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Holland Startup is the best place for young entrepreneurs to succeed. The partners and staff at Holland Startup have successfully founded multi-million dollar companies and will guide you through the process of venture building. Exceptional individuals with ambitious attitudes and a yearning desire to build are our targets.


We build for the love of building. Holland Startup staff is composed of passionate, dedicated and ambitious humans that truly enjoy what they do. A healthy work-life balance is a mantra of the leadership team but that doesn't mean we don't work hard!

Life in Utrecht

Charming to the core, the city of Utrecht houses the largest university in the country along with several other high education institutions and a bustling economy. A young population inhabits this fourth largest Dutch city, which boasts beautiful canals with wharf cellars housing cafes and terraces all along the water. It's a historical masterpiece with a modern flare ripe to house the next big startup scene. 




Join Holland Startup to solve global problems and build a company in Utrecht


Ideas are in no short order around Holland Startup but hands are. We want to empower young entrepreneurs to grow as professionals and change makers by building out ventures as a team.


Holland Startup has developed a proprietary venture-building program in order to build globally scalable companies in teams. Two young entrepreneurs will set out on this process together along with the staff at Holland Startup. You will eventually cofound and hold shares in your own company.


Located in the heart of Utrecht, our office is home not only to amazing staff but also to marvelous physical structure including a renovated World War II bunker. 

Who we fund

People matter most. We will assemble the best business developers, computer scientists, engineers and world-class cofounders. Ambition, dedication and perpetual drive excite us. 



Holland Startup plays a key role in building the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Utrecht region: they not only connect university graduates to new business and growth experience, they also provide a structured program to further develop these young talents.

Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Erik Stam

Holland Startup provides a long term orientation on building startups in the Utrecht Ecosystem.

Prof Dr. Erik Stam

Heiko Packeiser

"Support from the beginning till the end, as well as a Netherlands-wide startup ecosystem - awesome!"

Heiko Packeiser, Co-Founder & EIR

Kale Jewell

The crew at @HollandStartup! - Graduate? Thinkin' about starting a company? Check them out!

Kale Jewell, Student University Utrecht

Jonathan Pothuis

"I learned that by applying Holland Startup's ideation process correctly one can research ideas faster and avoid wasting too time."

Jonathan Pothuis. Entrepreneur in Residence


Please check back frequently for current opportunities with Holland Startup

Startup Entrepreneur

Do you want to build your own startup? Join us as an Entrepreneur in Residence!

As an Entrepreneur in Residence you will work on developing your own startup concept which you will become a co-founder of upon incorporation. Using LEAN Startup methodology, you will iteratively test and (in)validate ideas in the market. When you have found and validated a concept you love, you will become co-founder of your startup.

Qualified candidates must have the following attributes:

  • Academic background
  • Demonstrated leadership roles in a professional or academic context/li>
  • Entrepreneurial experience (or ambitions) in the digital space (internet business)
  • Independent, flexible and fast executor
  • Strong analytical skills with a pragmatic approach to problem solving
  • Professional fluency in English (Dutch is not necessary but always nice
  • Ambition and the drive to perform at the top of your game consistently

You should feel confident that one of these three description matches you: Scientific expertise You are likely to have a PhD/Master (research experience in the field, i.e. thesis topic) or extensive and specific industry experience. Quote: “you can conceptualize industry problems and solutions better than anyone else”
Industry/sector expertise You have worked in an industry with deep domain exposure There is a product you believe should exist, and you want to build it. Quote: “you can spar as equals with industry experts, and they will acknowledge your talent”
Product development expertise You have built and developed products in the past and think in terms of product life-cycles. Quote: “if someone can dream of it, I can build it.”

Besides these attributes make sure you:

- Live in The Netherlands, preferably close to or in Utrecht. We believe in proximity when it comes to building startups so we highly prefer people that live in Utrecht -
- Have a long term VISA (4+ years) or hold a European passport. We are not able to facilitate VISA processing if you do not already have one -
- Have no more than 3 years of work experience -

This position is both challenging and extremely rewarding with a clear focus on the venture building process. You will obtain the broadest digital-business experience and contribute to building all the functional components of a successful digital company. You will be part of an international group of founders and venture builders who truly love what they do.

We attract and retain the best talent, period. In order to assess your competencies and skills we ask you send us your CV, a motivation letter and any portfolio work you would like to showcase. Apply through the form below or preferably by emailing apply@hollandstartup.com. For more information about us and the position read our one pager on the Entrepreneur in Residence position.

We look forward to seeing your work in action!

Do you want to join us?

Apply through sending your motivation letter and CV to apply@hollandstartup.com.

For more information, have a look at www.hollandstartup.com.

We look forward hearing from you!

Startup Management Assistant

Are you the perfect management assistent for Holland Startup?

We...are Holland Startup, a young company (venture builder) that empowers young people to build digital companies. Right from the very start, from helping with forming that awesome golden idea, all the way to the scaleup or exit phase. We were founded end 2014 by 2 entrepreneurs that had the vision of giving back what they once got, namely to give young people an opportunity that they do not get often enough: to found and fund their own company. As Holland Startup has rapidly grown, the partners are now looking for that excellent person to help them make the organization better, more efficient and even faster moving.


