International Market Entry Coaching
International market entry support for SMEs in The Hague
The Hague Business Agency and InnovationQuarter offer SMEs from the Hague region a route to make a flying start on the international market: IMEC (International Market Entry Coaching).
THE 2021 ROUTE IS CURRENTLY AT FULL SPEED. THE NEXT GROUP OF ENTREPRENEURS STARTS IN FEBRUARY OF 2022. DO YOU WANT TO REGISTER YOUR COMPANY FOR THIS? OR ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION? CONTACT ELISA VAN MAANEN, PROJECT MANAGER INTERNATIONALIZATION & TRADE VIA: E.VANMAANEN@THEHAGUE.COM OR 06-12367036.
International market support for entrepreneurs in The Hague
If your SME from the Hague region is ready for a significant step across the border, we will be happy to help you make it a success.
IMEC is an intensive and personal coaching program with workshops, providing the right contacts and a valuable network to make your international step a success. The IMEC processes are part of the SME deal ‘international entrepreneurship for and by entrepreneurs’ that InnovationQuarter and The Hague Business Agency are carrying out on behalf of the municipality of The Hague. Participation in the process is free.
In addition to workshops and guidance, the IMEC program also ensures that entrepreneurs from The Hague meet each other and enables them to share knowledge. The resulting networks from previous editions have proved to be of great value to many entrepreneurs in The Hague.
Grow across the border
Are you an SME entrepreneur from The Hague region, and do you think your service or product would be well marketed abroad? Or is your turnover within the Netherlands reaching its limits? Then the moving across the border is obvious. This can be done, for example, through exportation or setting up a subsidiary in the country of your choice.
We offer International Market Entry programs, especially for entrepreneurs in The Hague with international ambitions. Why? We would like to sum that up for you. Since our trajectories have mainly focused on Germany and the United Kingdom, we give you an idea of the potential to be tapped in these countries.
“To stay ahead of the curve, it is of utmost importance for software developers to grow user numbers. For that reason, we wanted to set foot in the German market. The legal guidance within the IMEC programme was especially important and helped us make a flying start in Germany. We now have a team of four employees covering the German market.” ~ Thomas van den Ende, Dyflexis
Germany & United Kingdom
Conquer the hearts of the Germans
- More than 80 million inhabitants
- Third economy in the world
- Traditionally a crucial trading partner for NL
- NL/D trade volume in 2020: 172 billion euros
- Innovative companies
- Qualified and motivated employees
- Excellent infrastructure
- Top performance in research and development
- Open border with NL
Step into the historic trade link with the British
- More than 66 million inhabitants
- In the top 5 trading partners of NL
- Long history of trade relations
- Many Dutch companies already do business with British partners
- Good investment climate
- Minimal language barrier
- Similar business culture
- Highly educated, qualified and, motivated people
- Close by and easily accessible from the Netherlands
IMEC: nine months business boot camp
Your International Market Entry will prepare you for business success in another country in nine months. We do this on the basis of joint workshops and personal guidance by experts from The Hague Business Agency, InnovationQuarter and representatives from the chamber of commerce of the country concerned. The ultimate goal is to make your activities across the border not a leap of faith but a well-considered step with the highest possible chance of success. Are you attending?
- Marketing & PR
- Culture & manners
- Legal & tax
- The coaching process is free
- Access to Networking Events
Conditions of participation
If we work for you to maximize your chance of trading success, we naturally expect something from you in return. Participation in the program is free, but it does take time. You spend about two to three half-days per month on the various program components. We expect you to be present at the collective parts. If you really can’t make it yourself, we would like you to be represented by a competent authority. We also expect you to be willing to share your experiences through interviews or short presentations to inspire other entrepreneurs in The Hague.
Registration for IMEC 2022 is possible from November 7, 2021
Who are we?
The Hague Business Agency and InnovationQuarter are carrying out the SME deal ‘international entrepreneurship for and by entrepreneurs’ on behalf of the municipality of The Hague and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
Internationally active entrepreneurs are often more innovative and spend more money on R&D. Due to the larger sales market, they are also less dependent on local market developments, have greater resilience and are more competitive. These are all important reasons to support entrepreneurs from the Hague region who have ambitions across the border.
The knowledge and international networks that we can offer entrepreneurs within the Your International Market Entry process thus contribute to both the local and international profile and the strengthening of SMEs from the Hague region.