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Has the Netherlands become too small for your startup? And are you ready to conquer international markets and scale your business? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) supports you with funding, international networks and personal advice through a worldwide (liaison) network.     


Scale-up funding

For innovative scale-ups we offer various funding opportunities, guarantee schemes and vouchers:

Tax cedit R&D

Looking for a tax reduction on your payroll tax? Check out the Tax credit for research and development (WBSO) (TRL 0-9
when you have R&D activities in your company.

Horizon Europe

The European Union also supports innovative developments. There are many support programmes. The special RVO team of Horizon Europe (TRL 0-9) helps you with your quest.

Seed Capital 

On the brink of your commercial phase? Seed Capital (TRL7 and later) can boost the market introduction of your technology.

Seed Business Angel

Speed up your last development and prepare your commercial success with business angels organised in a fund: Seed Business Angel (TRL 6/7 and later).

Credit guarantee for SMEs 

Is your bank hesitant on providing you with that loan? Maybe a Credit guarantee for SMEs (TRL 9 and later) can move them towards a contract.

Corporate financing guarantee

Looking for more collateral on medium to large bank loans? Check the Corporate Financing Guarantee (TRL 9 and later).

Support International Business programme

Do you want to increase your opportunities in a new or existing foreign market? Do you want to expand your network and make contact with new foreign customers for your products or services? The Support International Business programme (SIB) provides subsidy to finance activities to improve your business chances in a specific country.


Personal advice and networking worldwide

We can help you find growth markets, get a better understanding of a specific market; or get better insights on how to recognise the right business partner. Contact our experts:

Consult one of our startup advisors for help with your international business plan.

Foreign markets databases

If you do not need personal advice yet, you can also do some market exploration yourself. Consult our foreign markets databases.


Events and trade missions worldwide

We co-organise several worldwide events. You can visit the following events on special startup trade missions.
Also, have a look at the SIB Collective activity scheme to get support in joining a trade mission.

Register now for Digital Demo Day Dusseldorf 2022.

Register now for CES Las Vegas 2023. 

Date Event
18 AugustDigital Demo Day Dusseldorf
5-8 January ('23)                                     CES Las Vegas                                                                                    


Pre-register for the following events to stay informed.

Date Events
14 OctoberCES Unveiled
1-4 NovemberWeb Summit, Lisbon
17-18 NovemberSLUSH, Helsinki  (video recap)



Exclusive programme

FastLane is an exclusive programme that supports high potential scale-ups. They receive intensive support that serves their specific needs. RVO selects these scale-ups. Scale-up businesses cannot apply for the programme.


Our scale-up partner organisations

  • Invest NL
    (financing sustainable and innovative scale-ups)
  • ScaleNL
    (fast track to the US for tech entrepreneurs)



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