Starting Your Business

The Leiden region is flourishing, which makes it the perfect place to start your own business.

Resources for Entrepreneurs (the Dutch government’s website for entrepreneurs) has all of the information you need for starting a business in the Netherlands. The website also contains a number of webinars that provide a step-by-step guide to registering, establishing and running your business.

The KVK – the Dutch Chamber of Commerce – also provides valuable advice to entrepreneurs. While the page is in Dutch, it can be translated by using Google Chrome. The KVK holds informative online events throughout the year, offering opportunities to network and learn about Dutch business practices.  

For Leiden-specific information see the municipality's Residents and Entrepreneurs page.

Dutch Government's Information for Entrepreneurs
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Our partner Blue Ninja Business Support hosts a course for internationals who need assistance starting their business in the Netherlands. They explain practical bureaucratic matters such as the process of booking a registration appointment at the KVK (Chamber of Commerce) as well as advice on how to start developing your business network.

In addition, the ECL walk-in mornings, open every Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00 at Leiden Bio Science Park, BioPartner 3 on Galileiweg 8, Room 3023, is available to provide consultations and support to employers who currently have – or are looking to hire – international employees.

Walk-in mornings ECL

For Start-ups:

In order to obtain a start-up residence permit in the Netherlands, entrepreneurs must collaborate with a recognised Dutch facilitator. A facilitator is a company that can guide and give tailored support to a start-up. More information on start-up facilitators can be found here.

The Dutch government provides funding for certain types of start-ups. Find out if your start-up qualifies for government funding here.

Dutch Government's Information for Start-ups
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Our Partners in Business Support