Academic Startup Competition 2022

Do you believe your startup has the potential to belong to the top 10 best academic startup companies based in the Netherlands? Apply for the Academic Startup Competition, and have the chance to follow a customized incubator program and accelerate your business! You are introduced to the innovation ecosystem, and help you develop a network of peers, experts, and mentors.

15 August - 2022

The registrations for the Academic Startup Competition 2022 are now open! During a Grand Finale on October 5th the ten most promising Dutch academic start-ups will be announced. This event will take place at the campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. A good chance for you to compete with the top academic start-ups!

The 20 finalists will be invited for an exclusive Inspiration Event in preparation for the Grand Finale. The ten winners will join the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate on a tailor-made 10-day business trip to the USA. They will visit a relevant area regarding their specific needs for knowledge, business and network.

Registration takes place via Following your registration the ASC will get in touch with you.
Via the ASC you will automatically become part of the thriving Dutch academic start-up ecosystem that AcTI, Universiteiten van Nederland, NFU, Techleap en THRIVE Institute are developing for you.

  • Application deadline is on August 15, 2022.