Who is this program for?

For this program, we are looking for startups with innovative and scalable technology that contributes to the welfare of society. Solutions that help save costs or make the work of healthcare professionals more effective are of particular interest. 

Both early- and later stage startups are welcome to apply as long as they are past the ideation stage and are looking to further develop their solution for the market. 

A key prerequisite is for startups to offer a solution for the municipal social domain, specifically for: home – care and support. For all people, from youth to elderly, who need support to live independently for longer and to participate in society. Including but not limited to welfare work, personal care and guidance at home, daytime activities, parenting support and domestic help. 

A total of 5-10 startups will be invited to join the SocialTech Startup Network Series. Another 3-5 startups may be selected for YES!Delft’s Validation Lab or Accelerator Program, with access to the SocialTech program in The Hague.

What is in it for you?

  • Workshops, masterclasses & speeddate sessions
  • Access to the YES!Delft ecosystem
  • Discover a potential new market for your startup in the Social Domain
  • Get connected to experts and business decision makers in The Hague
  • Receive guidance in applying for Innovation Quarter’s funding opportunities

Win a pilot with The Hague Municipality!

The most promising startup in the program will get to apply their solution in the market straight away. The Municipality will award the winning team with a pilot in the area of youth care, elderly care, physical- and mental health, prevention or home care.

TIMELINE

A SOFT LANDING IN THE HAGUE

The SocialTech Startup Network Series is only one of several initiatives that The Hague is supporting to help boost innovation in the social domain. The Hague invested 2,3 million in IQCapital one of InnovationQuarters investment funds, and is encouraging the exchange of data between businesses, healthcare providers and insurance companies for the benefit of citizens. As IQ’s fund is closely linked to the program, the selected startups will get the necessary knowledge, skills and preparation to apply for it at the right stage of their development. 

 

SOCIALTECH EXPLAINED

With our population expected to grow in the coming decades, the Netherlands is bound to face an increasing need for more resilient and effective healthcare. Already today, the system is experiencing the strain of fewer healthcare professionals and resources, which can eventually have a negative impact on the welfare of citizens.

To tackle the challenges before they become an issue of the future, municipalities are looking towards innovation as the way forward. The Municipality of The Hague is strongly committed to bringing startups into the social domain to develop the products and services that are most needed. 

They are especially interested in solutions that focus on home – care and support. For all people, from youth to elderly, who need support to live independently for longer and to participate in society. Including but not limited to welfare work, personal care and guidance at home, daytime activities, parenting support and domestic help.

THE PROGRAM

Together with YES!Delft, the Municipality of The Hague is running the SocialTech Startup Network Series, giving you exclusive access to The Hague’s social domain ecosystem and dedicated investment fund by Innovation Quarter. 

The Hague invested 2,3 million in IQCapital one of InnovationQuarters investment funds. The investment is dedicated to innovative technology that allows The Hague’s social domain to become smarter and more affordable. 

If you are a startup (past the ideation stage) with an innovative and scalable technology that addresses one of the challenges above, then it is your moment to apply. Join the SocialTech Startup Network Series and prove why you should be our newest partner in this endeavor.

FOCUS ON STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

The social domain is complex and somewhat traditional. For a solution to become successful and have an impact it is essential to have a good understanding of the problems of people and institutes involved. Therefore the Social Tech program will be about navigating the social domain and funding opportunities as much as stakeholder engagement. 

The selected startups will not only get to further develop their product-market fit, but they will also build on their understanding of the market and work closely together with local partners, allowing for new collaborations to arise.

APPLY NOW TO THE PROGRAM

If you are working on a Social Tech solution in the field and you are up for the challenge, then wait no longer and apply for the network series. It’s your chance to work together with a wide range of stakeholders in the social domain – from entrepreneurs and investors, to healthcare providers and the municipality – to create real impact for the future. 

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