START Program

Validate your business idea within two months.

START Program

The START program is a validation sprint for your innovative business idea. Take the next step with your business idea in four sessions over two months. With a value of more than €7.000 in tools, expertise and coaching we allow ten teams to join per cohort (month). Once approved, you access our experts and coaches that challenge you to validate and achieve rapid progress with your business idea the incubation phase. Have the balls to join START!

Are you ready to START?

The START Program is based on 35 years of experience at the most entrepreneurial university of the Netherlands, the University of Twente. It’s specifically developed for dedicated (student) entrepreneurs who want to get started with their innovative business idea. During this program, you will follow several masterclasses and coaching sessions on different themes given by experts over a period of two months. These experts will coach and guide you in the process of validating your idea. During the evening sessions, you will check the key elements of validating your business around the topic like business modeling, value propositions, legal aspects, market analysis, and teams.

Making it through the START Program gives you insights if your working on the right idea. If so, you can get access to the Novel-T ADVANCED Track.

The application for cohorts UT 5, Saxion 1 and Saxion 2 are now open!

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Community

Become part of the community

Participation in the START program means that you actively get started with your business idea and that you become part of our community. Within this community, you’ll get access to lots of opportunities and instruments, such as advanced support, further business development, capital support, training to get investor-ready, marketing support and access to our broad network.

Program

START Program cohorts

Here you’ll find which cohorts are open for application. Make sure you apply fast, we have only ten spots available each cohort. Full = full.

University of Twente cohorts

  • Cohort UT 4 starting at June 5th: Application is closed.
  • Cohort UT 5 starting at August 28th: Application is open.

Saxion cohorts

  • Cohort Saxion 1 starting at September 2nd: Application is open.
  • Cohort Saxion 2 starting at October 28th: Application is open.

Schedules

The cohort schedules for START

The START Program is a traject of two months and consists of four sessions at the Novel-T office in Enschede. Participation in these sessions is mandatory to join the START Program. The sessions will take place in the evenings. Check out the schedule below for your cohort.

University of Twente cohorts

Cohort UT B2 (UT 4)

  • Session 1: June 5th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 2: June 19th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 3: July 3rd, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 4: July 17th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Cohort UT 5

  • Session 1: August 28th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 2: September 11th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 3: September 25th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 4: October 9th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Saxion cohorts

Saxion 1

  • Session 1: September 2nd, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 2: September 16th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 3: September 30th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 4: October 14th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Saxion 2

  • Session 1: October 28th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 2: November 11th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 3: November 25th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Session 4: December 9th, 2019 | 6 pm – 9.30 pm

Meet our coaches and experts

Peter Langela - Novel-T

Peter Langela is expert in the Business Model Canvas and new digital technologies.

Gilles Meijer - Golden Egg Check

Gilles Meijer is expert in market research and funding/investment opportunities.

Mike Verkouter - Novel-T

Mike is expert in internationalization and participates in the mission to connect Twente startups with opportunities from around the globe.

Marc Sandelowsky - Space53

Marc Sandelowsky is Program manager of Space53 and expert in coaching and supporting high tech business ideas.

Procedure

The procedure of the START Program

Participation in the START Program means a full commitment from you as participant. It’s obligated to attend all four evening sessions and prepare them.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Make sure to provide us with honest and accurate information and data. Only then we can evaluate correctly and eventually give you the best support.
  3. After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email and the evaluation process begins.
  4. Within 7 working days you will be informed about the outcome of your application.

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Apply for the START Program

Interested in participating in the START Program? Apply now! Each cohort we have 10 places available. Based on your application, we screen your business idea and determine whether you will be admitted to the START program. If not, feel free to join the START Bootcamp!

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Meet our specialists

Maximilian Menge
Florin Pausan
Ruben d’Hollosy
Julian Sotscheck
Anouk Westerdijk
Jelmer Hendriks
Jesse Verduijn
Sergej Zavrnik
Stefan Groenveld
Tijmen van den Elzen
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Maximilian Menge
Junior Business Developer
Maximilian Menge

You want to start your own web startup or you have a great idea and you don’t know where to start or what to do next? Just send me a mail or come over. I already went through a lot of different stages, while starting my own company, make use of it!

Florin Pausan
Junior Business Developer
Florin Pausan

Do you have an idea in your mind and don't know how to translate it into a business? Just dare to drop by for a cup of coffee and share your idea with me. I am here to help you to take the first entrepreneurial steps while mentoring and guiding you in the right directions.

Ruben d’Hollosy
Junior Business Developer
Ruben d’Hollosy

Do you have a cool idea and do you want to validate it? As a Junior Business Developer I can help you how to find your way to realize your idea! Come by for a cup of coffee or contact me.

Julian Sotscheck
Junior Business Developer
Julian Sotscheck

Being part of the JBD team, you can of course always reach out to me with any entrepreneurship question. I am especially passionate about well designed and user focused ideas that challenge the status quo. I want to motivate, challenge and support you to realise your ambitious visions, or set even higher goals!

Anouk Westerdijk
Junior Business Developer
Anouk Westerdijk

Now is the time to start working on your idea, because every idea deserves a chance. I can help you to get started and stay motivated to launch your idea. Let’s have a coffee and see what your next destination can be!

Jelmer Hendriks
Junior Business Developer
Jelmer Hendriks

Want to realise your idea and turn it into a business? Want to make your vision become a reality and add value to the world? Let’s grab a coffee and talk!

Jesse Verduijn
Junior Business Developer
Jesse Verduijn

As a Junior Business Developer I am very approachable for students and other entrepreneurs. Do you have a question or do you just want to discuss your business idea? Feel free to contact me or just come by to catch up with me and enjoy our coffee.

Sergej Zavrnik
Junior Business Developer
Sergej Zavrnik

Do you have a good idea or want to know more about student entrepreneurship? I can support you with business development, conceptualization and the development of minimum viable products. I specialize in the topics of sustainability, product development and smart industry while using innovative and entrepreneurial skills to support the growth of your company. Let's talk about your next step.

Stefan Groenveld
Junior Business Developer
Stefan Groenveld

Tijmen van den Elzen
Junior Business Developer
Tijmen van den Elzen

Do you have a startup idea which you want to work out and start your own company? As a Junior Business Developer at Novel-T I can help you achieve that! Just contact me to have a cup of coffee so we can start or accelerate your business.

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