If the British vote to leave the European Union is put into effect by the British parliament, the current role of London as a European startup hub will undoubtedly change. Meanwhile, cities like Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam are lining up to take over. But what effect will the Brexit have on the Netherlands and, more specifically, on the Dutch tech startup industry and ecosystem as a whole?
Europe’s startup capital
Startup founders and venture capitalists will agree that London is considered to be Europe’s startup capital and biggest technology hub. With a favourable location in the biggest European financial centre and few language barriers, London has built up an impressive and highly functional ecosystem for (fin)tech startups and other companies. But with the Brexit approaching, many companies are putting their expansion plans on hold and some are even considering relocating to another international location on the European mainland.