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  hosts a course for internationals who need assistance starting their business in the Netherlands. They explain 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.

Small Business Connections NL is a network founded by Blue Ninja to help entrepreneurs build connections and grow their businesses. They meet regularly in Leiden.

In addition, the ECL provides free consultations to employers who currently have – or are looking to hire – international employees.

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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. To manage the various different logins you may need for start-up including the UWV, municipalities, Tax and Customs Administration, and insurers, you can check out the services offered by eHerkenning.

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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