PROGRAM

Do you have a scalable idea, a team, and do you want to grow your startup? Then we want to work with to strengthen your position in the market.

In our accelerator program entrepreneurs support you in growing your startup. The goal is to go from a launching customer to multiple customers, to confirm the business model, and to become investor ready.

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

Participants spend 150 days 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 afternoon per week on either a masterclass or a progress session. Next to that, mentors will be introduced who can give personalized advice.

 

Timeline

  1. February 3 - 23:59: Deadline application
  2. February 4: Selection 1
  3. February 7: Pitch
  4. February 7: Selection 2
  5. February 17: Start program

 

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WHAT WE OFFER

1. Funding

Pitch during Demo Day for the Rabo Pre-seed Fund and a loan up to €68.000.

2. Mentorship

Individual coaching by experienced entrepreneurs and executives and 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. Confirm your business model

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

5. Office space

We offer a space 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 pitch

During the program, you regularly practice your 2-minute pitch, so that you are always ready to deliver your story in the best possible way.

 

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OUR MENTORS


Jan Thij Bakker

Entrepreneur/Investor


 


Silla Scheepens

Marketing Strategist/Investor


 


Frans Jonker

Founder/Investor


 


Coenraad de Vries

Partner Start Green Capital


 

OUR INVESTORS

 

Various investors are looking for relevant startups through the UtrechtInc programs. Our affiliated investors include 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, 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. You do get to pitch during Demo Day for the Rabo Pre-seed Fund for a loan up to €68.000.

6. What kind of startups are you looking for?

We are looking for startups with a scalable 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 validation 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 halve 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. This also gives you a 33% discount to our co-working space or ~25% to an office, during the program.

10. I have other questions!?

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

 

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