Each semester, ten student startups from all over The Hague get a chance to build their business from the ground up. During the 12-week Venture Academy, they receive mentorship and training to develop their proof of concept from the idea stage to the market.
During the programme, the startups are connected to experienced mentors like Angelo Tinella (Senior Manager Consumer Care at Adidas) and Jose Rodriguez (startup business development manager at AWS) and a group of angel investors.
The Venture Academy is the acceleration programme for social impact startups by Centre for Innovation and Impact City. The last edition of the Venture Academy ran from September to December 2017, involving a very motivated group of startups coming from different educational institutions in The Hague such as: Leiden University, the Art Academy, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hotel School and TU Delft.
The Healing Pod by Anna Pelgrim from the Art Academy won the Venture Academy 2017 during the final event that took place last 13 December. The Healing Pod startup aims to reduce stress in patients at hospitals by using nature in an innovative concept.
The Venture Academy was a real asset to Anna: “One of the most interesting things I learned at the Venture Academy has been to put my idea into a business using a new set of skills ranging from business development and marketing. It has been a great experience, and I definitely recommend this programme to fellow students.”
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The next edition of The Venture Academy will run from 28 February to 23 May 2018. Applications are open until 17 February 2018, CET midnight. Don’t miss this chance to become a changemaker and apply for the Venture Academy 2018.