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Kickstarter in the Netherlands

Earlier this year we announced that Kickstarter would soon open up to Netherlands-based projects for the first time. Today we're happy to announce that that day has finally come! 

Beginning today (like, right now!), people in the Netherlands can start building their projects by clicking on the "Start a project" button on the Start page. Starting April 29, people in the Netherlands will be able to launch their projects. We'll send an email that day letting everyone know when they can click the launch button. If you'd like to be notified, leave your email address here

Let's run through the basics on how things will work. 

So Netherlands-based creators can start building their Kickstarter projects as early as today, and launch them beginning April 29? Yes. We thought a few weeks would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching. Beginning April 29, they can launch and share their projects with the world. 

Will there be a Netherlands-specific Kickstarter site? Nope. Netherlands-based projects will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects. 

Can people outside the Netherlands pledge to Netherlands-based projects? Yes! As with all other projects on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to Netherlands-based projects no matter where they are. 

What currency will Dutch projects be listed in? All Netherlands-based projects will be listed in euros.

Will backing projects based in the Netherlands be similar to backing US projects? The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for all projects. When pledging, however, backers of Netherlands-based projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments, as backers of US projects do. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor. 

Are the fees for Netherlands-based projects the same as those for other projects? Yes, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in the Netherlands. Payment processing fees for Netherlands-based projects are similar to those for UK projects. For Netherlands-based projects, the processing fees are: 

  • Pledges less than €10 are charged 5% + €0.05
  • Pledges of €10 or greater are charged 3% + €0.20

If a project is not successfully funded, there are no fees. 

Will Kickstarter host workshops for creators based in the Netherlands leading up to the launch? We're glad you asked! Yes, we will be hosting several online meet-ups in the coming weeks. The first one is tomorrow, 8 April, at 7pm CEST. Join us for an introduction to Kickstarter followed by a live Q&A via Google Hangouts. Watch this page for information about future events.

UPDATE, April 11: We've received a lot of great questions about launching projects in the Netherlands this week, and we thought we'd share answers to some of the most common ones. Read on!

What are the requirements for launching a project as a Dutch creator? You need to meet these requirements:

  • You are 18 years of age or older. 
  • You are a permanent resident of the Netherlands, and either creating a project in your own name or on behalf of a legal entity with a KvK number. 
  • You have a Dutch address, Dutch bank account, and government-issued ID (driver's license or passport). 
  • You have a major credit or debit card.

Can my project page be in Dutch? Yes, do what works best for your project! However, so that we can best serve our community, we ask that all projects also include an English version of the description, rewards, and other elements. If your project page has videos in Dutch, please include English subtitles or a transcript.

What payment methods are accepted? Pledges can be made with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card.

What about VAT? We are required to charge and report Value-Added Tax on our service fees (but not on the total amount of funds you raise). If you are a Dutch creator who launches a project as an individual or a legal entity without an active VAT number, we will apply VAT at the UK standard rate of 20%. No funds will be withheld from Dutch creators who launch their projects as a legal entity with an active VAT number, but the amount of our fees will be disclosed to tax authorities. Please keep in mind that Kickstarter cannot offer tax advice. Any additional questions about taxes should be handled by a tax or financial advisor.

Comments

    1. Creator Richard Boom on April 7, 2014

      Way cool!!! Question: the processing fees are something else then the Kickstarter fee?
      Kickstarter charges 5% of the total funding as well as a percentage+XXcents per pledge?

    2. Creator Boudewijn Danser on April 7, 2014

      Great news! Curious to see how payment is handled since creditcards are not as common in the Netherlands as in the US. The backing / payment description is still kind of vague now...

    3. Creator Nico Verduin on April 7, 2014

      If I get it correctly the total charge is (5 + 3)% + 0.20 for a succesful project more than 10 euro.

    4. Creator Bobby Verlaan on April 7, 2014

      the way I read it a successfully backed project will pay fees in the following:
      - 5% of the total amount goes to kickstarter
      - for each pledge a 3% charge of the pledge amount + 0,20 euro goes to the payment processor, unless the pledge is below 10 euros. In that case a 5% charge of the pledge amount is charged + 0,05 euro's.

