Open an IT 

Company in the Netherlands 

Open an High-Tech Company in the Netherlands

Do you want to start a high tech business in the Netherlands as soon as possible? The Netherlands is one of the key players in the worldwide high tech sector and is often referred to as ‘The Silicon Valley of Europe’. The state-of-the-art infrastructure in West Holland has made it a popular hotspot for high-tech companies in the Netherlands, and it’s the perfect place to start a Dutch business in the high-tech sector. .


The region has become especially popular with foreign high-tech companies for starting a business in the Netherlands to serve as their European headquarters. Initiatives such as The Hague Security Delta are designed to attract foreign investors to start a Dutch business and take advantage of the many high-tech opportunities that the Netherlands has to offer.

These opportunities include IT security, video game development, and IT infrastructure. Many companies start a Dutch business in the form of a limited liability company, or Dutch BV.

Starting a Dutch business in high tech requires certain licenses.

INCO’s consultants are experts in business development in the Netherlands and they can help you to start a Dutch business to take advantage of the many opportunities in the IT and high tech sector. Call one of our consultants now!

How do I set up an IT company in the Netherlands

  • The first thing you have to do when starting a Dutch business is to register a Dutch company with the Dutch Trade Register, which must include the mandatory NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) number. For a high tech business, the numbers are as follows (depending on the type of operation):
    Section J; Division 61 - 63; Group 61.1 - 61.9, 62.0, 63.1, 63.9; Class 61.10 - 61.90, 62.01 - 62.09, 63.11, 63.12, 63.99.

  • Once you have registered your Dutch high tech business you may need to apply for a special license from the Dutch government, depending on the type of high tech Dutch business you will operate. Some of these include the following:

    • Broadcasting license.

    • Public telecommunications services license.

    • Internet communication service license.

Different types of IT or high tech businesses require different licenses, depending on the type of company registered. Our company formation agents are experts in the process and know exactly what licenses you will need when starting a high tech business in the Netherlands, the forms to submit, and who to submit the forms to. Call us now to discuss how we can help you to navigate this the easy way!

Why choose INCO to help you to start a high tech business in the Netherlands?

  • INCO has helped numerous people to set up a high tech business in the Netherlands.

  • All agents have a lot of experience with the process of incorporating a company, including starting a Dutch BV, and they know the formalities of starting a high tech business in the Netherlands.

  • Our agents are experts and can connect you to the relevant authorities and regulatory bodies and provide you with business development services.

  • We can help you to draw up an effective business plan so you start a Dutch company and start generating profits as soon as possible.

  • INCO can help you to secure funding for your high tech business.

  • Because INCO is a Dutch company, we know the Dutch high tech market well and we can guide you to set up a business, such as a Dutch BV in the Netherlands swiftly and easily.

  • When starting a business in the Netherlands, you are going to need highly skilled employees. We can connect you to top recruitment agencies to ensure that you get the best talent for your business.

We are the best business partners for your high tech business in the Netherlands. Call now!

Frequently asked questions:

1) Do I require a license to operate a tech business in the Netherlands?

Yes. This depends on the type of high tech business you want to operate.

2) Why is The Netherlands such a good place to start a high tech business?

  • Highly developed tech sector.

  • The Dutch government actively encourages the growth of the tech industry in the country and has many initiatives and incentives in place to make it more attractive for investors and skilled workers.

  • The Dutch IT and high tech sector is logistically favorably positioned to service the entire EU.

  • Highly educated and skilled high tech workforce.

  • Attractive tax rates that draw a lot of investors to the Dutch high tech markets.

  • The Netherlands has a very stable and resilient business environment.


3) How long does it take to start a tech company in the Netherlands?

Starting a Dutch company usually takes between 2-5 days, but since you may require one or more licenses to operate a high tech company in the Netherlands, it may take a bit longer. Call us to find out more.

4) Can I start a high tech business in the Netherlands as a non-Dutch or EU citizen?

Yes. All foreign employees require relevant work and residence permits. Certain additional conditions may apply.

5) Can foreign companies operate a branch office in the Netherlands?

Yes. The registration process is the same as for Dutch companies.


Are you excited about starting a high tech business in the Netherlands, but you are unsure whether the market is the right one? Or if you are considering other EU countries like Germany or France, feel free to schedule a free consultation with one of our Dutch business development agents to discuss why the tech sector in the Netherlands is the perfect place to start a Dutch company.


We can help you determine your business proposition, as well as the services you aim to provide and give input and expert guidance on how to present this to the Dutch market.


Inco Business GroupToolkit



Our experts have combined their knowledge and strengths to create a tool we call the Business Toolkit.

The Business Toolkit will help you and entrepreneurs from around the globe to truly understand the Dutch market, regulations and laws. And will enable you to take a deep-dive the many business-related topics.

This way you will easily get up to speed with our Company formation process, Dutch Tax & Accounting and our corporate services. 

Make sure to check out our handy checklists, explainer video's and extensively written Whitepapers too!