Start-up Programs in the Netherlands

Start-up Programs in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, there are numerous programs to support ambitious entrepreneurs and start-ups. Here you can find a list of Dutch startup programs from various incubators and accelerators. Choose the best startup program for you and get access to a wide network of coaching, mentorship and financing.

Venture Academy

Are you a student entrepreneur or young startupper looking to bring your business to market?

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! With workshops, coaching, and dedicated mentorship, the Venture Academy gives you the support you need to really kick-start your business. This is a 5-week program to help validate your solution and get you ready to launch your company.

Startup Play

Are you curious about what your business idea would look like as a startup?

Startup Play is a program that helps you to translate your business idea into a startup concept. In three weekly sessions, you learn how to appeal to your target audience, how you can test your concept, and what you need to create a startup. Join Startup Play to supercharge your unique idea and become a successful entrepreneur!

ELF Pre-Seed

ELF Pre-seed is a loan that can help you finance your startup idea.

In addition, ELF Pre-seed offers support to further develop your idea into a solid business plan. So, are you entrepreneurial, motivated and ambitious? Do you have a brilliant idea that you’d like to turn into a business? Then check out the ELF Pre-seed website.


Will you open your own webshop or shop soon?

Register now to join PLNT BOOST! and learn to make your product more successful than that of the competitor! PLNT BOOST! is an entrepreneurship program especially for MBO’ers (practical education graduates), created by MboRijnland and #lokaal together with PLNT Leiden

Deep Tech Validation Lab

The Deep Tech Validation Lab is open for all complex technology startups, from CleanTech to Robotis and from Aviation to NanoTech.

With this program, YES!Delft supports entrepreneurs who build complex products in challenging markets, often with a run-up time, long development trajectories and expensive prototyping involved.

AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

The municipality of The Hague and YES!Delft understand the difficulties of getting AI or Blockchain technologies to the market.

Therefore, they joined forces to provide an AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, which offers the perfect framework for your startup to operate in and succeed.

ACE Explore Program

Are you curious about starting a company but don’t have a business idea yet?

By introducing you to the business fundamentals and teaching you how to communicate your research to a broader audience, ACE Incubator will help you determine if entrepreneurship is a feasible career path for you!

ACE Incubation Program

Ace Incubator offers a 9-week program of training, support, and access to an extensive network of mentors, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.

This program, for which Ace incubator selects fresh startups twice a year, is open to students, researchers and academics.

Investment Ready Program

The Investment Ready Program is a unique, 5-month peer-learning program that leads you to an investor forum at the finale.

During the program, you’ll get of 12 program days and individual support from mentors, speakers, content experts and powerful business tools.

Social Tech Validation Lab

This 2 month pressure cooker for promising Social Tech solutions is a collaboration with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

During this validation program, you explore and validate your idea, problem-solution fit and business model while you are introduced to stakeholders in the social domain get immersed in a network of peers, experts, and mentors.

Accelerator Program

This 3-month program is for hardware and digital startups with a committed founding team, a validated problem-solution fit, a working prototype or MVP, and the potential to scale.

In order to strengthen the foundation of your startup and accelerate traction in the market, you get connected to an experienced mentor, experts, and fellow founders and join workshops and masterclasses that are relevant to you.

Investor Readiness Program

At the end of this 10-week program, you will have all the tools to be attractive from an investor’s perspective.

During the last program day – Investor Day – YES!Funded helps you find the right investor within their 200+ investors network so you can obtain the necessary funds to accelerate your startup.

Startup in Residence | The Hague

This 4 month program offers you the opportunity to work together with governments and test your ideas in The Hague.

During this time, you receive trainings and the opportunity to book a range of workshops with professional mentors, and get access to the municipality’s network, corporate partners, and events.

Erasmus Start It Up

This 1-day program is for the aspiring entrepreneur with an innovative, scalable startup idea who wants to move forward.

During this day you will validate and give direction to your startup idea(s) and get taught how to implement the entrepreneurship process, identify your ideal customer, and understand his or her needs.

Erasmus Incubation Programme

During this 4-month incubation program, you will acquire the core entrepreneurial skills needed to grow your early-stage startup.

In addition, you will gain insights into all relevant aspects of building your business. By the end, you will have obtained the necessary skills to expand your customer base and reach your growth ambitions, and have increased your entrepreneurial network.

Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme

Do you want to combine your studies with running a startup?

During this program, a personal study advisor to address aligning study duties and business obligations, a personal business mentor to provide support in achieving business growth, a flex workspace, immersion in a network of student entrepreneurs and access to investors, experienced entrepreneurs, and experts.

Startup Visa Facilitator

This program is for ambitious entrepreneurs from all over the world!

Do you want to launch and grow their business in the Netherlands and validate your ideas in the European market? During this year, you get a dedicated flex workspace, a business mentor, and you will have the opportunity to join the Erasmus Incubation Programme.

PortXL Acceleration Program

While the maritime industry is ripe for a revolution with countless possibilities, the truth remains that maritime is a tough, deep industry to penetrate.

During this 3 months acceleration program, PortXL helps you to open doors, drive innovation, and scale your business in order to disrupt maritime. After you have finished, you can apply for the 100-day program to scale your business to the world market.

Digital Entrepreneurship Program

This program is open to anyone with a refugee background.

With a focus on entrepreneurship knowledge and principles, you get valuable content on Business & Entrepreneurship Literacy, Digital Skills, and Cultural Understanding through the online academy. These courses can be completed through online learning at your own pace and wherever you are. The weekly progress meetings and online community provide regular feedback, Q&A, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

Core Incubator

Those who successfully complete the Digital Entrepreneurship Program with a strong business concept can join the core incubator program.

In this, the emphasis will be on getting your business off the ground through dedicated workshops and teamwork. You will be teamed up with one business coach and two student consultants who will support you to accelerate your progress and get tailored workshops with experts and our corporate partners.

Aftercare Program

After successful completion of the Core Incubator program, you have the chance to be selected for Forward Incubator’s Aftercare Program.

During the time of this program, you will get support by the Forward Incubator team for a limited amount of time per month in order to further help you grow your business.

Accelerator Program

Forward Incubator’s Accelerator Program is the right place to grow a successful business fast. They support refugee-owned businesses with marketing, investor introductions and events, and business development.

You can apply if you have at least one forcibly displaced (refugee) founding team member; have a full-time team or are founder ready to build a team; are dedicated, persistent and eager to learn & grow; and have a working product and/or paying customers.