Erasmus Startup Programmes

Supporting entrepreneurs from all walks of life

Our startup programmes are based on years of academic and practical experience. They consist of interactive workshops covering diverse topics ranging from business models and value propositions to startup financials, sales and marketing. During the workshops, we employ an Experiential Learning method, which means that we encourage you to learn by doing. Depending on the development phase of your startup, you can choose to join one (or more) of our startup programmes.

Erasmus Start It Up

For the aspiring entrepreneur with an innovative, scalable startup idea and who wants to move forward, this one-day programme is perfect to help you explore the potential of your idea and identify the next steps.


Phase: Ideation
Duration: 1 day (Friday)
Programme dates: 18 September 2020; 4 December 2020; 12 March 2021; 4 June 2021

  • During the day: you will be introduced to the main principles of entrepreneurship.
  • At the end of the day: you will have the necessary tools to validate ‘get out of the building’-style and gain more insight into your idea’s potential to determine the next steps.
  • What’s next?: you will have the opportunity to stay part of our community via the Erasmus Business Membership and you can join the Erasmus Incubation Programme once you are ready to scale.

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Erasmus Incubation Programme

For the ambitious entrepreneur who wants to grow their startup and transform it into a successful and sustainable business, this intensive incubation programme is perfect to help you scale your early-stage startup.


Phase: Early-stage Startup
Duration: 8 bi-weekly Friday sessions
Programme dates: 2 April 2021 – 9 July 2022 (Spring Programme)

  • During the programme: you will acquire the core entrepreneurial skills needed to grow your early-stage startup and gain insights into all relevant aspects of building your business.
  • At the end of the programme: you will have obtained the necessary skills to expand your customer base and reach your growth ambitions, and you will have increased your entrepreneurial network.
  • What’s next?: You can stay part of the community via the Erasmus Business Membership or by renting an office.

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Erasmus Business Membership

For the (early-stage) entrepreneur who would like to be a part of a vibrant entrepreneurial community, this ongoing membership programme offers you the perfect structure to continue validation and opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow entrepreneurs.


Phase: Early-Stage Startup
Duration: ongoing (monthly subscription)

  • During the membership: you will continue training your entrepreneurial skills, validate your startup idea, discuss your progress with fellow entrepreneurs, and (optionally) have access to a flexible workspace.
  • What’s next?: When you are ready and meet the requirements, you can join the more intensive Erasmus Incubation Programme to scale your startup.

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Are you a student entrepreneur at Erasmus University Rotterdam?

The Talented Student Entrepreneur Programme assist high-potential student entrepreneurs from Erasmus University in combining their studies with running their startup.

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Are you an international startup entrepreneur?

Our Startup Visa Facilitator Programme can help you start an innovative company in the Netherlands.

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What can you expect?

Would you like to have an impression of our programmes? Watch this video to see how it went last year:

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