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Seed Capital

Published on:
18 May 2016
Last checked on:
19 February 2024

Using the Seed Capital scheme, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy aims to support technical and creative start-ups. The ministry grants capital to investment funds that invest risk capital in innovative entrepreneurs in the technological and creative sector through this scheme. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is responsible for its implementation.

Seed Capital

Budget and duration

Start date:
Tuesday, 2 January 2024
End date:
Monday, 1 April 2024
Maximum loan per fund € 10.000.000
Total budget:
€ 33,000,000

Via the Seed capital scheme, the Dutch government provides an interest-free loan to an investment fund. This loan has a maximum term of 12 years. At least 3 independent shareholders contribute the same amount or more. This money is used to invest in tech startups that have been active for a maximum of 7 years since their first commercial sale. Per company, the minimum investment is €100.000, and the maximum is €3.5 million.

Seed Capital conditions

A closed-end venture capital fund can use the Seed Capital scheme. To start a fund, you must meet certain conditions.

Setting up an investment fund

Are you interested in setting up an investment fund? Please contact us.

Foreign investors

The admission scheme for foreign investors in the Netherlands has been simplified.

More information

For more information, please go to Seed capital (in Dutch).

Consult an overview of seed funds.

Commissioned by:
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy
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