      Depending on the height of each pledge by your backers your project pays 8.x% up to 10.x% in fees if your project is successfully funded. If your project isn't backed, you pay nada.

    5. Creator Mike de Heer on April 7, 2014

      Yo Kickstarter: Welcome to the Netherlands!

    6. Creator Sytse Algera on April 7, 2014

      Finally, great news and let's show the Dutch what we can do

    7. Creator JCJB (deleted) on April 7, 2014

      Wow great but I have a question what if I don't got a official company and I am making a project from home , like a game do I still need to go to KVK ?

    8. Creator Stijn Bullens on April 7, 2014

      Hi, when will it be available in Belgium?

    9. Creator PG on April 7, 2014

      Hi KS Staff, as Belgium has a very close proximity with the Netherlands - can we expect any time soon that you'll expand the platform to Belgium too ?

    10. Creator Maarten De Wispelaere on April 7, 2014

      Kickstarter in Belgium... Kickstarter in Belgium...
      Please :-)

    11. Creator Otto Van De Steene on April 7, 2014

      Yes... one more voice for Belgium, I'm already quite high in the prototyping phase of some product I would like to launch through Kickstarter. Would love to launch through kickstarter...

    12. Creator David Malnar on April 7, 2014

      Hello,why are you entering in the European Union country by country? It will takes 28 years to cover all EU with this speed :)

    13. Creator Patrick Nijhuis on April 7, 2014

      Hey Kickstarter, great job! it giet oan

    14. Creator Michael on April 7, 2014

      Belgium Belgium Belgium Belgium... pleeeeaasse! Banks here are über-conservative and our awesome, super-creative SME's can, like, NEVER get funding! Only VC's are late-stage/mature stage! It really sucks! Open to Belgian companies, legislation is so similar to the Netherlands!

    15. Creator Piers Duruz | CrowdfundingDojo.com on April 7, 2014

      Welcome to the Kickstarter world, Netherlands! Lets see your creativity!

    16. Creator eloy hensen on April 8, 2014

      Hadden we nu maar de republiek Belnedië.

    17. Creator Hugo Siebrand on April 8, 2014

      Welcome guys - Love it! Let's create amazing things together!

    18. Creator Bennie on April 9, 2014

      Welcome Kickstarter!

    19. Creator Remco Kappers on April 13, 2014

      GREAT ! . now we need a non american way of paying -_- IDEAL payment system or paypal
      since 99.9% of dont use credit cards...

    20. Creator Tom Sanders on April 15, 2014

      I agree with Remco K. : iDeal would be... ideal!

    21. Creator Jos Lazet on April 15, 2014

      @Remco Knappers @Tom Sanders:
      The problem of iDeal is, which I would love to use too for KS, that it's currently not possible to "reserve" a payment. This is why creditcards are used, they reserve an amount, so when the project is funded, the amount will be payed.
      A possible solution is making the payment when it's funded ( risky tho ) or making the payment to a third party bank account. If the project isn't funded at all, it's possible to rebook this payment.

      But indeed, iDeal would be an awesome add-on for us Dutchies!

    22. Creator Tim Daniel Jonker on April 15, 2014

      Just wondering how the Dutch govement/tax authorities will handle Kickstarter. Does anyone know a good place where I could find this information? I did some looking around but couldn't really find any solid info so some help would be appreciated.

    23. Creator Boudewijn Danser on April 15, 2014

      I thought Kickstarter in the Netherlands would include a solution for all the people in our country who either don't have a credit card or don't feel comfortable using it online...

      In several different reports credit cards ranked at about 5-9% in 2012 on the consumer online payment preference list (iDeal - 58%) and 8% in the list of last used payment methods for online purchases (iDeal - 74%). (Dropbox png screenshot here: http://bit.ly/1eKxY0G )

      http://bit.ly/1n8NQSv (.PDF report)

      Quote: Merchants that do not offer locally preferred methods of payment miss out on a significant proportion of potential customers," concluded Mr. Happach of WorldPay.

      I understand that there is a challenge in choosing an online payment option that people are familiar with that also provides the option to retreive the money after successful funding some time later or refund it.

      Now Dutch people will be able to start projects soon and have the advantage of reaching other countries while not being able to receive a potential lot of money from Dutch backers.

      This article might be a nice read too: http://bit.ly/1eE2v5W

    24. Creator Ilse Mul on April 16, 2014

      I've been wondering about Kickstarter and Dutch Taxes as well. I haven't been able to find a definitive answer about crowdfunding and taxes. The Tax authorities only refer to a meeting about starting a company which they organize in cooperation with the KvK.

    25. Creator Tim Daniel Jonker on April 29, 2014

      @Ilse Mul: ik kan je helaas geen bericht sturen maar ik heb het ook gevraagd op een forum en redelijk goed reacties gekregen;

      http://www.higherlevel.nl/forum/index.php…

      Ik zie dat je trouwens ook in de games hoek bezig bent! Computer of tabletop? :)

    26. Creator Edward Cook on May 4, 2014

      wish kickstarter a boom!

    27. Creator George Martin on May 28, 2014

      Kickstarter: whats the iDeal? Is that an option? Does anyone know an alternative in order to incorporate our non-credit card holding supporters?

    28. Creator Marco Muellner on May 28, 2014

      When does it come to GERMANY / AUSTRIA?

    29. Creator Michael Hartlef on August 4, 2014

      Me too. When does it come to GERMANY?

    30. Creator Robert van Twillert (deleted) on September 8, 2014

      Can people in America back project from the Netherlands?

    31. Creator Michael McGregor on September 8, 2014

      @Ted Turner Yep! People in any country can back projects in the Netherlands.

    32. Creator chouer (deleted) on November 4, 2014

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    33. Creator Maarten van Leeuwen on November 9, 2014

      Kickstarter, can we please get IDEAL af a method of doing the payments. I really want to back some projects but I don't have a credit card.

    34. Creator Deadraque on January 29, 2015

      Belgium Please!!!

    35. Creator Frederik Lamote on January 29, 2015

      Another vote for Belgium, we really need you Kickstarter! So many eager and smart entrepreneurs here, but not enough access to capital.

    36. Creator Shiv Shambhu on February 13

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    37. Creator Shiv Shambhu on February 13

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    38. Creator Ilse Mul on April 19

      When can we expect another payment method than credit/debit card? I just visited a project page and wanted to back it cause I really liked it. But since I don't have credit card, I can't back it.
      As many have already stated above, here in the Netherlands it's pretty normal to pay with iDeal. Why can't Kickstarter use this option or Paypal, while game companies like Bigpoint (Farmerama) can use this? After all, Paypal can even be used for things like subscriptions and such.

      I've looked into it for 5 minutes and already found this information:
      https://developer.paypal.com/webapps/developer/docs/classic/adaptive-payments/integration-guide/APIntro/
      Here Paypal itself talks about Preapproved payments, in which a sender logs in to PayPal and sets up preapprovals that approve future payments or set up a preapproval during the embedded payment flow. The sender logs in to paypal.com once to set up the preapproval. After the sender agrees to the preapproval, specific approval is unnecessary.

      So, basically, it should be possible to combine Kickstarter and Paypal. For the Netherlands, at least, this would be a solution because we can fund our Paypal account with iDeal and we can link it to our bank account to fund our paypal account. That way we don't need a credit/debit card.

      I think you're blocking out a lot of potential backers who'd love to back, but who can't back because they don't have a credit/debit card. Backers who could make the difference to a project maybe barely making it and a project being a huge success.

      I hope you don't mind me commenting on a blog post form a year ago, but I had hoped to find a better solution now that Kickstarter is possible from the Netherlands, but alas.....

    39. Creator Ranjan Kumar on July 6

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    40. Creator Ranjan Kumar on July 6

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    41. Creator Manpower Facility on July 11

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