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.
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These financial companies are already established in Utrecht

“The central location, the good road network and the optimal accessibility were already in the 1970s reasons for Mercedes-Benz Nederland to base itself in Lage Weide.”

Hans-Bahne Hansen, CEO at Mercedes Nederland

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“We have deliberately chosen to stay in Utrecht. The central location and accessibility, both by car and public transport, make the city the best place to have our headquarters.”

Emlyn van der Wal, Chief Operating Officer at ABN AMRO Lease

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“Utrecht is also one of the largest student cities in the Netherlands, with many students from home and abroad. The city is not only commercially appealing, it is also rich in history and culture, such as the Dom Tower and the Central Museum.”

Rien Braakman, General Manager and lawyer at Nexa Velo Advocaten

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“Utrecht is increasingly developing into ‘health valley’. It offers a productive base for collaboration, research and innovation. Also in the areas in which the St. Antonius Hospital is specialized. This is good news for patient care.”

Douwe Biesma, CEO St. Antonius Hospital Utrecht

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