Wishing all of you a warm welcome to The Netherlands!
The Dutch Government comes with an objective to stimulate innovation in general and the competitive position of Dutch Startups in particular. It is also the driving force behind the Startup Delta initiative (www.startupdelta.org), ‘Europe’s largest Startup ecosystem’. A promising initiative with former European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, in the lead and with support of Jim Stolze, Founder & Chairman of TEDx Amsterdam.
One of the programmes to support innovative companies is called the “WBSO subsidy”, representing a €M794 budget for 2015(*). Companies contributing to technology driven innovation can apply, providing them with a tangible tax benefit if granted.
Each year, some 16.000 small and mid sized companies are granted WBSO subsidy for their R&D efforts(**). We can recommend fellow entrepreneurs to apply for the WBSO arrangement (www.rvo.nl/subsidies-regelingen/wbso-en-rda). But be prepared, because strict criteria should be met and it does not provide you with a blank check either.
The Beelert team is proud to announce that the Dutch Government recognises its R&D effort and has decided to award WBSO subsidy.
Brian Bogaerts, CEO of Beelert: “Innovation requires an enormous amount of effort by top-notch developers. The WBSO enables us to develop our cutting edge sales support application even further. “
Ivo van Ling CTO and Co-Founder: “Besides thanking the Dutch Government I would like to express our gratitude to AC Adviseurs. They helped us with the application process and their expertise was much appreciated!”
Beelert (www.beelert.com) is a Netherlands based cloud service provider helping (nationally as well as internationally oriented) business-to-business (B2B) organisations with marketing to sales conversion. Beelert operates internationally, expanding its footprint through a series of partnerships.
(*) Source: Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland
(**) Source: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
Also check out the other posts by the Beelert team:
- Beelert is de trotse nieuwe software partner van Reasonnet!
- Can you bridge the gap between Marketing and Sales?
- Sailing to Success
- Once you go black…
- Uw website als effectief kanaal voor New Business
Article first appeared in Linkedin on Jul 7, 2015.