Your gateway to expansion in Europe

International Soft Landing: rotterdam

Unlock your company’s potential in the European innovation market

International Soft Landing is your resource for establishing a legal entity, building networks, and achieving long-term growth in Europe. Located in the heart of the Rotterdam innovation ecosystem, our program provides the resources and support needed for foreign startups and scaleups to thrive in Europe through The Netherlands.

Applications are open for the October cohort!

Expand your business to Europe

International Soft Landing offers seamless solutions for entity formation, tax compliance, immigration law, banking, and employment issues. With dedicated support for product-market fit, ESG goals, fundraising, and mentorship, this program nurtures growth and sustainability in Europe through the Dutch business community.

Partner with us and help startups expand

Interested in partnering with CIC to support startups expanding to Europe? Whether you’re an industry expert looking for mentorship opportunities, an accelerator or investor eager to support trailblazing ideas, or a government trying to cultivate innovation in Europe, we’d love to chat about ways we can partner to help foster the global innovation community.

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Are you interested in exploring other entrepreneurial opportunities in the Netherlands? Discover the Startup Visa Program, providing ambitious individuals with a one-year residence permit to launch innovative businesses in the vibrant Dutch startup ecosystem.

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Each program cohort will take 6 weeks.

We typically recommend at least 3-4 months for program development, applications, and preparation before launching a new program. However, we are happy to talk to you about your specific timeline to see what’s possible.

To participate in an ISL program, please submit an application here

Each program cohort will have its own criteria. For the May cohort, applicants must be either a Startup, Scaleup, or innovative SME. Please keep an eye on the application announcements for specific guidelines on who is eligible to apply, as well as deadlines. 

The program will cost a sum of €5.000 excluding 21% VAT per attendee, excluding travel and accommodation costs

While each program will have a customized schedule, it is typical for programs to begin virtually and culminate in an in-person visit to the CIC Rotterdam campus. 

All program components will be in English: all modules will be taught in English, and all written and spoken deliverables will be in English. As such, participants must be sufficiently fluent in English to complete reading assignments and meaningfully participate in discussions and working groups.

To participate in the program, companies need to enroll teams of 1-2 decision makers (CEO, Founders, Managing Directors, CFOs, etc.).

We accept about 10 startups per cohort. 

Yes! We invite you to join ISL’s Alumni Network, a community made up of like-minded international entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes and offer a supportive environment. 


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