Get in the Ring and the Municipality of Amsterdam are looking for solutions to make the city of Amsterdam more sustainable, innovative and future-proof. The Municipality is looking to collaborate with startups, scaleups, and SMEs on a variety of topics including waste recycling, new energy sources, sustainable sports city, climate-proof city and food waste.


As part of the Startup in Residence program, The City of Amsterdam can significantly benefit the prospects of a startup, scaleup, innovative SME or social enterprise, by investing and/or becoming a launching customer or partner. In 6 months you get the chance to test your product or service in the city and use the entire municipal network. We bring together a network of committed entrepreneurs, mentors, civil servants and partners which benefits both the City of Amsterdam and you. Not to mention the experience in doing this as it is the fifth time that the City of Amsterdam is organising a Startup in Residence programme.

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Arena's circular trash

Improve waste sorting and processing in and around the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Clean & green energy

Embed clean energy in the Amsterdam cityscape.

Greener municipal trucks

Make the Municipal's (garbage) vehicles emission-free.

Collect commercial waste over water

Waste collection using the waterways for transportation.

Connect citizens to gas-free living

Create interaction between Amsterdammers and the Municipality about gas-free living in Amsterdam.

Entice locals to compost

Motivate citizens to locally collect and process organic waste.

Food from the hood

Bring local food producers closer to Amsterdam consumers.

Green deliveries & waste collection for businesses

Create cleaner and more efficient deliveries and waste collection for businesses.

Green homeowners' association

Make it easier for the members of homeowners’ associations to make their homes sustainable.

Green up our car parks

Use the municipal car parks for more sustainable purposes.

GreenPee’s ‘liquid gold’

Use collected urine in the local circular economy.

Heat for later

Capture or utilise heat locally (for example, from surface water, air, soil or bricks).

No waste in this household

Motivate residents to recycle their household waste.

Re-use our sewer trash

Re-use coarse waste and fat/grease/fibre from residual streams.

Save our water plants

Enable aquatic plants to grow in the Amsterdam canals.

Sustainable municipality

Make the municipal organisation more sustainable.

Sustainable sports city

Connect sport and sustainability during EURO 2020 and beyond.

Trees in need

Enable customized care for trees to prolong their lifespan.


Other sustainable solutions that can be tested with the Municipality of Amsterdam.


  • Pilot project with Municipality of Amsterdam

  • Possibility for the Municipality to become your launching customer

  • Possibility to land investment by the Municipality

  • Customized Startup in Residence program including trainings and coaching(6 months, parttime)

  • Internal content guidance and access to the expertise/network of the City

  • Process support in the collaboration including product or service development

  • Access to office space by the Municipality of Amsterdam during the program

  • The City can act as a Startup Via Facilitator


  • Have a working prototype/service

  • Be registered as an official entity no longer than 6 years ago (in Europe)

  • Have no more than 10 FTE

  • Fill in the UEA document and add it to your application

additional info and criteria in tender document




The deadline for applications is March 24th, at midnight (UTC+1).


3 startups per Challenge are selected for the pitch round, taking place between April 8th and 19th in Amsterdam.


The announcement of selected startups will be done latest April 26th.


The kick off of the Startup in Residence program is May 16th. The program lasts 6 months, is part time, and will be tailored to your individual needs.
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The deadline for this Challenge has passed, please check out our other Challenges