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The Hague: The Place To Be For AI Tech Businesses

The Hague, Netherlands, has proven to be a hotspot for any AI tech business. With a serene ambience, clear laws, access to extensive networks and a wide range of innovative programs, this article explains why AI tech businesses and investors should consider moving to The Hague, Netherlands, especially considering the advantages of the ImpactCity’s yearly innovation programme — ImpactFest.

Learn more about ImpactFest here

Introduction

The Hague, Netherlands, has proven to be a hotspot for any AI tech business. With a serene ambience, effective  laws, access to extensive networks and a wide range of innovative programs, this article explains why AI tech businesses and investors should consider moving to The Hague, Netherlands, especially considering the advantages of the ImpactCity’s yearly innovation programme ImpactFest.

Any Tech Startup’s Dream

The Hague, Netherlands is any tech startup’s dream, and established businesses who use AI systems will be drawn to the Hague because of the many superior benefits it offers.

Here are some of the reasons why The Hague, Netherlands is a prime location for your AI tech business:

  • Impact City’s “ImpactFest”

The biggest draw for you to establish your AI and tech business in The Hague, Netherlands, is the yearly ImpactFest, a programme organised by ImpactCity, the community of startups in The Hague.

Every day, more than 30,000 people come together in The Hague, Netherlands to work on truly life-changing solutions that better the world in more ways than one, across health, education, sanitation, clean energy, and sustainable infrastructure.

So, to truly cement its place as the city for impact, The Hague hosts the yearly ImpactFest programme. There, local and international investors, entrepreneurs and key stakeholders in the AI community come together  under the motto “doing good and doing business” to collaborate on the next groundbreaking AI initiatives.

Nothing states this position as strongly as ImpactFest’s bold and open commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Legal System

When you choose to bring your AI business to The Hague, Netherlands, you will have inadvertently voted for legal stability and policy consistency, in a climate of productive government relations. 

The Hague is a city renowned for leading the rest of the world in International law, especially as it intersects with other distinct legal fields like Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Mediation, Intellectual property, and even AI and blockchain law.

As the host city of the Peace Palace, the venue that houses the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and Tthe Hague Academy of International Law, you have to admit will agree that The Hague knows a few things about justice, civil rights, the amicable settlement of disputes, and crystal clear regulations.

In The Hague region, over 4,000 professionals work daily on Intellectual Property Law related matters, which means your unique AI business idea is not just in the right hand, but most importantly also in the right city.

  • The Digital Soft Landing Programme

Did you know that there is a digital platform for your AI tech business in The Hague, the Netherlands known as the “Digital SoftLanding Programme”? 

The “Digital Soft Landing Programme” is a digital platform that helps international startups to establish themselves in The Hague. Following the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Digital Soft Landing Programme aims at making it easier to incorporate an international company in The Hague.

With this free programme, The Hague is the first city in the Netherlands to offer such integrated support to international startups through its network of international organisations, knowledge centres, government institutions and a truly diverse talent pool of talents. If you are interested to know more about this programme, please reach out to The Hague Business Agency

  • Clean Energy

More and more facts confirm that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is central to the development of clean and renewable energy. And this is all the more reason why your AI business  needs to be established or expanded to The Hague, Netherlands.

It would interest you to know that the Netherlands has an extensive rollout for new energy. By 2050, the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95% compared to 1990 figures. Meanwhile, The Hague wants to become carbon neutral by 2030, 20 years before the rest of the Netherlands.

You will agree The Hague’s net-zero carbon goals are ambitious, but this is why the Hague is attractive. The Hague is a bold city for daring businesses to thrive, and ambitious entrepreneurs will fall in love with the city.

  • Access to Talent

Did you know that The Hague ranked #27 on the Global Talent Competitiveness Index having access to great talent. 

Every year The Hague welcomes about 70,000 students and 10,000 graduates from 3 major universities such as TU Delft, Leiden University, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences, which means  startups and businesses can hardly ever be in short supply of the smartest talents to drive the business further.

The Hague Business Agency can help you find and connect with the talent pools in the Netherlands because of their unique relationships with universities, research centres, HR consultants and recruiters.

  • Location

The Hague is practically sitting at the heart of the Netherlands, located in the South-Holland region only 52 km driving distance away from Amsterdam and 27 km from Rotterdam. As the third-largest city in The Netherlands, boasting a population of over 550,000 people, The Hague hosts the Dutch government and other supranational institutions as like the International Court of Justice, along with the largest expatriate community around 40.000 people of different nationalities. Coupled with The Hague’s suitability for lobbying and advocacy, The Hague is only a short train ride away from other focal points in the Netherlands like Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, which gives any would-be investor or entrepreneur ease of access to other parts of the Netherlands.

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