Online portal for bridging loans for startups and scaleups opens on 29 April

As of the 29th of April 2020, companies can apply for a special bridging loan, the so-called Corona-Oververbruggingslening (COL), via an online portal built by, the ROMs and Invest-NL. Check it out here: 

This bridging loan program was announced by the government earlier this month to the amount of EUR 100 million for all non-bank funded companies: startups, scaleups and innovative SMEs by the government. The COL was developed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, in close cooperation with, the ROMs and Invest-NL. This scheme is executed by the Regional Development Agencies (ROMs) at the request of the government.


Corona bridging loan

The loans to be granted by the ROMs vary between €50,000 and €2 million. For amounts above €250,000, 25% co-financing is expected from the shareholders or other investors. An uniform interest rate of 3% is applied. The ROMs aim to process the assessments of applications below €500,000 within four to nine working days. For applications above €500,000, the aim is to reach a final decision within three working weeks. More information about criteria and applications can be found on


Office Hour

This Tuesday, April 28th at 4 pm, State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and Special Envoy of Constantijn van Oranje will be guests in a special online Office Hour by During this webinar they will tell more about the scheme and startups and scale-ups can ask related questions. Sign up for this webinar here.


Additional measures for startups and scale-ups

Startups and scaleups are suffering major consequences from the corona crisis: an inventory by shows that 55% of companies see demand disappear due to the disappearance of existing customers or the absence of new customers. Raising the necessary new funding is a problem for this group too under the current circumstances. This is because startups, scaleups and other non-bank companies are unable to make use, or can make only limited use, of the measures previously announced by the government aimed at companies financed with loan capital.

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