Ready To Start

What steps do you take as a researcher to start a startup?

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How do you start a scientific company?

Are you a researcher and do you want to understand what it takes to launch a science-based startup? Ready To Start is a free 4-week virtual evening ideation program designed for researchers (PhD’s and up) based in Utrecht and Leiden.

The next Ready To Start program began the 27th of May. Want to get a preview of the program? Download the One-Pager

This is Ready To Start

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?

Researchers (PhD candidates and up) from Leiden’s renowned knowledge institutes, including Leiden University, LACDR, LIC, IBL, LUMC or Hogeschool Leidenare welcome to join.

Participation is free of charge.

  • Application deadline: 22nd of May, 2024
  • Start date: 27th of May, 2024
  • End date: 24th of June, 2024

Program outline

Online plenary sessions:

  • Monday 27 May 20:00 – 21:00 (kickoff)
  • Monday 3 June 20:00 – 21:00 (expert session 1)
  • Monday 10 June 20:00 – 21:00 (expert session 2)
  • Monday 17 June 20:00 – 21:00 (expert session 3)
  • Monday 24 June 15:00 – 16:30 (graduation)

Optional online progress sessions:

  • Wednesday 29 May 20:00 – 21:00
  • Wednesday 5 June 20:00 – 21:00
  • Wednesday 12 June 20:00 – 21:00
  • Wednesday 19 June 20:00 – 21:00


See the most frequently asked questions.

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.

PLNT does not invest itself in startups. We have a large network of formal and informal investors and we have a good understanding of the funding landscape.

PLNT is for scalable, unique innovations. If you are doubting whether or not your idea falls into this category, please feel free to contact the PLNT team.

This program is in collabortation with UtrechtInc.

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