The European Venture Programme is the EuroTech Universities Alliance’s contribution to a more vibrant scene of scalable start-ups in Europe. We do this by offering 25 young EuroTech start-ups per year exclusive access to the entrepreneurship expertise and networking resources available at the six EuroTech Universities, i.e. Technical University of Denmark (DTU), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), École Polytechnique (l’X), Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and Technical University of Munich (TUM).

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An intensive 10-day programme takes entrepreneurs on a journey to multiple EuroTech ecosystems to boost their business beyond borders! Per location, there are thematic workshops in venture creation, plenty of time for peer feedback and networking opportunities with local start-ups, companies, governmental and public organisations, technology experts, business coaches, VCs and more.

This unique chance is offered every year to four – five start-ups from each EuroTech University and is fully funded by the EuroTech Universities Alliance.

Programme details

Who are we looking for?

  • You are affiliated with one of the six EuroTech Universities (student, PhD, postdoc or alumni).
  • You have a business case beyond the idea phase and have most likely participated in a local incubator programme.
  • You already have some traction, for example raised first funding, LOIs, pilot studies, won prizes etc. and are interested to explore other ecosystems, markets, cultures, and networks.

Our unparalleled benefits

  • Unique training workshops that will present you the best approaches for becoming an international entrepreneur.
  • Valuable insights and testimonials from successful entrepreneurs from the EuroTech ecosystems.
  • An opportunity to build your network across Europe‘s finest technical institutes, with the possibility to arrange face-to-face meetings with large corporations, technology experts, local start-ups and investors from the six ecosystems.

Our six innovation ecosystems

When and where?

The programme is split into two 5-day sessions, delivered in different EuroTech ecosystems. 

Edition 2022

  • Session 1: 18 – 22 July 2022 at EPFL (Lausanne)
  • Session 2 (online): 22 – 26 August 2022 
European Venture Programme 2022

Detailed programme 2022

Week 1 – at EPFL

12.00 – 14.00
Kick-off Lunch (Provided)

14.00 – 15.30
Workshop: Building the roadmap and tools for Starter Uppers

15.30 – 16:00
Break

16:00 – 17.00
Pitch review

17:00 – 18.00
Networking

09.00 – 12.15
Pitch review with break

12.15 – 14.00
Lunch (Provided)

14.00 – 15.15
Workshop: Market Shaping

15.15 – 16.30
Workshop: Risk Analysis

16.30 – 17.30
Pitch review

09.00 – 12.15
Pitch review with break

12.15 – 14.00
Lunch

14.00 onwards
Free time for own work & meetings in EPFL ecosystem

8.00 – 12.00
Workshop: Negotiation

12.00 – 14.00
Lunch (Provided)

14.00 – 15.00
Practice your elevator pitch

18 – 19:30
Pitch Fest by VentureLab (Public)

8.00 – 12.00
Workshop: B2B sales (or Business Models)

12.00 – 14.00
Lunch & Goodbye

Week 2 – online

09:30-10:00
Welcome

10:00-11:00
Update – 1 minute progress pitches

11:00-11:15
Break

11:15-12:30
Customer Validation workshop

12:30-13:30
Lunch

13:30 – 15:00
Customer Validation workshop

11:00 – 12:30
International Start-up/company interview

12:30-13:30
Lunch

13:30-14:00
Presentation of local ecosystems / universities DTU, TU/e, Polytechnique

14:00-15:00
1-on-1 connecting of start-ups with ecosystem parties in breakout rooms

15:00-17:00
Arrange meetings with local ecosystem parties

09:00-09:45
Keynote: How Angels work

09:45-10:00
Break

10:00-13:00
Workshop: Investor’s 1 minute pitch training

13:00-14:00
Lunch

09:00-10:30
Practical cases – IP (Start-up life cycle)

10:30-10:45
Break

10:45-12:00
Q&A session – IP

12:00-14:00
Lunch

14:00-16:00
Sell and defend its margins

9:00-10:00
Angels (one angel with 2-3 startups)

10:00-10:20
Break

10:20-10:45
Grand Finale – 1 min pitches

10:45-11:05
Break

11:05-11:15
Grand Finale – 3 finalists

11:15-11:25
Programme feedback

11:25-11:30
Prize announcement

11:30
Goodbye 🙁

Application requirements

The deadline for applications is 15 June.

Your application needs to contain:

  • A ½-1 page description about how participation will move your start-up, why you want to visit and/or (virtually explore) these locations, and at least 2 stakeholders you are interested to set up meetings with at each location.
  • A 2-page description of your start-up project (template can be downloaded here)

Please send your application documents to your respective European Venture Programme Manager (see below). They can also provide answers to any questions you might have.

Please note that Technion is not participating in the programme in 2022!

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