START Program

Aug. 21, 2024
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START Program


This summer we are organizing a special Start Entrepreneurial Summer School. From August 21 to 28 you will learn everything about validating your business idea, after which you will ultimately pitch during the Dragon's Den on October 2. For more information, visit the event page.  After the summer we will continue with our regular START program as described below.


The START Program is the perfect way for you to discover whether you should spend more time, money, and energy on it. The START Program is a free-of-charge validation program based on a pressure cooker. This means that we will treat the minimum for successful validation. We'll put you on the fast track towards successful validation. We'll match you with a business coach, and you become part of our worldwide community. In 12 weeks we will guide you through the validation process.

The starting point for your business idea

The START program is a 12-Week validation programme with 4 Kick-off moments per year. A maximum of 25 teams can participate each cohort. Each team gets an assigned (process) coach who is matched based on expertise of the coach and content of the case. All sessions will be held physically in Incubase and it’s not possible to join online (except for the coaching sessions).

Who's it for?

UT students, Saxion students and non-students that have an innovative business idea and search help to develop this idea into a business concept further. An idea, team or participant is qualified when they have an idea that is innovative* and scalable and it fits the startup ecosystem. We view innovation as a new business model in the existing market or new technology in the existing market.

What do I have to do?

It is crucial that participants have a commitment on 8 -12 weeks of work and that you have the intention to found a startup if the business concept proves to be viable. The goal of Novel-T is that the team eventually sets up the business in the region of Twente.

What can I do after?

At the end of the START Programme, participants who have successfully completed the programme have proof of market interest, at least 2 team members who give commitment to 16 hours of work per week (8 hours per person) and there is an innovative, scalable case that matches the startup ecosystem.

Professional attitude

During the program we will treat and approach each other as entrepreneurs. We expect from participants a positive spirit, an investment in time and commitment. Access to professional tools like Notion, Slack and Miro are granted and their use required. It is vital to communicate clearly and timely in case of absence. We will terminate the programme for participants who do not commit to these standards.

What's in it for you?

  • 1-on-1 coaching

    You will be match with a business coach who will help you take the right steps towards validation during the program.

  • Become part of the community

    By participating in the START Program you automatically become part of our community. A broad network of fellow participants, startup entrepreneurs, experts and more relevant connections who can help you with your next step.

  • Tools and instruments

    With your participation in the START program you gain access to numerous tools and expertise that will help you in your next step. Think of coaching, but also business development, capital support, training to be prepared for investors and support in the field of marketing.

  • Masterclasses in multiple subjects

    During the START program you will receive master classes and training on various topics. Such as marketing, pitch training, intellectual property, fundraising and more.

1-on-1 coaching Become part of the community Tools and instruments Masterclasses in multiple subjects

More about the START program

Projectmanager Lars Prinsen, coach Peter Langela and several participants tell you more about the START program.

Procedure for participation

Participation in the START Program means a full commitment from you as a 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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Startup Program

Do you want to turn your idea into a successful startup? At Novel-T, we understand your drive and are ready to support you every step of the way. From idea to startup is not an easy journey, but with our practical and inspiring guidance, you will be on the right path to success.

From idea to startup 

But you know what makes it even better? We also help you find the funding you need to grow your startup. With our extensive network of investors and funding experts, we can explore and address the right funding opportunities together.

Funding startup 

And that's not all! Our startup accelerator offers a unique opportunity to accelerate your growth potential. You get access to valuable resources, mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and the opportunity to network within our thriving entrepreneurial community.

Sign up and join our startup accelerator 

So what are you waiting for? Take this opportunity and take your idea to the next level. Contact us and find out how we can help you realize your startup dreams. Together we will take your entrepreneurial adventure to new heights!

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