VU IXA-GO Impact Fund

Do you have an innovation or project that needs further development, but its practical feasibility and/or the (commercial) exploitation opportunities are still uncertain? Or are you working in the early stages of your startup?

Then you may be eligible for funding from the IXA-GO Impact Fund at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

The IXA-GO Impact Fund is there to finance studies that determine conceptual, social, technical and/or economic feasibility and/or market opportunities.


  • Applications can only be done by researchers or startups affiliated with the VU.
  • It is plausible that the financing for the project will be earned back. The financing is not a subsidy, it is an investment (e.g. loan or convertible loan).
  •  The maximum amount per application is €15.000,-.

How does it work?

  • Submissions can be made all year round (no application deadlines).
  • An application can be submitted to IXA-GO VU by sending the filled-out application form to with your business developer in cc. Put “Application IXA-GO Impact Fund” in the header of your email.
  • Download here the application form VU IXA-GO Impact Fund


  • The researcher and IXA-GO business developer discuss the potential application.
  • The researcher submits his or her application.
  • IXA-GO and an independent external assessor assess the submitted proposal.
  • The aim is to communicate the outcome (grant, on hold, rejection) to the applicant within two weeks.