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into the leading expert network for academic startups
a tailor-made USA business trip
national recognition as a leading academic startup
in touch with other succesful founders
trained by field experts

Accelerating your academic startup journey

Creating immediate impact from innovative innovations is hard. ASC helps academic startups from all disciplines to connect to a valuable network of investors, mentors, peers and just some really clever minds. Get in now and fasten your seatbelts!

ASC is a collaboration between

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But, there is a competition element to it as well. We’re after the 10 most promising Dutch academic startups. If you can convince us of your potential to change the world, you’ll access a whopping set of prizes. 

USA Business Trip

A tailor-made USA business trip tailored to the needs and phase of your startup. You go to the most relevant hub in the USA for your startup. One promise: this is an absolute game changer for your startup.

Training from experts

Meet and get trained by experts in business development, impact, investing, and more.


Get featured in the top-10 most promising academic enterprises in national outlets.

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Joining is
fast & easy

Are you excited and ready for it? Great, we are too. Final check: apply now if you meet the 5 criteria below. Fill in the first form in 15 minutes and after receiving your confirmation, 1 hour for providing additional information. ASC is particularly looking for 1) being a promising startup, 2) level of academic integration/valorisation & 3) founder (and team) with potential. The more you showcase these, the bigger your chance to make the selection.


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 5 years in incorporation


Registered at the Chamber of Commerce


Present at both Preparation Event & Finale

Then this is what you're up for

You get maximum chances in minimal time. Just the opportunity every entrepreneur is always looking for. You can note down the following days and times in your agenda. 

Deadline 15 Augustus 2022
Startup Scouting
Submit your application and show through questions why you are one of the most promising academic startups.
Deadline 15 Augustus 2022
1 September 2022
Selecting Startups
Get selected in the top 20 by a jury based on your application and obtain your invite to the events.
1 September 2022
21 September 2022
Inspiration Event
Be inspired by your fellow ASC nominees and by a top-notch expert team of experienced academic entrepreneurs who’ve been there, done that. They will open up their network for you!
21 September 2022
4 October 2022
Grand Finale
One major event where the top 20 pitch their business to a jury. 10 winners will ultimately be picked to go on the USA trip!
4 October 2022
November 2022
USA Business Trip
The winners go on a tailor-made trip to the USA!
November 2022

A look at the previous edition

Curious what others gained out of it? Take a look at their stories and an impression of the last edition.


Take your chance now.