“Digitization has become an indispensable part of our daily life, which has further emphasized the corona crisis we are in.” Myrthe Hooijman starts from Techleap.nl. “But many people do not know which companies make it possible, for example, to receive education at home, to be able to provide care remotely or to receive groceries at the door. Even less is known what it takes to start and grow these companies, for example in terms of employees ”. Lucien Burm of the Dutch Startup Association (dSA) adds: “A strong start-up climate is essential for the Netherlands: it creates jobs, innovation and prosperity. Right now we have to put that on the agenda. ” An active dialogue between entrepreneurs, policymakers and politicians is therefore desperately needed.
Election debate on the smart economy
On Tuesday 2 March, RTL Z will organize ‘The election debate on the smart economy’ together with Techleap.nl and dSA. To point out to both politicians and voters the major role that technology and digitization play in our daily lives. The debate will also highlight how the government can accelerate homegrown innovation in order to achieve a smart economy and thus facilitate start-ups and scale-ups to make a maximum contribution to jobs, innovation and productivity growth.
Constantijn van Oranje is an ambassador of the Dutch start-up ecosystem and will introduce the debate: “We want to remain relevant as a country and produce the new Philipsen, ASMLs, and Adyens for every generation. We want to respond to technology and be sure that we create the jobs here for the future. ”
We have a great starting position as a tech and start-up country in the Netherlands, according to Hooijman: “We are prosperous, highly educated and centrally located, yet we cannot keep up with the speed of the rest of the world.” Where in America 51% of startups make the step to a scale-up, in the Netherlands that is only 16%. “So something really has to be done.”
Six largest parties
The candidate MPs from the six largest parties will enter into a debate on 2 March and respond to issues ranging from the future earning capacity of the Netherlands and the jobs of tomorrow to creating a competitive breeding ground for companies to start and scale quickly. . And from the role of digitization and tech entrepreneurship in the economic recovery to creating an inclusive society with equal opportunities for all.
To illustrate how the government can focus more on a smart economy, Hooijman cites an example with regard to education: “Coding schools such as Codam, Techionista and TechGrounds contribute to increasing a diverse source of talent and counteract inequality of opportunity. But because Codam, for example, uses a non-traditional method of working without teachers, they do not receive accreditation and their students do not have access to student finance. Politicians must take this new form of training seriously and adjust their regulations accordingly, if we want to be able to fill the tens of thousands of vacancies at start-ups and scale-ups now and in the future. ”
Follow the debate live
The debate is over Tuesday 2 March from 2 p.m. can be followed live on television and the online channels of RTL Z (web and app). The candidate MPs who will enter the ring are: Renske Leijten (SP), Steven van Weyenberg (D66), Mona Keijzer (CDA), Dennis Wiersma (VVD), Henk Nijboer (PvdA) and Tom van der Lee (GroenLinks). Presentation is in the hands of Diana Matroos and Constantijn van Oranje will introduce the program as ambassador of the Dutch start-up ecosystem.
The election debate about the smart economy is made possible in part by Techleap.nl and the Dutch Startup Association.