Scientists

Transform science into a front-runner company
More often than not it is science that kick-starts technological innovation in Food and Agriculture. In this context, startups provide an effective channel for the testing, development, and marketing of innovative ideas. Although ideas lay the foundation for business, more is needed to transform an initial plan into a front-runner company.

Start your own business during or after a scientific career
Over time, StartLife has supported countless PhD students, postdocs, and other fundamental and applied researchers in scaling their research-based ideas into impactful companies. Plant-E, Phenovation, and TripleT Biosciences are just three examples of the concepts that StartLife helped growing into fully-fledged businesses. Our StartLife Incubation Programme, a three-stage programme that offers coaching and financial support to early stage companies through pre-seed loans, was created to assist scientists who thought up a novel business idea.

Apply here to discuss your idea with a StartLife Business Coach

In-house courses designed to help you start your business
In cooperation with the Wageningen Graduate Schools, StartLife runs several courses on entrepreneurship for PhDs and postdocs. With these courses, we aim to inspire scientists, and enable them to develop their ideas into project concepts, Intellectual Property, or even startup companies. An example of such a course is: ‘Entrepreneurship in and outside science’.

Furthermore, at student incubator StartHub Wageningen, StartLife organises a wide range of workshops and courses that help students improve their business skills. We warmly welcome PhD students to join these events. Click here for upcoming events at StartHub Wageningen.

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Business challenges for scientists
Every year, StartLife organises a business challenge at Wageningen University. This is a unique opportunity for scientists to attend a crash course in entrepreneurship and work out a patent or business idea. Contact us here if you want to stay informed about StartLife’s next business challenge. Previous participants turned their ideas into companies like In2Care and TripleT Biosciences.

A selection of Wageningen University spin-offs that received support from StartLife
Plant-E –Generating electricity from living plant
B-Mex – Insights for the greenhouse via data and simulation
Pherobank – Pheromones for the selective detection of harmful insects

Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship
The Dutch Centres for Entrepreneurship (DutchCE) is a growing network of startup centres in the Netherlands, currently connected to 14 centres across the country. DutchCE, of which StartLife is a member, promotes entrepreneurship education in the Netherlands. Tapping into their network, StartLife is backed by an ecosystem of stakeholders that are driven to make entrepreneurship happen in the Netherlands.