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


Save the date!

After a successful edition in October 2016 we are pleased to announce that we’ve set the date for The StartupLaunch in 2017! Clear your calendar for 12 till 14 May! Entrepreneurship, creativity, inspiration, interaction and fun all come together during The StartupLaunch! A 54 hour event where you can create your dream startup!

The latest updates about The StartupLaunch will be shared on this page!


Watch the aftermovie of The StartupLaunch 2016!



InkBeams wins the first edition of The StartupLaunch


InkBeams has become the big winner of The StartupLaunch 2016. They received the grand prize of €1.000 offered by Kennispark Twente and six months free office space offered by BTC-Twente. The jury saw in InkBeams a team that developed a promising concept for a needle-free injection mechanism in just 54 hours. The prize for the most original pitch went to Winchester Locks and their bicycle lock without keys. They received three consultancy hours from Cottonwood Technology Fund. The three marketing sessions offered by Marketing Sync went to Holographegg which had the most original idea for creating a holographic game that motivates children to play outside.

The winner of The StartupLaunch 2016
InkBeams is founded by David Fernandez Rivas and the team consisting of Lea Milovich, Pedro Arias and Merle Tucholka collaborated together to develop the idea. InkBeams offers a needle-free injection mechanism which has potential in several application fields. The level of the ideas from the participants was very high, which led to a difficult choice for the jury. The jury members finally chose InkBeams as the winner of the grand prize. According to the jury, this needle-free injection mechanism was promising because it can solve some serious problems, the technique is validated, the potential market is gigantic and already interested.

The second place for the overall prize was for Holographegg. If they succeed to create a hype around their product as well as their app and they can hold on to their users for a long period of time, the judges say that they are on the right track! The third place was for Gameployer with their serious game for evaluating job candidates. The judges see this as a great idea which could solve a huge problem with a world wide market. However, a part of the technology has to yet be developed and validated on reliability. If they succeed with this, the idea is a real winner.

Most original Pitch
First place for most original pitch went to Winchester Locks with their bicycle lock without using keys. They used actual bikes in their pitch and according to the judges they portrayed the problems with using keys very convincing. Second place was for WeCycle with an appealing movie incorperated into their pitch about the world wide problem of plastic waste. Gameployer came in third with a real sales pitch to convince potential investors.

Most original Idea
The prize for most original idea went to Holographegg which has combined to hypes, the Tamagotchi and Pokémon Go, and to contribute to get people more active, was judged as very original. Second place was for InkBeams for using a technology which existed for a long time to use it in a market that can have a great influence. The judges decided that the third place was for Laatste woorden (Last words) for choosing an original theme and that they focus on security of the data and not on selling big data.

The jury of The StartupLaunch consisted of Alain le Loux (Cottonwood Technology Fund), Niels Jansen (Dutch Student Investment Fund) and Nico Nijenhuis (Clear Flight Solutions). They have assessed the teams based on the business model, the market and the implementation during the weekend.

The StartupLaunch
The StartupLaunch is a 54-hour event where students in teams of graphic designers, software developers and entrepreneurs get started with a new idea and launch their dream startup. This first edition was organized by Powered by Twente Innovation Events, Kennispark Twente, DesignLab, Dutch Student Investment Fund, Universiteit Twente, Saxion, Student Union, Marketing Sync, Moneybird and Creative Bastards. 

Photo: Abbink Fotografie

The StartupLaunch

What will happen during 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! 




Here you’ll see an overview of the program from our previous edition.

Friday October 14

5:00pm           Registration starts
5:30pm           Dinner time!
7:00pm           Welcome and opening
7:15pm           Wim Korevaar from DOT.world: ‘Converting an idea into a company’
7:45pm           Start pitches: 60 seconds of fame!
9:00pm           Vote for the top pitches and form teams
10:00pm         Teams solidify and work begins
1:00am           Time to sleep!

Saturday October 15
8:00am           Breakfast & Coffee
9:00am           Morning exercises
9:30am           Work work! (coaches available)
12:00pm         Lunch time!
1:00pm           Workshop by Erwin Holtland Financing: The What, the Where and the How. 
2:00pm           Work work! (coaches available)
6:00pm           Dinner time!
7:00pm           ‘The Journey of Kipster Clothing’
7:30pm           Work work!
1:00am           Time to sleep!

Sunday October 16
8:00am           Breakfast & Coffee
9:00am           Work work!
10:30am         Pitch training
12:00pm         Lunch time!
1:00pm           Pitch practise
5:00pm           Dinner time!
6:00pm           Pitch practise
7:30pm           Start of the final
7:40pm           Speaker Nico Nijenhuis, co-founder and CEO of Clear Flight Solutions
8:00pm           Pitching 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.

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.



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
€62.50,- 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
€63,- for 1 overnight stay excluding breakfast
Excluding City Tax

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