Ambitious entrepreneurs from all over the world! Entrepreneurs who want to start their business in the Netherlands and want to validate their ideas in the European market.
Price & location
The costs are €250 excluding VAT per participant per month for a duration of one year. This is a fixed fee price. This includes the duration of the programme at the entrepreneurship campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Start your innovative company in the Netherlands
Startup Visa Facilitator
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is a recognized RVO startup facilitator for international innovative startup entrepreneurs. A facilitator is a business mentor that provides the entrepreneur with support. Having a facilitator is one of the conditions for getting a startup visa. With a startup visa, international startups have one year to start an innovative company in the Netherlands.
Start your company in the Netherlands!
The Netherlands is a central hub of Europe, with the diverse workforce and environment it’s the perfect country to land your startup. English is universally spoken, there is an active international business climate and good infrastructure. The Netherlands is a country that welcomes innovative and scalable entrepreneurs and wants to encourage entrepreneurship. At Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship you will be guided through programmes that will help you create the business you desire.
What support does the Startup Visa Facilitator programme provide?
ECE provides the following three programmes for Startup Visa participants:
1. Erasmus Startup Programme
The Erasmus Startup Programme is a four week programme that empowers you to validate your scalable business ideas and find your first customer. We train you to use the entrepreneurship process by heart and understand how you can find out what your customer wants.
Find more information about the Erasmus Startup Programme here.
2. Erasmus Business Programme
The Erasmus Business Programme is a 10 week programme that empowers you to find the right business model, test your pricing models and set up your supply chain. During this programme you will be pushed to take the next step. You have already validated your customer base and what is desired by your customer, now you need to create a viable business out of it and maybe close your first (real) sales deals.
Find out more about the Erasmus Business Programme here.
3. Business Membership Programme
Do you want to speed up the development of your startup? Interaction with fellow entrepreneurs? A dedicated workspace? The ECE Business Membership allows you to join our community and benefit from all the facilities while staying lean. Through the ECE Business Membership, you’ll be able to have a dedicated workspace and to attend workshops and accountability sessions every month.
Find more information on the Business Membership Programme here.
What we offer you
The Startup Visa Facilitator Programme is based on years of academic and practical experience and consists of a collection of modules covering items such as business models, value propositions, startup financials, pitching, sales and marketing, that will give you insight in how to start a company. We provide you with the tools, skills and network to make sure that your actions are both effective and efficient.
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading entrepreneurship centre in Europe.
We provide a unique platform that ranges from scholarly insights about (corporate) entrepreneurship and new opportunities, startup campuses for ambitious entrepreneurs, to exciting executive programmes for leading innovation excellence within established organisations.
We developed a 10.000 m2 entrepreneurship campus, housing over 100 startups and scale-ups, creating the learning environment to teach, train and develop people to excel in innovation.
Erasmus University Rotterdam has the largest academic research group in Europe with over 25 researchers and 4 professors in the field of entrepreneurship.
What our graduates say
Since the start of the programmes we’ve supported more than 400 ambitious early-stage entrepreneurs in setting up their venture. All kinds of people participated; from students to former CFO’s and medical specialists, and they had all kinds of ideas; from an online digital housing platform to a more technical DNA testing kit and an online packaging-free supermarket.
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Conditions & Costs
When you want to apply for a startup visa and therefore a residence permit in the Netherlands, there are several general conditions that apply to your stay. You can find the general conditions here.
Apart from the general conditions there are conditions that apply to you as well as your facilitator. You can find those conditions here.
Steps you must take when you apply for a startup visa at ECE
Internationals applying for start-up visa with ECE as facilitator need to match the following requirements:
- An innovative startup idea
- A match with the Dutch Market
- A worked-out business plan
- A prototype
- Preferred: work with a team
Fill out the following form for the ECE team to see whether you are eligible for applying for a startup visa with ECE as facilitator.
After you filled out the form and you meet all the requirements, you might get invited for an interview at ECE in Rotterdam. If we decide to be your facilitator after the interview, you need to take the following steps:
1. You have to fill in the following form: https://ind.nl/en/Forms/7558.pdf
2. You need to have a pitch deck/ businessplan containing:
- your role as entrepreneur within the company
- describe why your product or service is innovative
- describe which activities you as a starting entrepreneur will take in the first year to develop your idea into a business (for this you can describe your entry into the Erasmus Startup Programme more information of this below)
3. You need to be registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce or have the intention to do this immediately after coming to the Netherlands.
4. You need a facilitator agreement, this is an agreement between the two of us (you will receive this form from us)
5. The Dutch IND wants you to have sufficient funds to sustain yourself in the Netherlands for one year (minimum of 14.000,- E)
Want to know more?
Contrary to many other startup programs, you do not need a team to the join Erasmus Startup Programme. Our focus is on early-stage entrepreneurs, and we know many of them don’t have a team yet. That being said, having the right team is a very a important ingredient for the future success of your startup. That’s why during the programme we also talk about how to find the right co-founders and team members, something many of our coaches have experience with. Perhaps even more importantly, the network you’ll gain through our startup programme, can be of great help in finding team members. For example, every year more than 20.000 people visit the events held at our ECE Campus.
Is it possible to get a discount on the participation fee for the Startup Visa Facilitator Programme?
It is not possible to receive a discount with the Startup Visa Facilitator Programme.
Our application process consist of two simple steps. The first is an online questionnaire in which you tell us more about you and your startup. Based on your answers, we decide if we want to invite you to the second round, a personal interview. During both steps, we review your application by looking at the idea itself on the one hand, and you as a person on the other. With regards to the idea, we consider to what extent it is something new or innovative and if it has the potential to scale. When it comes to you as a person, we look at your professional and entrepreneurial background, what you’ve achieved so far in moving your idea forward and your personal ambitions. If you can show us your potential, you’re most welcome to be a part of our Startup community.
Yes and no. ECE has a huge network that does include many investors. A number of our coaches are also active as angel investors or venture capitalists and the ECE Campus is home to companies who can all support you in your quest for funding. That being said, it is our experience that many of our participants are not ready for an investment yet and raising money is therefore not the primary purpose of the Startup Visa Facilitator Programme. These subjects are covered in other programmes for later stage startups.
What kind of workplace will I get at the ECE Campus when I join the Startup Visa Facilitator Programme?
The ECE campus consists of more than 10.000m2. We’ve got 7 amazing new floors that all have their own theme (including the Life Sciences & Health hub). Our campus is the home base for our community, consisting of 100+ innovative companies that are situated here: start-ups, scale-ups and corporates. During the six weeks of the Get Started programme, you’ll have a Business Membership of ECE; that means you can make free use of our dedicated desk area on the sixth floor as well as the numerous flex working spaces throughout the building. That also means you can reserve all the meeting rooms to host customers or partners and can even host your own event if you’d like. Did we already mention we also have a ping pong table, bar and stunning view over the port of Rotterdam?
Preferably in the (pre-) seed phase. Ideally, you have a functioning prototype, MVP or conducted some sales.
We ask you to prove that you can provide at least 18.000, – euro’s in one year, either on your personal bank account or on the company account.
At least 6 months. This includes the three months that the Dutch immigration service (IND) usually needs to review your visa application.
No, you need to sign a declaration stating that you intend to register within six weeks after your arrival in the Netherlands. If you do not register within 6 weeks, your visa can be withdrawn.
Get in touch
Interested to know more?
Curious to learn more about the Startup Visa Facilitator Programme?
Get in touch with Jip Dresia.
Phone: +31 10 302 1331