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This page provides a selection of the programmes run by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (programmes translated into English). For a full overview: (in Dutch)

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  • Clean Cooking Programme

    The Netherlands Enterprise Agency participates in the Clean Cooking Programme, which supports key stakeholder organisations in the cooking energy sector in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Bangladesh.

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  • Develop2Build (D2B)

    Develop2Build (D2B) is a Government-to-Government programme. It offers governments in 37 developing countries and emerging markets direct assistance in setting up infrastructural projects with positive impact on people, the environment and society.

  • Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)

    DRIVE was established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to facilitate investments in infrastructural projects that contribute towards a good business climate and entrepreneurship in the areas of water, climate, food security and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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  • Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)

    The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) strives to fulfil an important role in the financing of (local) small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries.

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  • Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team)

    The Dutch are world-renowned for their water expertise. Dutch experts are involved in water-related projects all over the globe. The Dutch government and the Dutch water sector founded the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team), a government-to-government instrument that focuses on sending project teams across the globe to give expert advice on disaster prevention.

  • Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

    The Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) is for investing in energy-efficient technology and durable energy under favourable fiscal conditions.

  • Horizon 2020 | Research and Innovation

    Horizon 2020 is the European Commission programme for financing European research and innovation projects, covering climate change, ageing population, food safety & security and affordable renewable energy.

  • Innovation credit

    The Ministry of Economic Affairs gives SMEs financial support for risky innovation projects, filling a gap in the capital market.

  • Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

    Entrepreneurs from developing countries and upcoming markets looking for a Dutch entrepreneur as business partner can use the MMF matchmaking programme.

  • Netherlands-MENA Partnership (Shiraka)

    The Netherlands-MENA Partnership (Shiraka) was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a successor to the Matra South Programme. The aim of Shiraka is to support the sustainable democratic transition in the MENA region. It is a Dutch bilateral effort dedicated to contributing to the political developments in the MENA region.

  • Proof-of-Concept Funding

    The Proof-of-Concept Funding has been established to help businesses and ensure that an idea develops from the planning phase into the startup phase. For both innovative startups and existing SMEs.

  • Residence permit for foreign startups

    Ambitious entrepreneurs can apply for a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands. This residence permit ‘scheme for startups’ allows for one year to launch an innovative business. A precondition is that the startup must be guided by an experienced mentor.

  • Seed Capital

    The Innovation funds for SMEs builds on existing financing tools. One of these is the SEED Capital arrangement.

  • Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+)

    The operating grant Encouraging Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+) is used to increase production of renewable energy in the Netherlands, sparing the environment, making the Netherlands less dependent on fossil fuels and benefitting the economy.

  • Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)

    The Sustainable Water Fund-programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership facility that aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. The 2nd round of the programme opens in the fall of 2017.

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  • WBSO (R&D tax credit)

    Using the WBSO (Wet Bevordering Speur- & Ontwikkelingswerk/Act for the Stimulation of Research & Development), companies can lower the wage costs for R&D and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment. You can set off the tax benefit in your tax return to the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.



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