Amsterdam is a centre point and a test bed, a launchpad and a talent pool. It’s the ideal location for startups and scale-ups alike. Whether you’re an international business founder who’s interested in making the move to the Dutch capital or a local entrepreneur, a good overview of the startup ecosystem can only benefit your endeavours. Here’s how you connect to Amsterdam’s startup community.
The startup map is a topographical overview of all the important players in the Startup ecosystem of Amsterdam.
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Settling as a founder
In order to register, please check the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Services – https://ind.nl/en
For highly skilled migrants, also called knowledge migrants, a special entry procedure is available.
After this visa, the entrepreneur may be able to extend his or her residence permit if certain requirements have been met. More information can be found on this website.
Access to capital
Amsterdam is packed with angels, accelerators, investors and venture capitalists. It is a city where it’s easy to find funding and profit to secure the growth of your startup. Discover how you can connect to capital opportunities in Amsterdam: https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/business/startupamsterdam/i-am-startup/access-to-capital
In the Netherlands there are several options for startups to benefit from public allowances, exemptions and subsidies. These are provided on a European, national, regional and local level. Some of the options are highlighted on this page. Check the Startup Box to see what kind of public financing schemes suits your startup the best. For more information, contact the Finance Desk of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or visit the Answers for Business website.
Access to talent
Setting up your Company
All answers to questions about doing business in the Netherlands can be found here. – https://business.gov.nl
You will have to register your company in the business register of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Your registration will automatically go to the Tax and Customs Administration. A single registration fee of €50 (2016) is needed for registration. More information on the requirements can be found on the Ondernemersplein website.
Information about legal forms is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpCRbYo-vug
Invoices in the Netherlands need to meet certain requirements. Check the Tax and Customs Administration website for an extensive overview.
In order to open your personal bank account, the following documents are needed: Passport or identity card, Official proof of address, Personal public service number (BSN), Residence permit (when you are from outside the EU).
For a list of all Dutch banks, please follow this link.
Patents and IP
It’s important to be informed on protecting your intellectual property, and now – thanks to our friends at Octrooicentrum Nederland (Netherlands Patent Office) and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) – you can.