Rabobank’s Rob Derikx and Peter Smit sign the partnership agreement during the launch of ScaleNL at the Embassy of the United States in the Netherlands while Consul General Dirk Janssen signs from San Francisco (below).


Rabobank, one of the largest banks in the Netherlands, joins Holland in the Valley as its seventh corporate partner. In addition, Rabobank also partners with ScaleNL, the new accelerator for Dutch startups that want to expand into the US.

Rabobank’s Rob Derikx (Head of International Desk North America) and Peter Smit (Head of Rabobank Start-up & Scale-up Team) signed the partnership agreement during the launch of ScaleNL at the Embassy of the United States in the Netherlands. Rabobank will provide Dutch startups and scale-ups with network, knowledge, and financial advice and will open its offices for the program team of ScaleNL.

Rob Derikx (& Peter Smit) stated: “We are delighted to formalize this partnership with ScaleNL and Holland in the Valley. It fits seamlessly in our strategy to support Dutch Start-ups and Scale-ups that want to expand their business internationally and play an essential role in important and necessary (social) transitions. With both our Dutch based Start-up & Scale-up Team and the US based International Business Advisory team, we help fast-growing innovative Dutch companies with ambitions in the US. We highly believe in collaboration with complementary parties that strengthen each other. This partnership offers our (future) clients access to a valuable network and relevant program that will help them to get traction in a very attractive market.”

Consul General Dirk Janssen: “I am proud that Rabobank is now a partner of ScaleNL and Holland in the Valley. Finances are at the core of any business. With the expertise of Rabobank, Dutch start-ups will have a supporting partner to help them grow in the United States, while Rabobank has access to a variety of promising Dutch start-ups. The program team of ScaleNL will be based at  the Rabobank’s office in Amsterdam, making it a true collaboration. I’m looking forward to a strong and successful partnership.”

Rabobank is a cooperative bank with a mission. They support innovative and fast-, international growing companies, providing access to network, knowledge and funding. Rabobank’s Start-up & Scale-up Team and Rabobank International Business Advisory Team are teams of dedicated specialists who assist (internationally active) start-ups and scale-ups  on their road to success.  

The Holland in the Valley network, a collaboration of Dutch businesses, research institutions and government, supports start-ups and scale-ups from the Netherlands for a soft landing in the US, by facilitating collaborations between the Bay Area and the Dutch ecosystem.

The ScaleNL Accelerator, a partnership between Dutch and American entrepreneurs and the Dutch consulates in the Unites States, provides a 12-week accelerator program for selected Dutch start-ups that want to grow in the US.