The Netherlands has a vibrant start-up ecosystem that generates many outstanding ventures. With the help of the Province of Limburg, LED Brainport2020, and the Municipality of Maastricht also Maastricht University contributes to that ecosystem by proving (pre-) incubation support to its alumni, students, and other ambitious young people.
LaunchBase is the incubation platform of the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. Composed out of two specific programmes, LaunchBase covers a comprehensive approach to business creation and development. The initial step in our approach is the LaunchBase Pre-incubation Programme that supports ambitious students and alumni in making the first steps towards becoming an entrepreneur. The second stage is the LaunchBase Incubation Programme that guides start-ups (and promising growth entrepreneurs) through the initial stages of business growth. Separating our support into two stages, each with a dedicated support programme, facilitates a broader reach and is essential in forging, selecting and supporting teams who not only have enough potential but are also determined to turn their start-up into a major enterprise.
LaunchBase ensures that talented young people have enough guidance, inspiration and support through the initial stages of venture creation and venture growth. We believe we should first “incubate ambitious entrepreneurs” and then “incubate growth businesses”. The LaunchBase Pre-incubation Programme encompasses the pre-launch stages of venture development. Its activities include one-on-one mentoring and working sessions that also serve as a meeting platform for interested individuals to explore entrepreneurship.
The second and more advanced stage is dedicated to teams who have already incorporated and registered their business and are ready to accelerate the growth of their startup. Here we explicitly support ventures that seek rapid international expansion. The LaunchBase Incubation Programme will help these young ventures to acquire their first international customers, acquire investment and where needed, pivot and fine tune their business model. Ventures accepted into the incubation-programme are expected to be able to rapidly develop into firms of substantial size. Hence, smallness is just a temporary characteristic of the entrepreneurial ventures that we aim to incubate.
Maastricht University can, through its Maastricht Valorisation Centre, provide outstanding support to start-ups facing issues that pertain to the securing of IP rights, patenting, licensing and contracting. You can consider it to be the university’s one-stop-shop for valorisation and technology transfer, hosting a wide range of expertise and capabilities.
If you already what to learn how easy it is to register a business in the Netherlands, klick here for an English language brochure of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.