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The finalists of the Academic Startup Competition are known! Follow them competing to become 'Best Academic Startup of the Netherlands'.

Follow their journey on Twitter

The finalists of 2020

Ground-breaking innovations in various fields, including Life Sciences, Health, High Tech, Energy, Logistics and Agri-food. The finalists were selected based on their value proposition, the innovative character of the technology involved, the potential of their business and profit model, and the startup team composition. Follow them competing to become the ‘Best Academic Startup of the Netherlands’.

Follow their journey on Twitter.


ARE YOU an academic startup that is building scientific solutions to global issues working hard to make a positive impact around the world? Applications for 2020 are now closed.

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 winners  and participate in an unique program of workshops, promotion track 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.

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 (October at CES Unveiled and Jan 2021 at Impact Festival) (with reservation due to any changes regarding COVID)

Aftermovie 2019


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


The Academic Startup Competition 2019 Jury:


October - Pitchday

From all applications the best 20 will be get a fullday program during CES Unveiled including a pitchtraing, workshops and matchmaking. You will pitch in front of a jury.

November - Promotion tour

The jury will select the best 10 startups and each startup will be highlighted indivually through an online campaign.

December - Incubator program

An unique program, composed by the Consulate of San Francisco, to help you grow your business and build a community. Get in contact with the customers, investors or experts you can't reach and get insights into the US market. This program is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

January 2021 - ImpactFestival

During this second event day you will meet with peer-entrepreneurs, alumni of last year and workshops.


Do you still have some questions? No worries! You can visit the FAQ, call Ilona van der Rijt 0648798424 or email for questions.

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