The first step you need to take to get the most of Groningens startup ecosystem is to relocate to the city. Luckily, the Netherlands makes this very easy with their startup visa: ‘scheme for startups’ gives ambitious international entrepreneurs the chance to launch their innovative businesses for a one-year period.
Startup visa in Groningen
‘Scheme for startups’ makes it easier than ever for new international startups to get a foot in the door of the Dutch startup ecosystem. The scheme is primarily targeted at entrepreneurs arriving from outside the European Union, and it is essentially a one-year residence permit for the Netherlands. The conditions of the scheme are as follows, but you can also read about them in more depth here:
- The startup must work together with a trusted, experienced Netherlands-based mentor / facilitator like Launch Cafe
- The startup must provide a service or product that is innovative
- The startup entrepreneur has a (step-by-step) plan to develop their idea into a business
- The startup entrepreneur and the facilitator are registered in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel)
- The startup entrepreneur must have sufficient financial resources to reside and live in the Netherlands for one year
After the course of the year, the startup entrepreneur may be granted an extended residence permit – as long as they satisfy the standard requirements for the Dutch government’s self-employment scheme.
Forms and more information
Startup entrepreneurs can apply for the scheme using the official application form, but the relevant information and evidence must be gathered before submission. Find out more about submitting the application.
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