Following is a selection of external resources to help you start, grow and find finance for your business.

SME Toolkits

A selection of comprehensive websites and toolkits for developing, running and growing small and medium sized entreprises (SMEs).

SME Toolkit

Dynamic Business Plan

Sample Business Documents & Financial Spreadsheet Templates

Coaching, Training & Support

Worldwide operating organisations offering technical assistance, training and some specific funding for entrepreneurs in developing countries. Many of these websites list all countries in which incubators are present.

Expert Development Program

Starting a Business

Are you the right person to start a business? Check your motivation and personal skills with the self-analysis tools and learn the steps you have to take before starting your own business.

Starting Up Assessment Tool

Business Ideas

Learn how to create, develop and evaluate your business idea and get inspired by others and their ideas.

Spot the Latest Trend

Market Information

Find out the facts and figures about your prospective target markets and learn how to do a market assessment.

Economist Intelligence Unit

Doing Business Data

EU Market Information

Business Plan

Tips and tricks for writing your business plan. Find guidebooks, manuals and instructions on how to write business, management, marketing and financial plans.

Business Model Generation (pdf)

Ernst & Young: Outline for a business plan (pdf)

Planning Guide

Samples, Templates & Press Release Tips

Free Sample Business Plans

Feasibility Study

Are your plans realistic? Find out how to conduct a feasibility study, how to evaluate a pilot project and where to find assistance and funding.

Conducting a Feasibility Study

How to Evaluate a Program

Company Registration

Find the nearest Chamber of Commerce and Industry or Trade Centre for your business. They can inform you on the rules for registring your company in your country.

Chambers of Commerce and Industry Worldwide

Legal Information

Find all types of business model contracts, learn why SMEs should make use of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, and get information on different forms of IP and links to different IP offices worldwide. And find legal support through the portals to juridical information and business lawyer associations by country and theme.

Taxation and Investment Guides…

Find International Model Contracts

Intellectual Property for SMEs

Worldwide Legal Directory

Business Lawyer Associations (by Country)

Legal Portal to Countries

Finance and Funding

Find instructions on how to get finance and search several large databases with venture capital, private equity, loans, funds and grants.

MKB & Financiering (Dutch)

International Funding and corporate giving programs

Oiko Credit

Money Meets Ideas

Growing a Business

Expand your entrepreneurial skills and learn how to grow your company.

Garantiemogelijkheid voor financiering (Dutch)…

Due Diligence

Find explanations on the term due diligence and some articles explaining how to conduct a due diligence study.

Due Diligence (Wikipedia)

Due Diligence for Mergers and Acquisitions

Expansion Finance

Find some larger funds to finance the expansion of your business; funds ranging from €1 to €5 million.

Equity operations and guarantees (French)

Focus on sustainability, innovation and international


Find guarantees for investments in your company, political risk guarantees and credit insurance.

Borgstelling MKB Kredieten (Dutch)…

Exit Strategies

Find basic information, pros and cons on different exit strategies and tools to help you sell your business.

Basic Information on Exit Strategies

Business Networks

Articles on networking skills and different networks and communities to find business partners.

Social Edge – Network for Social Entrepreneurs

Business Opportunities and Partners

Nederlands Centrum voor Handelsbevordering (Dutch)

Other Useful Resources

Find business samples, templates and worksheets, an online management library, ICT support and business manuals.

Free Online Management Library

ICT Handbook for Entrepreneurs

Kennisbank voor Ondernemend Nederland (Dutch)

Business Plan Competitions

Find other competitions to send in your business plans.

Equator Initiative

New Ventures