Startup Visa


Lennard Drogendijk

Do you want to start up or accelerate your business in the Netherlands?

Since 2015, the Startup Visa incentive 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. Through our Startup Visa facilitator program at Inqubator Leeuwarden, we offer a limited number of international startups a tailor-made program, based on their development phase and needs. 

Why Friesland?
Friesland is a beautiful province in the north of the Netherlands, only 1 hour away from Amsterdam. With its 660.00 inhabitants, she ranks as the number one happiest province in the Netherlands. But happiness is not the only thing we excel in. The high standard of living translates to our economy. Friesland is the leading region in Europe when it comes to circular economy, including our key economic sectors like Water, Agrifood and HTSM. Our capital Leeuwarden is the European capital of water technology, based around the Watercampus.

Inqubator Leeuwarden
Inqubator Leeuwarden has built up a great track record over the years, 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.

Find out what Inqubator Leeuwarden and Friesland have to offer you and apply for a Startup Visa now!

“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."

Andrey KuteynikovDirect Dairy