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Deputy Mayors of Amsterdam and 'New Amsterdam' Meet in New York City to Strengthen Ties

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It’s been more than 350 years since New York City was called New Amsterdam or "Breuckelen," the "Bronck’s," and "Staaten Eylandt" —but even today, there’s a long-standing relationship between our city and the Dutch government.

Earlier this week, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen met with Deputy Mayor Kajsa Ollongren, her counterpart from Amsterdam, to discuss opportunities for collaboration between the two cities.

As a result of the meeting, which included leaders from Amsterdam’s startup world and representatives from the Dutch Consulate, NYCEDC and Startup Amsterdam will facilitate an exchange program for emergingcompanies in the tech and the creative sectors.

The City of Amsterdam also expressed interest in opening a physical hub in New York City as a U.S. headquarters for Europe-based startups and requested support in identifying existing space or areas for new construction.

"Deputy Mayor Glen noted that, in this fast changing world, cities that work together increase prosperity for their citizens and businesses,” said Deputy Mayor Ollongren. “I couldn't agree more and look forward to meeting her again to further discuss a variety of opportunities and challenges our cities face today."

The Dutch representatives visited New York City as part of NYCEDC’s World to NYC (W2NYC) program, which helps leading businesses around the globe establish operations in New York City, and topped off a week-long visit by nine Dutch companies participating in "StartupDelta Bootcamp," a yearly bootcamp program organized by DutchBasecamp in partnership with the Consulate General of the Netherlands and supported by NYCEDC, now in its third year. 

Hanneke Stegweg, the founder of iLost.co and one of the participants of Startup Bootcamp was excited to meet peers and investors in New York City.

“The program proved to be an ideal platform to showcase iLost’s growth, especially in a city that is so energetic and inspiring,” she said. “The people we met fueled our ambitions."

"iLost was born in Amsterdam, but I'm sure expanding in New York is the essential step for us to become the worldwide ‘Google of lost and found.’”

- Hanneke Stegweg, founder of iLost.co

As the main hub for companies doing businesses throughout Europe, the Netherlands is the number one destination of American foreign direct investment. Leading U.S. companies—Netflix, TOMS, Tesla, and Cisco Systems, among many others—have chosen Holland to headquarter their European-operations, reinforcing the fact that the country has long been seen as a “natural” expansion area for U.S. companies looking to tap into the European market.

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The ties between Amsterdam and New York City are especially strong in tech sector, as both cities boast some of the fastest growth rates in the world.

Technology startups including Booking.com, 3D Hubs, Shapeways, Karma, and East Coast Electric, to name a few, were founded in the Netherlands, but have turned to New York City as a base for their U.S. operations. Today, there are more than 850 Dutch companies in the United States overall, supporting over 685,000 jobs.

In the spirit of a true exchange, New York City startups will soon travel to Amsterdam to learn more about establishing a presence there as a base for expansion to the rest of Europe.

“The meeting with Deputy Mayor Ollongren reaffirmed the strong historical, cultural, and economic ties between New York City and Amsterdam,” said Deputy Mayor Glen. “It sets the stage for a new chapter to this successful story.”

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