As part of our #KickstartNL movement, in 2021, we organised an election debate that was broadcasted live on national television. Topics of the debate included employee participation, incentives for early-stage investments by business angels, and educating more tech talent.
In September we welcomed the announcement of the improved stock option plan, which was one of our #KickstartNL proposals. Unfortunately, it takes a bit more time to pass parliament.
However, more is needed to make the system truly competitive.
That is why Techleap.nl, together with the Dutch Startup Association and other parties including Secfi, EY and VanLoman, is committed to addressing the current high tax rate of stock options with the new cabinet. In line with these efforts, we launched two expert groups consisting of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, and relevant experts. We've explored the possibilities of more attractive fiscal schemes for employee stock options as well as early-stage funding by business angels.
Moving into 2022, we will continue our efforts towards facilitating the adoption of the aforementioned proposals by the relevant decision-making parties.