Holland has a number of incubators and accelarators that can support start-ups from the starting point to a successful international company. Whether you are a student starting this exciting adventure or you have a start-up that has been around for a while but want to take it to the next level, there is a support network of incubators and accelerators to help you realise your ambitions!

What is difference between incubators and accelerators?

A good question if you are wondering who to turn to for advice or funding. Well now, the biggest difference between accelerators and incubators is that accelerators aim to accelerate an existing business, whereas, incubators aim to turn innovative ideas into a business. Thus, accelerators generally focus on scaling a business while incubators focus on new innovations.


An incubator provides tools for high-quality startups to become successful by integrating facilities such as office space, services, a solid network, professional coaching and access to venture capital.

Students can turn to university incubators in Amsterdam, Delft, Utrecht, Wageningen and Maastricht, but there are many others out there, so don't be afraid, but go explore your options!

For an extended overview of all Dutch business incubators, we recommend the Dutch Incubation Association (DIA) website.


An accelerator generally offer guidance and capital in exchange for equity in the company. Accelerator programmes are usually 3-4 month programmes designed to help start-ups run and expand their business. Accelerator programmes focus on training, including workshops and mentorships with industry experts. The culmination of most accelerator programmes is “demo day,” an event where each start-up showcases its business through a pitch.

Below are some of the most well-known accelerator programmes in Holland are: