We decided to play with the best and approached YES!Delft – one of the most famous start-up organisations in the Netherlands, holding all the cards:
✅Close to the Hague;
✅Supported by Delft University;
✅Well-established start-up program;
✅Relevant focus and a couple of VCs around.
Ironically, YES!Delft said “No,” as Draivn appeared to be too premature for the program at that moment.
Although YES!Delft didn’t accept Draivn, they introduced us to InnovationQuarter
– an economic development agency for Hague-Rotterdam. It reveals the innovation potential of the region by supporting local companies to expand internationally and attracting foreign businesses to the region. Sounds like the second win.Steff
“Bullseye!” we thought. But the real catch was Stef
, who became our single point of contact, fully covering the entity establishment in the Hague. He gave us an overview of the region and its ecosystem, a proper framework for the incorporation. Moreover, he introduced us to layers, facilitators, and even early-stage VCs. This bright gentleman still supports us with his ideas, recent news, and network. Indeed, if Draivn needs something in the Hague – we just call Stef
. Here are just a few issues he helped us resolve:Legal and Taxation
: taxation options, special conditions for expats, incorporation process.Setting up a company
: remote setup, start-up visas, expat programs, bank accounts.Facilitators
: the choice of facilitator, accelerator, and incubator companies. Capital and funding
: local grants, VCs, and economic development options.
Within a few days, we created a smooth roadmap for starting and scaling a local company. There, we considered all the possible benefits and life hacks.
1️⃣ Approaching lawyers to get support in remote company incorporation.
2️⃣ Preparing a document pack for the notary, which included translation, apostille, apostille translation, translation verification, verification translation. No jokes, just absurd and cruel bureaucracy.
3️⃣ Renting the office in the Hague
4️⃣ Company incorporation.
5️⃣ Remote bank account opening. The office
Although we were planning to come to the Netherlands, a full-time rental office was not an option. Draivn team needed something remote, flexible, and convenient. We addressed this issue to Stef, who could do virtually everything – even a virtual office from the Hague tech
We went on with this option, set it up remotely, and got the office in the physical and virtual form. Unlike all other things at this stage, renting a remote office was easier done than said.
As the remote setup of a company is a tricky task, the InnovationQuarter introduced us to several professional agents to take care of the whole process locally. Having a hard choice, we went ahead with the name of the agency and finally kicked off the process.