Subsidies for starting a business in the Netherlands

Subsidies for starting a business in the Netherlands

If you wish to start a company in the Netherlands, you may apply for subsidies and/or schemes made available by the Dutch government. There are, for example, tax reliefs and allowances for starting entrepreneurs and schemes to start a company whilst retaining your benefits. An overview of these resources is provided below.

Please note: There are no general start-up subsidies.

  • Subsidies (9)
  1. Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

    As a young entrepreneur you may be eligible for the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme. This programme offers …

  2. Microfinancing

    Are you a (startup) business owner and need credit or guidance? You may be eligible for microfinancing. …

  3. New business loans (venture capital)

    As the owner of a new business, are you in need of capital? You can ask a private individual to give you a loan. …

  4. Self-Employed Persons (Provision of Assistance) Decree (Bbz)

    If you are a self-employed person in the Netherlands and your income is below the social assistance benefit level, …

  5. SME loan guarantee scheme (BMKB)

    If you have a business in the Netherlands and employ no more than 250 workers, you may in some cases be eligible for …

  6. SME+ Innovation Fund

    You may use the SME+ Innovation Fund to convert your plans into profitable new products, services and processes. The …

  7. Starting your own company while receiving occupational disability benefit

    If you live in the Netherlands and you have a long-term occupational disability, you may sometimes receive support …

  8. Starting your own company while receiving unemployment benefit (WW)

    It is possible to start your own company while retaining all or part of your unemployment benefit (WW). There are …

  9. Tax relief for new companies

    If you have started a business in the Netherlands and you are liable for income tax in the Netherlands, you may be …


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