Saturday 03 December 2022

Dutch homegrown startups have created 130,000 jobs: report

One of the big players is now termed a ‘grown up’. Photo:

Dutch start-ups have created 130,000 current jobs in the Netherlands, according to a report by, and the CBRE property advisory group.

Their third ‘startup employment report’, which analyses the effect of businesses founded here since 1990, has measured the impact of 6,100 companies.

It claims that Dutch start-ups currently offer 130,000 jobs, an 8% annual growth since 2018, and that most roles nowadays are not just for tech jobs such as engineers and developers.

‘In fact, most roles currently open are in functions including sales, business development, legal, HR or customer support,’ the report says. It adds that people who worked at early Dutch tech firms have often gone on to create their own businesses.

The combined value of homegrown start-ups in October 2021 was €296bn, according to the report, with €5bn of venture capital funds invested in them. The most valuable tech companies founded since 1990 are, Adyen e-commerce firm and Just Eat Takeaway. While VC investment per million inhabitants is higher than the EU average, it lags behind the United Kingdom, Estonia and Sweden. has asked for a comment.

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