AMSTERDAM, 28 MAY 2020

Nico.lab has been selected for Techleap.nl Rise program, the showcase for future unicorns

The Netherlands, under the Techleap.nl-program, has officially launched Techleap.nl Rise. With this ambitious programme, Techleap.nl and top entrepreneurs like Pieter van der Does (Adyen), Ali Niknam (bunq), Steven Schuurman (Elastic), Chris Hall (Bynder), Michiel Muller (Picnic) and Gillian Tans (Booking.com) are helping the most promising scale-ups in the Netherlands to grow faster internationally. Scale-ups participating in the first batch along with Nico.lab are: Easee, Floryn, LTO Network, Mapiq, Online Payment Platform, Polarsteps, Quicargo, Starred and Wizenoze.

As part of the programme, we will be put on the international map with corporates, investors and media. We are encouraged in groups of ten to fifteen participants to also learn from each other about the challenges of scaling up a company.  We will receive support and feedback from top Dutch entrepreneurs who share their own insights and lessons learned with the new batch of promising scale-ups. Every quarter Techleap.nl Rise will help a new group of entrepreneurs.

Merel Boers, CEO Nico.lab: ‘We are so thrilled to have been selected as one of the highest potential scale-ups in the Netherlands. We are looking forward to cooperating with the other talented entrepreneurs to learn and grow together, taking the Dutch tech world to the next level!’

Two unicorns a year, best ecosystem in Europe
The aim of Techleap.nl Rise is to support the emergence and development of world champions in the technology sector, to become less dependent on technological solutions from other countries and to create a climate in which two unicorns per year can ‘rise’. By 2023, Techleap.nl Rise wants to have supported 250 promising scale-ups. The insights from the program will also be shared to further improve the tech-ecosystem in the Netherlands and to define bottlenecks and solutions for the growth challenges of scale-ups.

Strict selection
The criteria to participate are strict: a scale-up qualifies for the program if they meet the following criteria: currently €10M+ is being raised in a funding round or they are preparing to raise it with their next round (which has probably already been funded €1-5M); an annual turnover in excess of €1 million; more than 10 FTEs employed; at least 50% annual growth and a clear understanding of the product/service and the market they serve. 

Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy Techleap.nl : “With Techleap.nl Rise we want to create more Dutch technology companies that can measure themselves against the best internationally. We have found the best entrepreneurs in the business willing to help our most promising scale-ups with honest hard and constructive feedback. By learning from each other’s experiences and connecting them to the right parties, we create an innovative climate in which the tech leaders of tomorrow can rise above themselves.” 

Gillian Tans, Chairwomen Booking.com : “The Techleap.nl Rise program allows me to give back the insights of my own scaleup journey with Booking.com to today’s most promising companies.”

Koen Droste, CEO Polarsteps: “Techleap.nl Rise is important to us because it paves the way for us to the international tech scene: from investors, to media and techtalent. We expect the program to have a real impact on the growth of our company through the connections we can make.” 

Read more about the selected scale-ups and the program here.