- Introduction into the world of startup financing
- Find investors in Amsterdam
- Types of capital
- Subsidies and government schemes
- Amsterdam Capital Week
Introduction into the world of startup financing
- This visual by Funders and Founders illustrates how startup funding works and how to split the equity pie.
- Leapfunder’s blog on ‘ways of financing a startup’ gives an introduction on loans, equity and convertible notes. Find Leapfunder on our Startup Map.
- Need more information on convertible bonds, mezzanine financing, minority equity or one of many other financial definitions? IAC-owned Investopedia is a financial education website that provides all this information and more.
- Reach out to the Chamber of Commerce's (KvK) Finance Desk with any finance-related issue or enquiry.
Find investors in Amsterdam
Use our startup map to see an overview of investors located in Amsterdam. The map offers information on which stage companies invest at, the round types, companies’ additional locations around the world, the number of deals they have done, and the size and volume of the investments. In addition, you can filter the list to show results based on industry, the type of investments made, experience and recent activity. By clicking on an investor, you get to see their latest news, who they co-invest with, which companies are in their portfolio and more. Go to investors on our Startup Map. You can also check out Fundsup, a data-driven matchmaking platform that provides StartupAmsterdam founders with efficient access to capital. The fast-growing number of screened members using its app enables founders to increase their chances of being discovered by early-stage investors.
Types of capital
Some founders are able to bootstrap their company until a successful IPO, but most will need additional funding along the way. Dive deeper into the types of funding available to you.
- Crowdfunding, which now has a variety of platforms, has rapidly become a serious source of funding for startups. Take inspiration from the ten best Dutch crowdfunding campaigns in 2016, selected by StartupJuncture. Can venture capital and crowdfunding mutually reinforce each other? You can read an in-depth discussion on this topic on the VEECEE website. The Netherlands is a crowdfunding leader in Europe, raising €128 million in 2015, €170 million in 2016, and rising to €223 million in 2017. In particular, the country's cultural and creative sectors are using this private funding to re-establish the connection between arts and society. These top 20 crowdfunding sites could help you fuel your startup, while Dutch crowdfunding platforms include CrowdAboutNow, OnePlanetCrowd,OnePercentClub (for charitable campaigns), Symbrid, and Amsterdam-based Seedrs.
- Angels can play an important role in prolonging the life expectancy of your startup. Who are the angels of Amsterdam? Go to the people tab in our Startup Map to get more information. An overview of the investors on a national level is also available or view a list of Dutch angel networks.
- Accelerators, such as Rockstart, can invest in your startup with expertise, network and – depending on programme – seed capital. Discover accelerators and incubators in Amsterdam.
- The next step for many early-stage companies is securing venture capital. The following blogs posts offer advice on how to meet investment criteria: ‘Entering the Venture Capital funnel’ by VEECEE and ‘Ten things all startup founders should know’ by Peak Capital. To learn more about funding in the Netherlands, these websites can help: Amsterdam Startup Map, nlfunding.co and Ready2Scale.
- Have you considered a loan to finance your startup? Banks and the Dutch government make loans available to entrepreneurs. Check the overview of government loans that your business may be eligible for here.
- Your startup can also raise revenue with the data it collects. Amsterdam's Suburbia.io purchases aggregated non-personal data about topics like sales, demand and trends.
Subsidies and government schemes
The Dutch government supports new businesses due to their potential for innovation. There are credits, subsidies and schemes you can apply for.
- This article by StartupJuncture offers you an introduction on the rules and regulations for applying for public credits in the Netherlands.
- The Business.gov.nl website helps businesses navigate the large amount of information that is provided by the Dutch government. There are, for example, tax reliefs and allowances for starting entrepreneurs and schemes to start a company while still retaining your benefits.
- The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) encourages entrepreneurs in sustainable, agrarian, innovative and international business. For example, the innovation credit from the Ministry of Economic Affairs supports small companies in taking up risky innovation projects. There are also subsidies and schemes for doing business internationally, such as subsidies for exports that operate in emerging markets and for joint ventures between companies based in different countries. Find more information here.
- The Startup Box website has designed a path to lead you to one of six most appropriate schemes for your business.
- Entrepreneurs (SMEs) and university spin-offs (startups) in the Noord-Holland region can apply for the Innovation Fund Noord-Holland for financial resources.
Amsterdam Capital Week
Are you ready for capital? Then the Amsterdam Capital Week event, held annually in Amsterdam the last week of September, is unmissable. Amsterdam Capital Week is five days of an intense focus on capital, creating exceptional opportunity for startups, scale-ups and investors. The week features high-level events that cover capital for the various phases of startups and scale-ups. Amsterdam Capital Week is all about two-way connections: all participants – startups and investors – get to pitch, meet and learn to inspire new investments and long-term partnerships. Find out more about Amsterdam Capital Week via their social media channels or their website.