Soft Landing Program LS&H - USA>NL

Soft Landing Program LS&H - USA>NL


Medical Delta, the life sciences hub in the Netherlands

In conjunction with InnovationQuarter, Medical Delta, and the Dutch Consulate General in San Francisco, CITRIS (a University of California institute) has launched an exclusive Soft Landing Program for US companies wanting to expand internationally. We provide an opportunity to test the European market fit for their life sciences and health technologies, and/or to collaborate with European research institutes to develop new technologies.

The program offers US startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a great opportunity for a soft landing for a trial period in the EU market.

The soft landing will take place between the 1st of October 2016 and 31st of July 2017 for a period of one to ten weeks in The Netherlands. Start dates and durations of stay are flexible and tailored to company needs.


​Our offer

We offer you a platform to test-run your commercially (in the US) available product during a 1 to 10 week stay in the Netherlands, including: 

Office space in one or more of the dedicated life sciences and health technology incubators in the Medical Delta region. The stay is fully funded (at no cost to you).

Mentorship and support from InnovationQuarter, Medical Delta, industry leaders, and other partners, including various specialists from the Dutch Consulate General in San Francisco.

Full support in accessing financial resources, engaging with strategic partners, and refining of business models for market opportunities in the EU.

Greater exposure to global partners and opportunities to pursue clients.


Why land in the Netherlands?

Dutch expertise: the Netherlands has a long history of health technology and life sciences research and has one of the most mature life sciences clusters in Europe.

Heart of the EU: The region is at the heart of the European Union’s 500 million-strong consumer market and offers great strategic advantages as a testbed location for companies wanting to launch their products there.

Tax-friendly: the Netherlands is well-known for its progressive and supportive tax regime that has special incentives for knowledge-intensive firms.

Can-do mentality: The country also has an open, welcoming culture and a strong trade mentality. Dutch people are generally easy-going and possess a can-do attitude.


What do we ask from you in return?

First of all, your time. As we can help only a handful of companies during this exchange, we will need you to inform us well about what it is that you are doing as a company, what your ambitions regarding becoming an international business are, and to demonstrate why you should be selected for this exchange;

Should you be selected for the exchange, we will ask you to invest time with us to determine how we can tailor the program to your company’s needs;

Also, you should be able and willing to spend at least one week – but preferably more – in The Netherlands;

Lastly, you will be asked to invest some of your own money by purchasing your airline ticket to the Netherlands and to pay for your accommodation during your stay, as well as for personal out-of-pocket costs. We will take care of all business-related costs, such as housing, events, matchmaking, etc. 


What are the criteria for companies?

Eligilbility criteria include:

  • You are a for-profit business in a high-growth field;
  • You have a product on or close to market in the Bay Area/USA;
  • You have successfully secured funding for development.

​In other words: we are looking for companies that will be able to make an impact, and are serious about wanting to pursue opportunities for scaling up their business in the EU market.


How does the selection process work?

Selection of the companies to participate will be based on a questionnaire and interview to determine your company’s needs and readiness. Decisions regarding placement at individual incubators and mentoring are customized to each selected company.

This exchange is open for a limited number of companies. Applications will be accepted immediately and selections will be made on a continuous basis.