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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.

COVID19 - Startup Support Group

This is a space for Startup founders to discuss their biggest challenges, concerns and solutions that have worked for them. This is an invite-only community where you can be open, honest and transparent about the impact of COVID-19 on you and your business.

πŸ“¬ The essential contacts and information points

☎️ 1.1 Contact points:

β˜‘οΈΒ COVID-19 Help desks:Β 

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

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

Advice and information on the coronavirusΒ 

Netherlands Chamber of Commerce [KVK]Β 

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

πŸ’¬Β Advice and information on the coronavirus for entrepreneursπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

πŸ“£ Corona HelpdeskπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Netherlands Point of Entry (Startup Visa holders)Β 

πŸ“£ 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 (Β 

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

πŸ’¬ All updates will be shared via the Startup Visa Facilitator NetworkΒ 

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» 1.2 Information Points:


Tackling new coronavirus in the Netherlands

FAQ on coronavirus and healthΒ 

  • Netherlands Enterprise Agency [RVO]

Coronavirus: consequences for doing international businessπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Travel Advice for entrepreneursπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Travel Advice concerning corona per countryπŸ‡³πŸ‡±

General Travel adviceπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

List of foreign Embassies and ConsulatesπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§


  • World Health Organization [WHO]Β πŸ’ŠΒ 

Travel AdviceπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  • World Food Programme [WFP] πŸ₯—

World Travel RestrictionsΒ πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

  • FME, Technology Sector OrganisationΒ πŸ€–Β 

Notification and information point for the technology industry πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

πŸ™ŒπŸΌ 1.3 Have Solutions or Need Help?Β 

    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).Β 

    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 πŸ”Ž

    Legal πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“

    πŸ“± 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.

    Employees Resources πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

    Childcare 🍼

    Child education 🏫

    Personal Health πŸ§˜β€β™‚οΈ

    πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Office hours

    Q&A with highly experienced leaders sharing their insights on how to handle an uncertain economy and crisis situations.Β 

    They want to hear your most pressing questions so they can help you with clear and actionable advice.Β 

    πŸ”‚Β Replay

    πŸ”œ Next sessions

    • Employment Law and Your Organisation with Jurriaan Graaff, Martine Hoogendoorn & Eveliese LuitingΒ on April 9th at 4pm πŸ‘‰πŸΌ join now