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We’re matching, funding and guiding the best and brightest minds from Rotterdam and Delft. 

Graduate Entrepreneur partners up with visionary founders through providing coaching, capital and a community. Our venture capital fund and coaching programme supports founders from the universities of Delft & Rotterdam to realise their greatest ambitions.

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Willem Vermeulen

CEO De Vermeulen Groep

Pieter van Doorne


Joost Romeijn

Founder Sunweb

Sheila Struyck

Venture Partner NBI Investors

Michiel Muller

Co-founder Picnic

Coen van Oostrom

Founder Edge

Sandro van Hellenberg Hubar

Co-founder Xindao

Jan Willem Eleveld

CEO and Founder Norman Health

Han de Groot

Founder Metrixlab

Gert Jan van der Hoeven

Managing Partner at H2 Equity Partners

Peter Goedvolk

Founder First Dutch

Merlin de Graaf

Partner at Bloom
we offer capital

Forget about the bank – we know you are worth the money. We offer the funds to make an idea tangible. To fabricate a prototype. To do a feasibility study. Or to register a patent before anyone else does.  

Got a brilliant idea? We provide the money to get you started, help you accelerate, take off and: fly!  

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We offer coaching

Technical skills from Delft paired with commercial skills from Rotterdam create matches made in heaven. Graduate Entrepreneur creates a collaborative community where multidisciplinary teams will come to life and thrive.  

But there is more! You can meet some of the most established business builders and leaders, willing to help you find and manoeuvre your path to success.

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we offer community

Money and brains not enough? There is more where that is coming from, because we have a lot going for you.  

Think events. Masterclasses. Awards to accelerate your business. It is all within easy reach, concentrated within a single hub. Only for the lucky ones: students, graduates, and academic staff from TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC.

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These companies all received funding and coaching to take the next step.

Helping you grow, Every step of the way.

Your road to success will not be a walk in the park. While it may start with a clever idea, the best thing is to gradually build up your knowledge. Your network. Your funding. And: your confidence.

"We want our future generation to be leaders, not just followers. And I believe everybody can be a leader by their example and how they conduct and comport themselves. Let’s teach these future leaders examples of the accomplished leaders in our network."
Frank Slootman
Chairman and CEO of Snowflake
“Did I make a lot of mistakes as an entrepreneur? You bet I did! It’s one big learning process. I think it’s very rewarding to shield fresh start ups from making the same mistakes and guide them to make the right decisions along the way."
Michiel Muller
Co-founder Picnic
"I am convinced that diverse teams have superpowers! Something I have experienced first hand. There is so much diverse talent in the international student community in Delft and Rotterdam - I can’t wait to hear the pitches and meet the next generation world changing entrepreneurs!"
Machtelt Groothuis
Founder Rubio Impact Ventures
“You are who you know, as the saying goes. But recent graduates at Delft and Rotterdam don’t have a network in the business community. As alumni we built our networks over our entire careers and are willing to share it with every student we support. Maybe that’s even worth more than the money…”
Sandro van Hellenberg Hubar
Co-founder Xindao
"Simply a good idea or a clever technical innovation gets you nowhere. You need some commercial instinct and business skills as well. That’s why I really believe in students from Delft and Rotterdam teaming up together. I expect to see some matches made in heaven!"
Hans van Ierland
Founder HPE Growth
'"In the US over fifty percent of the start-ups grow into successful business, while we are stuck below twenty percent at present. This has to change. We have to step up our game and work together to create a far more productive entrepreneurial environment."
Menno Antal
Non Executive Director Action & Egeria


We put founders first. At the center of everything we do. Why? Because we believe you will shape the future for the better! Want to know more?

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