Starting a business

The trinational Euregiochambers (of Commerce) allow for a first overview across the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. They combine information from the various chambers of commerce at once. Also, find the free euregional match-making platform of hyperregio.eu, open for subscription.

For general information on starting a business across the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, the Europa.eu website provides a multilingual overview on Business in BE, DE, and NL. In the clickable map below, you find regionalised support and some highlights for an entrepreneurial mind:

your region & your Business:

Nordrhein Westfalen Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Provinz Lüttich Provinz Limburg (BE) Provinz Limburg (NL) DE BE NL

Take a Seat in the Euregion

Quoting from the website of digital church in Aachen (scroll to the 7th project):
 

“The “Take a Seat in the Euregion” offer is aimed at start-ups from the following incubators in the border triangle:
Corda Campus (B), Brightlands Smart Service Campus (NL) and digitalHUB Aachen (D). The project is supported by the funding agencies LRM (B), LIOF (NL) and NRW.Bank (D).

Participating start-ups gain experience abroad and get valuable new input because the incubators pursue different funding approaches. To benefit from “Take a Seat in the Euregion”, start-ups simply signal their interest to their contact persons, and the project partners will take care of making the exchange possible.

The advantages for the start-ups:
• Acquisition of intercultural competences
• Exchange with start-ups, investors and consultants in other European countries
• Get to know the market and the market opportunities for your own product beyond the borders
• Possibility to establish first contacts with international business partners
• Uncomplicated participation and low costs”

Digital start-ups that would like to apply for this programme should contact Mukunthan Nadarajah

Screenshot from Digital Church Aachen

Advice across borders

You will deal with regional or national or regional institutions, in most cases. In the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, also these institutions face thousands of cross-border self-employed and businessmen and frequently provide extra information.

For more information on cross-border entrepreneurship, consult sources like

Gross/net, purchasing power parities

If you wonder how to reach even – and still make a living, the public statista.de provides some overview on annual averages:

  • Belgium: 50.000€ gross – 7.000€ social security – 12.500€ taxes = 30.500€ net
  • Germany: 52.000€ gross– 10.500€ social security – 10.000€ taxes = 31.500€ net
  • The Netherlands: 53.000€ gross– 7.000€ social security – 8.800€ taxes = 37.200€ net

Consider, that other taxes (e.g. for cars, fuel) but also benefits apply within the three countries.

Consumer prices

Find a visualised overview on consumer prices in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (“europa.eu”), selectable per country and product.

Also worth reading:

Guidance for self-employment across the border

What are the general requirements for starting up a business in the different countries? What do I need to pay attention to as an entrepreneur? And what about the requirements and pitfalls of cross-border business in practice?

The new brochure “Crossing borders as a self-employed professional between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany” is available in four languages and aims to guide you through the applicable legislation (national, bilateral and European) in situations of cross-border entrepreneurship in the Belgian-German-Dutch border area.

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