Stevige discussie Corporate Incubation tijdens DIA meetup @Border_Sessions

Afgelopen donderdag 12/11/2015 organiseerde DIA tijdens technologiefestival BorderSession in Den Haag een discussie sessie met de prikkelende titel ‘Startup Anything; Start, Scale or Hype?’ met als focus de groeiende belangstelling van corporates voor startups.

Met zo’n 50 deelnemende bezoekers – variërend van startende ondernemer, overheden, incubators, accelerators en corporates – was er een heel ecosysteem om met de inbrengers in discussie te gaan.

Na een korte introductie door Pim de Bokx (voorzitter DIA) kwamen de volgende sprekers aan bod:

Na de presentaties is de discussie aangewakkerd n.a.v. de stelling “Corporates kunnen beter samenwerken met incubators als zij effectief startups willen betrekken bij hun innovatiebeleid”.

Corporate incubation – een discussie tijdens BorderSessions op 12/11/2015 door Pim de Bokx from DIA – Dutch Incubation Association

DARE seminar: ‘Knowledge triangle between Education, Research and Entrepreneurship’

Suppose that we needed to plea for more funding for entrepreneurship education, how would we pitch the (assumed) benefits of these endeavours for economic prosperity? In other words, what are the effects of our efforts to promote entrepreneurship through education programs? Key questions that were addressed during the 8th DARE research seminar in Utrecht, co-organized with Utrecht School of Economics and ECSB. Our main conclusion after a day of insightful research and fruitful discussions: we are gaining insights, but there is still much that we do not know and it is necessary to collaborate in entrepreneurship research and share information.

Erik Stam - Knowledge triangle in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

To put the efforts of entrepreneurship education and a society’s entrepreneurial endeavours in a relevant context, Erik Stam (Utrecht University) introduced the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem approach. The interaction between education, research and entrepreneurship also known as the ‘knowledge triangle’, can help tackle jointly economic an social challenges. It was stressed that in order to have a productive knowledge triangle, that contributes to a  a society’s prosperity, we need to produce valuable knowledge, carried by innovations. Hence, it is important to know that the knowledge triangle will only be productive if it is embedded in a well functioning entrepreneurial ecosystem. Future challenges set out for entrepreneurship researchers is to unravel the effects of key elements in the ecosystems (e.g. culture, institutions, finance, leadership, networks) on the generation of entrepreneurial activity (e.g. student entrepreneurs, spin-offs, entrepreneurial employee activity).

One important insight of the day was that (self-)awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option could be affected by entrepreneurship education. An international research endeavor on student’s entrepreneurial intentions, specifically addresses this relationship as explained by Anne van Ewijk (Abu Dhabi University). So far, 41 universities have been approached of which 17 assured their participation. There is still opportunity to participate in the project (click here for more information). Also, research by Matthijs Hammer (Delft University of Technology/Saxion University of Applied Sciences) showed that the didactic design of some entrepreneurship education programs in the Netherlands score higher on the awareness phase of the entrepreneurial opportunity and development process, while other programs are more oriented towards venture creation. In contrast, two  Finnish programs assessed in the study were more balanced considering their orientation on  entrepreneurial phases.

How does human capital affect the allocation of entrepreneurial talent across independent and employee activity?

In general, an individual educational attainment is an important breeding ground for entrepreneurial activity. It can positively affect the propensity to become an ambitious entrepreneur, not only in an independent position but also as an entrepreneurial employee (intrapreneurs). Werner Liebregts (Utrecht University) demonstrated how this effect is even stronger for the latter category, especially in countries with a high uncertainty avoidant population. Extending these outcomes, Sharon Dolmans (Eindhoven University of Technology) showed a positive impact of entrepreneurship educational programs (Jong Ondernemen) on employment activities and employability. By means of a field experiment with control group design, the study found support of: a higher likelihood of employment, a shorter time to the first job, a higher likelihood of managing positions, and more time spent on leading new initiatives.

