Finding a facilitator

One of the requirements for obtaining a residence permit is working together with a business mentor: a facilitator. This cooperation must be officially established in a (signed) agreement between the startup entrepreneur and the facilitator. The facilitator must have experience in guiding innovative startups. The facilitator provides the entrepreneur with a package of support tailored to the specific needs of the startup. For example, the facilitator can assist with operational management, marketing, research and investment acquisition for setting up an innovative business.


Any organisation meeting the conditions may qualify as a facilitator. The facilitator must be trusted and financially stable. The organisation cannot be in receivership or bankruptcy and may not have negative equity. The facilitator may not be closely related to the startup entrepreneur (child, parent, grandparent, uncle/aunt).

Potential facilitators looking for the right startup

Recognised facilitators

Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
Amsterdam health & technology institute (ahti)
B. Building Business
Brightlands Innovation Factory
CIC / Venture Café Nederland
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship
Startup in Residence
Growing Workplace
Health Valley
High Tech Campus
Holland Startup B.V.
Impact Hub
Inqubator Leeuwarden
Launch Cafe Groningen
Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E)
Oost NV
Rockstart Enterprises
Startup Bootcamp
Stichting Novel-T
Stichting PortXL
TEC Europe
The Hague Executive Campus B.V. (THEC)
THNK Social Enterprise
Unexpected Records
World Startup Factory
Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk

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