Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

Buying and selling on a wet market in Africa

MMF is a matchmaking programme and with this facility the Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to establish structural, long-term business relationships between entrepreneurs from developing countries and Dutch entrepreneurs.

These business relationships could result in export or import business opportunities, joint venture, public private partnership or other types of business relationships.

For whom?

Entrepreneurs from developing countries and upcoming markets who are looking for a business partner in relation to one of the other RVO instruments like FDW, FDOV, DGGF and DRIVE can apply for the MMF facility, other matchmaking requests will be forwarded to the PUM facility.

Please note that MMF and the PUM Senior experts have recently joined forces. The reason for this cooperation is that we want to make sure companies receive the best possible service to improve or expand their business.

You can apply for MMF if you are located in one of the DGGF countries.

If you have specific questions in this field, please contact the secretariat of in the Netherlands.

How to apply?

To qualify for a successful application, you must submit an accurate, honest and complete intake form. This should include a clear description of the profile, role and expected contribution of prospective Dutch partners.

You should submit the intake form to the Matchmaking Facility in the Netherlands to

Assessment of your request

MMF together with the Netherlands embassy in your country will then assess your request. If the outcome of the assessment of your Matchmaking application is positive we will start assisting you in identifying suitable Dutch business partner(s).

Looking for Dutch partners

After approval and on behalf of the Matchmaking Facility, a selected Dutch expert with relevant expertise in your sector will then look for suitable Dutch companies and/or partners on your behalf.

Assistance by a consultant

When a possible match has been identified, you can come to the Netherlands to meet potential partners. Your travel expenses and accommodation costs are for yourself.

The Matchmaking Facility reimburses the costs of the Dutch expert, who will also organize the programme of your visit and assist you during the meetings.

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