Finally, an important new insight that the seminar yielded was presented by André van Stel (Kozminski University). He stressed that family firm succession is becoming more and more problematic as the intentions of students to take over their parents’ business are low (approximately 5% across the world). Better employment options, starting an own business and negative experiences in the family firm may interfere. Taking that into account it was found that this succession interest can be raised by: involvement of children in their parents’ business operations during their university studies, and with dedicated university programs promoting the interest of current students in their parents’ business operations.


Hier moet je bij zijn: How To Get There summit 2015

Onder de patronage van StartupDelta organiseren ECE en Platform Digital Manufacturing dit super event waarbij 1.000 deelnemers verwacht worden. De summit beoogd de samenwerking tussen corporate Nederland, startups en innovatie hubs te bevorderen. Parallel aan het summit programma strijden 250 startups om de 6 plaatsen die beschikbaar zijn in de nationale Get in The Ring finale om 17:30.

De stuwende kracht achter de summit en de ontwikkelaar van het concept is het Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE). ECE is het expertisecentrum op ondernemerschap van de Erasmus Universiteit en is initiatief van Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) en Erasmus School of Economics. In de Rotterdam Science Tower bevinden zich meer dan 50 snelgroeiende startups. Het ECE verzorgt programma’s rondom startup, innovatie en corporate entrepreneurship aan ruim 1.000 bedrijven per jaar.

SPREKERS | Justin Jansen, Kees de Jong, Jan Kees de Jager, Jan Peter Balkenende, Neelie Kroes, Ben Verwaayen, Henk Kamp, Jeremy Rifkin, Pauline van de Meer Mohr

SESSIES| Open Innovatie, Ondernemende medewerkers, Adobe Kickbox, Create Investors as a fan, Corporate-Startup dating, Lean Startup, Intern succesvol innoveren, Developing entrepreneurial leaders, Agile development and more

PRIJZEN| Most Entrepreneurial Firm, Nationale Kampioen ‘Get in the Ring’



25% KORTING:  DIA TICKETS (max. 25 stuks) € 299 i.p.v. € 399

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Technology Festival BorderSessions The Hague in full swing! Did n’t have time today? Join us tomorrow for sessions on Corporates, Incubators and Start-ups

Trainingen voor incubator professionals in 2016 @EUBIC

The EBN Team is launching a customised Training programme for next twelve months!
* Are you new to the European Projects world? Join us in our intensive introductory training in December.
* Have you been recently employed in a EU|BIC? And need to learn more about the EUBIC model? Have a look at our training in January.

EU Project Essentials Training

EU Project Essentials Training – Brussels 9-10 December

One month left to register! Only 10 places left!

On the 9-10 December we are launching the EU Project Essentials training that will provide you with an overview of some of the most relevant EU funding programmes for EUBICs and their client companies with a particular focus on Horizon 2020. It will take place in the EBN Networking Centre in Brussels.Visit the official website for more information
Target audience:

This training will be of benefit to EBN members who are both new to EU programmes and those who have experience as a partner but want to learn more about efficient financial management or perhaps take the next step up to project coordination. The training is also open to non EBN Members wishing to receive an intensive introduction into the world of European projects.

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We are able to provide you reduced hotel rates for the training through our official housing partner, the Brussels Booking Desk. Book through the simple-to-use reservation website or with helpful and friendly booking agents.

1 night single : 93€
1 night double: 117,50€

Reminder: Official Hotel Event Rates has been extended till Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.


EU|BIC Essentials Training

EU|BIC Essentials Training – Brussels 27-28 January 2016

Registration open! Places limited

The third EU|BIC Essentials Training will take place during the beginning of 2016 and it will provide an in-depth understanding of EUBICs: what they are, what they represent, how they should be structured and what kind of services they should be delivering to entrepreneurs. Each segment of the incubation service value chain will be looked at in detail, along with dynamic testimonials from some of the network’s best practices examples.


