Connecting the Dutch Startup & SME community in Singapore

Connecting the Dutch Startup & SME community in Singapore


Singapore is a great location for entrepreneurs to establish their business. The Singaporean business environment is friendly and well-organized, and Singapore is a great business hub for the the region. Looking at the entrepreneurial nature of the Dutch, it is no surprise that many Dutch entrepreneurs found their way to Singapore and started businesses.

The Startup & SME Academy is there to support, expand and strengthen the ecosystem of Dutch startups and SME’s and related local stakeholders in Singapore. Our main objectives are connecting people and building relationships, supporting the exchange of useful information, and facilitating helping each other and working together.


Throughout the year we are available for questions, any kind of feedback, and requests for introductions and support. Each quarter we organize an event. These events are intended to be meaningful, interactive and thought-provoking, and aimed at addressing the needs and interests of our members. In short, we invite founders and business experts to share their experience, learnings and insights, and to take part in well-organized panel discussions.
During the events we always make sure that there is plenty of time for questions, discussions and networking, and of course for pitching of business ideas. We always pick a relevant theme, try to find a nice event location and have a drink and a bit of a laugh too. In the end we want to do business and have fun!


The Startup & SME Academy is meant for:

  • Dutch founders and employees of startups and SMEs in Singapore,

  • Singaporean founders who are interested in collaboration or developing business in Netherlands,

  • Dutch and Singaporean angel investors, seed investors and venture capitalists, and

  • People who are considering to join a Dutch startup or SME, or are simply interested to learn more about the ecosystem of Dutch entrepreneurs in Singapore.

Our events are most interesting for founders who are currently in one of the following business lifecycle stages: validation, growth and professionalisation. The committee is inclusive for all, so anyone – Dutch, Singaporean and any other – is most welcome to join our events. Please note though that pre-registration is required and members of ADB-DutchCham have priority over non-members.


Robbert-John Sjollema, Continae, Co-chair

Hareld van den Brink, Baeld / Metabolic, Co-chair

Gabby van Herpt, The Netherlands Embassy in Singapore

Gerben Visser, InQvest Partner, Bahrain FinTech Bay, FinTech Consortium, IncubAsia Ventures


Robbert-John Sjollema and Hareld van den Brink or through

Resources > The website of the Association of Dutch Business People and the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, ADB-DutchCham > Singapore’s government agency that Champions enterprise development. > The platform that merges the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single connected hub.


Previous events: 

Wednesday 16 May 2018

Scaling up your business; the obstacles and the rewards &
Sharing best practices between Singapore and the Netherlands

Special Guest of Honor HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje

Two fireside chats (panel discussions) with investors and business owners to talk about the challenges and experiences in Singapore in an informal setting through expert-led panel discussions and presentations. Prince Constantijn will moderate the discussions.



Visit of Prime Minister Rutte to Academy:



“I like the 'learning by doing' approach, and looking forward to the next one. Good synergy between ADB, DutchCham, Dutch Embassy and Startup/SME ecosystem. Great TEAMwork.”

“This was a very inspirational and well organized event.”

“Very well organised event. Interactive so kept people motivated and involved. Definitely recommend to any budding start up entrepreneur or an established business.”