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Government support for entrepreneurs

Subsidies and tax schemes for student entrepreneurs

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency | Statistics Netherlands organisation (CBS)

Students who have their own business in the Netherlands, may receive (partially) reduced study grants and loans. They can also use government schemes that are meant to stimulate entrepreneurship as an entrepreneurial student.

Entrepreneurial students and student finance

Students who began their degree since September 2015 do not receive a grant and may earn unlimited amounts. Students who began before then may receive a reduced grant and loan depending on whether their earnings exceed a certain limit.

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 (KOR)

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 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 (BMKB)

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.


The microcredit 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.

Start a business with incapacity benefit

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

Statistics: student entrepreneurs

Number of people aged 15 to 25 years following formal education who are self-employed professionals.

Any further questions?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

+31 (0)88 602 44 44

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Statistics Netherlands organisation (CBS)