The Dutch startup scene
The Netherlands has a thriving startup scene. The surge of successful entrepreneurial endeavors has made the region one of Europe's hottest startup hubs.
Why startups and scaleups choose Holland!
- Strategic location
- International business climate
- Superior infrastructure
- Competitive fiscal climate
- Multilingual workforce
- Creative & innovative environment
- Exceptional quality of life
- Europe's most connected startup ecosystem
Orange carpet treatment through a special Startup Scheme
The Netherlands has one of the most welcoming immigration procedures for international innovative entrepreneurs. The residence permit scheme for startups affords ambitious entrepreneurs from outside the EU one year to launch an innovative new business in the Netherlands.
Latyer stage start-ups can rely on easy residence/work permits for up to 5 years for highly-skilled migrants and their families. The application procedure takes approximately 2 - 6 weeks.
For more information on residence and work permits, please consult the IND website.
Since January 2015 StartupDelta was founded to give the Dutch start-up scene an even bigger boost. The overall goal of StartupDelta was to establish a thriving and competitive ecosystem in the Netherlands, listing a top 3 position in Europe on the Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking. Coming from nowhere, the Netherlands is now listing a 4th place in the EU and 19th globally (January 2016). So, the Dutch start-up scene is on speed and aiming high!
The StartupDelta initiative consists of a dedicated team with excellent connections in enterprise, government, research and all aspects of the startup community. They are assigned to tackle challenges that hinder growth for startups. StartupDelta, led by Special Envoy Neelie Kroes, closely collaborates with the 10+ tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.
These tech hubs each have their specialty as listed below:
High Tech Systems
High-Tech Systems & Materials
Systems & Materials