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:
“Genmab regards Utrecht Science Park as a unique ecosystem, where innovation actively leads to breakthroughs in the development of new medicines.”
-Yvo Graus, Vice President Pre-Clinical Operations at Genmab
“In Utrecht it is quicker and easier to find young talent, knowledge based industry is attracted by the university, which is a bonus for new business; in short: a wonderful city for your company.”
-Eduard Schaepman, Chief Tribes
“We found an attractive home for the employees of two merging companies in a dynamic and inspiring setting, where customers and companies can experience directly who we are and what we do.”
-Marieke Dekker, Executive Director External Affairs
“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