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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.
Business Generator GroningenBusiness Generator Groningen 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-TNovel-T (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 ZwolleKennispoort (website in Dutch) 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 NLOOST NL 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 valoriseertGelderland valoriseert (website in Dutch) 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)StartLife 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.
Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij FlevolandOntwikkelingsmaatschappij Flevoland (website in Dutch) is the Regional Development Society, or ROM, for the province of Flevoland.
OMUOntwikkelingsmaatschappij Utrecht (OMU) is the Regional Development Society, or ROM, for the province of Utrecht.
UtrechtIncUtrechtInc 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, IXAIXA 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 AmsterdamBSSA 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 AmsterdamImpact Hub Amsterdam 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.
ClinicClinic 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.
Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Noord-Holland Noord (NHN)Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Noord-Holland Noord (website in Dutch) is the Regional Development Society, or ROM, for the province of Noord-Holland.
InnovationQuarterInnovation Quarter is the Regional Development Society, or ROM, for the province of Zuid-Holland.
The Hague Tech
Yes! DelftYes! Delft 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 Lab 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.
DockwizeDockwize (website in Dutch) offers starting entrepreneurs coaching, housing, finance and access to a network.
Bright Move EindhovenBright Move supports innovative high-tech startups, on the one hand with events and mentoring, on the other hand with financing.
Ondernemerslift+ coaches starters, organises courses, gives out loans and connects businesses to interesting market parties or knowledge institutions.
BOM, Brabant Development AgencyThe Brabant Development Agency BOM builds bridges between entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes, and the authorities. BOM helps innovative businesses accelerate their growth, and helps startups apply for funding.
Brightlands, MaastrichtBrightlands 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).
TechLeapTechLeap 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.
O3NLO3NL 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.
NlgroeitNLgroeit 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 cafeVenture cafe 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.
DutchbasecampDutchbasecamp helps businesses to scale up internationally, by providing coaching, training, events and a network.
New Venture 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 AssociationDutch Startup Association promotes the interests of startups and scale-ups. They can link your company to investors, companies, policy makers, governmental bodies, politics, and Dutch society.
Dutch Startup Ecosystem
The Netherlands offers a range of startup assistance acitivites: funding, advice, facilities. At the StartupDelta Summit 2018, this 'Dutch startup ecosystem' was presented in an infographic.