Great Start for TechConnect Action Programme

Within our region there is a great need for skilled tech workers from diverse backgrounds, and at the same time a big shortage of them. The TechConnect action programme will bring 50,000 people from underrepresented groups to the tech labour market in the next 4 years, together with, TomTom, Rabobank and CA-ICT.

TechConnect kickstarts diverse initiatives to reach these goals:

TechGrounds: tech-hubs within deprived areas that bring tech-entrepreneurship and digital skills to vulnerable communities within those areas. In the end of 2019 TechGrounds opened their first location in Amsterdam Osdorp Nieuw-West.

TeachForAmsterdam: the goal is to train 300 IT teachers within four years, for free, together with the industry, University of Amsterdam, VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. THE study guide for studying and working in tech, for all educational levels: vocational, higher education and academic. The “Profiler” offers a gamified tech profile assessment offering tailored advice on IT studies and jobs.

Rol TechConnect:

initiate and kickstart initiatives, organising, finance & coördination of programme


In 2020 TechConnect will introduce:

MKB Digital Workspace: an initiatief that helps SME’s to accelerate their digitalistion by activating future IT workers to SME’s and by re- and up-skilling SME staff.

TekkieWorden Metrics Office: offers tech data in the provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht.

TechGrounds will open their second tech hub in Amsterdam Zuidoost, a third lcoation in Zaanstad/Amsterdam Noord and will open two more locations throughout the Netherlands.

“TechConnect creates a big spin-off when it comes to reaching and teaching students. the most importnt thing is that we make growth in tech more inclusive, so that everyone can profit and the tech labour market is a reflection of society.”

Viktor Bos – Programme director TechConnect

In the news

Interview in het Parool met Corinne Vigreux, co-founder TomTom, Barbara Baarsma, CEO Rabobank Amsterdam, Gillian Tans, chairwoman en Nina Tellegen general director Amsterdam Economic Board

Join us?

We are looking for partners that acitvely and financially want to contribute to further developing TechConnect. Interested? Contact Viktor Bos or check-out