We are Stibbe Start-up specialists


Our Stibbe StartsUP programme provides full-service legal advice to carefully selected start-ups operating in innovative industries.


We launched Stibbe StartsUP in 2017, building on the experience gained in advising various successful start-ups following the launch of our Amsterdam Caterpillar Initiative in 2012.

Stibbe StartsUP stems from our desire to help young businesses and an interest in innovation. We recognize that start-ups face new and ever-changing challenges which do not always fit the traditional client-lawyer relationship. Stibbe StartsUP is looking for candidates at the forefront of innovation. Therefore, one of our most important selection criterion is innovation power.

Stibbe StartsUP is a two-way process. We provide full-service legal advice to help the start-ups grow their business to the next phase and at the same time our lawyers learn from the companies selected for the programme.

Once admitted to the programme, we commit ourselves to the start-up for one year. In the remaining months of 2017 we will not take on any new start-ups. Please monitor our website and publications about StartsUP updates and the re-opening of applications.

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