Startup Visa

Do you want to start up or accelerate your business in the Netherlands? Find out what Inqubator Leeuwarden and Friesland have to offer you and apply for a Startup Visa now!

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Inqubator Leeuwarden

Inqubator Leeuwarden has built up a great track record over the years by helping startups and scale-ups in Friesland grow. We are specialized in business development with strong partnerships linked to our key economic sectors, financing, universities, test locations, business mentoring and more. On this page you will find out why and how to apply for our Startup Visa program.

Startup Visa

Since 2015, a new regulation enables ambitious entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. This gives you one year to launch an innovative business. A precondition is that your startup must be guided by a facilitator based in the Netherlands. Inqubator Leeuwarden is a qualified facilitator. Interested? Don’t wait and apply now!

The International Welcome Center North

Inqubator Leeuwarden works with the IWCN so that new entrepreneurs can choose to pick up their residence permit in Groningen, and at the same time get tailored advice on living and working in the North from the team at the Center. The IWCN is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for International people living in Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe- and is available as an information point and advice service for everyone. Aside from handling government formalities, and organizing both social and acculturation events, the IWCN also has an actively maintained list of trusted service partners across a wide range of sectors. For more information, just visit their website.



“Inqubator Leeuwarden is a great place to have as an official facilitator in the Netherlands. Friendly staff, comfortable working space, and real assistance in networking and introductions to potential investors and regional officials at a very reasonable cost to international startups. I had a chance to compare it to other Dutch facilitation options, and Inqubator Leeuwarden positively stands apart in all features.”

Andrey Kuteynikov
Direct Dairy

Inqubator Leeuwarden