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Government support for entrepreneurs

Start a business with incapacity benefit

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you live in the Netherlands and you have a long-term occupational disability, in some cases you may be eligible for support to start your own business. This support comes in the form of a business start-up credit or business planning and development credit, transport facilities or an allowance for services such as reading assistance or deaf interpreting.

When do you qualify?

You must satisfy at least the following conditions:

  • You receive benefit under the Work and Social Assistance Act (bijstand), the Work and Income (Capacity for Work) Act (WIA), the Invalidity Insurance Act (WAO), the Invalidity Insurance (Self-Employed Persons) Act (WAZ), the Invalidity Insurance (Young Disabled Persons) Act (Wajong) or the Sickness Benefits Act (ZW).
  • You have registered with the Employee Insurance Agency (Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen, UWV).
  • Your disability will most likely last longer than one year.
  • The facilities are required for your work.
  • You require the facilities because of your disability.
  • UWV believes that starting a business is a realistic option for you.

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted at any time. You can apply for this facility to the Employee Insurance AgencyExternal link.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency