About us

About us

As non-profit organization we challenge entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to start, innovate, and grow. We do this in the form of programs, 1-on-1 coaching, and inspiring events for startups, spin-offs, scale-ups and SMEs. 

It's not just a book. It's our purpose.

It's not just a book. It's our purpose.


As a non-profit organization, we are extremely driven. Not to rake in the dough, but to make a real impact. All for our ultimate goal, or our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): "By 2033, our book 'How we helped 100,000 entrepreneurs improve the world through innovation' will be a bestseller."

Why a book? Not because we like to have a bestseller to our name. But so we can share our method with the world. And by then our method has become such a household name that the book becomes a bestseller.

Accelerating impact together

We do what we do to make an impact. We want to leave a better world for generations to come. This is desperately needed because we are currently facing major problems in the areas of healthcare, social cohesion, ecology, and more. To tackle these problems, we desperately need entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. Through positive innovation, we can find solutions to these 'wicked problems', and entrepreneurs have the power to make those ideas grow. We are motivated to contribute to this with our knowledge, skills, and years of experience. Because by joining forces and working together instead of competing, we can change the world.

The team that helps you in your next step

We see our colleagues as the cream of the crop, the crème de la crème when it comes to business support. We are just as entrepreneurial as the people we help. What unites us are our core values: Positive, Refreshing, Inspiring, Decisive and Entrepreneurial. In other words: our Novel-T PRIDE. Do you recognize yourself in this and would you like to contribute to our mission? View our vacancies here.

Our colleagues know the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, because they have been entrepreneurs themselves, have worked in the industry, or still do business in addition to their work at Novel-T. All that knowledge and expertise, combined with our core values, ensure that we can take you one step (or three) further. Meet our colleagues here.

Meet our colleagues here.

Onze founders

Our foundation was founded in 2007, then still under the name Kennispark Twente. The founders of the foundation are the University of Twente, Saxion University of

The world is getting smarter. Every day we see products, services and solutions that were not there yesterday. Saxion believes that people should be central to this process. That is why they prepare their students in various ways for their future role in this dynamic society.

The University of Twente is a pioneer in connecting technology, science and engineering with social sciences to make a difference in the world around us. What characterizes our scientists, teachers and students is a curious, entrepreneurial mindset and a strong connection with others who also embrace this mindset.

Every day we push boundaries. Always evolving. Our city is never done. That makes her fascinating and vibrant. We are building Enschede with a tireless belief in progress. From our quirky Twente nature. Because we see what can be done better. We invite you to help build, because together we shape it. This is how we build the city of our dreams.

Overijssel is a beautiful province in which to live, work and recreate. Together we make Overijssel more livable, more beautiful, safer and more accessible every day. The province works together with municipalities, water boards, the national government, entrepreneurs and social institutions. The province works and is there for you. Together we determine the future of our province.

Twente Board is a unique collaboration between Entrepreneurs, Educational Institutions and Government. Together we have one interest and that is strengthening the economy in Twente. We do this by thinking along and investing in promising and innovative projects. Our ultimate goal is a green technological top region where it is good to work and live. In other words, together we strive for "Bruto Twents Geluk"!

Our powerfull ecosystem of Next Tech Twente

Together with our founders, we are in the middle of a powerful innovation ecosystem. That's a good thing, because if we want to achieve our BHAG, we shouldn't remain on our own island. That is why we position ourselves as a spider in the web within the Twente innovation ecosystem. By working together with partners - both corporates and regional parties - we make real impact. After all, together you can go further than alone. In addition, we collaborate with various innovation clusters and top work locations. We join forces of researchers, entrepreneurs and talent to develop, test and successfully market innovations.

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