Start your business in the Netherlands
Apply for a residence permit for start-ups!
Many dream of starting their own business.
This dream can now become reality with the all new Dutch Start-up Permit.
A Great Place to live and work
The Netherlands has an excellent ecosystem for start-ups and has a high standard of living. ncti
The Netherlands is one of the founding members of the European Union and ranks 5th on the 2015 UN Human Development Index. The country has a long history of providing safety and stability to its inhabitants. It is a constitutional monarchy since 1815, and a parliamentary democracy since 1848.
The Netherlands has excellent conditions for companies, especially for start-ups. The Netherlands is strategically positioned on Europe’s North-West coast, right between two of Europe’s largest economies: The UK and Germany. The Netherlands has a superior infrastructure, an attractive fiscal climate and a multilingual workforce. 95% Of Dutch adults are proficient in the English language and there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit which shows in the large sums that are invested in established- and start-up companies.
The Dutch government recognizes the value of start-ups for the economy and introduced a start-up permit for non-EU nationals. It is a win-win situation for both the entrepreneur and the Dutch society, especially in terms of job creation and economic growth.
The start-up permit provides an excellent opportunity to start your business under the most ideal circumstances. The permit is issued for a term of three years. Thereafter it is converted to an entrepreneur permit, which has a permanent nature.
To obtain the start-up permit, the help of a facilitator is required. The facilitator acts as mentor and serves to meet practical requirements, e.g. office space, paper work for the IND, chamber of commerce and Internet services. Maybe most important: the facilitator organizes funding for the start-up business.
From idea to Business Plan
Your business idea has to be transformed into a business plan. Your business plan is a document (e.g. Word file) in the English language and has to contain the following basic information: description of the product or service, envisioned growth path and a calculation of the funding needed for the first year.
BCN B.V. has the role of facilitator. We are experienced at mentoring companies; we facilitated key businesses such as Europe’s Energy Portal and Transport!. Full-service office space is available in the strategically located municipality of Etten-Leur, the Netherlands, geographically located between Amsterdam and Brussels.
We review your application. When approved, we setup a business agreement between you, the start-up entrepreneur, and us, the facilitator. The agreement explains details such as funding of the business responsibilities of both parties and our stake in the business (max. 30%). The entrepreneur will always have a majority stake in the business, keeping you in control.
When both parties agree on the business agreement, we’ll prepare the paper work for submission to the Dutch immigration service (IND) and the Dutch chamber of commerce.
For whom is the start-up permit intended?
The Dutch start-up permit is intended for Entrepreneurs who are non-European Union citizens. Contrary to the blue card program, there are no basic requirements with regards to skill or education.
How long does the review of my business plan take?
We'll conduct a feasibility study, or review. This process will take at most four weeks.
Can I bring my family?
Yes, but only your spouse and any of the couple's children under the age of 18 years old.
Will there be additional costs for me, apart from the review fee?
There are no additional costs to you. The facilitator will carry your costs of living in the Netherlands, Entry and residence procedure with the IND etc.
Are there language requirements?
Basic level English is assumed. Dutch is not required.
If my application is turned down, it is all in vain?
It is not the end of the road. When we decide not to partner on the business plan, the business plan can be made available to our pool of employers in the Blue Card Network for the term of one year. Such employer may assume the role of facilitator.
Upon accessing your business plan, they are charged 9 Euro. The entrepreneur receives a 75% commission on each access.
There is a one-time, non-refundable charge of 195 Euro for review of your business plan.
After completing payment, you upload your business plan. Please find specifications for your business plan in the From idea to Business Plan section on the left.