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 750 start-ups, often successful ones such as Demcon, 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 Support

For over 30 years, the University of Twente has encouraged innovative entrepreneurs who are just starting their company by means of the so-called TOP scheme. There are also other support programmes for knowledge-intensive start-ups, such as TOP-light and Proof of Concept.

On the website of Kennispark Twente you will find a summary of the funding opportunities.

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 University of Twente, including the student entrepreneurs, or Saxion.

Further information about support for starters can be obtained from Kennispark Twente.