Become a Startup Scout

Dive into the exciting world of venture capital as a VC startup scout. Experience the thrill of uncovering Amsterdam's next big startup, while enhancing your network and mastering the startup ecosystem.


Amsterdam is considered one of the top startup hubs globally. It's known for its cultural diversity and high quality of life, two factors that draw entrepreneurs from all over the world. In 2020, the city's startups raised about โ‚ฌ1.7 billion in funding, making Amsterdam the fourth-largest city for startup investment in Europe.

One successful example from the Amsterdam startup scene is Adyen, a leading fintech company that simplifies payments for businesses. Founded in 2006, Adyen went public on the Euronext Stock Exchange in 2018, reaching a market capitalisation of โ‚ฌ21 billion. Other notable startups out of Amsterdam include Takeaway.com, a food delivery service that acquired the UK's Just Eat for ยฃ6 billion, and Elastic, a search company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The city's startup ecosystem is supported by a number of initiatives and institutions. StartupAmsterdam, an initiative by the City of Amsterdam, provides resources and networking opportunities for local startups. In the higher education sector, the University of Amsterdam offers a Master's program in Entrepreneurship in collaboration with VU University.

Amsterdam also has a robust venture capital scene. Leading VC firms such as Prime Ventures, henQ, and Peak Capital are based in the city, having backed successful startups including Catawiki, Sendcloud, and Ohpen. In addition, Amsterdam is home to Rockstart, one of Europe's first multi-vertical startup accelerators. Founded in 2011, Rockstart has accelerated more than 200 startups across ten different programs.

One of the key characteristics of Amsterdam's startup ecosystem is its international orientation. The city is home to a large expat community and business is commonly conducted in English. This, coupled with Amsterdam's strategic location in central Europe, make it an attractive base for startups seeking to expand globally.

In summary, with its combination of successful startup exits, supportive initiatives, robust venture capital scene, and international orientation, Amsterdam is a thriving hub for startups.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

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Are you an investor interested in staying up to date on the latest innovations coming out of Amsterdam? Sign up with us to unlock exclusive dealflow opportunities from top startups and individuals in the area!

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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