Start-up Visa

Do you have an idea of a start-up? The Netherlands offers a 1-year start-up visa that allows you to travel to the Netherlands, stay here for one year and work on your start-up. In case of your project’s success, your stay can be prolonged, and you can continue staying in the Netherlands!

Come to the Netherlands and work on your start-up! Get easy access to the European market!

What we offer

We provide various forms of assistance from planning and up to development to achieve your goals.
Below we provide examples, but the list is not full. If you need any other assistance which is out of the list – please let us know.

We help register your company in the Netherlands. Depending on the nature of the business you can choose to register as a solo-entrepreneur (ZZP) or a company (BV). In case of need, we can provide you with a legal address to register. After completing the registration you can start doing business. Even if you are not in the Netherlands your company still can be registered and start implementing business activities. It is not mandatory to move to the Netherlands and receive a residence permit if you want to start your own business.

If you live outside of the European Union you might need a visa or residence permit to enter the Netherlands. Start-up visa allows staying in the Netherlands for the whole year. After one year you can prolong this residence permit. We assist in applying for such type of visa.

Creating a prototype (MVP or Minimum Viable Product) is a good way to advance your start-up idea. You can use this prototype to demonstrate your idea to potential partners and customers to receive more attention for your company. Further, you could analyze and improve it. We assist in designing an MVP for your new business.

We consult on marketing strategy for your company depending on the nature of product or service. We assist with preparing and implementing a marketing campaign depending on the strategy you choose.

Good network is crucial for the development of almost any business. We share our network where you might be able to meet interesting people and relevant organizations to enhance your business. We also share network developing tools in a particular area of your company.

Status of a business owner usually requires providing regular reports to the tax office and other institutions. We can assist you in preparing these reports and other types of administrative work.

The Netherlands is quite an open country. For most types of business, you do not need any licenses or permissions. You can just register a company and start working. But in some areas, you have to get particular permissions. In some cases, we assist with applying and receiving them. Please be aware that for some businesses no new permissions are possible. For example, you can't open a new hotel in Amsterdam – there are no new permissions given for this purpose. There are some other fields where no new businesses are possible. But these fields are very limited and in most of the cases, you would be able to receive permission without difficulties with our assistance.

If you require office space for your company, we can help you to find it. The price depends on the size of the office you would like to have and the location. The office space in the center of Amsterdam would be significantly more expensive than at the edge or in other cities. However, we recommend launching a business without initial office space to cut costs and rent an office later. It is not mandatory to have an office space in the Netherlands to run a business. Your company can be registered at your home address. Moreover, if you do not have an office place but still would not like to work from home – there are various possibilities of places where you could work - from libraries to co-working areas.

If you need a website for your business, app, social media accounts or other IT support - we provide this service using our large pool of specialists.

In case you would like to get more knowledge in the field of your business we can offer professional trainings. These trainings help to understand the market more deeply, reveal the nature, perspectives and strategies of your products or services. Trainings could be customized depending on your needs. You can choose the specific areas you would like to escalate.

We assist in finding accommodation. Please note, the price for the accommodation diverges significantly and depends on the type and facilities. For example, a full apartment with one or several rooms is more expensive than a single room in a shared apartment. Accommodation in Amsterdam is much more expensive than accommodation in very North (province of Friesland) or very South (province of Limburg). We provide information about price ranges depending on your preferences.

We can offer other types of assistance. If you need any other assistance which is out of the list please let us know.

We also offer a 12-month educational program for fresh entrepreneurs who want to start a start-up in the Netherlands.


Not every start-up can qualify for a start-up residence permit. There are a number of requirements to receive permission to stay in the Netherlands and work on your start-up.

  • Collaboration with a reliable and experienced facilitator (the Netherlands Education Group can provide you with such a facilitator)
  • The product or service is innovative
  • The start-up entrepreneur has a (step-by-step) plan in order to move from idea to business
  • The start-up entrepreneur must register in the Trade Register of the Chamber of Commerce (we can assist you with this registration)
  • There are sufficient financial means (resources) to be able to reside and live in the Netherlands. You should have sufficient means before starting the procedure

What is “Innovative”?

The product or service is innovative if it has at least 1 of the following 3 aspects:

  • The product or service is new to the Netherlands
  • It involves new technology for production, distribution, or marketing
  • It involves an innovative organizational procedure and method

Some examples of the projects that can be considered innovative:

  • Business activities stimulated within the context of the Top Sector Policy
  • Self-developed new products or services
  • New product-market combinations
  • Socially responsible enterprises
  • Original approach to energy conservation
  • Original approach to environmental / sustainability issues
  • Smart and creative adaptations or combinations for the purpose of cross-sectoral applications
  • Creative or innovative market approach
  • Social innovation

Our Prices


Service Price
Assistance with applying for a start-up visa and providing a facilitator € 2000
Assistance with preparing the application package – step-by-step plan and other documentation regarding the project € 4000

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registering a business in the Netherlands or need other relevant assistance – please fill in the form below:


Or just email us to and indicate “Start-up Visa” in the subject.