Expansion Program

Your 12 week start into Amsterdam

What is the expansion program?
Softlanding Amsterdam

What is the expansion program?

TNW’s soft-landing expansion program offers entrepreneurs the chance to scale their business to Amsterdam. With expert guidance, a thriving network, and a team that has helped startups scale across the world; Softlanding Expansion Amsterdam is your ticket to startup growth.

With 12 weeks of support covering logistics, networking, integration mentorship, and events, receive the perfect landing for your scale-up into the hottest tech ecosystem on the continent. Next to this support, there’s the option to receive a 1-year startup visa to give yourself the perfect platform to establish in the country.

About us
The Next Web

About us

Established in 2006, The Next Web is a global super-connector for startups, scale-ups, corporations, governments and investors, by multiplying their journeys through media, innovation programs, co-working spaces, and events. Thus, TNW, the leader of Dutch tech, is a perfect community to make your home. Hosts of the TNW Conference with 10K+ attendees, 40+ annual innovation programs with Fortune 500 companies, thousands of investors at our fingertips, and a global powerhouse media brand. TNW is the perfect platform to enable the envisioned growth of your scaleup.

Dutch Startup Visa
TNW - The Heart of Tech

Dutch Startup Visa

About the Dutch Startup Visa

Since January 1st, 2015, the Dutch government welcomes ambitious entrepreneurs outside of the EU to easily start a business in The Netherlands through a fast-track program: the Dutch Startup Visa. This visa grants entrepreneurs a one-year period to build or expand an innovative company in The Netherlands.

One of the requirements for this fast-track program is that the startup works with an approved startup visa facilitator. The role of the facilitator is to introduce the entrepreneur to the Dutch/European market and provide support and guidance throughout the duration of the startup visa.

Why TNW?

The TNW Expansion Program provides founders of (tech) startups and scale-ups outside of the EU with a one-year visa and a dedicated soft-landing program. This includes, but is not limited to: access to our vibrant and curated TNW startup- and tech community, expertise, events, spaces and tools needed to successfully build or grow your company in the Netherlands, the European market and beyond.

TNW works with a network of trusted industry experts and soft-landing service providers who can help you with everything you need. Think of (one-on-one) mentoring, introductions to relevant local partners/industry experts and an opportunity to tap into the Dutch startup- and tech ecosystem.

Expansion Program


Unlike most other softlanding programs, facilitators, and VCs, we only charge a one-off price for our programs; thus, we don't take equity! That means you don't have to grant us any ownership or equity of your business when moving to Amsterdam, but instead, we ask for a straight fee.

With the expansion program, there are two different prices depending on whether you'll need a startup visa or not:

  • The expansion program costs are €17.500 (exclusive of VAT) without a startup visa.
  • The expansion program costs are €22.500 (exclusive of VAT) with a startup visa (This allows you to stay for one year).

By signing up for any of the two expansion programs above, you'll receive a plethora of perks and benefits, including:

  • Workspace for three months with one dedicated desk
  • Free participation in TNW Spaces Events
  • A curated investor matchmaking event
  • Expert mentoring
  • Training & Sessions
  • Corporate matchmaking
  • Connections with the key players in the ecosystem
  • Optional: Support with Legal, Housing, Insurance, Hiring and more
Why Amsterdam?

Why Amsterdam?

The Dutch have never been afraid to question the status quo. An inclusive, collaborative mindset makes entrepreneurship a natural part of the Dutch DNA. A pro-business climate, international workforce and superior infrastructure make the Netherlands a leading business destination.

  • Join a liberal, high tech culture of over 180 nationalities and the top English proficiency in Europe
  • World-leading government support for entrepreneurs
  • Home to tech companies like Spotify, Uber, Amazon and
  • An historic & beautiful city with over 20 million people within a 2 hour car journey & 500 million in the EU common market
  • The 5th happiest country in the world, Number 3 on the digital city index for Europe, and 12th globally on quality of life
Your profile

Who are we looking for?

  • You have an established tech company and you’re looking to scale your startup internationally.
  • You’re a startup leader (Founder, CEO or key lead in the company).
  • You have recently received Series A+ funding or can prove a financial run-rate to cover for at least 6 months.
  • You’re showing significant traction and have a scalable business model.
  • You’re available to be physically present in Amsterdam from 16th January 2023 onwards.
  • We specifically encourage women and minority founders to apply.

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