Startup in Residence

Whether it's sorting waste, the impact of climate change or cycling safety in the rural areas; the Northern Netherlands offers plenty of challenges. That's why in the Startup in Residence program we are connecting public organizations with ambitious startups.

Startup in Residence is a 6-month programme where you are intensively coached and trained. Our partners and challenge owners act as launching customers for the most promising solutions. .


Rosalynne de Beauvesier Watson


With increasing drought and persistent heat waves, we will need to look at effective ways to save water. For Startup in Residence, Hulo is working with the Municipality of Leeuwarden and Vitens on a solution to reduce water consumption. "Based on a smart meter, an app, gamification and machine learning, we want to start making sure that residents can save water better and easier," says Hulo co-founder Frank van der Hulst. In the coming months, the startup will also work with the municipality and the water company to develop this into a solid revenue model. Read here the article with founders Robbert and Frank about Hulo. 


How do you create a climate-adaptive city that can cope with persistent heat and massive rainfall? For the Municipality of Leeuwarden, startup Waterweg is going to work on reducing the effects of climate change, with water-passable tiles made from dredge. "The tiles solve flooding in the city and are made with an abundant residual flow from Dutch rivers and canals," say founders Eva Aarts and Wies van Lieshout. "By producing the tiles in large quantities, a large part of the Dutch dredge spoil can eventually be used. But that has to be set up locally as much as possible, so that's what we're now going to work on with the municipality."

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More than 70% of our plastic waste is not recycled. That is why Groningen Seaports is looking for a partner who can help them with sustainable asset management. They have found that match in UPPACT. With its unique Unwastor technology, Uppact recycles plastic and textile waste. "Under pressure and by friction, the waste is melted in the Unwastor and converted into high-quality new materials," says founder Jan Jaap Folmer. "In the coming months we will set up a pilot to see what kind of materials we can make with it for Groningen Seaports." 

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Shared transport is becoming increasingly popular, which is why Joinby is going to work for Hub | Groningen & Drenthe, a program of the provinces of Groningen and Drenthe, for more than 50 hubs. These are places where you can switch from one means of transport to another. "Joinby develops custom community apps that allow organizations to connect their target audience," says founder Bas Kremer Hovinga. " In the app, users find activities in which they can participate and can get to know like-minded people. This should help to boost local economies and also to ensure that hubs are experienced as pleasant and safe places." 

Watch the videos of the startups who participated in Startup in Residence