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Going abroad

Do you want to develop and grow your business internationally? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency offers financial support, personal advice and access to networks and events to help grow your business on an international level. 

We can help you accelerate by exploring which countries offer good opportunities and market conditions.

Which growth markets are right for me?

Our experts can help you explore new markets to learn about local business practices, regulations and cultures. Get in touch to schedule a meeting for an advice tailored to your business case by filling out this form.

Get insider information from a regional expert

This guide explains how we can help you expand your business internationally. The Dutch Tech Expansion Guide offers information on relevant global tech hubs and ecosystems abroad. Get insider information from regional experts and innovation attachés who are located on our embassies. This is your guide to going global.

Exploring your options abroad with a personal coach?

With the Starters International Business (SIB) programme you can get support from a personal coach or an advisor from a private organisation. You can choose who you want to work with, and together you can explore the opportunities and risks of doing business abroad.

Do you have questions about your sector in another country?

We can help you with personal advice for your business-case and for multiple countries at once if wanted. We can provide an additional report with information about the business culture, legislation, market access, potential business partners, competitors and important organisations.

Get in touch to get more information for your own business case.

Finding business partners

Are you looking for customers or business partners abroad? There are several options to find you way. Whether you are searching for international partnerships, advice for international growth or support for business innovation, we can introduce you to our international partner network and communities. 

Have a look at the following webpages to find out more about which business partners we recommend and to get familiar with the networks and partnerships the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has to offer. 

Missions and events

Participating in missions and events can help you find new business opportunities and establish new business relations.

Startup Missions

Are you an innovative tech startup and are you ready to expand your business abroad? We offer the opportunity to participate in startup missions to learn about new markets, clients and partners. Take your business to the next level and stay updated on the latest news regarding our startup missions. Upcoming fairs and missions:
 
Startup trade fairs
•    Slush Helsinki, 21 – 22 November
•    CES Las Vegas, 7 – 10 January 2020
 
Startup missions (to be confirmed)
•    Germany, Berlin / Munich
•    USA, Boston / New York
•    Singapore (Oct/Nov)
 
Are you interested in joining or would you like to receive more information on the programme? Please send an email to our startup specialist HenkJan.Broeksma@RVO.nl.

Innovation missions

Are you interested in expanding your business abroad with a focus on innovation and technology? We offer 3-5 day innovation missions to a specific country with other companies and academics specialised in one technology field. The mission and all the activities are organised with local staff. To register or to get a full overview of all missions send an email to our specialists at innovatiemissie@rvo.nl.
 
Use our Event page (in Dutch) to scan through all our events, seminars and conferences that are open for registration.
As most of the events have Dutch target groups the full overview is in Dutch. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest using a translation device.

Subsidies and programmes

We offers several subsidies and programmes to support you in developing and growing your organisation abroad:

Do business in a developing country

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) offers loans, guarantees and export financing. This can help you make trade and investment in the development sector possible. For more information on this programme visit the DGGF webpage.

Export financing

The Dutch Trade & Investment Fund (DTIF) provides loans, guarantees and export financing and consists of a investment and exports component. For more information on this programme visit the DTIF webpage.

Financial support for Dutch partnerships

Doing business abroad is not easy; working together with other companies in the sector and the Dutch government can make you stronger. Partners for International Business (PIB) aims to support Dutch clusters of companies within the (top) sectors with their international ambitions by providing financial support and a worldwide network of partners, embassies, consulates and Netherlands Business Support Offices.

Dutch support in another country

The Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSOs) are trade offices of the Dutch government abroad. NBSOs support you in a practical way with your plans abroad. For example, when you want to export or establish a company in another country. Are you looking for market information or business partners? Reaching out to the NBSOs is your way to go.
You can find an NBSO per country on this website netherlandsworldwide.nl.

Find out how our partners can help

We have several partner organisations who can offer you additional support with your business plans abroad. Have a look at the following topics to find out how we can help:

Entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East

Orange Corners are physical spaces (corners) in existing, state of the art, local hubs that provide young entrepreneurs across Africa and the Middle East with the necessary training, networks and facilities to launch and expand their startups. Visit the Orange Corners website for more information.

Establishing your business in the Netherlands?

Business.gov.nl gives you details about establishing a business or doing business in the Netherlands and provides information about laws, rules and regulations. Business.gov.nl offers relevant information from the Dutch government and semi-governmental organisations specifically focused on International entrepreneurs. 

Are you a tech startup or scaleup?

As a leading innovation nation, the Netherlands wants to play a bigger role in developing solutions for a better world and building companies that can make a positive impact on a global scale. StartupDelta provides an overview of the Dutch startup ecosystem and gives access to capital, talent, customers and networks.

Want to invest in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) offers information and support for international startups and SMEs that want to know more about the benefits of investing in the Netherlands. Visit Invest in Holland for more information.

Find out more about doing business with the Dutch

Find out how the Dutch can collaborate with you to create smart solutions for global challenges related to water, food, energy, health and security. Holland Trade and Invest provides Dutch business information as well as facts and figures about the Netherlands.

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Overview of RVO international supporting tools for startups.