The Startup Visa NL programme works thanks to the power of collaboration. Thanks to our partners the programme has been shaped into a smooth system that enables the match between foreign startups and regional facilitators, and start an exciting journey. Through collaborative efforts and innovative thinking, we create an environment where startups thrive, ideas flourish, and breakthroughs happen.

The partners

Innovatiepact Fryslân

Innovatiepact Fryslân (IPF) is a network of entrepreneurs, education and governments forming a pact where they work together on innovation for a vital and resilient Fryslân. Startup Visa NL is partly (em)powered by Innovatiepact Fryslân.

Founded in Friesland

Founded in Friesland is a programme from IPF, which supports entrepreneurial talent, startups and scaleups, aiming at a sustainable future in Friesland, Netherlands. It offers startup accelerators, providing knowledge, inspiration and connections with the right partners.

Founded in Groningen

Founded in Groningen supports entrepreneurial talent, startups, and scale-ups in Groningen, Netherlands. Their aim is to foster a sustainable future by offering startup programs that provide essential knowledge, inspiration, connections with the right partners and an ecosystem that helps with growth. Through these initiatives, they strive to enable the growth and success of innovative ventures in Groningen.


Novel-T helps new businesses emerge and existing businesses to renew.

Based on the University of Twente campus in Enschede, they offer support and programs to startups, scale-ups, and SMEs to accelerate their business case. Together with their vast ecosystems in deeptech, health, uav’s and hightech systems & materials, they grant access to capital, market insights, and talent.


The NOM (Northern Development Agency) is the regional investment and development company in the North, they aim to strengthen the economy in the Northern Netherlands. We do this by investing in companies and supporting entrepreneurs with their growth plans. We have a broad network, linking entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs. Whether you need funding, are looking for the perfect business location or need help making your ideas market-investor-ready. NOM helps you to succeed in the Northern Netherlands.

International Welcome Center North

The International Welcome Center North (IWCN) is the expat centre of the Northern Netherlands region (Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe). If you need support with your residence permit, settling into your new life in the Northern Netherlands, and building a new social circle, this is the place to go.




By now you probably read the whole website and found out everything there is to know about Startup Visa NL. Are you convinced that you’re a match for us? Don’t hesitate any longer and send in your application. If you still have some questions, we recommended to read the FAQ.

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