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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 organizations 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)

    Many countries around the world face severe water threats. To meet these needs and respond swiftly, the Dutch government has initiated the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team), giving advice on how to build a sustainable and safer water future.  

  • Dutch Surge Support (DSS water)

    The DSS instrument enables the Netherlands to cover the entire disaster management cycle from being prepared, response, relief and recovery.

  • Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

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

  • Fund against Child Labour

    In the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it has been agreed that child labour should be eliminated by 2025. Your business can contribute to this goal through the Fund against Child Labour.

  • GSM-R Interference Control Subsidy Scheme

    Subsidy for entrepreneurs exploiting trains and investing in adjusting or replacing existing GSM-R train radios or EDORs (ETCS Data Only Radio; ETCS: European Train Control System).

  • 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 start-up phase. For both innovative start-ups and existing SMEs.

  • Residence permit for foreign start-ups

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

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  • Seed Capital

    Seed Capital is an innovation fund for SMEs aiming to support technological and creative start-ups. The ministry grants capital to investment funds that invest risk capital in innovative entrepreneurs.

  • Starters International Business (SIB)

    Exporting offers your company new opportunities. It can lead to increased turnover, and also be the answer to increasing competition in the domestic market. With its Starters International Business (SIB) programme, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps companies that are aiming to move into foreign markets.

  • 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)

    It is currently possible to participate in the call for ideas. This is obligatory if you wish to apply for an FDW grant in 2017 or 2018. Formats for concept notes can be found in 'How to apply & Criteria'. The deadline for handing in a concept note to participate in the first round is 31 December 2016.

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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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