Focusgroup StartupUtrecht at Get Connected
On Thursday 11 October, the Get Connected 2018 annual conference by Economic Board Utrecht took place, with various interactive sessions in the morning, including the focus group StartupUtrecht.
During the focus group StartupUtrecht, various stakeholders gathered to exchange ideas about the strategy of StartupUtrecht: what should StartupUtrecht focus on in the coming years in order to successfully contribute to the startup and scaleup climate in the region?
During the focusgroup on 11 October, Heerd Jan Hoogeveen, Director StartupUtrecht, gave a bird's-eye view of the objectives of StartupUtrecht and what StartupUtrecht has focused on in recent years: access to capital, access to corporates and access to talent. In the coming years he also wants to focus more on internationalisation and a better connection with the economic agenda of the region.
This proposal was then discussed in small groups by those present, including various startups, representatives of municipalities, larger companies and knowledge institutions. The outcome of these discussions was a multitude of concrete suggestions to give substance to the strategic agenda.
Two issues came forward. First of all: there is a great need for more visibility. Visibility of startups, of players in the ecosystem, and of innovation managers at large companies. In line with this, there is a great need from various sides for matchmaking between researchers and startups, companies and startups and investors and startups. A second remark that has been made several times is that in Utrecht we can be proud of what we achieve in the startup scene. Something we can also communicate about more.
Hoogeveen will continue to work on this strategy in the coming period. The final strategic agenda will be published on the website of StartupUtrecht.
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