Investing Dutch SMEs

Entrepreneurs doing business in emerging markets and developing countries, often make a great contribution to economic and social improvements in these countries. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages this.

It can be difficult to get the funding for these projects. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports good initiatives. Therefore, the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) helps Dutch SMEs do business in developing countries and emerging markets with customised services.

Do you meet the DGGF criteria? Use this interactive tool to find out whether your business is eligible for DGGF Investing Dutch SMEs in just 5 minutes. Or fill in the online Quickscan - Investing Dutch SMEs.

Dutch Good Growth Fund for Start-ups

Do you have a new product for a DGGF country? Or do you want to introduce an existing product to a DGGF country? Securing financial backing can be difficult. However, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency can provide the financial support you need!

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) helps Dutch startups that want to do business with developing countries and emerging markets. These may include:

  • startups looking to launch or manufacture an existing product;
  • innovative startups wanting to develop a new product for a DGGF country or to manufacture products there.

Would you like to know more about the possibilities for start-ups?

Cooperation between Dutch Good Growth Fund and Buxeros Capital

Buxeros Capital is a public-private fund set up to assist Dutch SMEs entering emerging markets in 69 countries. The fund enhances access to regions with underserved capital markets, in particular in Africa and Latin America. Buxeros operates from the Netherlands, South Africa and Colombia. The DGGF has doubled the amount of investment by private shareholders in the fund. Read more about Buxeros Capital.

Loans, guarantees and participation

If you want to invest in one of the DGGF-countries but cannot get financial backing from your bank, you can apply with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( for financial support up to €10 million. The DGGF part Investing Dutch SMEs supplements private investments by means of guarantees and direct financing with a repayment obligation, such as loans and equity investments in projects. The financial support can be tailored to your circumstances.

Overview current investments

Find an overview of current investments at transactions Investing Dutch SMEs

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Not suitable for DGGF yet?

Not all projects are suitable for financial assistance from the DGGF. Another scheme might be more appropriate for your project:

  • In September 2016 the fund Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) was established. DTIF offers loans, guarantees and export financing to Dutch SMEs that want to  do business with countries that are not on the DGGF list. For more information about DTIF please follow this link.   
  • If you first wish to learn more about a local market or a project’s feasibility, you might be eligible for the DHI (in Dutch) (demonstration projects, feasibility studies and knowledge acquisition).
  • Are you looking for a business partner in a developing country? The MMF matchmaking facility brings businesses in developing countries in touch, at their request, with businesses in the Netherlands in order to strengthen business ties and potential alliances.