Startup Visa Application

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.

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. We are specifically focused on helping experienced entrepreneurs from around the world found and grow their companies.

About us

CIC (the Cambridge Innovation Center) 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.

Our 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 we are looking for

To best match our facilitation, we are 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 here. 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, we will get back to you within 2 weeks.