In February, StartHub Wageningen, the student incubator of StartLife, hosted the annual Startup Week. This event was hosted for Wageningen University & Research students and recent graduates. It is a 6-day long “pressure-cooker” that gets these student entrepreneurs down the right track onto starting their business. This intensive week is a mix of theory, practice, and a lot of trial-and-error. By the end of the week participants should know if their business idea has the potential to become an actual business.
This year there were 9 different teams working on diverse ideas ranging from plastic eating bacteria, insects as feed, to improved energy air storage systems. This year’s winner was Fema Iron with a business idea revolving around iron-enriched food products. The team comprised of four team members with diverse backgrounds including food and nutrition, Rita Razooki, Soumia Majait, Jacqueline Halbrendt and Xuejuan Zhang.
The award ceremony for the final pitches was covered by Wageningen University & Research’s social media team Spread the WURd on Facebook live.
Although there was only one winner, many of these ideas have the potential to continue to the next phase to become investor ready. The StartHub team will keep supporting these students on their journey to becoming entrepreneurs.
Pictures of the Startup Week, taken by Sven Menschel, can be found here.
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