Open call: Incubation Program for Innovative Blockchain startups!may 2, 2017
Brightlands Innovation Factory is launching a unique and tailor-made Incubation Program for innovative Blockchain startups! The program will take place inside Techruption, a dedicated co-creation zone in the Brightlands Smart Services Campus Heerlen. This campus is the heart of Blockchain development. An open call for startups to participate is open!
At the Brightlands campusses, the startups have access to large multinationals, corporates, SME's, students and researchers to develop services in co-creation. For the Brightlands Smart Services Campus this includes energy companies, telecom providers, big financial institutions like banks and pension funds, Insurance companies, local and regional government, universities and much more.
Blockchain is the ultimate disruptor, that will impact the world on a similar or even bigger level than the rise of the internet. It's a universal database, that all people, devices & businesses will use to have a standardized source of truth & means of transaction. Such as financial transactions, transaction of ownership, or auditable traces of certain actions like in supply chains & logistics. Thereby empowering us to leverage all this data & the relation between it, to come up with new, more insightful & transparent services, to improve our quality of life on a global level.
The Blockchain Incubation Program
The Brightlands Techruption Incubation Program is focused primarily on transforming a rough idea to a fully validated & scalable business model, while in constant collaboration with industry experts and real future partners and clients. During, and after, the program the startups have access to a high-quality knowledge and expertise network provided by experts from a large network from Brightlands Innovation Factory, Techruption and partners such as PGGM, KPN New Business, Province of Limburg, CBS, CZ, Eneco, TNO, Accenture, APG, BNY Mellon, Chamber of Commerce, De Volksbank (formerly known as SNS Bank), IBM, Rabobank, BISS (University of Maastricht, Open University and Hogeschool Zuyd) and Zuyderland Medical Center.
The Incubation Program consists of two parts: Venture Essentials (8 weeks) and Venture Boost (maximum of 2 years). Venture Essentials emphasizes the development and tightening of a business model.
If you are selected for the program you will receive:
- 7.5K EUR cash to help you get going;
- 52,5K EUR in-kind funding;
- A relevant network of experts, partners and clients;
- Access to facilities at Brightlands;
- Free office space during the program.
Brightlands Innovation Factory and Techruption are looking for startups that deal with Blockchain technology. The startups must meet the following conditions:
- The project is still early stage;
- Blockchain is an essential part of the solution;
- The solution should be repeatable and scalable;
- The innovation should be in the area of Sustainable Energy, Supply Chains, Social Impact or Fintech;
- 1 founder is able to be fulltime present to participate in the Venture Essentials part of the program (8 weeks at Techruption Heerlen, Sep 2017 - Oct 2017).
- May 1st 2017: Application opens
- Jun-Jul 2017: First selection rounds
- Aug 2017: Final selection
- Sep 4th 2017: Start of the Venture Essentials Program
- End of Oct 2017: End of the Venture Essentials Program, followed by a big event with all stakeholders of Brightlands and Techruption
- Nov 2017 Onwards for a maximum of 2 years: Venture Boost program. Montly masterclasses, 1-on-1 sessions and more.
Techruption, Brightlands Smart Services Campus Heerlen (Netherlands)
In Techruption, large and small corporations, organizations, startups and scientific institutes collaborate on technological innovations around Blockchain, artificial intelligence and smart solutions to counteract (the effects of) climate change. Techruption is part of the diverse ecosystem at the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. Participants of Techruption are PGGM, KPN New Business, Province of Limburg, CBS, CZ, Eneco, TNO, Accenture, APG, BNY Mellon, Chamber of Commerce, De Volksbank (formerly known as SNS Bank), IBM, Rabobank, BISS (University of Maastricht, Open University and Hogeschool Zuyd) and Zuyderland Medical Center.
About Brightlands Innovation Factory
Brightlands Innovation Factory guides startups from pioneering ideas to successful companies. The unique premise of Brightlands Innovation Factory is that it helps startups throughout the whole life cycle: from the very first idea to a succesful scaleup (Incubation, Acceleration, Validation, Scaleup). These are startups that are active in the four focus man focus areas of the Brightlands campuses: Smart IT Services and Big Data (Heerlen), Chemicals and Materials (Sittard-Geleen), Health (Maastricht) and Nutrition (Venlo). In addition, Brightlands Innovation Factory works with other partners like Topsport Limburg and Research and Business cluster Paris-Saclay in France.
Brightlands is a collaboration for open innovation in health and sustainability in the Province of Limburg, The Netherlands. Researches, entrepreneurs, investors and students develop new solutions on four fast growing campuses. Solutions in the field of materials, health, nutrition and smart services. Here at Brightlands, they find exactly what they need for personal and professional growth: knowledge, unique R&D-technology, state of the art facilities and a global atmosphere. Brightlands hosts more than 200 companies and organizations with a total amount of 12.000 knowledge workers and over 8000 students of different nationalities. They go all the way to turn their bold ideas into solutions for the future of all of us.