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Starting a business in Amsterdam

Find out more about starting a business in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Start up your own company in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great place for finding independence in your career, whether you want to go it alone as a freelancer, establish an innovative startup or build a company from the ground up. Below, find our guide to starting up your own business in the Netherlands. There are lots of support and services available: for example, amsterdam inbusiness can help you start a business, and StartupAmsterdam offers an unparalleled network of support and resources, as well as access to Amsterdam’s thriving startup ecosystem. Other useful resources include a guide to going freelance, information on the startup visa scheme and a handy overview of co-working spaces.

Guide to going freelance

Amsterdam is the perfect place to venture out as a freelancer. So if you like the sound of being your own boss – make that CEO – read our guide to get...

Startup permits

As of 2015, a new regulation makes it possible for ambitious entrepreneurs to apply for a temporary residence permit for the Netherlands. The so-calle...

Co-working spaces

Co-working spaces are a great way for businesses to share ideas, strategies and business advice. If you're a startup in Amsterdam looking for a shared...

Accelerators and incubators

Amsterdam has a wealth of accelerators and incubators that can meet the needs of your business as it grows. Rockstart, Startupbootcamp and ImpactHub a...

Networks and resources

Connect to Amsterdam’s business ecosystem, with information on networking clubs, events for startups, business news and the IN Amsterdam corporate new...
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Partners

IN Amsterdam

IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) provides a one-stop-shop service for international newcomers in the Amsterdam Area. We serve companies a...

Setting up a business

Join more than 3,000 international companies that have invested in Amsterdam. It’s a top destination for commerce, knowledge, innovation and an ideal ...

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