Leiden centre for
innovation and

Build your Startup

Build a healthy team, find your first 30k, build your business network.


The Venture Academy is the best way to launch your startup:

  It is 3-month journey shared with a community of entrepreneurs, experts and mentors where:

  • – you learn how to build a healthy team
  • – you upgrade how you make business decisions
  • – you get ready for your first 30k funding

First steps into launching your startup!

Venture Academy

  • What’s the duration of the program?
    Sept 17th, 2021 – Dec 16th, 2021

  • How often do we meet?

    3-month program
    Social distanced sessions every 14 days on Fridays 
  • + Specialized tracks and personalized coaching based on your needs.


  • What can you expect after the program?: 

    – Find and validate your core features
    Plan what you need to do in the following 6 months.
    Feel ready and confident to launch your company
    – Have the potential to apply for 30k funding

  • Why should you join? 
    – It’s a one of a kind program focused on team development and founders’ wellbeing
  • – Join a community of entrepreneurs with diverse and international backgrounds
  • – Have the option to attend a special track based on your industry.
  • – Get access to a community of experienced mentors and coaches who are willing to share their knowledge with you

  • Is this for you? 
  • If you are committed to your idea, and are willing to invest time and energy, then this is for you.

Do you have questions?

Ask Betty!


Accountability matters.
Share your progress with the VA community.

After every session, you will choose your next challenge t
hat you will to work on during the next 15 days.


We are not a school.
We invite entrepreneurs and experts to sharing their vision.

The sessions are designed for you to discuss and have proper insights applicable to your situation.


Meet the right people.
Starting a company is all about know who to ask a question.

We have a network of mentors and coaches that are willing to share their experience with you.

Ventures created

What's the registration process?

Deadline online
29th of August

30th of August - 3rd of Sept

Getting things
3rd - 16th of Sept

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Until the application deadline on August 29th 2021

WHat is the focus of the program?

Specialized tracks

Are you a startup focused on life sciences or social impact?


During the program we will offer specialized sessions taylored to the needs of startups focusing on these areas.


Life Sciences

Earth Observation Startups

Social Entrepreneurship Startups

What makes you a qualified applicant?

Do you have what it takes?
  • You have an innovative and scalable solution
  • You have at least one partner in crime
  • You have proofs that there is a problem
  • You have a clear value proposition
  • You have a paper prototype of your solution

Apply before THE
29th OF AUGUST 2021

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