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Start-up requirements and facilitators

What is a ‘facilitator’?

You can think of the ‘facilitator’ as a mentor who also has a more official role. The facilitator must have a minimum of two years experience in guiding start-ups and they must also agree a specific plan for your start-up. This means that their support is tailored to you, whether that is in operational management, marketing, research; investment acquisition or anything else.

Facilitators are accredited and recognised by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

Where can I find a facilitator?

There are three facilitators recognised by the RVO in the Northern Netherlands:

A list of other RVO-accredited facilitators is available here.

Requirements

  • Collaboration with a facilitator
    This must be enshrined in a signed document
  • A step-by-step business plan
  • Registration of both the entrepreneur and the facilitator in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)
  • Provable financial means to live and reside in the Netherlands
    This is adjudged to be €1,139.90 per month. The entire 12-month’s worth must be in a Dutch bank account at the time of application.
  • An MVV (entry visa) may be required; these can usually be acquired at your local Dutch embassy.
    Exceptions to this are entrepreneurs from (or holding nationality of) Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the USA or South Korea. If you already have an MVV, this can be transferred to an start-up permit.

Remember, submitting a Start-up application costs €321!