Graduate Entrepreneur distinguishes itself through its large network of partners and established entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs that were once in your shoes and want to give back to society. We believe in the potential of an ambitious student with a big dream and challenge our network to think differently: to innovate together in unprecedented ways, connecting the leaders of the industry in a boundless ecosystem. This will be the foundation for kick-starting the potential of our young entrepreneurs and reaching them on the moments that matter between education and career.


A special thanks to the founding universities who believe in the power of students and entrepreneurialism. They have supported us from day one and helped to make the dream of Graduate Entrepreneur and its Fund a reality. Thank you!

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Cartoon Bot

Cartoon Bot is a tablet with a cartoon streaming subscription. We're aiming to improve the user experience of cartoon watching for preschoolers.


Chainable is a circular kitchen supplier for the rental housing sector that aims to reduce the energy and material use of the kitchen industry.


Clickdrive launched an online marketplace for driving lessons and will develop more data-driven apps going forward.


Connecting tutors with tutees for a one-time fee on a platform that is intuitive and straightforward to use.


DRIFTY offers a sustainable, fun, and practical solution for a new standard of boats (In 2025 in Amsterdam, all - over 12.000 - boats need to be emmision-free, and more cities will follow soon). We aim to make sustainable, modular, and maintenance-free boats, made from recycled plastic (rotation molding). With the modular system, the boats can easily be configured to anyone's preferences.


Making the world a quieter place for everyone!


At DuckDuckGoose we develop AI solutions for automated and explainable deepfake detection


Developing smart home/office devices, to connect the physical world to data analysis, AI and Machine Learning. Our first product is a smart CO2 sensor, to track and monitor air quality and assist in proper ventilation.


Felyx is a successful scale-up, offering shared electric scooters as a new and disrupting urban mobility concept.

Flame Away

Flame Away develops an easy-to-use, quick and fast fire extinguishing tool, that is always within arm's reach due to its beautiful design.


An innovative supplier of artificial plants for businesses and home.


Focus uses machine learning and patent data to generate strategic insights for strategy and R&D professionals.


These incubators help you turn ideas into businesses and make sure you learn everything about entrepreneurship.

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by our belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, we strive to embed this in the DNA of people by applying the knowledge and network of Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago.

Philips Innovation Award

The Philips Innovation Award is the largest student-entrepreneur award in The Netherlands. This award is organised for students, by students. The award does not abide by a winner-takes-all mentality but wants all its participants to benefit from the personal feedback, network, credibility and skills that you will take with you for the rest of your career.


The leading tech incubator in Europe. We believe in the impact tech companies can have. Through innovation, they provide a crucial contribution to our society and economy. Our services turn promising ideas and teams into solid startups and help them grow into successful companies. Connecting our ecosystem of experts, mentors, corporate partners, and investors with our unique programs, we help BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS.

VC partners

The VC partners of Graduate Entrepreneur have been with us from the beginning and taught us all about Venture Capital.
As our partner they advice and support the student team. Furthermore, we partner up in terms of dealflow and follow-up investments.

Borski Fund

Borski Fund is an innovative Venture Capital fund with a focus on diversity and technology. We provide venture capital and growth capital for ambitious companies and actively support entrepreneurs in realizing their ambitions.

Dutch Disruptive Ventures provides coaching, capital and commercial support to the most promising early-stage disruptive startups in The Netherlands. Our approach leans heavily on deep expertise in the principles of disruption theory, which helps deliver more predictable startup success.

INKEF Capital

INKEF Capital helps early stage companies reach their full potential. We back mission-driven entrepreneurs who are passionate about the problems they are solving and are ready to take the next step to grow their business. Working side-by-side with these visionaries makes us incredibly optimistic about the future.


InnovationQuarter is the regional development agency of the province South-Holland. We finance innovative & fast growing companies, assist foreign companies in setting up in the province & organise collaboration between entrepreneurs, institutions & government to strengthen the clusters.

Mainport Innovation Fund

Mainport Innovation Fund II is a Dutch Venture Capital Fund which invests in early stage start-ups with meaningful innovation in the aviation, transport and logistics sectors. We do this together with our investment partners KLM, Schiphol, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Port of Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology.

No Such Ventures

No Such Ventures is a disruptor in the VC landscape, offering flexible deal structures and hassle-free equity investments on a per-deal basis. Backed by an engaged network of high-profile investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts, we invest €2m to €8m in ambitious companies, globally and across sectors.

Peak Capital

Peak Capital is an early-stage VC fund founded by experienced tech entrepreneurs. Peak Capital invest smart capital in fast-growing marketplace, platforms, and SaaS companies.

Rubio Impact Ventures

Rubio supports world-changing entrepreneurs to “cross the Rubicon”, as we believe that the most valuable companies of our time will be the ones that solve society’s biggest challenges.

SHIFT Invest

SHIFT Invest is a Dutch venture capital fund that invests in innovations in food & agriculture, clean (bio-based) technologies, circularity and smart materials. Through its investments, SHIFT strives to create environmental impact alongside financial return. Together with the fund partners, SHIFT offers entrepreneurs a broad network and knowledge of the sector.

Tablomonto Ventures

Tablomonto is an early-stage VC fund that invests in tech startups that leave a better world. In addition to investing, Tablomonto is committed to promoting equal funding opportunities for different founder groups and is one of the founding partners of #fundright.

VOC Capital Partners

VOC Capital Partners is a Venture Capital fund with a focus on fast growing tech-enabled businesses. VOCCP distinguishes itself from other VC's with a philosophy based on: inspiration for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.

Student partners

Together with these student partners, we can bring the startup ecosystem to a higher level. These partners are
all student led, just like us.

ECE Students

We are the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship Students (ECE Students), Erasmus University Rotterdam’s official entrepreneurial association. Since our establishment in 2013, our mission has been providing an environment that unites a diverse group of people, and to empower them in taking entrepreneurial action.

YES!Delft Students

We believe in the innovative ideas of students. By questioning all, they are the source of great ideas that will one day change both our society and economy. Our events, programs and courses provide students with all that is needed to turn great ideas into successful startups. We aim to both nurture and educate students to become a successful entrepreneur. Connecting our community of experts, mentors, corporate partners and teachers with our students, we are the place.

Working partners

Whether they support us in defining the terms and conditions or train us how to work 'agile', we could not have been where we are now without our working partners!

Erasmus Enterprise

Erasmus Enterprise, including ECE, ERBS, YES!Delft and UNIIQ, is your vibrant community of entrepreneurs and innovators on the EUR Woudestein campus. We combine the best, multi-disciplinary expertise on incubation and acceleration from Rotterdam and Delft, as well as regional startup funds, in one central location.

Erasmus Trustfonds

Official support fund of the Erasmus University Rotterdam & the ANBI fund of the Graduate Entrepreneur.


Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, financial services, energy & natural resources and life sciences.


SparkOptimus is Europe's leading digital strategy consultancy, working with leading multinationals and pure players to build digital businesses. SparkOptimus has been Graduate's partner from the beginning, supporting with strategy and hands-on (agile) coaching.

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Founding universities

A special thanks to the founding universities who believe in the power of students and entrepreneurialism. They have supported us from day one and helped to make the dream of Graduate Entrepreneur and its Fund a reality. Thank you!

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