Startup Visa Program

Startup Visa Program

Dockwize, your innovation hub! 

This could be your next step in entering the Dutch innovative ecosystem. At Dockwize, we are always looking to welcome new talent to our vibrant community.  

Facilitator Startup Visa 

The government issues a one-year residence permit for foreign startups. One of the conditions is that you work together with an experienced business facilitator. Dockwize is a recognized RVO facilitator. The cooperation between the startup and the facilitator must be laid down in a signed agreement. 

For whom 

  • Ambitious foreign entrepreneurs! 

  • With an innovative idea.

  • Who wants to start or grow their business in the Netherlands.

  • With solutions in transitions, such as water, energy, food, biobased/circular economy, and social impact. 

  • Preferably with a regional impact (Zeeland). 

What we offer 

Our Startup Visa program includes support during the startup visa application process, business support by a Kickstart, Accelerator or a tailor-made program, and access to our Dockwize community including a flex-workspace in the inspiring innovation hub in Flushing. We don’t support in housing.   

Selection Process  

  1. To join the Dockwize startup visa program you need to submit a pitch deck
    The pitch deck includes information about your startup idea, team, ambition, business model, and stage of development
  2. Receive online 1-1 feedback on your business idea
    Only applies for positively assessed application
  3. Apply for a Dockwize Coaching program
    You can choose from Kickstart, Accelerator, or a tailor-made program

The RVO provides the final assessment for startups to obtain their visa from the IND. Please check the RVO and IND website for more information about the startup visa and residence permit. Once you arrive in the Netherlands you must register at the Chamber of Commerce and open a Dutch bank account. 

Overview costs

Depending on the choice of program, we ask for upfront payment to participate in a program. All costs are excluding VAT. 

Dockwize Coaching Programs

Kickstart Program 
The Kickstart Program is a 13-week program (hybrid) and helps you validate your (scalable) business idea and find your first customer. The program focuses on the actual start of your own business and helps you find your product-market fit. You will be pushed to take the next step by validating your target audience and their needs and desires. 

After the kick-off, you join sessions on topics such as Team, Customer Development, Problem Discovery, Solution Discovery, MVP, Pitch training, Lean Canvas, Value Proposition, Customer Journey, and Revenue Models.  
The structure of the program revolves around the following components of each session: expert sessions, workshops, valuable 1-1 feedback, and peer feedback. 

Startdate: 6 April 2022, every Wednesday 
Costs: € 1.500,- excl. VAT 

Accelerator Program 
The Accelerator Program is a 12-week program that supports startups that have a market-ready product and are ready to grow towards a commercial scale. The program focuses on the essential next steps to build a company with a scalable, profitable, and repeatable business model. 

After the kick-off, you join sessions on topics such as Pricing, Scaling up, Marketing, Channels, Stakeholders, Team, Metrics, Sales funnel, Finance (business case), and Legal. 

The structure of the program revolves around the following components of each session: expert sessions, workshops and valuable 1-1 feedback, and peer feedback. 

Startdate: 19 April 2022, every Tuesday 

Costs:  € 2.495,- excl. VAT 
Join our Startup Visa Facilitator Program 

Submit your pitch deck here!

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The Startup Visa program is your next step in entering the Dutch innovative ecosystem.

  • Depending on the selected program


Imro Wong


Arne Hulstein



Jeroen van Oijen

Business Coach Expert

Cindy Cats


Rick Oudshoorn

Manager programma's