If you have a highly-skilled migrant (kennismigrant) residence permit and would like to start your own business under the start-up rule you can apply for the start-up residence permit if you fulfil the requirements for the start-up scheme.
Innovation: Three aspects are reviewed to measure innovation:
the start-up operates in an innovative way
the product or service is new in the Netherlands
the start-up uses new technology in its production, distribution and/or marketing process
After one year, the start-up should apply for a new residence permit as a self-employed entrepreneur under the points-based system.
As of January 2016 startups can submit a favourable recommendation from their business facilitator that will replace the points-based system. If successful, the new permit will be granted for five years.
The facilitator plays an important part, but the entrepreneur is the one who takes an active role in the development of the business, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) grants the status of facilitator for one year based on certain criteria.