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

Personal advice and networking worldwide

We can help you find growth markets, better understand a specific market, and gain insights into recognising the right business partner. Contact our experts:

Events and trade missions worldwide

Are you interested in international opportunities and challenges for your startup or scale-up? Then pre-register as a startup, scale-up, partner or supporter for one of our missions to the leading tech exhibitions in 2023. Attending these missions is a great way to boost your business, meet exciting people and discover new opportunities.


Would you like to stay informed about future missions or pre-register for one or more of them? Please complete our form, and we will notify you when you can register for these missions. By pre-registering for trade missions, you will be among the first to receive more information as soon as it becomes available.

Pre-registration for startups

Partners or supporters

You can also contribute to one or more missions as a partner or supporter. Please complete our form and tell us how you can support us.

Pre-registration for partners or supporters


12 - 16 June 2023London Tech Week - Register for this event
14 - 17 June 2023Viva Technology, Paris
26 - 29 June 2023Collision, Toronto
15 - 17 August 2023Digital Demo Day, Düsseldorf - Register for this event
13 - 16 November 2023Web Summit, Lisbon
30 November - 1 December 2023SLUSH, Helsinki
9 - 12 January 2024CES, Las Vegas


Scale-up funding

We offer various funding opportunities, guarantee schemes, and vouchers for innovative scale-ups.

Tax credit R&D

Are you looking for a tax reduction on your payroll tax? Check the Tax credit for research and development (WBSO) if you have R&D activities in your company.

Horizon Europe

The European Union supports innovative developments through support programmes. The RVO Horizon Europe team guides you and improves your chances of a successful application.

Seed Capital

Is your company ready for a commercial phase? Seed Capital can boost the market introduction of your technology.

Seed Business Angel scheme

Speed up your most recent development and prepare for commercial success with business angels organised in the Seed Business Angel funds.

Credit guarantee for SMEs

Is your bank hesitant to provide you with a loan? A Credit guarantee for SMEs may help.

Corporate financing guarantee

Are you looking for more collateral on medium to large bank loans? Check the Corporate Financing Guarantee.

DHI subsidy scheme

Do you want to convince possible customers of the potential of your technology? The subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI) can help you.

Support International Business

With the Support International Business subsidy, you can finance various activities that help you take the next step in international trade.

Dutch Good Growth Fund

Do you need support to finance your business plans in emerging markets or developing countries? The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) can help you.

Dutch Trade and Investment Fund

Do you want to do business abroad but need help to raise sufficient funds? The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) enables you to take the next step towards realising your international ambitions.

Intellectual property

An international business plan should include an intellectual property (IP) chapter. This way, you can position your company to optimally use IP rights' strategic and financial benefits. This includes patents and their alternatives. Also, it prepares you to mitigate infringement risks when doing business abroad.

The Netherlands Patent Office supports Dutch companies in developing their IP strategy at several milestones. Our workshops, search products, or consultations with our experts address essential questions like:

  • How do I enforce IP rights or the risk of infringement on foreign IP rights?
  • What actions should I take to create insight into infringement risks abroad?
  • How do I deal with trade secrets or other confidential information when seeking new partnerships?
  • What actions should I take to make strategic use of IP?

The Netherlands Patent Office is part of a governmental agency aiming to promote the development of innovative SMEs. Therefore, it provides its services free of charge. Please contact one of our regional patent advisors to discuss any IP-related questions in confidence:

Advisors and area
katja.apelt@rvo.nlNoord-Holland | Zuid-Holland
michiel.vanstapele@rvo.nlZuid-Holland | Zeeland
gijs.vanhoorn@rvo.nlDrenthe | Friesland | Groningen
dynion.bakker@rvo.nlUtrecht | Flevoland | Overijssel | Gelderland

Recruiting foreign talent

When your scale-up grows, you may want to look for the most talented employees outside the Netherlands or Europe. At the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND), you can apply for residence permits for essential startup personnel. Also, you can become a recognised sponsor for highly skilled migrants. This sponsorship allows your recruited personnel to obtain a fast-track residence permit. Becoming a recognised sponsor is often an interesting option for fast-growing companies.

Would you like to get some personal advice first? Please contact the Netherlands Point of Entry. Select 'Other' in the contact form.

Our scale-up partner organisations

We work together with several partner organisations. Check out their websites to see if they can help you.

  • Invest NL
    financing sustainable and innovative scale-ups
  • ScaleNL
    fast track to the United States of America for tech entrepreneurs

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