Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Startup Delta, are now in San Francisco and have met with a number of California companies with operations in the Netherlands, including Apple, Facebook, Tesla, Cisco, Uber and Planet Labs. (Startup Delta is an organization that collaborates with more than 10 Dutch tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.)
As part of his visit, the Prime Minister invited top executives from the Bay area to an investment dinner, hosted by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which helps international companies establish and expand operations in the Netherlands. Amazon, Google, IBM, Intel, Guess, Palo Alto Networks, Dolby, Applied Materials, Netflix, NetApp, Nike, Twitter, GoPro, BioMarin and Salesforce were also among more than two dozen companies represented at the gathering of American investors in the Netherlands. A visit to Stanford University is planned for today to discuss further collaboration between Stanford and Dutch Universities.
The U.S. is the largest foreign investor in the Netherlands, with North American companies generating $1.6 billion in capital investment and creating 4,519 direct new jobs in the Netherlands in 2015. The 75 projects by North American companies included European headquarters, marketing and sales offices, service centers, distribution, manufacturing and R&D facilities across sectors ranging from information technology to life sciences & health.