• The StartupLaunch
  • 12 - 14 mei 2017
  • 17:00 - 22:00
  • Designlab The Gallery


Wanted: people with ambition and drive for entrepreneurship!

We challenge students, entrepreneurs and PhD’s to pitch their ideas, work it out in a business plan and further develop the plan within the network of the partners of The StartupLaunch. So sign up now! 

Why join The StartupLaunch?

The StartupLaunch is a 54 hour event where ideas can be transformed into real companies. Learn everything about business models, how to sell yourself and your product and identify the market, your competitors and your target group. Discover where and how to find your customers and find out what they are willing to pay for your product.

The StartupLaunch is a unique opportunity to develop your idea further with some fresh insights. Find new talents for your company, increase your netwerk. Share your experience & knowlegde!

Test the market potential of your research. Get some fresh insights, extra brainpower to develop your idea and share your knowledge and experience with others!

But that’s not all: submerge yourself in an all-inclusive weekend full of interaction with like-minded people, business developers, coaches and get inspired by top entrepreneurs.

You can join The StartupLaunch with your own team or be part of a team that will be created during the weekend. Don’t stress about breakfasts (2x), lunches (2x) and dinners (3x). Those are all taken care of during The StartupLaunch. Details about the program will be announced shortly.

Be an Early Bird and get your ticket now for just €40,- (excluding service fees). Regular tickets are €50,- (excluding service fees).

Join The StartupLaunch and be part of this inspiring community!


The StartupLaunch

Day 1

Networking & Dinner – Meet the people you get to work with during the weekend!
One minute of fame – Got your own idea? You’ve one minute to pitch your idea!
Vote for top projects – The most popular ideas will be developed during the weekend.
Form teams & start working – Choose the project that you want to work on!

If you have already a team and an idea preceding The StartupLaunch, you’ve the possibility to work on that idea with your team during the weekend.

Day 2

Learn & work – Got problems? Various of coaches will guide you throughout the weekend! Different workshops will provide you with the necessary tools for your startup. 

Day 3

Present your business plan & celebrate – All the teams will present their business plans on Sunday for an expert jury and the winner of The StartupLaunch will be chosen. Celebrate your hard work with your peers! 

Watch here the aftermovie of the previous edition of The StartupLaunch! 

University of Twente Entrepreneurial Challenge

Are you looking to expand this startup experience even further? Join the University of Twente Entrepreneurial Challenge (UT Challenge)! During this 5-month challenge, you’ll receive online coaching, workshops, speed dates with the different partners of the challenge.

You can sign up for this challenge till April 7, 2017! For more information about the UT Challenge and for registration, go to: www.utchallenge.com.




Program May 12-14, 2017

5:00pm           Registration
5:30pm           Dinner time!
6:30pm           Welcome and opening
6:40pm           Speaker
7:00pm           Start pitches: 60 seconds of fame!
8:30pm           Team formation
9:15pm           Business Model Canvas Workshop by Kees Schöller
10:15pm         Work work!
1:00am           Time to sleep!

8:00am           Breakfast & Coffee
9:00am           Morning exercises
9:30am           Work work!
11:00am         Patenting workshop by Roy Kolkman
12:00pm         Lunch time!
2:00pm           Work work! (coaches available)
6:00pm           Dinner time!
7:00pm           Work work!
1:00am           Time to sleep!

8:00am           Breakfast & Coffee
9:00am           Morning exercises
9:30am           Work work!
12:00pm         Lunch time!
1:00pm           Pitch training and practise
2:30pm           Work work!
5:00pm           Dinner time!
6:00pm           Final working time
7:00pm           Start of the final: pitches for the jury
9:00pm           Jury deliberation
9:20pm           Awards: who will win The StartupLaunch 2016?
9:30pm           Drinks & Networking

Speakers & coaches

 Speakers & coaches will be announced soon!

Wall of fame

The winner of The StartupLaunch 2016 – InkBeams



Winner of the most original idea – Holographegg



Winner of the most original pitch – Winchestor Locks




Practical information

This page contains all the practical information you need to know in advance.

Overnight stay

In case you need a place to stay during The StartupLaunch, there are several hotels that have a special offer for you as participant of The StartupLaunch! During the reservation process, mention ‘The StartupLaunch’ to get the special offer.


Hampshire hotel De Broeierd (near campus)
Hengelosestraat 725
7521 PA Enschede
+31 (0)35 850 6500

Special rate for participants of The StartupLaunch
€67.50,- for 1 overnight stay excluding breakfast
Excluding City Tax

Hampshire Hotel – City Hengelo
B.P. Hofstedestraat 50
7551 DG Hengelo
+31 (0)74 851 68 00

Special rate for participants of The StartupLaunch
€60,- for 1 overnight stay excluding breakfast
Excluding City Tax

Conference hotel Drienerburght (on campus)
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
+31 (0)53 433 13 66

Special rate for participants of The StartupLaunch
€60,- for 1 overnight stay excluding breakfast
Excluding City Tax


The event takes place in DesignLab The Gallery at the campus of the University of Twente.

How to reach the DesignLab?

By train
Take the slow train and get off at Enschede Kennispark station. There are regular buses from the station that will take you to the university (line 1, get off at UT/Hallenweg). It takes approximately fifteen minutes to walk from Enschede Kennispark train station to the DesignLab.

By bus
From Enschede: take line 1, direction ‘Universiteit’, and get off at busstop ‘UT/Hallenweg’. Lines 8 and 9 to Hengelo have no routes to the campus itself, but do halt nearby. Get off at busstop ‘Westerbegraafplaats/UT’ or ‘Kennispark/UT’. For planning your journey to the university by public transport, use 9292.nl.

By car
Coming from motorway A1, take motorway A35 in the direction of Enschede. Take exit no 26 Enschede-West/Universiteit. Follow the signs ‘Universiteit Twente’. If you are using a GPS system, enter ‘Drienerlolaan 5, Enschede’ as your destination address.
You can park your car at parking areas P1, P2 or P3. From the main entrance, signs will lead you to these parking areas.


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