… have 3-5 years work experience as a management assistant, and you are a person that can handle working in an ever-changing environment that is continuously seeking to improve itself. You are that self-starting kinda guy or girl that thrives on coordinating people and processes. You love communicating in various ways and you do that flawless in both Dutch and English, and you have already spotted the linguistic flaws in this description. You can efficiently plan and organize not just yourself, but also those around you. You have a great sense of humour, because frankly none of us do. Really. We don’t.

The Job

… means that you will be supporting our 3 partners Robbert Jan, René and Maurice, and that you will on occasion deputise for them, making decisions and delegating work to others in their absence. To keep stuff going. You will be working closely with all 3 of them, in a broader range than just preparing, setting up, and partaking in partner meetings every month, quarter and the yearly strategy sessions. You will also be managing them and part of their calendars and external relations. They will frequently ask you to ‘find something out’ for them, and you know how to report that effectively and balanced.

It also means that you will be supporting our community of entrepreneurs, doing daily chores such as office management, arranging community (social) events, and you will make sure our workshop programme is functioning well. Having said something about those very hands-on thingies, your last focus of attention will be supporting the partners in the tasks revolving around our investment fund. You will plan and manage investor events, support fund-responsible people in follow-up actions, and take care of investor communication such as newsletters and reporting.

We Offer

… you a full-time job that will offer you a learning environment, and the opportunity to grow with us. Living in (the vicinity of) Utrecht is a prerequisite

Please send your resume, including photograph and motivation letter, to Maurice: m.bakker@hollandstartup.com

Do you want to join us?

Apply through sending your motivation letter and CV to apply@hollandstartup.com.

For more information, have a look at www.hollandstartup.com.

We look forward hearing from you!


In one sentence, what is it that Holland Startup does?

Holland Startup builds startups and ultimately real companies together with young entrepreneurs while providing the experience, knowledge and idea's.

Why should I join Holland Startup?

We are able to provide you with everything you need, to successfully become an entrepreneur. Additionally, we are motivated to help your company succeed from the very start, as opposed to simply providing subsidies or helping when you already have a viable product. But if you are in doubt, why not pass by to talk about it?

I have my own startup idea already; can I still join Holland Startup?

Yes, although the general goal of Holland Startup is to provide incoming young entrepreneurs with a problem/solution/idea, you are welcome to bring your own. Together we will look at the viability of the idea using our knowledge, insights and expertise.

Do I get paid to build a startup?

Holland Startup will provide you a €1000 a month research grant. Once your company generates revenue, you will pay yourself and your co-founder a salary from income generated by your company's sales. Additionally, you will possess a large equity stake in the form of shares in your own company!

How does it work with having shares in my startup?

If you join Holland Startup, you will get shares in your company. The exact amount depends on the number of co-founders. Holland Startup will also possess shares while remaining shares will be sold to investors just like any other startup. This is necessary to accelerate growth of your company.

I would like to have a meeting in order to talk about my idea/company/future, is this possible?

Feel free to give us a call, send a message via the contact form, or just pass by! Asides from those options, every Friday around 17:00 we have drinks at the HS Headquarter, Boothstraat 5 in Utrecht.

What are the chances that my startup actually works?

This is very difficult to determine, however we minimise the risk of failure by establishing our standardized process and building startups in teams. Via providing experience and theories from various backgrounds, the high failure rate is mitigated for a young entrepreneur who joins Holland Startup!

What if the startup does not work?

Our staff has extensive experience in evaluating viability of ideas and startups. We are able to recognize when a startup does not have the potential to become a success and when a pivot is necessary.

The most important aspect is the team!

Research has shown that a balanced team will bring forward amazing ideas and solutions. Thus, together we evaluate when the idea will not work, and we are able to provide you with new ideas to start something else, without losing your time and other resources.

Is Holland Startup an incubator?


Incubators are solely involved in the startup for a limited time period. Additionally, teams only join after already having assembled their own team, found a solution or an idea and a viable product.

Holland Startup is not an incubator; we actually start by validating ideas in the market to contribute to our idea library. Next, we find motivated and creative individuals and assemble matching teams. Then together with these teams, we achieve a problem/solution fit and turn it into a business.

Holland Startup runs a standardized step-by-step company building process that turns any given idea into a successful business and is in it for the long run. It is important to us to offer support from the very start until a mature company. This makes us unique, since it is not done by anyone in the Netherlands yet.

Where can I sign up?

We do not have a formal application for young entrepreneurs. Holland Startup aims to facilitate the growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across the Netherlands and thus we value open dialog with prospective young entrepreneurs and potential cofounders. Please get into contact with us if you are interested in joining Holland Startup.

I have more questions, who should I contact?

You can send us a message (via the contact form), give as a call (details found on the contact page), or just pass by at our office! We will provide you with the answers to all of your questions, together with a cup of coffee, tea or a beer.