Have a look at the full training programme 2016

For more information please contact:

Clarelisa Camilleri ( tel:+32 2 761 10 94 or
Giordano Dichter ( tel:+32 2 761 10 83

Qredits en de HU tekenen langjarige samenwerkingsovereenkomst

Op 9 november hebben Elwin Groenevelt (algemeen directeur Qredits) en Lex van Teeffelen (lector Financieel & Economische Financiering van de Hogeschool Utrecht) een samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend.

Effecten van Microfinanciering in Nederland

De samenwerking omvat een langjarige studie waarbij diverse effecten van Microfinanciering in Nederland worden onderzocht. De HU zet onderzoeker en beoogd promovendus Alija Ibrahimovics in én Qredits levert een schat aan data én additionele financiering voor het onderzoek. “Qredits wil de economische en maatschappelijke effecten van haar dienstverlening aan ondernemers in Nederland meten. We zochten hiervoor een partner en de HU heeft al ruime ervaring met onderzoek naar ondernemerschap, financieringen en de impact van microfinancieringen”, aldus Elwin Groenevelt.

Blij met deze kans

Qredits Microfinanciering Nederland is in 2009 gestart en heeft zich de afgelopen jaren ontwikkeld tot de grootste alternatieve kredietverstrekker van Nederland met bijna 7.000 verstrekte kredieten aan ondernemers. De organisatie heeft 55 medewerkers in dienst en werkt daarnaast met ruim 625 vrijwilligers die de coachingprogramma’s verzorgen. Qredits wil in 2019, bij haar 10 jarig jubileum, de belangrijkste onderzoeksresultaten wereldkundig maken. Onderzoeker Alija Ibrahimovic gaat meteen deze maand aan de slag. “Ik kon uit meerdere thema’s kiezen voor mijn promotieonderzoek, maar deze lag toch het dichts bij mijn hart. Ik ben erg blij met deze kans.”

Qredits kiest voor de HU

Lector Lex van Teeffelen: “De HU en Qredits zetten zich beiden in om ondernemerschap in Nederland te stimuleren. Als je die drive deelt, dan spreek je al snel dezelfde taal. Ik ben er trots op dat Qredits voor de HU gekozen heeft. Wij waren zeker niet de enige partij waaruit Qredits kon kiezen.”


Het aftellen is begonnen!

Volgende week – op maandag 16 november – start de Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015! Heb jij je al ingeschreven voor één van onderstaande evenementen? Je kunt alle evenementen bekijken op en alvast netwerken via Grip. Stuur deze nieuwsbrief door, zodat we over een week – met heel Nederland – het ondernemerschap vieren!

16 nov, Amsterdam: Opening GEW
Traditioneel geeft de GEW opening het beste overzicht van ‘what is going on’ in ondernemend Nederland – door de betrokkenen zelf – waaronder keynotespreker Harold Goddijn (CEO Tom Tom) – met achteraf een effectieve netwerkborrel!
13-15 nov, Utrecht: No talk, all. Launch a startup in 54 hours
Heb je een leuk idee? Of je ooit afgevraagd wat er nodig is om een ondernemer te zijn? Wil je meer weten en leren over startups? Dan is Startup Weekend Utrecht de plek voor jou!
17 nov, Maastricht: Local Hero Event
Wie wordt op 17 november de volgende Local Hero en wint €10.000 startkapitaal? Kom en moedig de studenten aan en stem op jouw favoriete team of business plan!
18 nov, Wageningen: IT meets Food
Ben jij:
·         Een ondernemer in Food?
·         Een app of IT expert?
·         Een professional die business ideeën verbetert?
·         Een PhD of student die meer over ondernemerschap wil weten?
Ga dan naar Lean Camp van StartHub Wageningen en raak geïnspireerd!
18 nov, Enschede: Route Su6
Meer weten over vrouwen aan de top? Op 18 nov. worden twee zeer ondernemende vrouwen geïnterviewd over hun Route naar Su6: Barbara Fransen (directeur van Agfra Holding BV, voorheen eigenaar van Arke reizen) en Helga Zevenbergen (eigenaar SES Creative &Twentse zakenvrouw van 2014).
19 nov, Rotterdam: Get in the Ring
Get in the Ring is hét event voor startups in meer dan 70 landen. Welke startup zal de Nederlandse editie van Get in the Ring – georganiseerd door het Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) Rotterdam – winnen?

