The Wadden Islands provide great opportunities with respect to sustainability and innovation for entrepreneurs with ambition. Together with the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Lab Vlieland brought fifteen innovative entrepreneurs to five of the Dutch Wadden Islands to talk with local policy makers and entrepreneurs in order to talk business. 

And with great success; all fifteen startups collected relevant leads during the Island Trade Mission

Who were with us?

SeaQurrentEcoCreationSlowmillHumphry MarineZuiver VarenThe Waste TransformersSustainer HomesZEPWesterZwamBiomeilerKitepowerGroenCollectPrecious PlasticsVisblue and Hyet Solar

© Koos Boertjens

Video manifesto

On our way we developed a shared vision for the future of the Wadden Islands. This vision is captured in the video manifesto you find below.

Opportunities, leads and spin-offs

The Island Trade Mission hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Leeuwarder Courant wrote about five solutions the startups offer and the entrepreneurial platform Sprout wrote about how these startups want to bring more sustainability to the Wadden. Anne Wil Lucas from Startup Delta was interviewed by Omrop Fryslan, as well as Lab Vlieland team member Mayte de Vries (00:44). Kitepower’s Titus Braber and Lab Vlieland’s Anna van Nunen visited BNR radio to talk about the solutions we come up with.


We sold an oyster mushroom farm to Schiermonnikoog thanks to the Trade
Mission - Wiebe Lamsma founder of Westerzwam

The can-do mentality of the islands fits the local entrepreneurs very well - Erik Houter, entrepreneurial
committee of Vlieland

The islands are a great contained environment for these startups to experiment and land their innovations - Jort Kelder, tv host and ambassador

The Trade Mission was an ideal way to meet a with large number of local entrepreneurs and help them with their
sustainability goals - Mariska Klijnsma, Ecocreation

The Trade Mission helped us to set up a pilot on Terschelling or Schiermonnikoog - Titus Braber, Kitepower

The island trade mission is initiated by:


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