Young Business Awards

The start-up competition Young Business Award consists of three start-up events in which the best start-ups from the Netherlands compete against each other to become the ‘Best Young Business in the Netherlands’. It is also the meeting place for entrepreneurs, professionals and investors.

Founder Talks

Founder Talks is the talk show for enterprising Groningen. Four times a year, a journalist and the audience ask two prominent entrepreneurs from Groningen to take their shirts off.

Girls who like to code

Girls Who Like Code is a loosely organized collective of women that code for beginners and expert professionals. They provide a place for women in Groningen to work on projects, help each other out and share ideas and information.

Groningen Ondernemingsprijs

The aim of the Groninger Ondernemingsprijs Foundation is to stimulate the Groningen economy by making excellent and inspiring companies visible and by offering a relevant business network in which entrepreneurs and administrators of government and education can meet.

BusinessMatch Groningen

The student platform for entrepreneurship at Hanze UAS is an independent foundation that selflessly motivates and stimulates students interested in entrepreneurship. We do this by organising workshops, guest lectures, master classes and pitch competitions.

The Northern Times

A English Newspaper about the northern three provinces, which also shares startup news.

Toolbox Emmen

We facilitate tools, knowledge and a network so that everyone gets a chance to to develop. We offer a place where you can make and work together, learn, innovate and do business. And if necessary coaching.


BusinessNet Emmen is a network department of BusinessNet Netherlands, in which an enthusiastic group of entrepreneurs generate turnover for each other.

Anner Award

The Anner Award is the competition for student entrepreneurs in the Northern Netherlands. All students from Groningen, Friesland or Drenthe with a business idea or running company can participate.


Backbone050 is the contact point in Groningen where young, creative and socially engaged talent establish themselves to create, (further) develop, network and cross-pollinate (e.g. theatre groups, sound recording studios, volunteer organisations, Internship placements etc.).