12/11 DIA selectie op Technologiefestival @Border_Sessions: Corporate Incubation & Corporate Social Entrepreneurship

In samenwerking met BorderSessions festival in Den Haag en o.m. Outside Inc hebben we een speciale selectie gemaakt voor incubator- en accelerator professionals. Op donderdagochtend 12 november vanaf 9:30 zijn er twee sessies georganiseerd. De één rond Corporate Incubation en de ander rond samenwerking tussen Corporates en Startups. Rondom natuurlijk alle gelegenheid voor kennismaking, een drankje én de aanbeveling om nog meer van BorderSessions  mee te maken.

9:30 – 10:45 MEETUP ‘Startup Anything; Start, Scale or Hype?’, moderator Pim de Bokx
sprekers: Samir Saberi (StartupJuncture, Node1 en StartupDelta), Lija van Vliet (YES!Delft), Carlijn Tempelaars (Strategiemakers) en Friso Roscam Abbing (KPN ventures, tbc). registreren

10:45 – 12:30 MASTERCLASS ‘Corporate Social Entrepreneurship Lab: Crossing New Frontiers for Upscaling Societal Impact Together’ door Isabelle Coppens (Outside Inc.) en Michaël Wilde (Eosta b.v.) registreren

12:30 LUNCH

Tickets voor deze twee sessies kosten slechts € 20,00

Verder zijn er dagtickets en een pass-partout voor het gehele 2-daagse technologiefestival beschikbaar.

DOEN Energie[s]topper I Op zoek naar een zero hero

Vanaf vandaag zijn de inschrijvingen geopend voor de DOEN Energie[s]topper, een nationale competitie voor innovatieve initiatieven op het gebied van energiebesparing georganiseerd door Stichting DOEN in samenwerking met New Venture. De hoofdprijs is 100.000 euro waarmee de winnaar zijn of haar product of dienst verder kan ontwikkelen. Geïnteresseerde initiatieven kunnen tot en met 7 januari hun business concept inleveren via de website van de DOEN Energie[s]topper. Tijdens de finale op 10 maart 2016 wordt de winnaar bekend gemaakt.


Op zoek naar een zero hero

Voor de DOEN Energie[s]topper zijn wij op zoek naar zogenaamde ‘zero heroes’: voorlopers op het gebied van energiebesparing en aanbieders van eenvoudig toepasbare producten of diensten in Nederland, die het consumenten en bedrijven makkelijk maken om energie te besparen. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan het bedrijf Nederland Isoleert, het grootste isolatiebedrijf in de particuliere sector. Dit bedrijf helpt huizenbezitters met energie besparen door hele straten tegelijk tegen een betaalbare prijs te isoleren. Ben of ken jij een zero hero? Meld je dan aan of tip deze DOEN Energie[s]topper!


Stichting DOEN

Met de bijdrage van de Nationale Postcode Loterij ondersteunt Stichting DOEN al ruim tien jaar initiatieven in binnen- en buitenland op het gebied van duurzame energie. Doel daarvan is de CO2-uitstoot terug te dringen en daarmee verdere klimaatverandering tegen te gaan. Onderzoeksbureau Ecorys onderzocht in 2015 de impact van 67 initiatieven die de afgelopen tien jaar werden ondersteund. Uit de studie blijkt dat wereldwijd zo’n 635.000 huishoudens via door DOEN ondersteunde initiatieven toegang kregen tot duurzame energie. In een periode van vijf jaar werd hiermee een CO2-besparing van meer dan 1,5 miljoen ton behaald (zie ook: Op het gebied van energiebesparing valt echter nog een wereld te winnen. Met de DOEN Energie[s]topper wil Stichting DOEN creatieve ondernemers en bestaande bedrijven inspireren en innovatie in de energiebesparingssector stimuleren.


