Launchbase is a pre-incubation program, hosted by the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. Our aim is to accompany you on your entrepreneurial path and take you from your first idea to eventually founding your own business. The program consists of workshops, held by experts in the field, and personal coaching sessions in a direct setting. This combination will help you tailor the new insights and on-the-ground knowledge to your specific market, problem or idea. Launchbase is structured into two modules, based on how far along you are with your aspirations: Entrepreneurial Orientation and Implementation.
Launchbase is a pre-incubation program, hosted by the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. Our aim is to accompany you on your entrepreneurial path and take you from your first idea to eventually founding your own business. The program consists of workshops, held by experts in the field, and personal coaching sessions in a direct setting. This combination will help you tailor the new insights and on-the-ground knowledge to your specific market, problem or idea. Launchbase is structured into two modules, based on how far along you are with your aspirations: Entrepreneurial Orientation and Implementation.
  • Over the course of the program, students will have the option to work from the Launchbase coworking space, complimentary coffee included.
  • Most participants are students from UM and Hogeschool Zuid, but is open to the public. If you are interested in starting your entrepreneurial journey, you are welcome to to join!
  • The tentative maximum number of participants is 16, any additional participation is decided on a case-by-case basis. Detailed applications are appreciated.
  • Sponsored positions for a waived commitment fee are available.
  • Generally, workshops take place on Wednesdays at 16:00-18:00. Exceptions apply if the timeslot conflicts with holidays (e.g. carnival) or large events (e.g. MBDs).

Entrepreneurial Orientation

  • Start: 20th of February
  • Apply until the 15th of February
  • Fee: 29€
  • The first module is designed for everyone interested in choosing an entrepreneurial path. Through four sessions, you will build a foundation that will help you define and express your ideas going forward.
    In our first session, we kick it off with two startups who will tell their stories and the challenges along the way. We will take some time to introduce ourselves and tell you what there is to know about entrepreneurship around the region.

    We will follow this up with some informal drinks to exchange thoughts in an informal setting and to get to know one another.
    The second session will be dedicated toward formulating ideas and understanding the entrepreneurial journey. After discussing the expectations students have as well as their current position on their entrepreneurial journey, we will have an interactive workshop on effectuation where participants gain a different perspective on the interplay between ideas and means in the process of venture creation.

    The second week gives participants a chance to take a step back and focuses on a general skill every entrepreneur needs: Negotiation skills. This workshop utilizes the Harvard negotiation project to teach participants about their style of negotiation and how to create “a bigger pie”.

    For those that need help implementing the newly acquired tools, and coordinated with the master deadline for idea development, this week will be complemented by an individual brainstorm session to give all participants the chance to develop a more concrete version of their idea.

    Understanding your customer, how to talk to them, and how you will interact with the market is a basic entrepreneurial skill. In this interactive workshop, TED-talk coach Johnathan Talbott will introduce participants to basic pitching, focusing on specifying the right deliverables for the right audiences and helping students find structure when talking about their projects.

    Although too early to pitch to a VC, this interactive discussion with VC and recruiters aims at providing an investor perspective. Ruud Deerks will provide insights into what investors look for, as well as answer individual questions of participants and give advice on their projects. We will wrap it up with some informal drinks.

    Workshops will take place on Wednesdays at 16:00 – 18:00 at Grote Gracht 76 in the Launchbase facilities. Coaching sessions will be scheduled individually.

    Entrepreneurial Implementation

  • Start: 17th of April
  • Fee: 39€
  • The second module will focus on the implementation of your idea and the creation of a venture. This second part of the program is tailored toward participants who are further along in their venture creation process and will hence favor those with concrete ideas.
    In the first session of the module, we will work through the BMC, helping participants take a customer centric approach, segregating their market and testing/ validating assumptions. Depending on skill level and need, an individual session tailored at defining value propositions (Customer pains & gains) can be scheduled to ensure that everyone is one the same page.
    The law & accountancy firm Brothers, Consultants & Partners will help participants navigate the Dutch system of company structures and taxes. In a Q&A, all questions about the right fit of legal form and tax procedures can be answered.
    As many of our participants are internationals, learning more about the Dutch market and its procedures is essential. When starting a business in the Netherlands, you will need to register with the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel, KvK). In this session, representatives of the KvK will tell you all about the Dutch system and what you have to look out for in the process.
    This interactive workshop is designed to get participant’s pitching skills competition and investor ready. Specifically tailored toward seeking monetary means for their idea, Johnathan (module 1) will be back to provide tailored advice and support for participants, creating a compelling investor pitch.
    Finally, participants will use the skills learned throughout the weeks and present their concept to a VC and recruiters from the Brightlands campus. After feedback and recommendations, we will wrap up the program with a with drinks and snacks.
    The applications for both modules are open!
    Apply to join the module Entrepreneurial Orientation before the 15th of February.

    Any questions? Contact us!

    Send us an email to launchbase@mc4e.nl or fill out the form below.