Startup Permit

Startup Permit

Residents without a EU, EEA or Swiss nationality can apply for a so-called Start-up visa. This permit is valid for one year. During this period, the entrepreneur will be receiving guidance from an experienced facilitator. After this period, the entrepreneur may be able to extend his or her residence permit if certain requirements have been met. More information can be found on the following link.


Startup Permit Facilitator

International entrepreneurs can apply for a temporary residence visa in the Netherlands. One of the requirements for obtaining this startup visa is to work together with a facilitator. Luckily, Amsterdam has many.


Startups wishing to obtain a startup visa must first work together with a facilitator or mentor. These facilitators provide startups with a support package that is specific to the needs of the business. Support includes research and investment acquisition, marketing, help with operational management and more. There are many facilitators in Amsterdam who can provide all this support. For more information on residence visas, read our startup visa FAQ page.


Amsterdam’s startup permit facilitators

Impact Hub

Impact Hub Amsterdam is a globally connected and locally rooted entrepreneurial network with a focus on impact, innovation and building a more sustainable world. They are listed as an official and trusted facilitator for startups wishing to make the move into Amsterdam.




Startupbootcamp offer direct access to the connections that matter most in the startup’s sector. Their facilitators and mentors provide targeted access to hard-to-penetrate industries, giving startups the insights and exposure they need to hit the ground running.



Startup in Residence

This innovative collaboration between startups and the City of Amsterdam invites international and Dutch startups alike to think-up innovative solutions to social issues. At the beginning of their programme, Startup in Residence assign startups with a mentor that can help them most. The programme’s lead mentors will also guide startups throughout.




The main aim of Rockstart is to give startups a strong support network in their first 1,000 days. Their team of knowledgeable mentors and facilitators have expertise in a range of different sectors. Rockstart believe that sharing experience and knowledge openly is the key to successful startup support.




15KM is an official facilitator and incubator that supports growing businesses and ambitious startups. They provide access to tailored business support services, offering startups help with market research, product development, bank accounts and filling out documents.



THNK School of Creative Leadership

THNK’s community consists of over 400 creative leaders, innovative enterprises and social-impact institutions. Their experienced mentors can give startups the push they need to reach success. Entrepreneurs who participate in the THNK Creative Leadership Program will automatically meet the majority of eligibility requirements for a Dutch startup visa.