Are you a student with a business idea? Get your idea checked at Novel-T 

You want to run a business and already have an idea. Or maybe your research has resulted in a cool business concept. Then you will want to talk this through, of course, preferably with someone who is an expert at starting your own business. Ask Sven, Julian or one of the other junior business developers on our team. Just like you, they are students and they feel completely at home in the world of entrepreneurship.

Julian Sotscheck immediately emphasises that the support of Novel-T is free. "We noticed that many students do not come to us because they are afraid of a big bill. That is a great pity, be-cause they miss out on valuable support.” Sven Degener, who, like Julian, is an International Busi-ness Administration student, adds: "Feedback on your idea, legal advice or participation in the START-Programme to turn your idea into a business plan, at Novel-T all this is offered free of charge and without obligation."

Where can you find the junior business developers? 

"On campus, in the library, at events or in the sports canteen. You will find us wherever there are students,” Julian explains. “Coincidentally, Sven and I both study Business Administration, but there are also Technical Medicine and Industrial Engineering students in our team. If you see us anywhere, come and talk to us. You really do not have to have a well thought-out business plan. Talk through your idea, tell us what you need and together we will see what the next steps are. "

Join the Novel-T START Programme 

In addition to advice and events, Novel-T also offers the START Programme for enter-prising students. This will offer opportunities to help you transform your idea into a real company. "Every last Monday of the month you can pitch your idea during a drop-in session. Together we will look at your follow-up steps in the START-Programme”, explains Sven. “What’s more, we tai-lor the content to questions from participants. For example, if you want to know more about fi-nancial planning, we will put on a workshop about it.” You can register for the programme by emailing one of the junior business developers, Julian Sotscheck via j.sotscheck@novelt.com or Sven 
Degener via s.degener@novelt.com. Or come along on the last Monday of the month to a drop-in session and pitch your idea.

Questioning and listening 

'Be slow to speak and eager to listen' is the motto of the junior business developers. Sven ex-plains: "We do not take you by the hand to set up your start-up, but we do ask you questions to make you think. If you tell us you need capital, then we will enquire further so we can discover the real question. Maybe you are better off with more team members and we know just the right people."

Just do it 

Julian and Sven believe your student days are the ideal time to start a business. "You have few obligations and can free up time for your company. And with all the support offered by Novel-T, this is the ideal environment to start a business," says Julian. He is actually developing an innova-tive digital flip chart through his own startup. Together with fellow students, Sven is building a digital platform that maps out the entire ecosystem for entrepreneurship. "Whether it will be a success, we do not know yet", Sven laughs. "But at least we tried'".

Step into our network 

The international student team is supervised by Mike Verkouter, who is an experienced start-up ambassador at Novel-T. "It happens while having a beer with friends in a beer garden or while you are working on a project for your studies. You get an idea that you know you have to do some-thing with. But how do you take that next step? The network of Novel-T, our shared ecosystem, offers new entrepreneurs enormous opportunities for finding the right expertise, suitable technol-ogy or an interesting partner. The eight junior business developers know their way around this network and help enterprising students with their start-up. "

What can we help you with? 

'Every great idea starts with a coffee’ 

You can find us at The Gallery at on the UT campus, at Saxion Centre for Entrepreneurship at Ariënsplein in Enschede or on Linkedin via Sven Magnus Degener and Julian Sotscheck. Feel free to come and talk to us or send us a message. We would like to meet for a coffee and brainstorm your business idea.

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