Expand your market
The Soft Landing program is meant for international tech startups and scale-ups. The program offers participating companies a taste of the Dutch market, to validate the product-market fit and to meet with potential customers and partners.
Join an inspiring ecosystem
If you are submitted to the program, you will kickstart your business from a vibrant co-working space where tech entrepreneurs meet. The Hague Tech is an inspiring ecosystem, whether you’re looking for meeting rooms, a space to organise a workshop or an event, an office or a desk. The Hague Tech is there to kickstart your business. This is the place to connect to others that build ground-breaking products and services and those who can bring innovation to the masses.
The first step is to fill out the intake-form. After that, we will set up a call, to get a better understanding of your company and what you are hoping to achieve. Our goal is to notify you within a two weeks. After you have been submitted, we can start working together to make this a success.
Who can apply?
The Softlanding Program is open for startups and scale-ups in all phases and free of charge. You have the opportunity to take part in this program for at least 1 week. Travel and accommodation costs will be at your own expense. In case you want to make use of the Dutch Startup Visa, please check the box in your application. We are happy to inform you about it and support you in the application process.
Gateway to Europe
The Netherlands is always open for business. A highly skilled and flexible workforce and favorable tax regulations make the Netherlands a hotspot for international companies. Our well-connected, tech-savvy, and open-minded society is a natural testbed for innovation. If you succeed in the Netherlands, chances are you’ll conquer the planet next!
The Hague, located at the beach
The Hague not only has an extremely favorable business climate with its international community, it is also a great location for expats to live. It is the only major Dutch city that is located just 10 minutes by public transport to the beach (North Sea), and you can reach Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Utrecht within 45 minutes. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and many international corporations, active in a wide variety of industries, such as IT & Telecom, Insurance, Energy & Renewables and Security, are located in and around the city.
The Dutch start-up ecosystem
- You can’t beat our location. We’re no island. We’re on the Continent, close to Europe’s 500 million consumers, and close to all your potential business partners.
- Our infrastructure is first class. Our world-class airport in Amsterdam, top-ranked seaports, and high-speed road, rail, and broadband networks are second to none.
- We are fluent in English. 90%+ of Dutch speak English and many people are multilingual.
- We have an awesome business climate. Just ask Uber, Cisco, Danone, Dow, Tesla, Heinz, Huawei, Netflix, Siemens, and hundreds of other multinationals thriving in Holland.
- We roll out the orange carpet. We offer free-of-charge, confidential services to make starting up, rolling out, and expanding your company in the Netherlands very easy.
Get to know more
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Get in touch with our program managers!
Olga Wielders (The Hague Tech)
Peter Scheffers (The Hague Business Agency)
Stef Prinsen (InnovationQuarter)
InnovationQuarter (IQ) facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government. InnovationQuarter’s mission is to strengthen the regional economy in West Holland by supporting and stimulating the innovation potential of this unique delta region. In close co-operation with all large corporations, educational and research institutions – like the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Delft University of Technology and Leiden University – and government organizations, InnovationQuarter supports technological developments with social impact, encourages entrepreneurship and invests in fast-growing companies.
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