the programme wants to do business and start a new outpost here.
Also, Kroes talked to startups Offline and Angellist about a presence in The Netherlands. Maybe most noteable: she talked about a Schengenzone (Schengen Area) for European startups – a Dutch startup visa law on steroids.
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