HighTechXL Graduate Program

HighTechXL Graduate Program. Your tech journey starts here.

Introducing the HighTechXL Graduate Program, a young entrepreneur development program at HighTechXL.


We are searching for master’s and PhD graduates to join our program on the smartest square kilometer on earth, High Tech Campus Eindhoven.


But first, a bit about us …


HighTechXL is a deeptech accelerator which sources technology from CERN and other global tech companies. Then we bring in top talent who can rapidly build businesses around the technology on the way to the marketplace.


Caution: We are just as selective in sourcing our talent as we are in sourcing our technology.


To build successful ventures, we need high-energy, passionate and entrepreneurial graduates with an affinity for technology and innovation … the cool kids searching for something more than just a job. We want master graduates bold enough and courageous enough to play on a global stage and literally change the world.


For the first six months, you’ll join a tech startup team, helping build the venture and developing entrepreneurial skills. You’ll experience innovation the startup way.


For the second six months, you’ll be participating in internal and external corporate innovation projects while continuing to work on the startup team.


You are guided the entire way by your mentor with regular one-on-one meetings on personal development. You are also paired with a buddy at HighTechXL who will help you embed in the company culture. In regular meetings with your peers who are also participating in the graduate program, we boost your personal development lessons even further.


We need physicists, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, materials science and other disciplines to join startup teams and begin their graduate innovation journey.

Send your CV to nikki@hightechxl.com

What's in it for you?

• The best of both worlds: You get to be an entrepreneur and join a deeptech startup team AND go on information exchanges to get to know  our corporate partners during visits and field trips.

• You receive one-on-one coaching focusing on professional development from the HighTechXL team

• You work with legendary tech companies such as CERN, ASML and DSM

• You network with influential executives from the Eindhoven Startup Alliance

• You learn real-world skills from leading regional experts and advisors

• You join an informal, supportive and fun multicultural team

• You work in the largest startup hub in the Netherlands, High Tech Plaza

• You have the opportunity to work with groundbreaking technology and build a venture with potential for massive social impact

• You will be immersed in the tech startup world … the most sophisticated deeptech ecosystem on the planet


What we require:

• Master's or post-doctorate graduate students; you have finished your studies and have a degree in hand

• Affinity with technology, physics, mechanical engineering, materials science, etc.

• Passionate and energetic people with a deep love for deeptech

• Bold entrepreneurs

• Tenacity to see your venture from concept to marketplace

• Willingness to work with teams in various domains

• High-energy

• Curious, open-minded and willing to learn and explore

• Able to take initiative, run risks and work independently


HighTechXL Internship Program

At HighTechXL, we search for the latest deep tech, working with CERN and other tech companies to build ventures around their technology and take it to market.


We developed the HighTechXL Internship Program, a personal and professional development program for students in the 3rd-year or last year of their physics, innovation sciences, engineering or business study at university.

Interns will work with startup teams on diverse assignments, giving them an in-depth view of deep tech in our accelerator program. Next to that you might be involved in other projects such as organizing events, supporting corporate projects or working on tooling development. Interns will also visit some of Eindhoven’s industry-dominant tech companies for day-long immersion in their corporate cultures.

We assign a mentor for valuable one-on-one personal development guidance, and we pair you with a HighTechXL buddy who will help you feel at home on our diverse, multicultural team. 

The paid internship lasts three to six months, and interns work a minimum of 24 hours per week.

Who we’re looking for:

·     Technology-driven 3rd-year or last year university students with an entrepreneurial mindset

·     Students focused on innovation and making a social impact

·     Ambitious people with agile, independent working styles

·     Deep-thinkers open to cross-discipline assignments

·     Personalities who are happy on a dynamic, multicultural team


What’s in it for you:

·     Exposure to with CERN technology and other tech sources

·     Close-up view of innovative cultures: startup, corporate, deep tech

·     An engaging learning environment that allows you to become the professional of the future

·     The opportunity to advance from the internship program to the traineeship program

·     A paid internship

·     A cool workplace: High Tech Campus, the smartest square kilometer on earth

·     A stand-out addition to your CV

Send your CV to nikki@hightechxl.com