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By Sietze Vermeulen
Netherlands Consulate General in San Francisco
@NLinSF

An increasing number of Dutch tech companies have their eyes set on Seattle, home to one of the leading tech clusters in the world, for their US expansion.

“With major tech companies and hundreds of startups around them, Seattle is the perfect landing spot for Dutch startups. We also notice a lot of interest from Seattle in Dutch innovation,” says Gerbert Kunst, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.

A Dutch tech delegation will visit Seattle June 21-22.

Seattle is the number 10 startup ecosystem in the world. The Netherlands is the most digital and innovative country in the EU. The growing interest from Dutch tech companies in Seattle is the reason why the Consulate General in San Francisco set up the Startup Mentor Network Seattle.

Seattle-based Dutch entrepreneurs and Dutch employees at companies such as Microsoft and Amazon will help startups find their way in the Seattle ecosystem.

“Startups sometimes need help. First, to make the decision to come to Seattle, and once they’re here, they may help navigating the local ecosystem. That’s why we’re here,” says Consul General Kunst.

Questions as “Where do I find talented staff?” and “How do I contact investor x?” are easily answered by the people who have experienced it themselves. Startups can be introduced into the network by the Consulate General in San Francisco.

The Dutch consulate helps entrepreneurs navigate their way in hot spots of technological innovation on the West Coast. It also helps American businesses find their way to the Netherlands.

Seattle visit

The launch of the mentoring network comes as a delegation of tech businesses and officials from the Netherlands visit Seattle June 21-22.

Among them is Prince Constantijn van Oranje, Dutch envoy for Startup Delta, an organization that aims to accelerate the startup ecosystem of the Netherlands.

The Dutch tech mission seeks to explore Seattle’s potential for partnerships with American businesses. Prior to the visit of the tech delegation, Microsoft will provide a specialized training program for 14 Dutch founders of software companies. They will receive in-depth workshops about artificial intelligence and machine learning on Azure, Microsoft’s growing collection of integrated cloud services.

To learn more about the mentoring network, email the consulate at sfn-ea@minbuza.nl.