Get Started!


Get Started Programme

Capacity: 20 Starting: 19 February 13:00 - 17:00

ECE Get Started is an intense, ongoing* ten-week programme created specifically to empower ambitious first-time start-up entrepreneurs. Supported by a wide range of tools and insights, you will determine if your idea is worth pursuing and if so, turn it into a scalable business.

You will have access to an inspiring workplace at the ECE Campus and you will get feedback from the ECE Community, which comprises many successful entrepreneurs. The Get Started programme aims to contribute to the success of your start-up and will have a lasting impact on your entrepreneurial career.

* This means you can start on any of the sessions listed on the right. From that date, your 10 weeks will start. So you are never too late to start!

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

Who Are We Looking For?

You have an innovative and scalable idea that you would like to turn into a reality, but you have little to no experience in building a business.

Most importantly, you want to work hard to get your business off the ground and have the ambition to conquer the world!

What Do I Get?

An exciting environment with experienced entrepreneurs and starting entrepreneurs, all with an extreme amount of energy. Next to that you get:

  • Feedback on your innovative idea, does it need tweaking, how do you sell it and who is it for?
  • A workplace among 50+ other innovative startups
  • Become part of an amazing network of entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals
  • Access to our MyECE online learning environment, with a curriculum filled with the latest insights for startups and entrepreneurs

The costs for participating in the Get Started programme are €500,- excl VAT per person. We run a €250 scholarship for entrepreneurial students.


Every business idea is unique, but in the process of starting a company the same challenges always return. The Get Started programme is designed around this principle.

What you discuss with coaches during your five coaching sessions is based on your input. During these sessions, you and the other participants pitch your progress to our coaches and tell them the challenges you are currently facing. Based on your specific questions, you will sit down with multiple coaches to help you tackle those challenges. At the end of every session, you tell the group your goals for next session based on what you learned that day. As a group, we hold each other accountable for those goals and push each other to go as fast as possible.

To specifically address some recurring challenges, we’ve gathered the latest insights in one place. Between your sessions you can use our online learning platform, MyECE, to learn more about specific topics, such as customer validation, finance, or prototyping.

The coaching sessions always take place on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Friday of the month from 14:00 – 17:00 at the ECE Campus.

What previous participants say

“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

“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

“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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I want to participate

  1. Sign up through the button below
  2. Submit a short application (6 questions)
  3. Get invited to pitch your idea to us
  4. Get Accepted
  5. Get Started

There are two moments each month where you can start. You can find them on the right side of this page!


Session 02 Feb 13:00 - 17:00
Session 19 Feb 13:00 - 17:00
Session 01 Mar 13:00 - 17:00
Session 18 Mar 13:00 - 17:00

ECE Campus

Marconistraat 16, 11th floor


The Netherlands


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Jeroen Veenenbos

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