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If you are targeting company growth, please find below some possible financing instruments.

SME Credit Guarantee Scheme (Borgstelling MKB Kredieten, BMKB (Dutch only))

For whom:

A scheme for companies who want to take out a loan at a bank, but who do not have sufficient collateral for the bank. The company must have with sufficient prospects for continuity.

What:

The Dutch government guarantees sums up to € 1.5 million through the BMKB. The bank will be more willing to provide a loan if that loan is partially guaranteed by the government. The bank evaluates the application.

Amounts:

Maximum loan of € 1.5  million.

Requirements:

The product that is ready for production, commercialization results are achieved & the step to profitable exploitation will be made with the demanded funding.

Contact:

Lodewijk van der Vegt: lodewijk.vandervegt@rvo.nl

Energy and Environmental Investment Allowance (EIA and MIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest energy-saving installations, or that make use of sustainable energy.

What:

You can deduct 55.5% of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the EIA, gives you a 13.5% tax advantage.

Environmentally friendly investments (MIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest in environmental friendly installations.

What:

You can deduct 36% (or 27% or 13.5%) of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the MIA, gives you a maximum 9% tax advantage.

Contact:

Martin Otten: martin.otten@rvo.nl

Innovation Box

For whom:

Companies who have successfully developed a technical innovation.

What:

A special tax rate box (5 per cent) in corporate income tax. From 2017 there is a distinction between small and large companies. For small companies (i.e. startups) the total (global group-wide) net turnover is less than € 250 million over a period of five years and the qualifying intangible assets generate less than € 37.5 million in profits over a period of five years.

For small taxpayers, only a R&D-declaration from WBSO is required as an entrance ticket to the Innovation Box. You can make arrangements with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration on how to determine the profits stated in the Innovation Box. A list of the contact persons about the Innovation Box is available at www.belastingdienst.nl. (Dutch only)

Requirements:

You must have a a R&D declaration.

More information:
www.belastingdienst.nl/ Zakelijk > Winst > Vennootschapsbelasting > Innovatiebox

Contact:

Robert Schaart: robert.schaart@rvo.nl

Patents and intellectual property

For whom:

Business owners (SME’s, start-ups), the services sector, scientists, researchers, teachers and students with technological research and development.

What:

Intellectual property (IP) is something unique that you physically create. IP is a way of transforming your innovative new product or idea into your actual property. Copyright, patents, designs and trademarks are all types of intellectual property protection. It's a right that entitles you to be the only party that can reap the benefits of an intellectual accomplishment. A patent protects an invention on a technological product or process. If you have a patent you can prohibit others from copying, selling or introducing your invention.

Costs:

Consult with the Netherlands Patent Office free of charge about any patent-related queries or other ways to protect intellectual property (IP), or alternatives, in every development stage.

Commercialisation:

Apply for a patent only if it fits your business plan. For instance, because it will give you a strong negotiating position when seeking collaboration partners or investors. Think carefully about the countries in which you want the patent to apply. For instance, countries where you can profit through licences on your invention.

Contact:

Yp Kroon: yp.kroon@rvo.nl

Jumpstart in to the ecosystem: an overview of Science & Innovation Parks

The Science & Innovation parks in the Netherlands offer a variety of services:  R&D cooperation, funding and coaching. All partners have incubation facilities in place.

International networks

Business Partner Scan (Zakenpartnerscan)

For whom:

SMEs with international ambition and specific plans.

What: 

Throughout the business partner scan the diplomatic posts will introduce you to relevant foreign contacts.

Costs:

€ 500.

Requirements:

You must be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

Contact:

Menno Schrok: menno.schrok@rvo.nl

Enterprise Europe Network EEN (Dutch only)

For whom:

SMEs with international ambition.

What:

This network helps you to innovate and grow internationally. Via contact points in more than 60 countries worldwide, the network advisors help to create international partnerships via b2b matchmaking events, focussed company missions, and a business opportunities database. Contacts looked for vary from agents, distributors, production partners, partners for technological development, license agreements and R&D. The Network is supported by the European Commission and in the Netherlands represented by RVO, KvK and EEN North.

Costs:

Free of charge.

Requirements:

You should have international potential and ambition.

Contact:

Mylène Mesters: mylene.mesters@rvo.nl

More information:

Een-North (Dutch only)

Innovation Attachés (IA-netwerk (Dutch only))

The Innovation Attachés have tailor made information on technical developments and trends in  more than 20  countries in the world. They can offer advice for strategic acquisition on R&D investments.

Contact:

The Netherlands: Worldwide network

Embassies, consulates, Netherlands Business Support Offices, Agricultural Counsellors 
The Netherlands has  embassies in capital cities, consulates in key economic centres, Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs) and Agricultural Counsellors in other regions with potential for Dutch companies. They are familiar with local markets, highlight opportunities and give practical advice. Sometimes they can also open doors that others cannot.

Country information

An overview (Dutch only) providing country information on trade legislation,  sectors, numbers and partners.

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