EIT Health Campus E-Lab Workshop in Groningen

logo-eit-health-sqrVentureLab International North is hosting a workshop of the EIT Health Campus Flagship Initiatives: EIT Health E-Labs on 25-26 April 2016.
EIT Health Campus aspires to build a creative healthcare workforce that is conducive to innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative helps students and post-doctoral researchers raise their levels of expertise and employability as well as supporting professionals and executives who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of healthcare and its industry.
The workshop will focus on the new approaches for the E-Labs in 2017. There will also be updates from running E-Lab Springboards including Groningen/Maastricht, Madrid, Munich, Stockholm and Uppsala. The event is open to all EIT Health partners.

New groups started at VentureLab North

Last week two new groups of participants enrolled in our programmememe. First is a group energy entrepreneurs from Startup Fast Track. The second group consist of participants from the VentureLab Weekend that took place from March 18-20, organized by the University of Groningen en led by Neil Sheridan, a top-facilitator from Detroit. The 9 startups are developing businesses in a diverse range of industries, among others Health Care an IT.

We wish the new participants all the success in growing their business. We are there to support you!

Second edition Startup Fast Track weekend review

From March 11-13, the second edition of the Startup Fast Track Weekend took place in Groningen at VentureLab North. Fifteen selected energy startups participated in this weekend, receiving intense training and coaching by a diverse range of experts in the energy industry, providing their energy idea with an enormous boost. The weekend also functioned as a selection for the follow up Startup Fast Track programmememe of three months, integrated in the VentureLab North programmememe.

Led by top-facilitator Neil Sheridan, the energy startups were challenged to search those necessary qualities a company and its entrepreneur should have. Central topics of the weekend were customer development, business model canvas and pitching. Guest speakers included Jan Jaap Aué, dean of the Centre of Expertise Energy, Hanzehogeschool, and Jeroen Beks, Development Director for Benelux and Germany, ENGIE.

Based on their investor pitch at the end of the weekend, their business model canvas, the progression made during the weekend, scalability, business potential and impact on the energy transition, the following startups have deserved their place in the Startup Fast Track programmememe: Clean Tech Aviation, Energie-company, Enflex, Envitron, GRIDCORN, Grun2, OptiWare, Sound Energy and Synext. They will receive personal customized coaching, access to trainings, networking possibilities and a chance on receiving €10.000 in funding.

Startup Fast Track aims at the accelleration and realization of innovative ideas that have an impact on the energy transition. It is a collaboration of Energy Academy Europe, ENGIE, Hanze UAS, Value050, University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship, VentureLab North and EnTranCe.

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Monthly networking drinks

We are introducing monthly networking drinks. Every second Friday of the month you are invited to attend this informal event, to meet fellow entrepreneurs, the VentureLab team, and discuss business or non-business related topics over a drink.

The first networking drinks will be on March 11, from 4:30 p.m. on. Location: floor below VentureLab North (Launch Cafe), Van Elmpthuis, Herestraat 106. Check also our Calendar!

The networking events are a collaboration with Launch Cafe.

Application for 2nd edition Startup Fast Track now open until March 1 2016

In March the second edition of the free Startup Fast Track starts, a business accelerator for energy entrepreneurs, based on the succesful VentureLab International method. Apply before 1st of March!

Startup Fast Track offers tailor-made support to entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business. For example in the area of revenue models, marketing, legal questions, subsidy and finance, technical development issues, networks and potential customers. The programmememe takes 4 months and is open to 15 participants at no cost.

In summary:

  • Kick-off with an intensive weekend from March 11-13, by (international) renowned trainers, speakers and coaches
  • From April 1 until the end of June weekly trainings on Friday
  • 12 hours of individual coaching by a top coach in the field of energy
  • Access to international network
  • Endpitch in June, with a chance to win € 10,000 on funding and supplementary coaching (maximum of 5 participants)
  • Deadline for application: March 1 2016

Do you have an innovative idea or business related to energy and would you like to join Startup Fast Track? More information about the conditions, and the application form on the Startup Fast Track website

Startup Fast Track is powered by Energy Academy Europe, ENGIE, Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Value050, University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship, VentureLab International, EnTranCe.


