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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.

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. 3 in the EU on the 2019 Global Innovation Index, 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.

Are you thinking about launching a start-up or scale-up in the Netherlands? The National Point of Entry gets you started. Together with the Dutch government and StartupDelta, it helps talented entrepreneurs and innovators from all over the world to set up shop in the Netherlands.



4 Sep 2020

The Netherlands Ranks in Top 5 of Global Innovation Index 2020

18 Jun 2020

The Netherlands Rises to Global Top in IMD Competitiveness Ranking

9 Apr 2020

€ 100 Million Announced as Bridging Funding for Dutch Startups and Scaleups

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