Distribution of startups in the Netherlands 2019, by business model

What fields are Dutch startups active in? According to this survey, just over one-third were active as an online marketplace or in eCommerce. There were markedly fewer biotech startups in the country. Of the companies surveyed, only six percent were biotech startups.

Distribution of startups in the Netherlands in 2019, by business model

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period


Number of respondents

4,311 respondents

Special properties

active startups only

Supplementary notes

Figures only include tech startups & scaleups founded in the Netherlands or with a HQ in Netherlands, with predominantly digital business models.

The source uses the following definition to define startups:
1. Innovative by design: both the product and/or business model are innovative
2. Tech enabled: either proprietary tech/software or business processes heavily enabled by tech
3. Rapidly scaling/scalable: once product-market fit is found, achieve high growth by leveraging its platform
4. Global ambitions: related with #3, startups have global (or at least international) ambitions
5. Venture backed: VC-backed companies mostly meet the previous criteria. But only 19% of companies in the dataset are venture backed

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