Get Started Programme

TURN YOUR IDEA INTO A STARTUP IN 10 WEEKS

Get Started is a 10-week programme that empowers ambitious startup entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into an actual business and scale it. Through mentoring, workshops and an amazing network, you’ll work on building a product that people want and love, and creating a business model around it.

WHAT WE OFFER YOU

Get Started Programme

Mentoring

Active mentoring from our network of investors, experienced entrepreneurs and experts

Office at ECE Campus

Inspiring Office

A desk at the ECE Campus, home to more than 50 innovative startups

Get in the Ring Final 2014

Peer to peer support

A group of fellow entrepreneurs that you can learn from and work with.

Day@theCampus April Guest Lecture

Workshops

Workshops on business modelling, lean startup methodology, pitching and more.

OPTIONAL: CIRCULAR ECONOMY TRACK

Do you want to start a sustainable business which contributes to the circular economy (CE)? In collaboration with Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming (SMO) and Het Groene Brein, we’re offering a special track (CE Support) for entrepreneurs with a circular business idea. It provides you with additional workshops on subjects such as circular business models, value chains and a strong network of experts. CE Support is an extra option you can integrate into the regular programme.

Is your sustainable company already a scale-up instead of a startup? Check out CE Booster for a programme that suits you.

SOME OF OUR 60+ MENTORS

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THE KIND OF PEOPLE WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • You are an entrepreneur or want to become one
  • You have an idea or an early stage startup that you want to grow
  • There is something innovative and unique about the thing you’re working on
  • You have the ambition and drive to turn it into something big (scale it)
  • You are willing to work hard, learn, and execute on the feedback you will get from your mentors
  • Sustainability is a cornerstone of your startup (only if you want to apply for our optional CE Support track)

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

We meet every other Friday, for a total of 5 times over 10 weeks. The mornings will be filled with workshops on topics such as lean startup, customer validation and business modelling. During the afternoons, you’ll sit down with a number of coaches to get feedback on your plans and progress.

Each Get Started batch consists of 10 to 15 startups, so you won’t be alone in your entrepreneurial journey. At the halfway point of the first batch, a second group joins so you can expand your network even further and learn from each other.

HOW TO APPLY & COSTS

If you’re interested in joining the programme, simply apply using the form on this page. We will shoot you an email with the request to answer some questions. If we like your answers, we will invite you for a meeting to make the final decision.

The application deadline for our third batch of 2016 (starting September 30) is September 11!

The application deadline for our fourth batch of 2016 (starting October 28) is October 9!

The 10 week programme costs €600 (incl VAT) per person. The desk is included in this price. For students, we offer a €300 scholarship discount

For the first couple of circular startups, SMO will offer a 50% discount on the original price of €600

Questions? Shoot an email to Jeroen Veenenbos (veenenbos@ece.nl)

SOME OF OUR 150+ GRADUATES

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WHAT OUR GRADUATES SAY

Joost & Mighael

The strong business focus is a refreshing addition to our own engineering backgrounds; this helped us find the right balance between customer and product development.”Mighael Vroom & Joost de Bont, Founders of Zest

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The Get Started programme sucked me into entrepreneurship, gave me lots of inspiration and ideas, and introduced me to the importance of scalability.Fabian Dudek, Founder of Nestpick

Najim

We consider the ECE Get Started Programme and the campus to be just like the Silicon Valley of Rotterdam. Najim el Bouchtaoui, Founder of Talentsbook

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Investing in your future. The ECE Get Started Programme is partly financed by the European Regional  Development Fund of the European Union.

ECE You can reach us on 010-3021331
You can also contact us directly at info@ece.nl