CO-FOUNDERS

What does it mean to be a co-founder of a deep-tech venture? What do we think you need to be a good addition to any team and take ownership of a venture?

assessment process

BECOME A CO-FOUNDER

We are continuously on the look-out for entrepreneurial talent, potential co-founders – CEOs, CTOs and CBOs – who want to become deep-tech entrepreneurs. We have several opportunities throughout the year to join our venture building journey.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

CO-FOUNDER SCOUTING
The first step in the co-founder assessment process is to watch the Info Session movie in which we explain the program, what we think it takes to be a successful co-founder and other options to work with a startup..

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INFO SESSION Q&A
Join the Info Session Q&A to get all your questions answered and to get a first glimpse of potential co-founders who will join the next cohort.
Fall 2021

QUESTIONNAIRE
Your initial questions are answered. Now what? The next step is to fill out our entrepreneur questionnaire where we explore whether or not a co-founder position fits your personal situation.

FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEW
Based on the outcome of the questionnaire, we will follow up with you. In an interview, we will discuss in more detail your ambition and align with your expectations. After this interview, we will think along with you on what is the best next step. Maybe startup life isn’t for you. But maybe it is.

MEET-AND-GREET SESSIONS
If becoming a co-founder is indeed the next step, we invite you to meet the other potential co-founders in meet-and-greet sessions.

FASTRACKATHON
After the meet-and-greet sessions, we invite you to join the FasTrackathon. During this giant brainstorming session with tech experts, other potential co-founders and corporate partners, we take the technology as a starting point to come up with potential application areas and solutions to societal problems. The next FasTrackathon will be Fall 2021.

PRE-PROGRAM
After the FasTrackathon, the initial teams continue to coalesce and refine their ideas. Those teams will work on assignments to further outline their business propositions and get to know each other. During this pre-program phase, we give you the opportunity to change teams or explore other options.

FINAL SELECTION DAY
After the pre-program, the Final Selection Day takes place. Teams present their ideas and chosen application areas to the stakeholders and other teams. Based on the pitches, we announce the final participants invited to start the program.

PROGRAM START
Final Selection Day is typically held on a Friday and the program starts the following week. The next program begins Fall 2021.

Accelerator

Program Features

The nine-month deep-tech venture building program is divided into three phases of three months, each phase structured with deliverables based on technology application research, product development, market research, team development and everything a business needs to grow.

Weekly workshops

Workshops led by seasoned venture builders and industry experts and tailored to deep-tech startups.

Mentoring

Access to our pool of mentors with 300+ industry experts, entrepreneurs and partners.

One on one sessions

Weekly team one-on-one sessions with the HighTechXL team to closely monitor business progress and team development.

DEDICATED SUPPORT

HighTechXL personnel act as program leaders, offering support, insight on deliverables to help drive progress.

PITCH TRAINING

Master your pitch with storytelling and stage presence training.

DESIGN & VIDEO PRODUCTION

A team of brand architects: designer, copywriter, and video producer.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT

We provide legal, financial and supply chain support to help you build your business from the ground up.

STRUCTURED ACCESS TO FUNDING

We offer investment support and advice with access to a network of regional, national and international investors.

pitch moments

Venture teams have the opportunity to pitch their business propositions during Gate Moments, XL Day (demo day), high tech conference and at private investor events.

FREE OFFICE SPACE

Venture teams get free office space during the nine-month program at High Tech Campus.

UnlimIted coffe

Startups run on coffee so we made sure your elixir of life never runs out.

marcom

Seasoned content creators help teams craft their messages for all marketing channels: website, pitch decks, investor decks and social media channels.

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Our alumni

HighTechXL has created successful companies with global impact from the Netherlands to China, where we also have operations.

In five years, HighTechXL startups and scale-ups have created more than 2,000 jobs and raised more than 80 million euros.

HighTechXL companies are not just surviving, but 17 are in our "star" portfolio with 10x projected returns.

high tech Startups
deep tech ventures

Sometimes the stars align to create a stellar startup, one based on top tech combined with top talent addressing a global challenge in a ready market. Incooling hit the floor running, sealing a promising partnership with a global tech giant. And it all started in Eindhoven.

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our stars

success stories

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DENNIS VEELING

IMAGIN MOTION
Working with HTXL has shown me that the life of a startup is actually a lot of fun! It is great to see and feel the enthusiasm and drive to make things happen. On top of that getting the right support and tools to create your own company, wow!It actually is realising my dream with their help!

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