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NS stimulates innovation in the mobility sector

In late 2015, NS launched the NS Innovatiefonds. This is a fund that aims to stimulate innovations in the field of mobility by providing funding, knowledge and expertise. Trends in mobility – such as smart systems, the sharing economy, IoT and digitisation – are causing changes in the mobility market.

NS is on the lookout for budding entrepreneurs to build these trends and developments into new products and services that will make travel more pleasant. The NS Innovatiefonds works with external parties to speed up and stimulate innovation, and to integrate into our door-to-door product range.

NS Innovatiefonds

The NS Innovatiefonds is an independent innovation fund, under its own management. It invests and co-invests in mobility start-ups, from the idea phase to the growth phase. NS looks to work with start-ups in the mobility sector, based in the Netherlands, with products and services that are useful in the Netherlands.
We invite any start-ups that are interested in collaborating with the NS Innovatiefonds to send a pitch deck, including at least the following components:  Elevator pitch, problem analysis with solution, the start-up's business model with USP’s, technology, introduction to the team and an overview of the financials. Naturally, we are also interested in the product's relationship to the door-to-door journey, as well as the start-up's expectations of working with NS.

Mainport Innovation Fund II

In addition to activities related to the NS Innovatiefonds, NS makes investments together with the Amsterdam Port Authority, Schiphol Groep and KLM, via the Mainport Innovation Fund. More information is available on the Mainport Innovation Fund II website.


The NS Innovatiefonds collaborates within a broad ecosystem of Dutch companies, suppliers, incubators and investment firms, including ANWB, Yes!Delft and UtrechtINC. In this way, we speed up the impact of innovations in mobility and offer suitable support to start-ups.

Contact & Information

Interested? Then contact us via innovatiefonds@ns.nl