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Startup support

As the most entrepreneurial university in Europe, the University of Twente has gained a good reputation in facilitating start-ups.

To date this has resulted in more than 1,000 start-ups, often successful ones such as Demcon, Booking.com and Thuisbezorgd. Every year, about 50 student enterprises get off the ground. What do we have to offer starters?

Business development

The Business Development Team helps researchers protecting their invention (applying for patents ), developing a business case and transferring knowledge to a spin-off or an existing company.

Financial and LEGAL Support

For over 30 years, the University of Twente (UT) has encouraged innovative entrepreneurs who are just starting their company by means of the so-called TOP-loan programme. The Dutch Student Investment Fund (DSIF), the first student-run venture capital fund in the Netherlands was founded at the UT in 2016 to support and fund student entrepreneurs from the UT and Saxion. 

The Legal Advisory Helpdesk supports innovative starting entrepreneurs in making their initial choices regarding entrepreneurship. This service is meant for companies that are affiliated with the UT, including the student entrepreneurs, or Saxion. Further information about support for starters can be obtained at Novel-T.

Starting your own business

Do you have a very good and innovative idea and want to further develop this idea to a concept? Novel-T has an 'open door policy' and their startup ambassadors Mike and Remon are delighted to get in touch and help you with your business questions.