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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

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.

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Meeting investors

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?

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Other investors

ABN AMRO

Via Startup Utrecht Region you also have access to investors from ABN AMRO Informal Investment Services. This connects you with investors from ABN’s private banking network of succesful (ex)entrepreneurs and top managers. In addition to capital, they also assist your company with knowledge, experience and a network. This way they contribute to the success of your company. They mediate in all branches and for all phases of life in amounts between €100,000 and €2,000,000. Startups from the Utrecht region that use this service from ABN AMRO through Startup Utrecht Region do not have to pay a €500 registration fee.

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ING Bank

ING also helps young, fast-growing companies to realize their plans. Through ING Informal Investing, the bank connect you with investors.

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Money Meets Ideas

Together with UtrechtInc, Rabobank and KplusV Startup Utrecht Region also links innovative startups to informal investors from all over the Netherlands through the Money Meets Ideas Platform. The amounts that can be collected vary from €100,000 to €1,500,000. A success fee of 2% applies.

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Regulations & Subsidies

Credits, subsidies and guarantee schemes; access to capital comes in different ways.

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

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) also helps startups and scale ups 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)

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.

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Crowdfunding

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 platforms

Crossroads 2022

Are you ready? Because we are back! StartupUtrecht and partners will host another edition of Crossroads on November 8th and 9th 2022.

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