Government support for entrepreneurs

Finance and government schemes for student entrepreneurs

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Student finance and entrepreneurship

Students who have their own business in the Netherlands, may receive (partially) reduced study grants and loans, depending on their earnings. All (incidental) earnings and any other benefits they may receive are taken into account. When exceeding a specific amount, student finance must be cancelled altogether.

Government schemes

In addition, you can use government schemes that are meant to stimulate entrepreneurship as an entrepreneurial student.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

As a young entrepreneur, you will be given the opportunity to work temporarily at the SME of an experienced entrepreneur in another EU country.

Small businesses scheme

If you run a small business, you may be eligible to participate in the small businesses scheme, as part of which you will pay less turnover tax (VAT).

Entrepreneur’s allowance

This is deducted from the profits so that the entrepreneur pays less tax. The entrepreneur’s allowance consists of, for example, a private business ownership allowance and tax relief for new companies.

SME loan guarantee scheme

If you have a business in the Netherlands and employ no more than 250 workers, you may be eligible for a guarantee for part of a loan, which will enable you to borrow more than would otherwise be possible based on your collateral.

Micro financing

The micro financing facility is available for (start-up) businesses in need of a loan or guidance. This scheme consists of a loan of up to 35,000 euros and coaching.

Starting your own company while receiving Wajong benefits

Students with a long-term occupational disability may be eligible to receive support in establishing their own business.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44