Startup Visa


Lennard Drogendijk

Do you want to start up or accelerate your business in the Netherlands?

Since 2015, ambitious entrepreneurs from outside the EU have been able to apply via Startup Visa for a temporary stay in the Netherlands. That means staying for one year and launching an innovative company. With the Startup Visa programme at facilitator Inqubator Leeuwarden, a select group of international startups are offered a custom programme based on their development phase and needs.

Why Friesland?
Friesland is a beautiful province in the Northern Netherlands, only 2 hours away from Amsterdam. With a population of 660.000, the province is regarded as the happiest in the Netherlands.  But happiness is not the only thing Friesland excels in. The high living standards are reflected in the economy. Friesland is the leading region in Europe when it comes to circular economy, including central clusters such as Water, Agrifood and HTSM. The capital Leeuwarden has grown into the 'European Capital of Water Technology', located around the Water Campus

Inqubator Leeuwarden
Inqubator Leeuwarden has built a sizeable track record over the past few years by helping Frisian startups and scaleups grow. They specialise in business development, thanks to a strong network linked to the clusters, capital, colleges, test locations, business mentoring and more. 

Find out what Inqubator Leeuwarden and Friesland have to offer you and apply for a Startup Visa now!

“Inqubator Leeuwarden is a great place to have as an official facilitator in the Netherlands. Friendly staff, comfortable working space, and real assistance in networking and introductions to potential investors and regional officials at a very reasonable cost to international startups."

Andrey KuteynikovDirect Dairy