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28 February 2018
  • Company of the Month

The Hague Tech | Firing up tech ideas

The Hague Tech is a new community in the heart of the city, where creative talent, businesses, government and research institutions work together. The business community had an explosive start in 2017, resulting in a nomination for the ‘The Hague Awards’ in the ‘business’-category. The now proudly announce The Hague Tech to be the Company of the Month of February and recently spoke with Brian Gharibaan, founder of The Hague Tech.



Why The Hague?
It’s our goal to stimulate technology in society and in cooperation with businesses, talents and start-ups, educational and research institutions, governance and civil society organisations. The Hague builds bridges between international partnerships, in this way creating a gateway to international markets. As The Hague Tech, we believe that the pace of technology can be stimulated most effectively by being right in the heart of Dutch decision-making and knowledge infrastructures.


What was your biggest challenge?
During our establishment, The Hague offered a large network of interesting initiatives, although there was a gap in mutual understanding and collaboration between parties. As we missed a tech network and a sense of community, we decided to bring together our networks. This, with the support of The Hague Business Agency and Innovation Quarter, resulted in a kickstart of our community. Within 9 months, we established a community of 49 companies and 150 members.


Your goal is to fire up tech ideas that will change society. How are planning to do is?
We stimulate cooperation and do this at The Hague Tech by facilitating a co-working space for startups, an office-space for scaleups and meeting spaces for the public and private sector. We constantly see interesting dynamics, collaborations and new ideas through the events we host in our building. In 2017, we organised in 7 months, 72 events! Currently we plan to expand our ecosystem by building a R&D platform as a service and an academy to strengthen tech-talent.


Has your recent settlement already resulted in new local partnerships?
Yes! As a new community, we are proud to see that our memberships and partnerships are growing, while we are working on new collaborations in order to expand our tech community. Recently, we have signed partnerships in San Francisco and Cape Town, this gives many opportunities to exchange knowledge and skills with our local partners and offers gateways for companies to establish in The Hague. Together with i.e. The Hague Business Agency and Innovation Quarter, we combine strengths; where The Hague Tech’s strength lies in serving as a soft landing spot for businesses.


Where does The Hague Tech want to be in 5 years time?
When entrepreneurs choose The Hague as a base of operations, we can make their landing easier by connecting them to our existing community and important actors in the field of technology. You can see The Hague Tech as an entry point and the first point of contact. In 5 years time we want to have 700 companies within our community.


Are there any major developments?
Many! The exciting news is the digital platform we are working on, aimed to connect companies to other interesting entrepreneurs and knowledge institutes, even overseas. Next, we had six blockchain meetups last month, and we are happy to announce The Hague’s first Blockchain Lab, where early tech adopters, blockchain and AI enthusiasts, developers and industry experts can connect.


And last but not least, we have an office and a few desks available in our co-working space. So, if you are looking for an expansion of your network in a tech hub where you can give exciting events and workshops and meet other (tech) entrepreneurs? Or do you have a case on blockchain or want to be part of the digital platform? Contact us!


Are there any upcoming events that you will attend of host?
The Hague Tech will be present as part of the Holland Pavilion at Mobile World Congress, hope to see you there! Not able to be there? Our new podcast series will take you to the event. As every month our events cover a wide range of topics; blockchain, legal tech,  growth hacking, AI, Big Data, how to find the right investors and more. For the specific details, see our website.