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Government support for entrepreneurs

Mentoring and Coaching for innovative startups

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce

Good advice is priceless when you are starting up a business. Maybe you already have a coach or mentor, are part of a business network or follow training programmes. There is quite a range of initiatives aimed at helping starting businesses find their feet in their business adventure. This page offers an overview, to enable you to find the support that is best suited to your needs.

Regional initiatives

Business Generator Groningen

Business Generator GroningenExternal link facilitates startups, health care, energy and life sciences businesses in Groningen. They offer support in the areas of intellectual property, coaching, financing and establishing a network.

Novel-T

Novel-TExternal link (previously Kennispark Twente) offers innovative startups and established businesses that want to scale up financing, legal advice, mentoring, access to technology / laboratories and a creathon (type of hackathon).

Kennispoort Zwolle

KennispoortExternal link helps entrepreneurs realise their innovative ideas by providing access to financing and networks, advice sessions with an innovation advisor, intensive coaching / business development and events.

OOST NL

OOST NLExternal link offers several programmes for innovative businesses in the provinces Overijssel and Gelderland per sector: Agro-Food, creative industry, Cleantech and Energy, High Tech, Life Sciences, Logistics and Manufacturing. The services on offer include access to networks, growth advice, internationalisation help and access to laboratories.

Gelderland valoriseert

Gelderland valoriseertExternal link helps businesses to strengthen their innovative potential. It does so by offering support in the areas of copyright protection, partner search, startup trainings, financing and plan development and realisation.

StartLife (Wageningen)

StartLifeExternal link supports entrepreneurs in the food and agro branches. It offers a community, coaching, investor contacts, financing, and access to the Wageningen Campus facilities and experts.

UtrechtInc

UtrechtIncExternal link offers support to startups in the branches health, climate, and education. It does so by facilitating a community of businesses, experts and new talent, knowledge sessions, partner searches, masterclasses, intervision, and financing.

Innovation Exchange Amsterdam, IXA

IXAExternal link helps businesses interested in the technological knowledge and facilities of the Academic Medical Centre (AMC), University of Amsterdam (UoA), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), and the VU Amsterdam (VU) and VU Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc). IXA provides an interface to make it easier to find the right experts / knowledge, production facilities, research, post-graduate education, and licences.

BSSA the B. Startup School Amsterdam

BSSAExternal link offers students between the ages of 18 and 26 a 6-month internship and courses to bridge the gap between school and working life.

Impact Hub Amsterdam

Impact Hub AmsterdamExternal link is part of the international Impact Hub community of social innovators. It builds and facilitates a network, organising events, offering workspace and developing acceleration programmes. The Impact Hub Amsterdam network consists of 700-plus impact makers, innovators and investors.

Clinic

ClinicExternal link offers free legal advice and help to startups in the region of Amsterdam, that are no older than 3 years. They link the top Information Law students to a startup, that otherwise couldn’t afford legal help, for 6 months. During this internship the trainees are coached by renowned law firms.

Yes! Delft

Yes! DelftExternal link helps (starting) entrepreneurs build up leading technological companies. It does so by offering several mentoring and training programmes.

Port Innovation Lab (via Yes! Delft)

Port Innovation LabExternal link brings startups into contact with the port of Rotterdam and knowledge organisations. It offers knowledge transfer events as well as programmes to expand your network, test your ideas and find customers.

Dok41 Zeeland

Dok 41External link offers starting entrepreneurs coaching, housing, finance and access to a network.

Starterslift

StartersliftExternal link is an initiative that offers financing, housing, training and events, mentoring and access to experts to students at the Tilburg University, Avans Hogeschool, NHTV Breda or Fontys.

Bright Move Eindhoven

Bright MoveExternal link supports innovative high-tech startups, on the one hand with events and mentoring, on the other hand with financing.

Ondernemerslift+ Noordoost-Brabant

Ondernemerslift+External link coaches starters, organises courses, gives out loans and connects businesses to interesting market parties or knowledge institutions.

BOM, Brabant Development Agency

The Brabant Development Agency BOMExternal link builds bridges between entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, and the authorities. BOM helps innovative businesses accelerate their growth, and helps startups apply for funding.

Brightlands, Maastricht

BrightlandsExternal link helps businesses in the branches Materials, Health, Food and Smart Services. They offer business premises, research facilities, access to knowledge institutions and labs and financing through the Limburg Business Development Fund (LBDF).

National initiatives

StartupDelta

StartupDeltaExternal link wants to improve, connect and expand the startup climate in the Netherlands. The website offers all current initiatives and events for startups in the Netherlands.

O3NL

O3NLExternal link is a mentoring programme that supports starting high-tech entrepreneurs at the idea or production stage. O3NL collaborates with the MIT Venture Mentoring Service programme.

Nlgroeit

NLgroeitExternal link is the community for growing businesses with a turnover between 1 and a hundred million euros. NLgroeit helps businesses to realise their growth ambitions, by helping them find the perfect match with a mentor, training or other service conducive to growth.

Venture cafe

Venture cafeExternal link is a weekly cafe for innovative entrepreneurs for sharing knowledge and networking. Also facilitator (with CIC Rotterdam) for obtaining visas for innovative entrepreneurs who want to come to the Netherlands.

Dutchbasecamp

DutchbasecampExternal link helps businesses to scale up internationally, by providing coaching, training, events and a network.

New Venture

New VentureExternal link aims to make the Netherlands a more innovative place. They support companies by coaching, workshops, pitch trainings, expert business plan feedback, and networking events.

Dutch Startup Ecosystem

The Netherlands offers a range of startup assistance acitivites: funding, advice, facilities. At the StartupDelta Summit 2018, this 'Dutch startup ecosystem'External link was presented in an infographic.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce