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Updates from the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship

New startups in the building!

[caption id="attachment_3578" align="alignright" width="300"]         Creativity and Cooperation workshop[/caption] On the 6th of March LaunchBase opened its doors to a new group of startups! We started with another round of  our pre-incubation programme where 35 entrepreneurs are dedicating the next months to testing their...

Pitching to the MC4E Shark Tank

[caption id="attachment_3227" align="alignleft" width="300"] pitching - image credits: http://draganidis.com[/caption] One of our friends in LaunchBase says that we have been pitching since we were born.  Therefore, an epic milestone in the LaunchBase pre-incubation programme is mastering the perfect pitch. Halfway through Round 4 of our programme we...

Launchbase @ Websummit

Written by Adina Petre Upon arriving in Lisbon, we were highly enthusiastic about the WebSummit conference, but our expectations were exceeded on all fronts. The location was beautiful and the organizing team made tremendous efforts to make this conference a great experience for all participants. Registration was...

Fashion entrepreneurs or the next around-the-corner-millionaire

written by Laura Lefevre , assistant GEW Maastricht   Fashion entrepreneurs are often misjudged when it comes to the evaluation of their start-up enterprise. In fact, a competent fashion entrepreneur might be the next around-the-corner millionaire and no one would have known. In this regards, the fashion and entertainment industries...

Local Hero Award as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week event

Every year in Maastricht, November brings a lot of excitement with the Local Hero Awards competition! [caption id="attachment_2959" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Yearly Local Hero competition for students. Phd  and recent graduates of Maastricht University [/caption] All students of Maastricht University, PhD students but also recent graduates can enter...

Stonecycling – a successful story sponsored by LBDF

Written by Laura Lefevre, Marketing assistang GEW   Stonecycling, a startup which is supported by our partner LBDF, is an ingenious company breaking new grounds by using waste as an intermediary to produce building materials. Rather than leaving waste to its sole fate of decomposition, the company...

Workshop – How you can be the change by using your talents

Written by Laura Lefevre, Marketing Assistant GEW'16 Do you feel like you’re not 100% dedicated to your work? Do you believe that you have inner, yet unexploited talents? Then don’t miss the chance to participate in one of our exciting workshops, given by MasterPeace! When? Wednesday, 16...

It’s time to have a startup with LaunchBase round 4!

Do you want to have a startup? Is the entrepreneurial dream frequently keeping you on the edge? You're not alone, and now it can become a reality with the LaunchBase pre-incubation programme.  are still open. Why should you join us? We have successfully graduated a couple...

Launchbase participants go international

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Writen by Kathy Mulders, our director of the incubation program   The Launchbase programmes have grown to be a solid factor in Maastricht. I have the honour to work with the companies that want to proceed after the pre-incubation programme.   Last month...

Make a startup dream come true!

"Alternative Charcoal Production" – came through our doors as an unrefined startup idea. Every strong company has a wild idea as its foundation. But if you think about it...

LaunchBase brings startups to INKOM 2016!

On Wednesday the 24th of August, the startups of LaunchBase will be present at INKOM. We will have a Market Stand and delicious free bites to offer. This is thanks to one of our most successful startups, HomeHandi.  They are your local providers of amazing World...

Impact of public seed-funding on academic spin-offs – Prof. Dr. Mark Ayoub

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]The most recent publication of our colleague Prof. Dr. Mark Ayoub together with Sandra Gottschalk and Bettina Muller, in the Journal of Technology Transfer, focuses on the impact of public seed funding on academic spin-offs.   Abstract In the entrepreneurial economy of...

Startup graduation day- June ’16

29th of June was an important day for LaunchBase since it was Startup Graduation Day for participants in the 3rd Round of pre-incubation! 10 start-ups pitched their ideas in front of a Jury panel consisting of: Professor of Innovation and Founder of The Institute of Brilliant Failures –...

MC4E research news

In August, Jana Thiel, assistant professor at MC4E will present a recent working paper at the 2016 Academy of Management (AOM) Conference in Anaheim, California. The Academy of Management is the largest Management conference, held once a year and offers an excellent platform to exchange on...

MC4E is co-creating its first MOOC

Turning data into valuable health care applications   Healthy Living and Active Ageing is a key concern to many governments and societies. In Europe there is a growing awareness that its aging population will pose severe challenges to the current health care system and its costs. This provides...

Josette Dijkhuizen- retrospective GeWeek ’15

by Laura Lefevre, Marketing assistant GeWeek'16 Last year, Maastricht GEWEEK15’ had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Josette Dijkhuizen, alongside Wim Naudé, to give a duet talk on the emergence of Market Entrepreneurship. Both speakers built their presentations on the ground of their own personal experiences and sought...

January in retrospect

January saw LaunchBase pre-incubates leading into the final months of the programme for Round 2. Beginning with 30 entrepreneurs in October 2015, we have gone through idea generation and now we are heading into startup readiness. What does this mean in terms of content? It...

Fruitful New Year!

LaunchBase is back from winter holiday and aside the beginning of a new application round, we also have some new plans for this coming year! Firstly, we hope you had a good 2015. For us it has been quite fruitful! We had a wonderful and thrilling...

Prototyping at LaunchBase pre-incubation

Two months into round one of the Base programme we had guest speaker and design expert Marco Van Overbeeke in to run a prototyping workshop. At this stage in the programme participants have moved on from the early stages of idea generation and business planning to developing their first...

The Beginning of LaunchBase Pre-incubation

Tuesday saw the first round of Base participants coming through the doors of the Tapijnkazerne, Maastricht. The programme, which started accepting application only 3 weeks earlier, has greatly exceeded the expected demand. In a short time frame Base has seen over 50 participant applications and...

10 Rules to write a press release: the startup basics

by Suzanne Blotenburg I’ve written a blogpost for incubator YES!Delft as we receive a lot of questions about PR and media from the tech entrpreneurs there. We decided to also share this blog with [other budding entrepreneurs]. Because cool new services or ground breaking products are...