October Newsletter of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco 
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Hard work is paying off...

Dear friends,

The Startup Genome Report ranked the Amsterdam-Delta as the 13th best startup ecosystem in the world, and No. 3 in Europe. We’re surrounded by cities from the West Coast: Silicon Valley, LA, and Seattle still beat us, but we rank higher than San Diego, Denver, and Salt Lake City. This article explains the explosive growth of Amsterdam. It proves that the hard work the Netherlands puts in to its startup ecosystem is paying off.
With that good news in the pocket, and some major investments in Dutch companies (see Business News below), the past few weeks finally felt as if life is back to normal. I visited Arizona and Washington State, and was able to meet many of you in real life. We are working on a November visit of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development and are looking forward to welcoming 70 Dutch startups and scaleups at CES 2022 in January.
The end of 2021 will be more like the beginning of 2020. I wish you a beautiful fall.
Best, Dirk Janssen.

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Business Updates
Pop-Up Seattle
Seattle is a city where many feel at home, including our Pop-Up Consulate. The consulate visited Seattle to strengthen the friendship with Washington State, expand our business and startup network, and renew 100+ passports of Dutch nationals, who didn’t have to travel to the consulate in San Francisco.
This cloudy city is also the city of cloud computing. After launching the Seattle Playbook, with tips and tricks for Dutch startups, they discussed with other Dutch tech entrepreneurs how we could strengthen the connection between the ecosystems of NL and Seattle. They also visited Amazon and Dutch and American companies in Washington, and had political meetings with Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck, and Agriculture Secretary Derek Sandison.

They toured the city’s cycling infrastructure with Dutch bike maker VanMoof and local cycling advocates, and learned about local cycling culture and mobility. With the City of Seattle, they discussed possible cycling and mobility collaboration.
Recap video of the Pop-Up Consulate Seattle.
Seattle Playbook for Start-Ups
This is your business guide to Seattle. On the first day of the Pop-Up Consulate in Seattle we presented our Seattle Playbook to local entrepreneurs and startups. This online magazine gives Dutch startups tips and tricks on how to do business in Seattle. 
Download the Seattle Playbook
Upcoming visits
  • The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Mr. Tom de Bruijn, will visit San Francisco November 17-18. He will connect to Dutch and American companies and entrepreneurs and learn more about technology innovation in Silicon Valley and the Holland in the Valley network.
  • During the same week, the Director-General for Environment and International Affairs, Mr. Roald Laperre, will visit CoMotion LA. This conference on mobility brings together leaders in the world urban mobility. He will also visit Sacramento and Phoenix.
Visit to Arizona
Arizona is becoming a stronger business partner of the Netherlands every year. The state imports $1.1B from the Netherlands and exports almost $800M (2019).

After multiple online meetings, Consul General Dirk Janssen and infrastructure attaché Lieske Streefkerk-Arts finally met City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in person to discuss NL-Phoenix collaboration on mobility, circular economy, and LSH.

Other meetings included a visit to Culdesac, the first car-free neighborhood in its kind in the US, with 1000+ bike parking spots; a tour of Zero - Electric Vehicles Inc., which specializes in electrification for light- and medium-duty fleet vehicles; and discussions with Greater Phoenix Economic Council, economic synergies, our robust industry sectors, water availability and infrastructure.
Looking for Dutch talent?

Internships in the Valley is back. After a break of 18 months, Internships in the Valley is set to match a new group of interns with companies in Silicon Valley in 2022. More than 500 students have already applied and applications are open until November 15.

This high-quality internship program that matches talented Master and PhD students from the Netherlands with innovative startups and companies in the Bay Area. Because of the high number of applicants, we're looking for more companies that are looking for Dutch talent.

  • Interested in hosting a Dutch intern in your Silicon Valley company? Please connect.
Host a Dutch intern at your company
CES Unveiled Amsterdam

Are you ready for CES 2022? Meet the 70 Dutch startups and scale-ups that join the Netherlands Tech Squares in Las Vegas. Yes, two pavilions this year!

The participants were announced today at #CESUnveiled Amsterdam. Together, they represent the Netherlands’ diverse ecosystem from a wide range of fields. Get ready to join us in shaping a brighter future with responsible tech!

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