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The competition offers the selected academic startups the chance to follow a customized incubator program and accelerate their business. The startups are in the race to become one of the 10 best Academic Startups and participate in an intensive two-day program of workshops, mentorship and peer to peer learning to help the founders to accelerate the growth and scalability of their business. They are introduced to the innovation ecosystem, and help them develop a network of peers, experts, and mentors.


ARE YOU an academic startup that is building scientific solutions to global issues working hard to make a positive impact around the world? Apply now.


To apply you need to meet the following requirements:

  • An academic startup with the ambition and potential to be disruptive and scale internationally within the coming 5 years. 
  • A successful transfer from science/technology developed at a Dutch University, University Medical Center, KNAW, NWO institute or TO2.
  • Maximum 3 years in incorporation
  • Registered at the Chamber of Commerce 
  • Present at both program days (April 22nd and June 17th at Impact Festival) (Management / C-level)

Aftermovie 2019


To be announced
The event will be hosted by the following moderators:


The Academic Startup Competition 2019 Jury:


1. Expert day - 22nd of April

This day is for the 25 selected startups and aims to connect with the domains of Access, Market, Capital and Technology. Peer to peer sessions will be scheduled and one on one meetings with investors, experts and partners are organized.

2. Coaching period

From 22nd of April until the final event on the 17th of June, you got the chance to get one on one coaching.

3. Final event - 17th of June

Become one of the 10 best Academic Startups 2020.

4. Trip to US

The 10 best Academic Startups 2020 are flying to the US to meet investors, entrepreneurs and potential customers.
This trip is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Do you still have some questions? No worries! You can visit the FAQ, call Iris Visser  0611302236 or email for questions.

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