Government efforts needed for a stronger tech ecosystem
A fund for startups and scaleups with good ideas, increasing diversity in the world of technology, tax incentives for venture capital, the accreditation of coding institutes, and making alternative income constructions like equity and shares more appealing. The outcomes of the tech election debate are promising.
Tech is increasingly becoming more important for our economy and society. New players are arising in all sectors, and they represent a higher value than the companies that have long dominated these sectors. Are we doing enough for these entrepreneurs, Constantijn van Oranje wonders. As an ambassador of the Dutch startup ecosystem, he was a special guest during the debate.
Candidates MPs Mona Keijzer (CDA – Christian Democratic Appeal), Matthijs van Neerbos (PvdA – Labour Party), Steven van Weyenberg (D66 – Democrats 66), Tom van der Lee (Groenlinks- GreenLeft), Renske Leijten (SP – Socialist Party) and Dennis Wiersma (VVD – People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) debated the development of tech champions in the Netherlands, the level of government efforts needed for a stronger tech ecosystem and the importance of attracting talent from abroad. Although there were clear disagreements during the debate, all parties agreed on one thing: startups and scale-ups play an important role in the transition to a smart economy and the government must do more to help them get funding and talent