Finding a facilitator

Published on:
2 October 2019
Last checked on:
21 August 2023

One of the conditions of the startup residence permit is that you work together with a business mentor: a facilitator. The startup entrepreneur and the facilitator must establish their partnership in a (signed) agreement.

The facilitator provides the startup entrepreneur with a tailor-made package of support depending on the specific needs of the startup entrepreneur. The facilitator may, for example, help with operational management. They may also help with marketing, research and investing acquisition for setting up an innovative business.


The facilitator must meet the following conditions:

  • The facilitator must have experience in guiding innovative startups.
  • The facilitator must be financially stable.
  • The facilitator may not, in any case, be in receivership or bankrupt and must have no negative equity.
  • The facilitator may not have a majority interest in the startup company.
  • The facilitator may not be a family member up to the third degree. This means they cannot be child, parent, grandparent or aunt/uncle of the startup entrepreneur.

Recognised facilitators

42 Workspace

A curated coworking space and community for tech and digital entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads, and startups.

Ace logo

Helping startups and scale-ups to grow and thrive.

A global startup generator breaking down the barriers to entrepreneurship for the world's most brilliant and determined people to build a global business from scratch.


Incubate. Accelerate. Validate. Scale.

CIC logo

Connecting innovators to make things happen.

Collider logo

Leading the ecosystem for innovation in marketing, commerce and adtech.

Crosspring logo

Love to grow tech start-ups and scale-ups.

Dockwize logo

Your innovation hub to make a difference with your solutions in transitions on water, energy, food, biobased, and circular economy and social impact.

Dutch Game Garden logo

Creating job opportunities and economic growth by supporting the Dutch games industry and promoting entrepreneurship.

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship logo

The leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago.

Health Valley Netherlands logo

The innovation network in life sciences and health.

HighTechXL logo

A venture-building accelerator that builds teams of entrepreneurs and tech talents around the most advanced technology in the world, like technology from CERN, TNO, Philips, and other global innovators.

Inqubator logo

Setting up and growing your business.

LUMO Labs logo

Funding for startups that align with the UN's SDGs: Sustainable Cities & Communities, Good Health & Well-Being and Quality Education.

Whether your startup needs funding, the perfect business location, or help to get your ideas investor-ready, NOM brings you further.

Stichting Novel-T logo

Programs and support for starting and accelerating innovative business cases.

Oost NL

For activities and projects on strengthening and stimulating the economy of the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel in the Netherlands.

Orange Sports Forum logo

For ambitious sports startups and scaleups that view the Netherlands as the best place for starting, growing, and internationalising their business.

Stichting PORTXL World Port Accelerator logo

The future of maritime innovation starts here.

Rockstart logo

A global accelerator and venture capitalist with follow-on-growth funding. On a mission to empower founders to drive positive change on a global scale.

SBIC logo

Supporting startups using space technology and/or data for every stage of the entrepreneurial journey.

Logo StartLife

StartLife supports innovative agrifoodtech startups to shape sustainable food systems.

Startup Bootcamp logo

Accelerating innovators.

TNW logo

A global brand that informs, inspires, and connects people who love tech through media, events, and services. Part of the Financial Times group.

Utrecht Inc logo

This university-linked startup incubator focusses on early stage, scalable technology startups in health, sustainability and education.

World Startup logo

For founders building successful ventures. Helping businesses, NGOs and governments to grasp the full potential of new ventures in and outside their organisations.

Yes Delft logo

Full-lifecycle support through a set of services to help entrepreneurs achieve success at every moment of their startup stage.

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