About RVO and Vroegefasefinanciering (VFF)

RvO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports entrepreneurs, NGOs, knowledge institutions and organisations. They are a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Its activities are commissioned by the various Dutch ministries and the European Union.

RVO aims to improve entrepreneurship and collaboration in the Netherlands and abroad. RVO provides a diverse portfolio of Research and Development grants, tax schemes and loans. RVO is also the National Contact Point for many European funding programmes.

Visit the RVO website for more information.


Subsidy: €50,000 – 350,000

Total budget: €6,000,000 (for 2021)

Funding rate: 45-100%

Deadlines: Open

Project duration: 2 years

Consortium: VFF focuses on 3 target groups:

  • SME entrepreneurs (small and medium sized)
  • Innovative starters (≤ 5 years)
  • Academic / HBO Innovative Starters (whose economic activities directly and promptly derive from research from a university, a college, an academic hospital)

Scope: With a loan from the VFF, starters and SMEs investigate whether their idea has a chance of success in the market (idea on paper – concept phase). Development of the first prototype is covered by the aim of investigating technical feasibility. Selling proto types or products that have already been granted IP, are not eligible, as that development is too mature for this loan.

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