The Netherlands boasts a flexible and English-speaking workforce, exceptional digital access, many innovative centres and a need to look beyond the borders to create a business of meaningful size. These are some of the factors contributing to the surge of successful entrepreneurs in the country.

Find out more about the new and exciting generation of Dutch entrepreneurs, proposed by the Dutch Digital Champion Tineke Netelenbos, through the inspirational success stories below.


  • 3D Hubs – a marketplace for 3D printer sharing.
  • Blendle – an online kiosk for written media.
  • – a social learning platform.
  • Human – a health tracker app.
  • MessageBird - a service for sending text and voice messages around the world.
  • – a PR publishing tool.
  • SEOshop – a hosted ecommerce solution to set up and run online store.
  • SnappCar – a marketplace for car sharing.
  • The Cloakroom – a personal shopping agency.
  • TicketSwap – a marketplace for concert tickets.
  • Tradecloud – a business to business cloud-platform for mid-sized wholesale and production companies.
  • Wercker – a development platform built in order to make developers' lives easier and enabling them to move fast and make things.
  • Travelbird  – an online holiday booking website offered in 18 countries around the world.


  • Adyen – is a payment service provider enabling merchants to accept payments anywhere in the world.
  • Catawiki– a free-of-charge online wiki-based compendium of collectors' catalogues. which can be edited by registered user with the edits subject to expert review.
  • App Annie – focuses on providing business intelligence for apps.
  • Drukwerkdeal – platform with printing services.
  • ElasticSearch – aims at making searching and analysing data — even log files — easier.
  • Mendix – an app platform company enabling companies to build, integrate and deploy web and mobile applications.
  • Shapeways – is a 3D printing marketplace and community, which gives designers the opportunity to bring their products to life.
  • The Next Web – is a technology focused media company, which manages several initiatives focused on international technology news, business and culture.
  • Hotelspecials – a hotel booking website for short breaks.
  • Usabilla – offers user experience testing.
  • WeTransfer – is an online file-transferring platform where people can transfer files up to 2GB per transfer.

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