Twice a year ACE Venture Lab organises the Bootcamp – a fully sponsored intensive training program for MSc students, researchers and industry professionals. Offering unique workshops and mentoring from the best startup experts, the Bootcamp helps you to convert your idea into a successful business.


The Bootcamp covers all stages of business creation and development, teaching you how to translate your science or tech concept into a feasible company. During the program you will test your business assumptions, analyze potential challenges and learn how to make your idea an attractive proposition for investors and customers. Our accomplished mentors will help you to gain entrepreneurial skills and get inspired about starting your own company.

Day 1: From science and technology to business
Day 2: Testing your business assumptions
Day 3: Customer-centric approach
Day 4: Market opportunities & Business models
Day 5: Presenting your business

Join our community of outstanding entrepreneurs and take the right steps toward launching your business.

Learn from the best

This is your chance to learn from the most acknowledged mentors and professionals in the industry! We invite over 15 experienced mentors to provide the personalized coaching for the Bootcamp participants. The Bootcamp’s lead mentor is Gigi Wang – an Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Board Member & Chair Emeritus of the MITEF/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB).

Dates and application

The next Bootcamp will take place on October 2-6. You can apply by telling us about your idea in this form. Application deadline – September 10.

Selection criteria

During the selection process we choose 10 teams that will participate in the Bootcamp. Our ideal candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • You are a Master or PhD student, researcher, technology professionals or graduate of UvA or another Dutch university
  • You have an innovative tech or science business concept/product
  • Your team is curious, ambitious and passionate about the idea they pursue
  • You are willing to set up your business in the Amsterdam region
  • You have a potential for growth and ambition to scale up internationally

The Bootcamp is only the beginning

After the Bootcamp a selection committee evaluates the startups’ performance and potential. The most qualified candidates will proceed with a 3 month Validation program.


For any inquires or questions, contact our program manager Yulia Bodnar at

Apply for next Bootcamp

October 2-6, 2017

(deadline – September 10)