Access to capital

Funding is essential to build a business or launch an innovation. Most start-ups and SMEs do not have the financial means to make these investments themselves. Result: the company’s growth is limited. The team faces the  challenge of finding a reliable investor who offers real added value for the company.

We are happy to help! Interested?
Please contact Ronald Wielinga our manager entrepreneurship on +31 6 121 38 876 or or read more below.

At WaterCampus there are two options:

  1. Financing is made available through financing instruments that are closely related to us or managed by the WaterCampus;
  2. Financing is made available by connecting companies to our broad network of financers and financial experts.

Nice examples from our own instruments and our network can be found below.

Financing table Friesland

The range of financing possibilities available to SMEs and start-ups is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to banks, there are all kinds of alternatives, giving entrepreneurs more options, but at the same time often resulting in unclear situations for entrepreneurs. To facilitate the entrepreneurs, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs initiated the Financing Tables. One of these finance tables is organized by WaterCampus Leeuwarden and the province of Fryslân. At this table we connect entrepreneurs with the right combination of financing. More information can be found here.


For young start-ups, NEW offers initial financing, typically in the form of convertible loans intended to become investor-ready. The fund is part of the NEW-ttt project and intended for starters who have not yet developed any commercial activities. The starters must be in a proof of concept phase and ready to make the step towards a market-ready product.
Would you like to know more about the options, conditions and procedures? Please contact investment manager Allard van der Horst.

Bison foundation

The Bison Foundation is part of WaterCampus Leeuwarden and aims to stimulate the Northern Netherlands’ economy by helping starting entrepreneurs in water technology. Bison helps by financing start-ups and SME’s and assisting with creating a successful business(plan). Financing options range from € 5,000 to € 100,000.

Water Test Network

Both the Water Alliance and the Centre of Expertise Water Technology have been participating in the European Water Test Network project since the summer of 2018. The aims to create a European network of test facilities with different water types where start-ups and SMEs from Northwest Europe can test, demonstrate and develop their innovations for the water sector. In this way, the project wants to stimulate new innovations and accelerate the market introduction. Within the project companies are supported in accelerating the introduction of their water technologies to the market. In addition to assistance with the validation and verification of products, this support also consists of financing. The project makes vouchers available up to € 50,000 for testing products at the test facilities.

More information?
Are you interested in participating in the Water Test Network? We are happy to talk with you to deliver a tailor-made solution. It is also interesting to be aware of the possibilities to use one of our demo sites. Please contact, without obligations, Jordi Moreno, project manager innovation at the Centre of Expertise Water Technology.