The startup permit is a national scheme that makes it possible for international entrepreneurs to apply for a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands.
- The program grants non-EU entrepreneurs one year to launch and develop an innovative business in the Netherlands, provided that their startup will be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands.
- Both the facilitator and the startup entrepreneur are entered in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce.
- The entrepreneur should have enough financial resources to subsist for the duration of the startup permit.
- After one year, the startup can apply for the self- employment scheme under favorable conditions.
Implemented in January 2015
About Startup Visas:
Importing skilled labour is a quick way of alleviating talent shortages. Startup visas give skilled immigrants the right to relocate and grow their business in a foreign country for a specified amount of time. This policy intervention aims to attract talented startup founders and other entrepreneurs from abroad, in the hope that they might drive up the productivity and employment of the host country through their innovative and high-impact businesses. By their nature, most of these initiatives are national.
Read more about this type of policy instrument in Nesta's ‘Idea Bank’ for Policymakers.