Leiden centre for
innovation and

The Venture Academy

Launch your own startup

The Venture Academy is a Leiden startup incubator to help grow your startup and get ready for investment.  

Are you a student entrepreneur or young startup looking to solidify your startup idea, join the Venture Academy programme.

Sign up individually or as a team and explore if your venture has the potential to grow. 

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

Venture Academy Participants

Interested in seeing what the participants are up to? Click on the rocket icon to find out more about the
Venture Academy Particiants. Every week there will be a new blog online about one of the groups!

Join the next
Venture Academy
edition in 2019

Ventures created

program contents

Learn all about

Product & Value Proposition

Market Analysis & Segmentation

Finance & Business Modelling

The 2019 program

Application deadline

February 18





Workshop sessions

Every Friday afternoon

Final pitch & graduation


Check out last
year's edition

The Venture Academy is specifically designed to help you launch your own startup. And the best part: it’s totally free to join. You don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity!


Most frequent questions and answers

If you are passionate about exploring the practical side of entrepreneurship, then yes! You should already have an early stage startup or at least a mildly validated idea. 

Participation in the Venture Academy is free of charge. However, once you apply and get in, we do expect to have your full commitment.

No. There should be at least one Leiden University or Hogeschool Leiden student in your team. If you already graduated but your friend hasn’t yet, you can still apply.

Workshops are held in both The Hague and Leiden area. Once you get accepted to the programme you’ll get the full overview.

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