The Ministry of Economic Affairs is committed to creating an optimal business climate in the Netherlands, providing the right conditions, and giving business owners room to innovate and grow.
It pays particular attention to environmental matters and it also encourages cooperation between research institutes and businesses. These are just a few ways in which the Ministry invests in an economically stable and sustainable country and bolsters the Netherlands' leading position in key sectors: agriculture, horticulture, life sciences and health, chemicals, water, hightech, logistics, energy, water and the creative industry.
More and more start-ups are flourishing in the Netherlands. The Dutch government has introduced several programmes to make the Netherlands an even more attractive proposition for innovative, foreign start-ups, and to encourage Dutch businesses to go international. Amongst others:
- Early-stage financing (€75 million budget)
- New regulations allowing ambitious entrepreneurs to apply for a Dutch residence permit
The Dutch startup programme StartupDelta is set to continue for another 4.5 years, under the new name StartupDelta2020. His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands has succeeded Neelie Kroes on 1 July 2016 as special envoy. He will be at the helm of StartupDelta2020 till the end of 2018.