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Established SMEs, innovative startups and academics in the Netherlands can apply for Proof-of-concept funding for the development of a working prototype, to conduct market research or to devise a business plan. This loan will enable you to develop your concept or product so that it reaches the startup phase sooner.
Please note: As a result of the corona crisis, conditions for Proof-of-concept funding (VFF) have been eased (in Dutch). Participants get a 6 month suspension of repayments and pending interest. You start repayments again on 1 October 2020. If you use VFF you will receive a letter from RVO explaining how to apply for an extension. You are not obliged to make use of this extension.
When do you qualify?
- You are an SME company, an innovative startup or an academic starter, affiliated with a university or a university hospital.
- You have an established business or branch in the Netherlands at the time you are granted the loan.
- Your concept or product is currently in the phase just after market research and before market introduction.
- You have not yet started with the implementation of this proof-of-concept phase.
How to apply?
SMEs and innovative starters can apply for Proof-of-concept funding to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).