With the ACE incubation program we help turn entrepreneurial academics into academic entrepreneurs.
The 10-week program consists of hands-on expert sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs, growth sessions to keep yourself and your peers accountable for your growth and networking events that connect you to experienced mentors, relevant service providers and potential investors.
Think you have what it takes to be a founder? We select a fresh batch of startups twice a year.
Our program is open to MSc students, graduates, researchers and academics.

Applications for the Spring ’23 incubation program have closed.
Our upcoming program starts in November ’23, applications will open in the Summer of ’23.

Interested in joining the next program? If you leave your details we’ll give you a heads up when the next application round opens.

1.600+ ideas submitted

180+ startups incubated

€160M raised by startups

2+ years survival rate: 83%


Our bi-annual Incubation Program consists of 10 weeks of intensive mentoring, goal-setting and growing.
Each program consists of 5 program pillars, listed down below. After 10 weeks, you will be ready to spread your wings.
Even so, we guarantee two years of support after completing the program to continuously offer our support.



Our Incubation Program takes place twice a year. We facilitate a Spring program (May – June) and a Fall program (November – January).
Please find the timeline for our the application process for our upcoming program, down below.



We believe in empowering entrepreneurs, therefore we don’t take equity.
When selected into our incubation program, you will commit to pay 2% of your revenue for the period of 5 years,
only when and if you hit a yearly revenue of 250K euros or more.

According to our Terms & Conditions your details can be shared with our shareholders (being the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), Amsterdam UMC) and our partner Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and your personal data will be saved in our database for up to 2 years from the moment you apply.