FAQs about the Dutch Start-up visa

Since I started with Shape of Green Business, a number of people have approached me to ask questions related to the Dutch Start-up visa. As I notice that most of the questions are similar, I figure that it could be useful to compile their FAQs into a blog post.

Below you can some of the FAQs that I hope could be useful for you!

1. What are the requirements for the Dutch Start-up visa?

Indeed, this is the basic and critical question before you start with the application process.

Check out this blog post to see the 'Checklist: 5 things you need to do for the Dutch Startup Visa. You can also check out the requirements on the IND website.

2. I see that the Start-up visa is valid for one year (max.)... and then what happens next?

During the course of your one-year startup visa, you will be working with a facilitator. At the end of your one-year, your facilitator will make an assessment whether they see potential in your startup (the criteria are different across facilitators).

If your facilitator gives a positive assessment, they will give a supporting letter. You can use this supporting letter from your facilitator to apply for the ’Self-employment’ visa which will be subsequently valid for 2 years (the period of validity is regularly updated by IND). Depending on the performance of your business under the self-employment permit (e.g. meeting average net monthly income), you can renew your self-employment visa accordingly. 

3. What is the approval and rejection rate for the Start-up visa application by the IND?

Unfortunately, I do not have the answer to this question as their decision is outside my control. What I can say for certain is that you have control over the quality of the Start-up visa application that you submit to IND.

The more structured and clearer your business idea and the way you communicate your ideas and values in your Step-by-Step plan to IND, the higher chance your application to get approved by IND!

4. But I do not have a business idea for the Start-up visa application.... Where should I even start?

Ideas are everywhere. There is a step-by-step framework that you can follow to brainstorm, evaluate and select different business ideas from scratch.

As a first step: I suggest that you could think further about the kind of business that you’d like to set-up based on your interests, skills and experiences. In particular, please consider why are you interested to set your particular business in the Netherlands.

Innovative ideas are everywhere! So do not get overwhelmed by the word 'innovation. Pause and think: What is your biggest source of satisfaction? What is your biggest source of frustration? What problem do you think the world needs to solve in 20 years time?

Shape of Green Business could help with this process, but we suggest that that the very first initial idea exploration process to be done by yourself. Once you are more clear about your interest and motivation, this would later give us a great foundation to work forward.

5. I have a business idea.... though I am not sure if this is suitable for the Dutch Start-up visa. What do you think about my business idea?

Great that you already have a business idea to start with! In order to be eligible for the Startup visa, you must have an innovative business idea.

What does 'innovative' mean? Your idea is innovative if it involves new technology or business model that improves production, distribution, marketing and efficiency. In addition, your idea must be in the field of one of the key Dutch sectors: agriculture and food, creative industries, chemical industry, energy, high tech, horticulture, life sciences and health, logistics and water.

The examples of business ideas include the ones that involve new product-market combinations, address environmental/sustainability/social issues, combine multiple sectors for better efficiency.

A little tip: Need help in brainstorming and identifying the building blocks for your business idea (i.e. value proposition, target customers, channels, revenue structure, cost structure, differentiators, etc)? Shape of Green Business offers framework and guidance to help with your business idea generation and development for the Dutch Sector.

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Apply your Startup Visa in the Netherlands with the best support

Since 2015, the Dutch government passed a regulation to encourage non-EU nationals to launch their business in the Netherlands with the Startup visa. Read here to learn more about the requirements.

As a non-EU national, the Netherlands offers abundant opportunities for you to develop your business especially in the field of agriculture and food, creative industries, chemical industry, energy, high tech, horticulture, life sciences and health, logistics and water.

  • Do you already have a business idea?

  • Do you still need to build it from scratch?

  • Do you need help with the Startup Visa application process?

  • Do you need to get connected with a Facilitator (Startup Accelerator) to support your visa application?

  • Do you need help with the development of Step-by-Step Plan as one of the requirements for Startup Visa application?

  • Do you need end-to-end support for your Startup Visa application, from business development of your idea to application submission?

If you say YES to any of the questions above, you are in the right place.

Shape of Green Business is here to guide you with the Startup Visa application, from business development of your idea to application submission, step by step.

We are specialised in business coaching and application process for your Startup Visa. We can provide you with the strategic shortcut to help you reach your goals with your Startup Visa application in the Netherlands in a guided and orderly manner.

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