Investing Dutch SMEs

Entrepreneurs doing business in emerging markets and developing countries, often have 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 encourages your good initiatives. Therefore, the  Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) supports Dutch SMEs doing business with developing countries and emerging markets with customized services.

Do you meet the conditions? Do you think your project  is eligible for DGGF Investing Dutch SMEs? Then please fill in the online Quickscan - Investing Dutch SMEs.

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.

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?

Overview current investments

Find an overview of current investments at transactions Investing Dutch SMEs

Want to know more?

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.