Health Valley Netherlands is recognised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency as startup facilitator
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Startup Facilitator Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

The Netherlands has traditionally been a country that welcomes entrepreneurial spirits. After centuries of enterprise and ingenuity, the combination of innovation, trade and entrepreneurship remains a driving force within the nation’s economy and is a key source of economic renewal and job creation. As such, it is recognised that entrepreneurs stimulate economic growth.

Are you interested in starting up a company in a competitive environment with a well-qualified workforce? Would you like to experience the high standard of living in the Netherlands? Read more about the advantages the Netherlands offers entrepreneurs.

Finding a facilitator

Since 2015, a new regulation enables ambitious entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. This gives you one year to launch an innovative business. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands. 

Health Valley Netherlands is recognised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency as startup facilitator. Having this recognition means Health Valley is a trusted and financially stable organization and able to established in a (signed) agreement between a startup entrepreneur and the facilitator. The facilitator must have experience in guiding innovative startups. The facilitator provides the entrepreneur with a package of support tailored to the specific needs of the startup. For example, the facilitator can assist with operational management, marketing, research and investment acquisition for setting up an innovative business. The facilitator may not be closely related to the startup entrepreneur (child, parent, grandparent, uncle/aunt). View a listing of (other) qualified facilitators.  


To qualify for a Residence permit for startups you must meet a number of criteria. The innovativeness of your product is one, as is the age of your company. Check all the criteria before you apply.

Ambitious entrepreneurship

Under this scheme, startups are offered the necessary support to develop into a mature enterprise. Read more about how the Dutch government supports ambitious entrepreneurship.


If you apply for a Residence permit for foreign startups you will need to know where to submit your application and who will be reviewing it. Your country of origin also determines what application process you will need to follow.

Extension of the permit

After the first year, the residence permit may be extended by applying to the Dutch government’s self-employment scheme. The startup entrepreneur must receive a statement from the startup facilitator. Or they must meet the standard requirements applicable to the self-employment scheme. For an overview of these requirements, please consult the IND website.

Stay updated

Stay updated about the latest updats in regards to residence permit for foreign startups in The Netherlands by visiting the website of Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( 


Instruments for startups and scaleups

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( helps startups and scaleups to grow and to accelerate their business by offering credits, subsidies and guarantee schemes, by providing access to networks and by organising specific events.

On this page you will find relevant instruments for every stage of your business. These instruments are commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

If you have any questions please get in touch with our advisors. Their contact details are listed below each instrument on the stage overview pages.

Do you live outside of the Netherlands and want to start a business here? Read all about Residence permits for foreign startups.

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