Since January 1st, 2015, the Dutch government made it possible for ambitious entrepreneurs to easily start a business in The Netherlands through a startup visa. This visa grants you a one year period to build an innovative company in The Netherlands.
One of the requirements for the visa is that the startup finds an approved facilitator. The role of the facilitator is to support the startup in their specific needs, for example introducing them to relevant connections in our network or advising on new business opportunities.
Venture Café Rotterdam, in partnership with CIC Rotterdam, are a facilitator. We are specifically focused on helping experienced entrepreneurs from around the world found and grow their companies.
CIC (the Cambridge Innovation Center) helps entrepreneurs grow better and faster. We do this by building large scale communities of startups, investors, and innovative large companies in premium flexible shared office and co-working space.
Their current community is made up of over 1.500 companies, 75% of them startups. CIC companies have collectively raised close over €3B in venture capital and their publicly disclosed IPOs total more than €3.5B.
CIC Rotterdam is CIC’s first international location, helping Dutch and foreign entrepreneurs grow into the next generation of successful businesses. CIC is not an incubator or accelerator – but rather a location and community in which startups and scale ups have the best chance of success.
Venture Café Foundation builds innovation communities. We hosts the largest weekly innovation community event in Rotterdam. Every Thursday we gather a large national and international community. Connecting innovators to make things happen.
We are a vehicle for connecting people, and fueling innovation. Venture Café creates the forum for connecting innovators who ultimately seek to create positive change in both local and global communities.
What we are looking for
To best match our facilitation, we are looking for a startup with the following criteria:
- An experienced team of at least 2 and up to 4 founders;
- At least one of the founders has a proven track record of successfully building (and exiting) a company before;
- Working on a IP based and scalable business;
- Planning to hire 5 FTE’s in coming 3 years;
- Working a global expansion strategy;
- The team will domicile in the Netherlands and will use CIC as the base of operation.
How do you apply
The first step in the process is filling in the introductory application here. This will give us a sense of the founding team and the company and based on this, we will determine if there is a good match between you and CIC. Once you have filled in the form, we will get back to you within 2 weeks.