Innovation Brokers Subsidy

Beware! We have received many applications for the innovation brokers' scheme. This means that the TKI New Gas, TKI Urban Energy and TKI Wind op Zee budget has been completely exhausted. There is still a small budget available for an entrepreneur active in the domain of the TKI Energy & Industry.

The new round for the innovation broker subsidy of Energy Innovation NL opened on 15 June 2022. SMEs contributing to the transition to an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy system can apply for a subsidy for hiring an innovation broker. With this subsidy scheme, SMEs can reimburse the Innovation Broker fee for 80%, to a maximum of 10,000 euros incl. VAT.

Are you a startup or scale-up entrepreneur and a leader in innovation? Do you regularly encounter challenges, because you are less familiar with the market? Do you have no previous entrepreneurial experience or do you have limited financial resources. Then hire an ‘innovation broker’.

An 'innovation broker' can offer you:

  • guidance and coaching in developing a business plan, business strategy and value proposition,
  • patent advice, assistance with patent applications or knowledge exploitation,
  • guidance in becoming ‘investor ready’, looking for financing and deal closing,
  • support finding and setting up consortia and project formation with other companies and/or knowledge institutions.


You are eligible for a financial contribution for this support of an ‘innovation broker’ if:

  • you are an SME with the head office based in The Netherlands.
  • your product or service is innovative and contributes to an accelerated transition to a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy system.
  • you have not previously received more than twice a subsidy for hiring an innovation broker.
  • your innovation is meant for the market on which the themes (program lines) of the relevant TKIs focus (TKI Energy & Industry, TKI New Gas, TKI Urban Energy and TKI Wind op Zee). The innovation may also be an existing technology already applied in another sector but is innovative for the markets of the Top Sector Energy. The applicant must have the ambition and business strategy to bring the technological innovation to the market himself (at its own expense and risk) and scale it to broad market adoption. 
  • you meet the conditions in the form “Toelichting aanvraagformulier innovatiemakelaars” (Explanation application form innovation brokers).

Term and budget

The total budget for the subsidy scheme is € 100,000 and allocation will take place via the principle of “ first come, first served”. In the event of oversubscription of the scheme (on one and the same day), allocation will take place through drawing lots.

Excluded from the scheme is hiring an innovation broker for the specific purpose of drafting (writing) a grant application or hiring for engineering activities. Also excluded are out-of-pocket expenses such as patent filing fees, travel costs, etc.

For whom?

The subsidy contribution is available for innovative SMEs active in the domain of TKI Energie & Industrie, TKI Nieuw GasTKI Urban Energy and TKI Wind op Zee.

What amount do you get reimbursed?

 If you meet these conditions to make use of this subsidy scheme, which will run from 15 June, 2022 to 15 May, 2023(1), the costs of supporting an innovation broker can be financed up to 80%. This compensation can amount up to a maximum of € 10,000 subsidy (including VAT) per company. As an SME you will need to contribute the remaining 20% yourself (example: total project costs are € 12.500,-, maximum subsidy would be € 10.000, and € 2.500,- own contribution – all numbers including VAT)

Innovation Brokers

The Financing Desk has compiled an overview of potential innovation brokers for you. This list is meant for inspiration. You are not obliged to hire these innovation brokers, you can also propose your own.


Innovatiemakelaars (voorbeelden)


Business coaching,

value proposition development,

business strategy,

business plan



Frank & the Backs



UD Ventures


Govert van de Visch

Johan Nijboer

Egbert Ottevanger

Dwayne van der Klugt

Boukje Vastbinder  

Hans Roeland Poolman

Peter Westerhuijs


Intellectual Property,

patent advice,

knowledge protection,

knowledge exploitation


Arnold & Siedsma



Brigitte Geurts

Laurens Brocken

Marnix Geraerts


Financing, investor readiness, deal closing



Frank & the Backs

Investor Ready



Rebel Group

Unknown Group


Govert van de Visch

Johan Nijboer

Egbert Ottevanger

Robert Vermeer

Dwayne van der Klugt

Marnix Geraerts

Jan Coen van Elburg

Remco Temmink


Formation of consortium, project development


Evers + Manders subsidieadviseurs



Gijs Tempelman

Jan van Miltenburg

Marco Gomis


Apply now

The involved TKI ( TKI Energie & IndustrieTKI Nieuw GasTKI Urban Energy or TKI Wind op Zee) provides an initial judgement of whether you are eligible for this scheme. Do you like to apply? You can download the application form here (in Dutch) and send it to Martin Weissmann. To clarify the form, you will find an explanation of the application form here (in Dutch), which also contains all the detailed preconditions that apply to the application. After completing the work, you must submit a final report. You can request Martin Weissmann for a template for the final report form.


The Topsector Energie will manage the administrative application process. Do you have any questions about the scheme? Please get in touch with Martin Weissmann of the Financing Desk.