Ideation program


What to expect if you start a science-based company

DEADLINE: After summer

(the exact date will be announced soon)


Do you want to understand what it takes to launch a science-based startup? UtrechtInc’s four-week Ideation Program, a simple free online evening course, could be your first step towards making a significant impact with your research.

In this program, we delve into the entrepreneurial sphere, addressing key questions such as:

  • What defines a startup?
  • How can a startup incubator assist me?
  • Is entrepreneurship the right path for me?
  • Can entrepreneurship coexist with an academic career?

You will participate in an expert session each Monday and an optional progress session each Wednesday, both running from 20.00-21.00 hours.

Who is eligible to participate?

Employees from Utrecht’s renowned knowledge institutes, including Utrecht University, UMCU Utrecht, Wilhelmina Kinderziekenhuis, Prinses Máxima Centrum, Hubrecht Institute, and Hogeschool Utrecht are welcome to join.

Cost & availability

We run this free program around 4 times per year. Participation is free of charge.

Next program

  • Application deadline: After summer (exact date will be announced soon)
  • Start date: TBD
  • End date: TBD


  • I am a solo founder. Can I still apply?

    Yes, as a single founder you are allowed to apply to our programs. However, we are firm believers of strong and diverse teams, so we encourage you to start looking for team members as soon as possible. One of the ways we can help you is through our talent matching events.

  • What kind of startups are you looking for?

    UtrechtInc specializes in scalable technology innovations with a focus on health, sustainability, education and AI. If you are doubting whether or not your idea falls into one of these categories, please feel free to contact the UtrechtInc team.