Access to capital
The Utrecht startup ecosystem can deliver many forms of capital injections to fulfill the needs during all stages of your startup. Discover the options!
- Targeting your Investors
- Meeting Investors
- Regulations & Subsidy
Targeting your investors
Looking for funding? In corporation with Golden Egg Check StartupUtrecht helps you target the right investors in an easy and informal way. With the Golden Egg Check we keep track of the investment strategies, preferences and criteria of all (venture capital) investors in the Utrecht region and the Netherlands.
StartupUtrecht has taken the initiative to set up an investor network in the Utrecht region. This network improves the access of startups in Utrecht to informal investors and vice versa. The informal investors who can join the investor network are private individuals who want to invest in startups and who feel connected to the Utrecht region.
Are you a startup that wants to pitch their case for a group of investors or an investor who wants to join the network? Contact Heerd Jan Hoogeveen for registration and information. We hope to see you soon at one of our meetings.
Regulations & Subsidies
Credits, subsidies and guarantee schemes; acces to capital comes in different ways.
- Subsidy schemes Economic Board Utrecht
- Innovation credit Dutch government
- The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)
Innovation credit Dutch government
The Dutch government also encourages companies to develop innovative products.
For example, through a tax benefit, innovation credit or a subsidy.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl)
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) also helps startups and scaleups to
grow and to accelerate their business by offering credits, subsidies and guarantee schemes,
by providing access to networks and by organising specific events.
Regional Development Agency (ROM) Utrecht Region
Are you a startup, a scale-up or an innovative small- or medium-sized business and looking to grow or innovate? The ROM Utrecht Region is here to help. We give advice, help connect you to our partners and network and we provide financing. For the latter, the ROM has two investment funds: The Proof of Concept Fund and the Participation Fund. You are eligible for the Proof of Concepts Fund if you own an innovative startup or scale-up that has a positive impact on the community. Your company is in TRL 4, 5 or 6 (Technology Readiness Level) and you are looking for an investment between € 50,000 and € 250,000. This financing is mainly provided by means of a convertible loan. The Participation Fund, on the other hand, focuses on companies that have progressed to TRL 6 or further. An investment from the Participation Fund can either be in equity or a convertible loan, ranging from € 250,000 to € 2,500,000.Read more about the ROM
Of course crowdfunding can be an option as well. The main advantage being its possible marketing impact. Here you can find the top 10 crowdfunding websites in the Netherlands (link in Dutch).Top 10 crowdfunding websites