Netherland PM Mark Rutte to launch Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink Initiative

The upcoming visit of the Netherlands’ prime minister Mark Rutte to India will give a major boost to Indo-Dutch ties across sectors with the launch of Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink initiative.

In an endeavour to further the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, Invest India and the Dutch Government are jointly launching the Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink initiative on 25th May, 2018 at Bengaluru.

The initiative will fulfil the twin objective of facilitating market expansion for startups in the two countries alongside fostering a joint sense of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink is developed for Indian and Dutch startups that are exploring each other’s markets and offers access to key information, relevant networks, pilot opportunities and navigators for the respective startup ecosystems. Startup India Hub under Invest India and Netherlands Enterprise Agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Change would act as single points of contact and navigators for their respective countries.

‘Clean Air’ India Ring, a critical component of the Indo-Dutch #StartUpLink, will be launched by the Dutch Prime Minister, the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, Invest India and corporate partners. The initiative is a multi-corporate challenge that will test and scale innovations through collaboration between startups, corporates and governments by providing pilot opportunities for promising innovations that solve the problem of pollution. Indian and Dutch startups will be matched through this program to relevant corporates for the same.

A delegation of 10-12 Dutch startups is expected to visit India later this year and take part in a series of B2B and B2G meetings, exposure trips along with networking and pilot opportunities.

Startup India and its Dutch implementing partner Dutch Basecamp are also gearing up to organize startup missions from India to Netherlands.


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