Start a company

Starting your own business is an exciting but also demanding undertaking. We will work with you to determine which way to go: partner with an existing company or organisation, or embark on the adventure of starting your own company. Once  you developed a solid business case and the decision has been made to launch your spin-off, IXA is here to assist you.

IXA offers budding entrepreneurs a full range of support options:

  • Developing the business case: We assist you in setting up business models and writing the business plan
  • Incubator facilities: grow and nurture your idea in one of our incubator facilities such as Demonstrator Lab or the Amsterdam Venture Studios
  • Training: ACE offers courses in entrepreneurship, for instance Explore Entrepreneurship and Incubation programs.
  • Management advice: IXA gladly deploys its broad network of entrepreneurs and professionals from a wide range of industrial, business and public sectors, to strengthen the management of the new venture or provide external advisors.
  • Spin-off brochure: In this brochure you can read about the steps you take when setting up a spin-off company: which agreements are necessary, how do you approach this and who can help you with this. IXA UvA spin-off brochure and IXA VU en Amsterdam UMC spin-off brochure
  • Funding: We can connect you with funding sources, from subsidies and innovation grants to private investors. IXA also has its own financial instruments to support new ventures.
  • Legal advice: IXA’s legal experts can help you to produce the documents and contracts that describe all rules, rights and obligations between stakeholders.

What’s more, IXA supports various initiatives in the Amsterdam metropolitan area that facilitate knowledge-based start-ups:

Demonstrator Lab
The Demonstrator Lab is a pre-incubator where bright ideas are transformed into innovative products and services. It is open to students and staff members of the Amsterdam universities. It provides office and laboratory space in an entrepreneurial-minded academic environment.

Amsterdam Venture Studios (AVS)
Amsterdam Venture Studios are the incubator facilities for innovative knowledge based start-ups. AVS offers workspace and dedicated support through joint incubation programs, training and mentoring, and much more.

ACE helps students, researchers, and alumni turning their ideas into successful companies, by offering the best training and support, and providing access to an extensive network of mentors, entrepreneurs and business professionals.