Number of startup employees in the Netherlands 2019, by industry

In 2019, startups in the Netherlands employed roughly 108,000 people. The largest share of these employees worked in companies developing enterprise software, at nearly 18,000. Just over 4,000 people were employed by food startups.

Number of startup employees in the Netherlands in 2019, by industry

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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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