Start-ups & scale-ups

Utrecht is the ideal location for start-ups: Utrecht inspires, connects and develops smart solutions and offers people and organisations opportunities to grow. The city has more than 100 start-ups focusing on biosciences, health care and medical technology, gaming, cleantech and IT.

Utrecht offers room for companies to develop, test and market new solutions for healthy urban living on an international scale. It is a perfect living lab to come up with and apply new technologies.

There are numerous initiatives that support start-ups and scale-ups. Such as the Local Economic Fund (LEF) and the municipal Startup Inresidence. Or financial support by the Utrecht incubators Dutch Game Garden, Life Science Incubator, StudentsInc, UtrechtInc. and venture builder Holland Startup. Graduate Space offers accommodation and community for scale-ups. And Startup Utrecht is a regional joint venture dedicated to stimulating the regional start-up ecosystem by introducing start-ups to talent, corporates and finance resources.

Examples of innovative solutions by Utrecht start-ups:

  • Blendle, online news booth with 120 newspapers and magazines, makes it possible to buy separate articles;
  • Merus, once started out as a start-up and now one of the leading biotech companies in the Netherlands. Merus develops immune therapies for cancer, a new generation of medications that activate the natural human defense system;
  • SnappCar, the second-largest car sharing company in Europe, enables people to rent out their own car;
  • Stucomm, an app students can use everywhere and anywhere to have access to the right studying information and take action if necessary;
  • Proov, provides wireless charging systems for electric buses;
  • United Wardrobe, social market place to safely buy and sell secondhand clothing, shoes and accessories.

These companies are already established in Utrecht

“We zochten een aansprekend thuis in een dynamische en inspirerende omgeving, waarbij zowel consumenten als bedrijven direct kunnen zien en ervaren wie we zijn en wat we doen.”

-Marieke Dekker, Executive Director External Affairs

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“Utrecht is the perfect base being central to the country and enables us to employ talented people from all over the Netherlands and across Europe and rest of world that can easily access Schiphol.”

-Stephan Sieber, CEO Unit4

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“Utrecht is an attractive location for businesses with it being a metropole yet compact in size and with a beautiful historic city centre. As a typical student city it continuously attracts new talent, creating an annual influx of qualified workers that oftentimes stay in the region to live and work.”

-Anne-Lize van Dusseldorp, Sustainability Manager

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“Utrecht is in all respects a true student city. The intellectual level associated with this makes it an inspirational environment in which to live and work. This atmosphere is attractive to both national and international companies that wish to base themselves in Utrecht.”

-Rien Nagel, Rabobank
Executive Board

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