International Support COVID-19

The International Support COVID-19 is organized in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Startup Liaisons based in 5 different key global hubs (the US, UK, Germany, France and Asia - Singapore). We understand in these times many Dutch scale-ups who are internationalizing are in great need of some urgent advice and assistance of an international specialist. Therefore we will be offering you this support in these 5 regions: the US, UK, Germany, France and Asia - Singapore (more to follow)

How does it work?

We would like to understand your international challenges and match your question with the right local experts. If you are already active in one of these regions or planning your market entry and facing challenges you can sign up and share your questions. Together with the Startup Liaisons, we will look into how we can best support you on topics like: 
  • Local tax & government Covid-19 regulations
  • Local labour laws
  • People management and cultural differences
  • Business development needs
  • Local funding / investor challenges 

Support Countries

This is a high-level overview of the key markets you might be active in and the way they support startups/scaleups during COVID-19 times.


  • Coronavirus Job retention scheme

    This arrangement makes it possible for you to furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus the associated Employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on that wage.

    You can make use of this if the following applies to you:

    • created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 28 February 2020
    • enrolled for PAYE online - this can take up to 10 days
    • a UK bank account
    • Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies, and public authorities.

  • Self-employment income support scheme
    You can use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Statutory Sick Pay 

    Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus. You can make use of this if the following elements apply to you: 

    • your business is UK based
    • your business is small or medium-sized and employs fewer than 250 employees as of 28 February 2020


  • Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources 
    This website contains content about Coronavirus Funding Options, Guidance for Businesses and Employers, Local Assistance, SBA’s (U.S. Small Business Administration) Products, and Resources & Government Contracting.

  • Recorded webinar: repercussions of COVID-19 on Dutch businesses in the US

    Questions discussed: What initiatives by the Federal and sub-federal authorities might affect the US Subsidiaries of Dutch companies? - What is the role of the Consulate General and other instruments of the Dutch government in supporting Dutch companies with subsidiaries in the US? - How are travel restrictions and visas impacting companies?

    Legal matters to consider in these challenging times: force majeure, office rental options, non-performance issues. - What are the options for employers and employees when workforce reduction is necessary? - What needs to be taken into account when employing from home?

  • The CARES Act: A 2$ trillion total stimulus program

    The CARES Act: A 2$ trillion total stimulus program

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was passed by Congress on March 27th, 2020 to provide financial assistance to individuals and businesses.

    Which parts are most important for small businesses?

    1. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
    2. Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Advance
    3. Employee Retention Credit (ERC)

    Payment Protection Program (PPP): $350 billion in federally guaranteed loans available for small business owners to retain their employees during the crisis.

    Maximum Loan Value: up to $10M

    Loan maturity of 2 years & 1% interest rate 6 months interest payment deferral

    No collateral or personal guarantees

    • No fees
    •  The program capped at $350B, F-C-F-S
    • 100% loan forgiveness possible

  • Recorded webinar: COVID-19 implications on trade: measures and support on the West Coast

    Recorded webinar: COVID-19 implications on trade: measures and support on the West Coast

    This webinar by the NL eConsulate San Francisco will provide you with a timely and practical overview of measures of support for Dutch entrepreneurs on the West Coast.

    - Max Oltersdorf, Deputy Director for International Affairs and Trade, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) - get a clear perspective on the measures offered by the State of California to support small businesses, including eligibility requirements;

    - Jan Joosten, Partner, Baker & McKenzie - New York - gain insight into legal implications of COVID-19 (contractual, employment and immigration issues);

    - Arjan de Raaf, Founder & CEO at IDENRI - perspectives from a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

  • Andreessen Horowitz Coronavirus Resources & Readings

    Andreessen Horowitz Coronavirus Resources & Readings 

    The list spans everything from official sources, trackers, and data sites to medical journal information hubs, background readings, and Twitter accounts. 

  • Duke’s comprehensive database

    Duke’s comprehensive database

    Duke’s comprehensive database of grants, loans, and other cash equivalents to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits anywhere in the world.


  • BITKOM link collection
    Information about the following topics: Short-time work allowance; Emergency financial aid for a startup (on both national as state level); Digital drinks with different topics; Preparation for upcoming financing rounds; COVID-19 podcasts.


  • Measures announced by the government

    The Singapore Government has been swift in its response to the COVID-19 virus and the economic downturn, devoting billions to firms to help them weather its impact.

    Resilience Budget

    • Those who are self-employed will receive direct cash support through a Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme, which offers S$1,000 per month to eligible self-employed people for nine months.
    • Self-employed people will receive enhanced hourly training allowances under the Self- Employed Person Training Support Scheme, for them to use the downtime to train and upskill.
    • From May 1, the hourly training allowance will be raised from S$7.50 to S$10.The training support scheme will also be extended to December this year.

    COVID-19 relief package

    • Companies to receive 75 per cent wage subsidy in April for the first S$4,600 of each local employee’s wages
    • Government to waive foreign worker levies due in April
    • Companies to get S$750 rebate for each employee holding a work permit or an S-pass 
    • Income relief for self-employed persons to be extended to those who also have earnings from employed work and own private properties
  • Jobs Support Scheme
    Firms in the food services sector will receive 50% co-funding per local worker, while firms in the aviation and tourism sectors – the most badly affected sectors – will receive 75% co-funding.
    Companies and self-employed people will get an automatic deferment of income tax payments for three months.
    For businesses in other non-residential properties, such as offices and industrial properties, a property tax rebate of 30% will be granted.
    2 months of rental waiver for commercial tenants

  • Easing the financial strain on individuals and SMEs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic 

    The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), together with the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS), the Life Insurance Association (LIA), the General Insurance Association (GIA), and the Finance Houses Association of Singapore (FHAS), announced a package of measures.

    Investment support schemes

    • Startup SG Equity
      This government and private co-investment scheme catalyse financing of tech startups with strong IP and global potential.
    • SEEDS Capital
      SEEDS Capital manages co-investment funds under Startup SG Equity and co-invests in scalable innovative startups with strong IP.
    • EDBI
      A government-linked fund, EDBI invests in promising companies across diversified industries ranging from advanced manufacturing, consumer, emerging technologies, healthcare, ICT and logistics. 

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