The Hague Innovators Academy

Are you a student with great ideas and equipped with entrepreneurial spirit? The Hague Innovators Academy supports you in the development of your own start-up. We offer workshops that provide you with the tools and methods needed.

Are you a student studying in The Hague and do you want to make a difference in the city? Do you have creative ideas and do you envision yourself being in charge of your own company? If your answers are 'Yes', then pay attention right now! 

The Hague Innovators Academy enrols six selected teams for an iterative 14 week programme that equips them to enter the market place by the end of the program. You can apply before September 1. (DEADLINE) as an individual or as a team. 


21st century

In order to keep pace with the demands of the 21st century and its rapidly changing work environment, students and professionals need to display a range of qualities. Being resourceful, resilient and reflective is essential to cope with the changing job market.

Our mission is to better prepare young citizens of The Hague for the new economy. We do so by providing our students and professionals with an unique entrepreneurial experience: The Hague Innovators Academy helps you to create your own job!

Together with our partners we are able to provide dedicated and professional mentorship and coaching support to each individual team. Throughout the programme we advocate and encourage a high level of self-initiative and a professional business ethos. The objective is to start a business and make a profit.


The Hague Innovators Academy is looking for

  •  Students with an action-oriented attitude! 
  •  With motivation to join 12 workshops!

Be prepared: Being part of the Academy requires a time-investment of at least one working day per week to invest in your project.


Programme overview

15/09/16 - Start of the Academy: Matchmaking and team building

22/09/16 - Rapid prototyping and ideation

29/09/16 - Public Sector Insight

06/10/16 - Agile methods and project management

13/10/16 - Business development & sales strategy

20/10/16 - Foundations for businesses

27/10/16 - Impact entrepreneurship

03/11/16 - Financial planning

17/11/16 - First presentations 

24/11/16 - Business model writing

01/12/16 - Optimize your story and pitch training

15/12/16 - Final pitch


Practical information

Students or student-teams can join by submitting a two pager of their project. 

This two-pager should contain information about the following:

  1. the product
  2. the market 
  3. the team 

Submit the two-pager before September 9. (before 12h) to with subject “The Hague Innovators Academy 2016 - your name and surname". 

The Hague Innovators Academy is a joint initiative of the municipality of The Hague and Centre for Innovation (Leiden University). The objective of the programme is to better prepare citizens of The Hague for the next economy. The Centre for Innovation is dedicated to facilitate an entrepreneurial ecosystem that keeps the city competitive in the 21st century.

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