Europe's Largest Startup Ecosystem
Renowned internationally for its open culture and emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, the Netherlands is home to a vibrant, collaborative startup ecosystem. In fact, the Netherlands ranks No. 1 in the European Union for its startup business climate, according to the European Digital Forum’s 2016 Startup Nation Scoreboard.
Holland’s unrivaled digital infrastructure, highly educated, tech-savvy, English-speaking workforce and open corporate business culture provide an attractive and supportive test market for new business.
Ranked No. 5 in the EU on the 2016 European Innovation Scorecard, the Netherlands is home to more than 10 leading innovation hubs, where startups benefit from world-class incubators and R&D facilities.
As of 2015, a new regulation makes it possible for ambitious entrepreneurs outside of the European Union to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. The so-called “start-up visa” affords ambitious entrepreneurs one year to launch an innovative business. A prerequisite is that this start-up must be guided by an experienced mentor that is based in the Netherlands. After one year, the start-up entrepreneur may have the duration of their residence permit extended on the basis of the Dutch government’s self-employment scheme.
The Dutch government also offers tax incentives to promote corporate R&D and innovation, making the Netherlands one of the best values in Europe for startups.