Starting a business in the Netherlands

The idea of starting a business in another country can lead to many questions. Our partner OostNL will help you start yours in our area. They can help you find staff, advise you on interesting locations and provide information on relevant partners in the region.

The Netherlands has historically always been welcoming to entrepreneurs. In 2015 a scheme for non-European entrepreneurs was introduced; it allows them a year to establish their business in the Netherlands. As an entrepreneur, you will only need to apply for a temporary residence permit at first, which can then be extended by the government. This will be contingent on the start-up being guided by an experienced mentor who is already settled in the Netherlands. You can find a list with qualified facilitators here. In 2018, the Dutch government organised a webinar which explained how entrepreneurs can best start their business in the Netherlands and which steps are required. You can check out that webinar here.

Starting a Business

Is your company interested in setting up a branch in the Netherlands? Oost NL, the regional development company for the eastern part of the Netherlands, supports international companies in setting up a business in East Netherlands. We guide and coordinate the processes for establishment and expansion and introduce you to the relevant networks in order to roll out your business plan in the best possible way.

Oost NL has years of experience in the field, and in recent years over 900 companies from all over the world were assisted by this organisation. Oost NL works closely together with partners in the Invest In Holland network. Whether you’re considering locating in the Netherlands or already have existing operations here, Oost NL assists you at every stage.

With free and confidential services, Oost NL will:

  • introduce you to the relevant networks and business partners in our ecosystem
  • share our knowledge and expertise in regard to all matters related to expanding your business
  • find the perfect premises: from lab to office, factory, warehouse, or shared facilities
  • boost matchmaking
  • provide tailor-made bidbooks
  • organise a custom-made fact-finding trip when you visit East Netherlands
  • provide assistance and support in every stage of your business expansion.

Ask help from Oost NL

International startups

The Netherlands has traditionally been a country that welcomes entrepreneurial spirits. Oost NL believes in the added value of strengthening, connecting and growing the thriving startup ecosystem of the Netherlands.

Since 2015, a new regulation enables ambitious entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. This gives you one year to launch your innovative business. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands. Oost NL can be your facilitator.

The facilitator provides the entrepreneur with a package of support tailored to the specific needs of the start-up. For example, the facilitator can assist with operational management, marketing, research, and investment acquisition for setting up an innovative business.

Starting up in East Netherlands