The new Growth Fund Flevoland supports entrepreneurs in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to expand or innovate and cannot get a bank loan to do so. For this fund, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the province of Flevoland are allocating 16 million euros. State Secretary Mona Keijzer gave the official starting shot at Innovactory (now Gaiyo) in Almere on Monday, June 7, 2021.
The fund is part of the regional development company Horizon Flevoland. Horizon, founded by the Province of Flevoland, supports Flevoland entrepreneurs who want to grow and innovate. They also work to promote the export of Flevoland products and to attract foreign companies to Flevoland.
Delegate Jan-Nico Appelman: “Growth Fund Flevoland fits the ambition of our province to let entrepreneurs flourish. With this fund we can provide excellent support to SMEs – the backbone of our economy. This also strengthens our cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs.”
In conversation with entrepreneurs The State Secretary and Delegate Appelman engaged in a private webinar Monday with fifteen Flevoland entrepreneurs. The State Secretary then gave the official starting signal, after which freerunners gave a spectacular act.
State Secretary Mona Keijzer (EZK): “I want to support innovative entrepreneurs across the country in growing and developing new products and services. The regional development companies (ROMs) play a key role in this. After all, they know the entrepreneurs in their region best and can therefore assist them optimally. For this reason, the cabinet is investing an additional € 150 million so that the ROMs can continue their good work. Horizon Flevoland is already fully engaged in supporting startups and innovative SMEs and is going to do much more for regional entrepreneurs.”
Innovactory develops innovative applications for smart mobility that promote sustainable travel behavior. As a result, the Almere-based company is among the list of fastest growing companies in the Netherlands.
For more information, visit www.horizonflevoland.nl/groeifondsflevoland