Startup Fast Track offers innovative energy entrepreneur a unique and substantial programme

Startup Fast Track offers innovative energy entrepreneur a unique and substantial programme

The energy sector is attractive to startups. The sector is in transition, and is thereby offering plenty of opportunities. The Startup Fast Track offers a tailor-made programme for energy entrepreneurs, increasing the chance of success and encouraging the new company to undergo rapid growth. Startup Fast Track was initiated by Energy Academy Europe in collaboration with its partners: GDF SUEZ, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen and the University of Groningen.

Tailor-made supervision and funding up to €10,000
Startup Fast Track offers fifteen participants an intense and tailor-made supervision route. Based on the experience acquired in GDF-SUEZ, Venturelab North, Value050 and Cube050 etc., the entrepreneur (or the entrepreneurial team) receives a tailor-made development route in which both the company and the entrepreneur play a central part. This route consists of training sessions, networking, coaching and an inspirational environment with useful facilities. In response to an assessment he has taken, the entrepreneur works on the competences that are necessary in order to allow a company to grow, so the company gradually develops too. In addition to the unique content-related programme, the route also includes media attention and the possibility of funding. This funding may increase to €10,000 for an initial development route. Positive development involves providing access to other major funding opportunities and/or to important customers and suppliers.

Collaboration with partners
In the Startup Fast Track, Energy Academy Europe is facilitating a collaboration with GDF SUEZ, Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship, allowing a unique and substantial programme to be developed. GDF SUEZ is a global expert in energy and energy services and wants to lead energy transition in Europe. For GDF SUEZ, Startup Fast Track is an opportunity to support innovation and to keep on top of the most recent innovation. Both Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen have identified the theme of ‘energy’ as a key focus. Together they want to play a part in the transition to sustainable energy production and consumption. Hanze UAS founded EnTranCe, for example: a research environment that provides facilities, technologies and networks for developing new energy products and services and launching them onto the market. The University of Groningen is facilitating the collaboration via the University of Groningen Centre of Entrepreneurship. Part of this is the collaboration with Venturelab North.

Registration for the Startup Fast Track is open until 8 March. Further information can be found at

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