New group started

January 22 was the official start of the VentureLab International programmememe 2016 in Groningen. Entrepeneurs wishing to give their innovative businesses an impulse, students, any one with aspirations on being a high growth entrepreneur and willing to push there business idea during the year, can attend the VentureLab programmememe.

VentureLab International is a “one stop shop” programmeme aimed at supporting business growth. During the programmememe our goal is to prepare the (want-to-be) entrepeneurs and their business (idea) for national or international expansion. Their business can be in a pre-incubation phase (just have an idea) or the incubation phase (an opportunity and business plan), it may be in an early stage of development (a prototype and maybe even first sales) or have reached maturity. The common factor for all is recognition of the potential for high growth. The programmememe consists of coaching, training, and expert support on topics essential for developing business, including personal development plan and guidance in building a team.

Interested in joining our programmememe? You can apply for an intake here.

High turnout VentureClass Ray Quintana October 8

On October 8, the American Ray Quintana from Cottonwood Technology Fund (CTF) gave an inspiring talk on venture capital. Over 120 interested parties learned about the activities of a venture capitalist, and how CTF distinguishes itself from other funds. Among others by investing in all industries, partnering from the very beginning to the end, focussing on the death valley, and having a worldwide footprint.

During the networking drinks after the VentureClass, some VentureLab North participants took the opportunity to pitch their business. And with success, at least two start-ups have a follow-up appointment with Quintana to discuss their business in more detail.

An impression of the evening:

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Start new group fall 2015

VentureLab North starts with a new group in the fall. Read more

Win a customized VentureLab North programmeme with ‘Eemsdelta Innovatieprijs’!

Do you have an innovative idea? And would you like to accelerate its development? Submit your idea today! The three best entries will be rewarded with a customized VentureLab North programmeme worth € 5,000. Read more

Three promising energy startups receive € 10.000

For the contestants in Startup Fast Track, last week was a crucial one. After following a three month programmeme in VentureLab North, they delivered their final pitch and business plan to the jury, for them to decide which startups will receive € 10.000.

After deliberations, taking into account several factors such as growth potential, entrepreneurial capacities and market size, the jury eventually selected three energy startups to advance to phase two of the business acceleration programmememe: Sustainable Buildings, SeaCurrent and Frog Energy. In this next round these Energy Startups receive more specialised coaching and € 10.000 in funding.

The winners
Sustainable Buildings makes office buildings more energy efficient using smart sensor technology and a cloud based platform to control lighting, PC’s and other energy consuming equipment accordingly.

SeaCurrent is a technology startup. They work to develop new and innovative technology for a sustainable and reliable energy supply from tidal and ocean currents, a promising field with great potential.

Frog Energy is a consultancy with an innovative business model to finance and realise energy savings in buildings and then share in the profits of the resulting cost savings, thereby creating long lasting mutually beneficial relationships with their partners.

More startups
Three other energy startups from Startup Fast Track also received a continuation of the programmememe. Reinventer, AutoJuice and Vederlicht will receive additional dedicated coaching to aid in their development.

Reinventer is developing a revolutionary energy and heat storage in the foundation of houses. Combining this subterranean heat storage with an innovative building method results in earthquake resistant, off-grid sustainable residential buildings.

AutoJuice aims to set up and manage public charging stations for electric vehicles and deliver these as a service to energy retailers and electric vehicle drivers. Users of electrical vehicles can charge their batteries using the energy retailer of their choice.

Vederlicht develops energy neutral and earthquake proof houses. By using materials such as extruded polystyrene foam they are able to build these houses making social housing a viable market.

Startups HollandIn Zon, STARK Learning, Green ID, Energy Annexis and Glice Innovaasje do not continue in the Startup Fast Track programmememe, however, they do remain a vital part of the network.

Follow up
Phase two of Startup Fast Track begins at the beginning of September. Also, a second edition of this energy business accelerator programmeme is in development, initiated bij ENGIE (GDF SUEZ) and Energy Academy Europe.



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