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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.9 Start-up funding for young entrepreneurs

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  1. Access to information
  2. Access to capital

Access to information

Business creation

The government developed a set of measures in order to create a favourable environment for business creation. Funding opportunities to create a start-up can be found on Netherlands Enterprise Agency (only in Dutch).   

Eco-system and innovations

One of the important Dutch initiatives is StartupDelta (in English). It intends to strengthen, connect and grow the thriving and competitive start-up eco-system of the Netherlands, making it the best place to start and grow innovative companies. It is an initiative of the main innovation centres (in English) in The Netherlands, the ministries of Economic Affairs and Education Culture and Science and the start-up community.

The StartupDelta has three major actions (in English):

  • Capital, example: Establish a strong business network.

  • Network, example: Opening up governmental procurement for start-ups.

  • Talent, example: Launch ‘entrepreneurship’ as part of professional and academic education.  

Access to capital

Ambitious Entrepeneurship Action Plan The Dutch government (in English) wants to help ambitious start-ups and other entrepreneurs to grow quickly. Start-ups are new businesses that have only recently been launched. Fast access to networks and finance are vital for them. They want to reach this through the Ambitious Entrepreneurship Action Plan. It is important that start-ups have better access to capital, knowledge, innovation and the global market. To achieve this and help entrepreneurs, the government has earmarked €75 million.