Finding a facilitator

Last checked on:
17 April 2024
Published on:
2 October 2019

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.

Logo ACE

ACE is the university business incubator part of the Amsterdam-based knowledge institutions. The initiative supports academics to bring innovative solutions to the market.

Logo Antler

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.

Logo Brightlands

Incubate. Accelerate. Validate. Scale.

Builders' mission is to provide great entrepreneurs with proven models and infrastructure to create companies that will shape the future of work. They partner with co-founders who have the right drive and mindset to transform visionary business ideas into tangible realities.

Logo CIC Rotterdam

Connecting innovators to make things happen.

Logo Collidor

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

Logo Crosspring

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

Logo Dock Wize

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

Logo Dutch Game Garden

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

Logo Erasmus Centre Entrepreneurship

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

Frank & the Backs supports impact-driven scale-ups in achieving successful growth by leveraging a network of seasoned professionals and C-level executives, known as Backs, who provide essential expertise and experience to the ventures.

Glass Frog Ventures is a group consisting of 4 experienced entrepreneurs and Business Angels. They joined forces to invest in early stage growth companies.

Logo HighTechXL

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.

HSD Campus is the national innovation centre for the Dutch Security Cluster. It has IT labs, education and training facilities, flexible office spaces and meeting rooms.

Logo Inqubator Leeuwarden

Setting up and growing your business.

Logo Lumo Labs

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.

Logo Novel-T

Programs and support for starting and accelerating innovative business cases.

Logo OostNL

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

Logo Orange Sportsforum

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

Logo PortXL

The future of maritime innovation starts here.

Logo Rockstart

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.


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

Logo Startdock

Startdock offers a tailor-made support package for you and your startup because it takes a community to grow a company.

Logo Startlife

StartLife supports innovative agrifoodtech startups to shape sustainable food systems.

Startup Bootcamp

Accelerating innovators.

Logo TNW

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

Logo Utrecht Inc.

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

Water Alliance is a founding partner of WaterCampus. WaterCampus is Europe’s largest innovation-ecosystem on water technology and located in the north of the Netherlands. It is a unique water tech partnership of public and private companies, government agencies and knowledge institutes.

World Startup

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

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