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Distribution of startups in the Netherlands 2019, by industry vertical

What verticals are Dutch startups active in? According to this survey, just under 20 percent offered enterprise software as their main product. 11 percent of Dutch startups were fintech companies. By comparison, only one percent offered products and services aimed at children.

Distribution of startups in the Netherlands in 2019, by industry vertical

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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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