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Funding from regional development corporations

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Financing Desk, KVK | Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

If you're looking for funding, it's a good idea to make inquiries in the province in which you'll be setting up your business. There are numerous regional development corporations (RDCs), or regionale ontwikkelingsmaatschappij (ROM) in Dutch, operating around the Netherlands. RDCs aim to strengthen their local and regional economies, and to invest in the private sector.

Stronger regional economies

RDCs aim to make their region an appealing location to set up in business. They are putting extra resources towards strengthening their local and regional economies. Higher employment levels and greater innovative capacity are of course favourable for a region.

How RDCs work

The Regional Development Corporations receive an annual budget. They're primarily putting this money into funding innovative, fast-growing regional businesses and into re-zoning run-down industrial estates and business parks.

They provide venture capital to business owners, sometimes in exchange for equity ownership. They also assist business owners and incentivise them to locate in their region.

RDCs by province

Each province has its own budget at its disposal. Applications also vary from RDC to RDC. For an up-to-date list, please check our page Mentoring and coaching for innovative startups.

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce Financing Desk, KVK
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK