Government support for entrepreneurs

Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (Ministerie van Economische Zaken, EZ) promotes the Netherlands as a country for business owners looking for a solid, sustainable and competitive base in an international market. The Ministry of Economic Affairs is committed to creating an optimal business climate in the Netherlands, providing the right conditions, and giving business owners room to innovate and grow.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs 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: