Kickstarter in the Netherlands!
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We're happy to announce that creators based in the Netherlands can launch their projects right now!
We’re thrilled that Kickstarter is now available to creators in the Netherlands. We've been waiting a long time for this day to come, and we can’t wait to see what creative projects our friends there will launch — films, art, games, albums, plays, performances, and much more.
Since we announced that people based in the Netherlands could begin building projects, more than 1,109 (!!) people have started making one. Many have already launched! You can see all projects based in the Netherlands here.
Projects in the Netherlands function just like every other Kickstarter project, with a few small differences. Let’s go over how it works.
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 projects from the Netherlands 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. 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.
What are the requirements for launching a project as a creator in the Netherlands?
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.
Where can I find out more about launching Kickstarter projects in the Netherlands?
In the weeks leading up to launch, we hosted a handful of interactive sessions for project creators. You can watch recordings of them here. Enjoy!
- Open Call: Apply to Become a Kickstarter Creator-in-Residence this Fall
- Kickstarter and Social Art Network Team Up to Support UK Artists
- Guidance on Crafting an Honest and Clearly Presented Project
- Kickstarter Teams Up with the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie to Highlight 5 Projects from Emerging Photographers
- Break Tradition. Break Habit. Break Expectations. Break Kickstarter.