Beginning January 1st, 2015, the Dutch government made it easier for ambitious entrepreneurs to start a business in The Netherlands through what is called a 'Startup Visa'. This visa grants you a one year period to build an innovative company in The Netherlands.
Startup Visa Facilitator
One of the requirements for the visa is that the startup finds an approved facilitator. The role of the facilitator is to support the startup in their specific needs, for example introducing them to relevant connections in our network or advising on new business opportunities. CIC Rotterdam, in partnership with Venture Café Rotterdam, is such a facilitator. They are specifically focused on helping experienced entrepreneurs from around the world found and grow their companies.
Other Startup Visa Facilitators in the West Holland area are: YES!Delft (Delft, PortXL (Rotterdam) and 15KM (Den Haag, Leiden and Rotterdam). See also the information via the Dutch government www.english.rvo.nl.
The Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) helps entrepreneurs grow better and faster. We do this by building large scale communities of startups, investors, and innovative companies in premium flexible shared office and co-working space. Their current community is made up of over 1.500 companies, 75% of them startups. CIC companies have collectively raised close over € 3 billion in venture capital and their publicly disclosed IPOs total more than € 3.5 billion.
CIC Rotterdam is CIC’s first international location, helping Dutch and foreign entrepreneurs grow into the next generation of successful businesses. CIC is not an incubator or accelerator - but rather a location and community in which startups and scale ups have the best chance of success.
What CIC Rotterdam is looking for?
To best match our facilitation, CIC is looking for a startup with the following criteria:
- An experienced team of at least 2 and up to 4 founders;
- At least one of the founders has a proven track record of successfully building (and exiting) a company before;
- Working on a IP based and scalable business;
- Planning to hire 5 FTE’s in coming 3 years;
- Working on a global expansion strategy;
- The team will domicile in the Netherlands and will use CIC as the base of operation.
How to apply
The first step in the process is filling in the introductory application online. This will give us a sense of the founding team and the company and based on this, we will determine if there is a good match between you and CIC. Once you have filled in the form, CIC Rotterdam will get back to you within 2 weeks.