Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions
The crew compiled the most frequently asked questions for you.
1. You must have an agreement to work together with a recognized facilitator
One of the conditions of the startup residence permit is that you work together with a business mentor: a facilitator. The startup entrepreneur and the facilitator must establish their partnership in a (signed) agreement.
The facilitator provides the startup entrepreneur with a tailor-made package of support depending on the specific needs of the startup entrepreneur. The facilitator may, for example, help with operational management. They may also help with marketing, research and investing acquisition for setting up an innovative business.
A facilitator is a business mentor that provides you, the entrepreneur, with support. tailor-made package of support depending on the specific needs of the startup entrepreneur. The facilitator may, for example, help with operational management. They may also help with marketing, research and investing acquisition for setting up an innovative business. Having a facilitator is one of the official conditions for getting a startup visa.
Your business plan concerns the development of new products, services and processes or the application of new technologies in products, services and processes.
When applying for any visa, the Dutch government will ask for a fee. The Startup Visa is a relatively cheap permit to come to the Netherlands. The application costs are €349,00.
Your business plan addresses information concerning:
3. Organisation structure
4. The product/service (problem, solution, technique, patent)
5. Market (competitiveness, scale, prize)
6. Operations (strategy, selling, development, risks, SWOT)
7. Finance (liquidity, investments, costs, etc.)
The Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands offers information, education and support to companies and organizations. Its statutory duties are aimed at registering, informing and advising companies and organisations. More information you can find here: https://www.kvk.nl/english/
You must have sufficient money (income) to be able to reside, live and set up a business in the Netherlands. You can prove that you have sufficient resources by way of a bank statement that you have sufficient money in your bank account. The minimum amount is € 15.420 as of 2021.
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The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) and Expat Center East Netherlands (ECEN) provides internationals who come to the North Eastern Netherlands with a warm welcome and a soft landing. The IWCN and ECEN can provide all the information you need to live happily in the Northern Netherlands. Think of information on housing, healthcare, opening a bank account, enrolling your children to the international school, Dutch language and culture seminars, and a social network and social events — everything to ensure you will feel at home in the Netherlands. You can also pick up your residence permit in the office of the IWCN in Groningen! More information here.
Facilitators ask for a fee so that a startup can get coaching or can make use of their facilities. This fee depends on the needs of the startup and what a facilitator can offer. For example, lab space will be more expansive than a normal office. The costs will be determined in the facilitator contract.