Together with 3 ministries and the province of South Holland, the municipality will start a new Startup in Residence (SIR) programme in 2020. In doing so, they jointly take on challenges that have a broad social impact.
On May 21st, directors of the participating organizations signed the collaboration agreement: Ronald Nomes (General Director The Hague), Raymond Knops (State Secretary for the ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations), Pieter Waasdorp (Director of Entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Economic Affairs) and Adri Bom-Lemstra (representative Economic Affairs Province of South Holland).
Solving societal issues more broadly with combined forces
The collaboration with the province and the ministries involved (the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) is a major step forward in the SIR programme! The joining of forces allows government to solve wider social issues. For example, the housing shortage or circular economy. The new program offers startups more room to experiment, while at the same time the government institutions can share knowledge in the field of innovation.
Using the innovative power of startups
The SIR programme was initiated to facilitate cooperation between governments and startups.Startups are asked to come up with innovative solutions for urban and social issues. Together with civil servants and other stakeholders, these startups develop their prototypes during the ‘in residence programme. If this is successful, the municipality and other government institutions involved have the possibility to become launching customer of the startup and purchase the solution.