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As an entrepreneurial region, Twente offers various support to starting entrepreneurs. On this page, we offer you an overview of the support for startups. If you would like a first, non committal and exploratory conversation bout entrepreneurship, contact Erwin Holtland.


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Financieel Ecosysteem

Financing: overview of funds

Are you looking for an overview of all funding instruments for innovative businesses in the Twente region? For your convenience we've made an overview of al most commonly used financial instruments that are available in Twente. Financing a business is an...
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Legal Advice

When starting a company you will inevitably have to decide on some legal aspects. The Kennispark Legal Advice Team can help starting innovative entrepreneurs in making their first choices. The service is intended for companies related to the University of...
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Business Development: VentureLab International

VentureLab International offers an MBA-level business development programme. For -mostly- technology based established firms and start-ups that want to accelerate their growth. Our one-year programme jump-starts and provides sustainable growth for lon...
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Business Development: Zinnergy

Kennispark Twente has developed, together with the City of Enschede, an approach for business development with social, economical and financial impact: Zinnergy. Starting with a societal need, to an innovation that works. Do you have a societal need or an...
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Financing: Angel Investment

Masters of the Future (in Dutch: Meesters van de Toekomst) is the network for angel investment in Twente. Meesters van de toekomst offers a meeting place for business angels and entrepreneurs looking for funding. Within the network both national and inter...
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Financing: Proof of Concept

*** Proof of Concept fund is closed until further notice*** Entrepreneurs who are interested in this funding possibility can contact the coordinator of the Fund Erwin Holtland, phone: +31 (0)6 207 464 96. More information is available at this Google ...
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Financing: Cottonwood Technology Fund

Cottonwood Technology Fund is one of the top performing capital funds in the world according to the British company Preqin. Cottonwood performs excellent when it comes to early stage funding. The (pre)seed fund invests in promising startups, so that they ...
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TOP Program

TOP has offered financial and business development support to innovative companies for the past 31 years. Participating entrepreneurs have access to several forms of support during their TOP year, including legal advice, communication advice, networking a...
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Financing: Twente Technology Fund

The Twente Technology Fund (TTF), established on the 1st of July 2010, is an independent venture capital fund aiming to capitalize on technological developments. TTF invests in high tech entrepreneurial activity in Twente region in general and at the Uni...
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Financing: PPM Oost

Participatiemaatschappij Oost Nederland NV (PPM Oost) is a regional venture capital company that is part of East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NV). PPM Oost administers government funds and manages revolving venture capital funds for specific secto...
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Business support: TOP Light

The TOP light program supports entrepreneurs in an early (pre-seed) phase with: accessible debt loans up to €10k. An interest of 2% applies to the loan and repayment starts after 4 years in 12 equal terms. an additional series of workshops on topics f...
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Mike Verkouter, start-up ambassadeur Kennispark Twente

Meet Mike: Startup ambassador Kennispark Twente

It happens while having some beers with your friends outside or while listening to a debate at your student organisation. You will have an idea you know you will have to do something with. But how do you take the next step? “Come and have a coffee with ...
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Juridische ondersteuning bij Kenispark

Legal advice for starting and innovating entrepreneurs in Twente

The start-up of your business or the development of an innovative product involves many legal aspects. What is the best legal form? How do I protect my knowledge? Should I apply for a patent? What must be included in the partnership agreement? The lawyers...
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Dutch Student Investment Fund

The Dutch Student Investment Fund is a fund that is founded by students for students, in June 2015. It’s the first European venture capital fund that is lead by students and that solely invests on student entrepreneurs. For who? To be able to apply for ...
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Funding Startup

Funding for startups: the possibilities in Twente

Are you in the startup phase with your enterprise, and are you looking for funding? Kennispark Twente knows the possibilities for funding, from interest-free loans to crowdfunding and informal investing. Our knowledge and our network allow us to support y...
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Business development team UT, Saxion and RRD

From ground-breaking research to strong corporation Do you have a brilliant idea, ground-breaking discovery or clever innovation? Kennispark Twente’s business development team can help you bring your idea to market. How? By offering advice about how t...
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