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COVID-19 Startup Guide

George Fisher-Wilson

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

🦠 As COVID-19 is increasingly creating uncertainty in every aspect of our lives, startups and scaleups are battling with making sense of where to turn to for help. Due to the efforts of France Digitale, we have worked together to coordinate this on an EU-scale. Making it easier for startups and scaleups to find all the crisis mitigation resources they need in one place.

On this page, you will find all the useful resources and contacts for your startup and your employees in the Netherlands while facing the main challenges identified in our survey. This page will be continually updated by the team and if you have a link you think is relevant please share with us for review:

In our next step, we will be focussing on how we can work with our stakeholders to create solutions and further resources to mitigate the impact COVID-19 is having on the ecosystem.

Dutch Leaders in Tech

If you are a tech Start- or Scaleup founder or part of the C-level team, you may request admission to our Community Slack "Dutch Leaders in Tech". Please send your request to with a short bio on your role and organisation.

📬 The essential contacts and information points

☎️ 1.1 Contact points:

☑️ COVID-19 Help desks: 

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment [RIVM]: 

National information phone: 0800-1351 (from abroad dial +312 0205 1351)

Advice and information on the coronavirus 

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce [KVK] 

📞 Call the KVK Advice Team: +31 800 2117 (open Mon-Fri from 8:30 - 17:00 hours). Calling from abroad? Dial+31 (0)88 585 2222.

💬 Advice and information on the coronavirus for entrepreneurs🇳🇱

📣 Corona Helpdesk🇳🇱

Netherlands Point of Entry (Startup Visa holders) 

📣 COVID-19 is posing a threat to any Netherlands Startup Visa holder, as predicted growth models will not align with the current situation. The Netherlands Point of Entry advises all Netherlands Startup Visa holder to contact the RVO Startup Visa team directly ( 

📞 Questions about permit status or meeting with IND, please call: 088 043 04 30

💬 All updates will be shared via the Startup Visa Facilitator Network 

👩🏻‍💻 1.2 Information Points:


Tackling new coronavirus in the Netherlands

FAQ on coronavirus and health 

  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency [RVO]

Coronavirus: consequences for doing international business🇳🇱

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Travel Advice for entrepreneurs🇳🇱

Travel Advice concerning corona per country🇳🇱

General Travel advice🇬🇧

List of foreign Embassies and Consulates🇬🇧


  • World Health Organization [WHO] 💊 

Travel Advice🇬🇧

  • World Food Programme [WFP] 🥗

World Travel Restrictions 🇬🇧

  • FME, Technology Sector Organisation 🤖 

Notification and information point for the technology industry 🇳🇱

🙌🏼 1.3 Have Solutions or Need Help? 

    I want to offer help

    I need help

    Have an idea to help fight COVID-19, you can request funding here (ZonMw) or here (Antler). 

    Launching the Dutch Tech Ecosystem and COVID-19: Impact Report

    Get insights from the startup ecosystem on the impact of COVID-19, we spoke with over 400 startups.

    Resources 🔎

    Cashflow 💸

    📱 COVID-19 NL VC index

    Launching the COVID-19 NL VC Index. Showing the investment activity of Dutch VCs and those open to providing funding during this time. The tool will be continually updated as more companies/VCs add their information.

    So, please share and fill it if you're a Dutch VC. Our goal is to help provide a place where you can gain up to date information to assist with your funding outreach during this time.