The best of both worlds

Startups X- Border is a partner program between the Province of Gelderland and the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The NL + DE STARTUPS X-BORDERS project aims to exploit the fact, that Dutch and Germans complement each other in many business areas, including markets and potential cooperation between start-ups, as well as established companies. As both parties – applicants and partners – have resourceful contacts, connections and business resources at their disposal, connecting the two ecosystems across the border will have a huge impact.

Startups taking part in the exchange program can choose out of two different programs – GET.connected and These programs act as catalysts and provide startups with the necessary resources in the business development and growth of their ventures across the border.

The central goal is to gather and share knowledge and networks in order to create awareness for the offers on both sides of the border between the Netherlands and Germany.