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Published on: 8 July 2022 | Changed on: 11 July 2022

Are you a Dutch entrepreneur looking for new business opportunities? Do you know which market you want to enter? But do you lack the tools to start? The Support International Business (SIB) subsidy provides the necessary support to guide you and be successful abroad.

SIB supports Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) from the Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean to do sustainable international business in new markets.

Activities you can apply SIB to

You can use the SIB subsidy for these activities:

  • Find partners, investors or possible customers in their target country. For example, join a (virtual) trade mission or attend a trade exhibition;
  • Supported by an expert, you can get knowledge about legal and tax matters in your target country;
  • Commission market research to see your competitors and potential buyers in your target country;
  • Expand your export knowledge through training or coaching;
  • You can use SIB to contact local parties if you are an SME with export experience. SIB will help you promote and set up your business in the target country.

SIB Alternative Markets

Is your business affected by the war in Ukraine and the resulting trade sanctions against Russia or other trade restrictions? You can use the SIB Alternative Markets subsidy to look for a replacement export market.


Are you interested in using SIB, and do you know which activity is most suitable for you? Please apply through the Support International Business website.

What happened to the previous SIB scheme?

The former SIB subsidy, Starters for International Business, has ceased since 1 April 2022. SIB is no longer a voucher system but a subsidy. SMEs who applied for a SIB voucher before 1 April 2022 can still redeem or transfer the voucher within the applicable deadline.

More information

Would you like to know more about the SIB subsidy? Please contact one of our advisors. They will be happy to assist you.

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