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Start-up Visa Program

Conditions for start-up and facilitator


The Netherlands is in the top 5 most competitive economies in the world. The Netherlands has a lot to offer foreign entrepreneurs and investors: infrastructure, ports, airports and more.  

An ambitious start-up can obtain the required permit to start an innovative company in a year’s time in the Netherlands. The main condition is that they must be accompanied by a facilitator. If the conditions are met, the start-up and facilitator are supported in the process of growing into a successful company.

Conditions for start-up and facilitator

  • Cooperation with recognised facilitator;
  • The product or service is innovative;
  • The start-up has a plan to grow from concept to company;
  • The start-up and the facilitator are both registered with the Chamber of Commerce (KvK);
  • The start-up has sufficient resources to live and flourish in the Netherlands.


The cooperation between the start-up and facilitator should be recorded in a signed agreement.  The facilitator offers appropriate support, depending on the guidance that the start-up needs.
In Rotterdam, we work in conjunction with the following facilitator:

Conditions for the facilitator

  • Experience in guiding start-ups;
  • Company facilitator is in good health;
  • The facilitator does not hold a majority interest in the company of the start-up;
  • The facilitator may not be a family member of the start-up

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO) assesses whether the facilitator fulfils the conditions.

For more information:

Finding a facilitator (