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Become a changemaker

Validate and optimize your startup idea​

The Venture Academy is a start-up programme offering an inspired way of learning new competences, bringing your startup to market and getting ready for pre-seed investment.

Quick facts Venture Academy

  • When: October 2nd – December 11th
  • What: 11 afternoon sessions on Wednesdays in The Hague
  • Result after: Validated and optimized startup, getting you ready for pre-seed investment
  • Strength: train you into developing a market, impact and product strategy
  • Is this for you? If you want to boost and strategize your team and get ready for seed funding, this is for you.

Develop skills

Learn and develop entrepreneurial, team and personal skills


11 in-depth workshops will help you to develop your startup


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

Ventures created

What's the application process?

Deadline online

September 15

selection round

September 16 - 20


September 23 - 27

Venture Academy begins!

October 2nd - December 11th

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Until the application deadline on September 15

example modules

Basic Finances

Impact Strategy

Revenue Models

Product Development Strategy

Markets and Customers

Team Dynamics and Development

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 have a prototype of your solution / idea
  • You have developed a business model for your idea
  • 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 september 15, 2019

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