New Venture

New Venture neemt de organisatie van de competitie op zich. Al meer dan zestien jaar helpt New Venture, als stichting opgericht door het Ministerie van Economische Zaken en McKinsey & Company, innovatieve start-ups met het vertalen van hun idee naar een gezond business model. In deze periode heeft New Venture meer dan 7.000 teams begeleid en zijn er door succesvolle starters na hun deelname meer dan 21.000 nieuwe arbeidsplaatsen ontwikkeld.


Met 400 vakgenoten bijeen in Brusselse Albert Hall #EBNcongress

Over 270 delegates, 25 start-ups and 100 speakers from over 34 countries, converged in Brussels for the 24th EBN Congress from 28 to 30 October at the Albert Hall.

Entitled New Frontiers for Innovative Entrepreneurs, the event provided the delegates with insight on the latest trends in business and innovation support, while showcasing opportunities for the client companies of EBN member’s to grow their businesses global, through the network.

Much valued networking moments were added to 17 content sessions that counted on the speeches from top experts including Microsoft, SAP, Altran, World Economic Forum, Euronext, Deloitte, Continental, Umicore, Amway, StarCube Accelerator, EIB Institute, ESA and Congress sponsors EUREKA Network, AWEX Agency, among others. Four parallel Special Interest Groups (SIG) meetings were organised for Internationalisation, Acceleration & Funding, Bioeconomy and Green Economy grouping over 50 EBN Members to discuss future joint opportunities and projects in these areas.

Moreover, on the 28th October in the afternoon, the participants had the opportunity to sit in to the EU-Brazil CONNECT Final Conference. This was the final showcase of the CONNECT project that has been exchanging innovative entrepreneurs between Europe and Brazil, in the last two years. The European Commission, SPI, the Brazilian Representation to the EU and six entrepreneurs presented the results of this initiative.


Networking area, Welcome Cocktail, Opening Ceremony and Awards

Among the Congress delegates from 34 countries around Europe and the world, there were two main delegations from China and Taiwan, as well as representatives from Brazil, USA, Canada, India, Russia, Lebanon, Colombia, Morocco, Indonesia and South Korea. The audience consisted of many EBN certified EU|BICs – incubators, accelerators, clusters – project partners, researchers, local and regional authorities, other European associations and many officials from the European Commission including Cabinet members and Directors from DG Grow, DG Connect, DG Regio, DG Research & Innovation, the JRC and the Executive Agency for SMEs.

EBN’s CEO, Philippe Vanrie, commenting on this audience stated: “the solid presence and support of the European Commission confirms our belief that local and regional actors should take up the EU|BIC model if they indeed want to cross new frontiers for – their – innovative entrepreneurs. We hope the EBN Congress will continue to serve as a platform for international partnerships that allow our entrepreneurs to grow global, guarantying the best quality of support.”


Gala Dinner at the Comic Strip Museum

This year’s traditional Welcome Cocktail took place at the Brussels Region Parliament and counted on welcoming speeches from EBN President Álvaro Simon de Blas and Jan-Mikolaj Dzieciolowski, Cabinet Member of the European Commissioner for Regional Policy. The Gala Dinner was hosted at the Brussels Comic Strip Museum where the newly certified EU|BICs were handed out their certificates.

Finally, two awards were given out during the Congress: the CommBeBiz award bridging bioeconomy to business with eight life changing research projects; and the ACE award, presenting the Most Investor Ready, Best Living Lab Experience and Most Impressive International Growth, to three finalists of the over 120 ICT start-ups supported by the project.

Next year’s EBN Congress, the 25th of its kind, was officially announced to take place in Guimarães, Portugal on 28-30th of September 2016.

