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Do you have a scalable idea, a great team, paying customers and do you want to really grow your startup?

In our accelerator program, entrepreneurs support you in achieving this. The goal is to go from your launching customer(s) to multiple customers (10x), to confirm the business model, scale your sales machine and become investor-ready.

The masterclasses are structured around experiences from other entrepreneurs and are supported by experienced experts in startup entrepreneurship, pitching, customer discovery, scaling-up sales and product development. An extensive network of 150+ mentors, investors, successful peers and partners supports you during the program

Participants spend 10 weeks in a program that consists of:

  • INTRODUCTION: Two intensive weeks during which startups jointly work on masterclasses and team building activities for 3 to 4 days per week.
  • CONTINUATION: During the rest of the program spend one or two mornings and/or afternoons per week on either a masterclass or a progress session. Next to that, mentors will be introduced who can give personalized advice.

 

Timeline

  1. Apply using the button below
  2. January 17 - 23:59: Deadline to send in your onepager*. Check your confirmation for 2 examples
  3. January 18: Announcement selection 1
  4. January 20: Pitch & announcement selection 2
  5. February 7: Start program
    * The deadline is subject to change

 

DISCLAIMER: We expect to host our programs at UtrechtInc. However, if government ruling prevents us from doing so, we will move everything to an online environment.

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WHAT WE OFFER

1. Funding

Startups do not get funding from UtrechtInc. When a startup is ready, they get to pitch for the Rabo Pre-seed Fund for soft loan up to €68.000.

2. Mentorship & coaching

Individual coaching and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs and executives, combined with group sessions with the other startups.

3. Personal and team development

We guide startups, not just with their business, but also on a personal level. We help you in finding a complementary team.

4. Scale your sales-machine

Collaborate with our experts and graduates on setting up and expanding your current sales funnel in a smart and focussed way. After that, it's ABC - Always Be Closing.

5. Office space

We offer a desk in our co-working space or an office amongst the startups.

6. Network of graduates

After the program, you will become part of a network of 100+ startups who've been through the program themselves. You are free to access our experts and you will be invited to exclusive graduate events.

7. Learn to ace your pitch

During the program, you regularly practice your 1-minute pitch, so that you are always ready to deliver the right story in the best possible way.

 

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OUR MENTORS


Jan Thij Bakker

Entrepreneur/Investor


 


Carla Muters

Board Member NHG


 


Frans Jonker

Founder/Investor


 


Tarique Arsiwalla

Co-founder Protix


 

OUR INVESTORS

 

Various investors are looking for relevant startups through the UtrechtInc programs. Our affiliated investors include but are not limited to, RabobankNewion InvestmentsPeak CapitalVolta VenturesStart Green CapitalThuja CapitalClimate KIC, Value Creation Capital, and TIIN Capital. We will gladly connect you with them. We also keep you up to date on investor events organized by Startup Utrecht.

FAQ

1. Why should we participate in the accelerator?

Wen your team is geared up to turn your company into a fastgrowing startup, the UtrechtInc accelerator is a big step forward. We have a 10 years of experience running startup programs, during which we also built an extensive network of mentors and experts. We are also based in Utrecht and therefore in the heart of the Netherlands.

2. We already have several customers and we've already raised funding. Are we still a fit?

Absolutely. Your current customers and investors probably want you to participate in our program, because they know the support you will get. We support you in creating your value proposition for the next stage, in how to open doors, how to take care of the next round of funding, and how to use marketing & PR for scalable growth.

3. I am the only founder. Can I apply?

For our accelerator program, we are looking for startups with a team and customers. The program, let alone the stage you are in right now, needs a strong team, which is why this is a critical point for our selection process. You and your co-founders need to have complementary skills and a positive atmosphere to make your startup a huge success.

4. How much funding do we receive from UtrechtInc?

Startups and entrepreneurs do not get funding from UtrechtInc. When a startup is ready, they get to pitch for the Rabo Pre-seed Fund for soft loan up to €68.000.

6. What kind of startups are you looking for?

We are looking for startups with a highly scalable tech idea. This always includes technology and in 99% software as well. This is because we support companies who are looking for ways to change the world rapidly and globally.

7. What variables influence your decision who gets to participate and who doesn't?

We are here for teams with at least 1 researcher, student, or alumnus affiliated with the UU, HU or UMC U. Next to that, we believe in the strength of a great team. It is important that you run a creative team with motivation and potential. We also take a look at how innovative your idea is. Your idea doesn't have to be completely new, but your implementation needs to be unique. You have a team, your first customer(s), and a working product, plus you are looking for ways to go from 1 to 10 customers or from 1.000 to 100.000 users. Plus, with our program, you will be guided towards your first or next round of funding.

8. Where will the program take place?

UtrechtInc's Acceleration program takes place in Utrecht, in the heart of the country. Known for its canals, happy citizens, and thousands of students. After the introduction, you will spend half a day at UtrechtInc, so that you can work from wherever you want for the rest of the week.

9. What does the program cost?

Applicants for the accelerator program pay €1.499 per team. In case your startup goes sky-high, we ask for a success fee over years 3, 4, and 5 after participating in the program. The exact fee will vary depending on your revenue, so that you as a startup are not bothered by it.

10. I have other questions!?

For more questions, contact us and we're happy to help.

 

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