International startups

The Netherlands has traditionally been a country that welcomes entrepreneurial spirits. Oost NL believes in the added value of strengthening, connecting and growing the thriving startup ecosystem of the Netherlands.

One of the ways for non-EU nationals to live and work in The Netherlands is to apply for a startup visa. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by an experienced mentor (facilitator) based in the Netherlands. Oost NL can be your facilitator. As a facilitator, we provide customized support to guide the startup through the first year.  

Oost NL represents East Netherlands within Invest in Holland and is collaborating with other regional hubs to improve the Dutch startup and scale-up ecosystem.

East Netherlands is traditionally strong in four key industries: Food, Health, Tech and Energy and is welcoming international startups who want to make an impact within our regional ecosystems. East Netherlands has an excellent business climate for international startups. Together with various partners, like StartLife, Health Valley and NovelT, Oost NL is working to create an even better climate. Oost NL has over 150 experienced advisors capable of helping startups with internationalization, innovation and investments.

Read more about some startups who came to East Netherlands with a startup visa: PLAEX Technologies, ReShore, Sophie's BioNutrients, RescudeEx Mente Europe, pFIBRE.

East Netherlands also has an attractive living environment with bustling cities, like Arnhem, Nijmegen, Zwolle and Enschede. Home to the largest National Park in the Netherlands there are countless options to experience culture and nature! There are two expat centers that can assist you in the process of settling in the Netherlands.

If you have any questions about starting up in the East Netherlands, please contact us and we’ll get you started!