The event also sparked interested from the local media, with the presence of 15 journalists and over 1000 interactions on Twitter, making the #EBNCongress hashtag a trending topic in Belgium. Read some of the feedback from our participants:


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YES!Delft & UtrechtInc secure top 10 positions in UBI Index for top incubators.

Business incubators YES!Delft and UtrechtInc secured a position in the European top 10 of the UBI Index 2015. This international ranking list for university business incubators was released in Turin on Tuesday 27 October. In 2014 YES!Delft ranked 9th, and this year rises to a number 4 position. UtrechtInc joins the list as new comers hitting the 6th spot. With this result the two Dutch startup incubators receive international recognition for the way they stimulate and boost entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Netherlands ranks best in Europe
Programmes based in the Netherlands are doing extremely well in the 2015 rankings. No other country has more incubators listed. Startup ambassador Neelie Kroes, who with StartupDelta works effortless to put the Netherlands on the map as a start-up country, is proud to see the high rankings of the Dutch startup incubators. ‘’The UBI ranking shows how well Dutch incubators are performing and hence taking a leading position in Europe. The StartupDelta ecosystem is rapidly developing to a top 3 player in Europe and counts as one of the most important rankings in the world’’.

Over the last 10 years YES!Delft has been developing impactful programs that foster and facilitate entrepreneurship. ‘’The fact that we are part of the top 5 European incubators means that we are fully on-track to develop great startup ideas. We bring these to market en will continue to build successful companies. I’m proud of our achievements’’, says Pieter Guldemond, Managing Director YES!Delft

The Utrecht-based incubator UtrechtInc is proud too. ‘’It is actually startup innovations that offer solutions to the bigger challenges for society. Our top ranking in Europe is a testament to the impact that our startups have’’, says Roel Raatgever, Managing Director UtrechtInc.

International recognition

UBI Index, a leading Swedish research- and consulting firm on business incubation, conducts annual research amongst more than four hundred incubators across seventy countries globally. They investigate how entrepreneurs can develop skills, access to capital and the economic impact of the incubator.

Impact on the economy
Both UtrechtInc and YES!Delft have a clear impact on the economy. Since 2009 UtrechtInc supported 135 startups. Of which in 2014 three successful graduates were part of a millions-worth acquisition and one successful company went public. Over the last 10 years YES!Delft has supported more than 160 startups, that collectively generated more than EUR300 million in investment and created more than 1.000 jobs.

European business incubators generated a total of $2,4 billion dollar in investments, with 117 incubators an average of $20 million dollar per incubator. Over the last 5 years, business incubators in Europe generated over 40.000 jobs.

Global rankings
Next month, on Wednesday 25 november UBI Index will release it’s global list. This includes a top 25 of best incubators around the globe. With such a high European ranking YES!Delft surely is shortlisted to possibly be part of the list globally.


Soft Landing Bridge at Taiwan Business Day 2015 in Utrecht

On Friday October 23, a successful fourth Taiwan Business Day in the Netherlands took place, this time in the City of Utrecht. In the presence of his excellency Mr. Tom Chou, Taipei Representative to The Netherlands, and the  mayor of Utrecht mr. Jan van Zanen, a LOI was signed between the municipality of Utrecht and a consortium of Taiwanese organisations.   

Signed by President Chen-Hong Yang of the Southern Regional Business Innovation Center, Ms. Valerie Hsu, director of Taiwan Globalization Network and Mr. Albert Hutschemaekers, director of the city of Utrecht, the agreement stipulates that the parties will explore  possibilities of economic collaboration, particularly with respect to setting up a soft-landing bridge for Taiwanese startups in Utrecht. In November, a small team from Utrecht will travel to Taiwan for further talks as part of the agreement.

In presentations and animated discussions, representatives of the Taiwanese business sector in the Netherlands, Taiwanese students, Netherlands representatives from the public, the academic and the private sector exchanged experience and opinion on how to best put in place a Soft Landing Bridge.

Taiwanse youngsters have been invited to take part in Campus Party which will be hosted by de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht in May of next year. Campus Party is the world’s largest annual technology festival.


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