The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy pays particular attention to environmental matters and it also encourages cooperation between research institutes and businesses. The ministry invests in an economically stable and sustainable country and bolsters the Netherlands' leading position in key sectors: agriculture, horticulture, life sciences and health, chemicals, water, hightech, logistics, energy, water and the creative industry.
Programmes for startups
More and more start-ups are flourishing in the Netherlands. The Dutch government has introduced several programmes to make the Netherlands an even more attractive proposition for innovative, foreign start-ups, and to encourage Dutch businesses to go international. Among others:
- Early-stage financing
- StartupDelta2020 (now TechLeap.nl)
- New regulations allowing ambitious entrepreneurs to apply for a Dutch residence permit