Startup stage

You may be eligible for the following arrangements under company financing (pre-seed funding, Proof-of-Concept) or project financing (others):

Pre-seed funding

The regional Science & Innovation Parks in the Netherlands offer a variety of services: R&D cooperation, regional pre-seed funding and coaching. All partners have incubation facilities in place.

Proof-of-Concept

For whom:

Proof-of-Concept (Vroegefasefinanciering, VFF) is meant for:

• SME businesses (small and medium-sized).
• innovative startups (≤ 5 years old).
• academic innovative startups (whose economic activities directly and immediately result from research by a university or academic hospital).

What:

A loan to research whether your idea is potentially feasible in the market.

Amounts:

Minimum project size: €50,000.

Requirements:

• a business plan showing you will grow substantially.
• a declaration of intent from the future investor, who will finance your proof-of-concept/innovation phase. This has to at least equal the amount you receive from the government.

Contact:

Heidi van Hooff: heidi.vanhooff@rvo.nl

Fill in the Quick Scan and talk to an RVO advisor to assess your chances for a successful application.

Eurostars

For whom:

Eurostars (Dutch only) is meant for R&D-intensive SMEs who want to perform research and development resulting in a marketable product, process or service.

What:

Funding for your part in an international R&D project between organisations from at least 2 Eurostars member states.

Amounts:

€500,000 of funding of Dutch project activities.

Requirements:

R&D-intensive (either 5-10 fte's or >10% of fte’s or 10% of their turnover dedicated to R&D activities)

 Contact:

Arnold Meijer: arnold.meijer@rvo.nl

R&D payroll tax allowance (WBSO)

For whom:

The R&D payroll tax allowance (WBSO) is meant for a) companies who pay wage costs for R&D and have R&D costs and/or expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment or b) self-employed entrepreneurs who pay income tax and who make a minimum of 500 hours a year on R&D.

What:

A lowering of your tax costs.

Amounts:

For companies

  • 32% payroll tax deduction of the first €350,000 of total R&D costs (40% for startups)
  • 16% payroll tax deduction of all further R&D costs
For self-employed entrepreneurs
  • a fixed income tax deduction of €12,522
  • start-ups are entitled to an additional deduction of €6,264

Requirements:

  • the proposed R&D activities take place in your own company
  • the technological development is new to your organisation
  • the development is accompanied by technical problems and
  • the R&D work has yet to take place (in other words, you must always submit a WBSO application in advance).

Contact:

Robert Schaart: robert.schaart@rvo.nl

Do you wish to apply for the WBSO? Fill in the Quick Scan to see if you meet the basic requirements.

Reduced wage in the customary salary scheme

What:

Pay yourself the minimum wage for a period of max. 3 years in the customary salary scheme instead of the normal wage in the customary salary scheme.

For whom:

DGAs of startups. A DGA (director-majority shareholder) is an employee of a startup in which he/she – or his/her life partner - has a substantial interest (usually as director and controlling shareholder).

Amounts:

The salary in the customary salary scheme is € 45,000 a year (2017), the minimum wage is € 1,565.40 a month for someone over 22 and working fulltime (2017).

Requirements:

The startup must have a ‘startup R&D declaration’ from WBSO https://mijn.rvo.nl/wbso.

More information:

Energy and Environmental Investment Allowances

Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest energy-saving installations or that make use of sustainable energy

What:

You can deduct 55% of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the EIA gives you a 13.5% tax advantage.

Environment Investment Allowance (MIA)

For whom:

Companies who invest in environment-friendly installations.

What:

You can deduct 36% (or 27% or 13.5%) of the investment costs from the fiscal profits, on top of your usual depreciation. As a result, you pay less income tax or company tax.

Amounts:

On average, the MIA gives you a maximum 9% tax advantage.

Contact:

Martin Otten: martin.otten@rvo.nl

MIT Innovation Credit for SMEs

For whom:

SMEs

What:

  • advisory projects
  • feasibility projects
  • R&D-cooperation projects
  • knowledge vouchers

Contact:

Robert van Haaften: robert.vanhaaften@rvo.nl

Top Sector Energy

For whom:

The Top Sector Energy (Dutch only) 'tenders (9)' and 'first come, first serve (3)' are open for consortia. As an SME you can form or join a consortium.

What:

The Top Sector Energy supports R&D for energy innovations.

Amounts:

 € 130 million for 12 arrangements annually (in Dutch only).

Requirements:

Do you wish to apply for the Top Sector Energy? Fill in the project idea form to see if you meet the basic requirements.

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