Leiden centre for
innovation and

Become a changemaker

Validate and optimize your startup

Are you a student entrepreneur or young startup ready to launch your innovative solution?

Join the Venture Academy!

Quick facts Venture Academy Innovation Lab

  • When: Start date in April 2019 or October 2019
  • What: 10 afternoon sessions on Mondays
  • Result after: Validated and optimized business idea, getting you ready for pre-seed investment
  • Strength: train you into receiving constant customer feedback
  • Is this for you? If you want to find out if there is a market for your business idea

Develop skills

Learn entrepreneurial skills such as customer development


Several in-depth workshops will help you to develop your idea


We have a network of investors that may want to invest in your idea

Ventures created

What's the application process?


March 8


March 18 - 21


March 30 - 31

Pitch night + motivation

April 5

Venture Academy begins!

April 15 - June 17 every Monday afternoon

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Until the application deadline on March 8

example modules

Validate Value Proposition

Markets and Customers

Revenue Models


Minimum Viable Product

Team Dynamics

What makes you a qualified applicant?


  • Your start-up consists of at least 2 people
  • You are forward-thinking and eager to get pre-seed investment
  • Your start-up is innovative
  • You are a student (BsC or MsC) or recent graduate from a Dutch Hogeschool or Universiteit
  • You are hungry to learn the latest start-up tools and methodology

Apply before March 8, 2019

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