Softlanding & Startup Visa

Programme for non-EU purpose-driven ventures aiming to softland in The Netherlands


For any international startup and scale-up who focus on emerging solutions with a positive impact, The Netherlands is the place to be. Our softlanding programme offers participating companies a startup visa and necessary support to give you a taste of the Dutch market, to validate the product-market fit and to meet with potential customers and partners.

From creating multiple unicorns per year to leading in emerging deep tech technologies, The Netherlands with its healthy business climate, established financial industry, high ranking academic institutions and superior infrastructure is the home for startup success.

Softlanding programme & startup visa

To the most promising non-EU startups and scaleups, we offer a special softlanding programme which includes startup visa, dedicated mentorship, co-working space, access to our partner network, and reduced fees for our training and courses to help you explore and validate the Dutch market.

Our programme lasts for 12 months from the moment of a positive response from IND about your Startup Visa which usually takes about 6-8 weeks for IND to make the decision.

What's in it for you?

Selection criteria

Slide deck 1st EventQ&A →Slide deck 2nd Event →

Selection timeline

  • Step 1: apply, no deadline
  • Step 2: if you meet our criteria, we plan an intake meeting within 3 weeks after
  • your application
  • Step 3: signing 12 months agreement (see draft) with the facilitator
  • (WorldStartup and The Hague Tech - mandatory) and Power of Attorney
  • Step 4: application for startup visa
  • Step 5: if startup visa approved, start the programme with the Day One session

Your commitment

This relationship contains no investment from WorldStartup and therefore the remuneration includes:

  • one time fees for visa costs of € 342 and the visa support of € 500
  • a monthly fee of €500,- for 12 month for which Startup will get:
  • mentoring
  • a progress support
  • co-workspace
  • access to the communities and networks of WorldStartup & The Hague Tech

How to apply?

Apply via F6S. If you want to check if your venture meets the criteria for Softlanding & Startup Visa programme, you can send your info deck directly to Sergey Gridin, venture sourcing lead, via

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