De Startup Academy

Kickstart your new business venture and fight climate change

Doe mee aan de Dus Wat Gaan Wij Doen Startup Academy en voeg een extra dimensie toe aan het festival. Ontmoet je mogelijke co-founder, leer moderne ondernemerschap skills en ga op de dag direct aan de slag om jouw impact startup te valideren.
Het programma en verdere informatie is in het engels.
The program will be in english – information below

Why the Startup Academy is perfect for you

Learn modern entrepreneurship skills

Get into action learning! You’ll get practical tips and support in the field.

Find a potential co-founder

Change the world together. You can come alone, we will match you up!

Get coached by (impact) entrepreneurs

Such as the ASN wereldprijs winnaar Laurens van Dort!

Potential customers all over the place

Get the opportunity to talk to potential clients directly at the festival!

Found your impact startup

A startup isn’t build in a day, but you will learn, go fast and get the taste. This just might be the start!

How does it work

During #DWGWD Startup Academy you will ideate and (in)validate business ideas based on a circular and/or sustainable challenge. You will be working on your product idea throughout the day. You will be able to attend most of the regular program. You will also be interacting with other participants, as you will do business development research among them!
We start with a kick-off workshop slightly before the #DWGWD programming starts, giving you the techniques needed to do research during the day. The rest of the day you’re free (apart from the 16:00 15m. gathering) to switch between doing research and attending sessions, or to combine them. And at the end of the day, you and your team will present your findings on the main stage!


10:30 Welcome
11:00 Kick-off workshop
+/- 12:30 End workshop
13:00 Start of the regular festival programming
16:00 Meet up for a quick (15m.) stand-up to share progress
19:00 Share your results on stage

Coaching and support is available throughout the day.

🖖 Don’t worry! You can attent talks during the festival.

Join us!

DWGWD Startup Academy is organised by Leon Pals from Startup Foundation. Leon has broad experience in guiding first time founders and giving Startup Academy programs at universities across Europe and at organisations such as He will be joined by experienced entrepreneurs such as ASN wereldprijs winner Laurens van Dort (Fairf). They will be your coaches throughout the day.

Price: €22,5 (festival ticket included)
Only 30 tickets available!
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