What is pole position?

Pole Position is an initiative for ambitious deeptech entrepreneurs who want to make an impact. In a safe, active environment startup founders of early-stage deeptech ventures discuss their growth challenges during tailor-made sessions led by experienced entrepreneurs & key stakeholders.

The next round of Pole Position, with a focus on deeptech ventures in Health, will open on July 6, 2022.

In short

Being a deeptech entrepreneur can be challenging. Developing your complex technology, while already accessing the market, raising money ahead of traction and growing your business at the same time, require a high level of ambition, focus, and endurance. With Pole Position we will give you insights, help you to bring the right focus, link you to like-minded peers and experienced entrepreneurs and push you in the direction of pole position.

Who is the programme for?

Who is the programme for?

We select deeptech companies that are aiming to get product-market fit and are speeding up towards a series A funding. Their newly developed technology must have proof of concept and thorough market validation.

The criteria

Your company should

  • Fit the theme of the batch
  • Have a dedicated founders team
  • Have a scientific, technological basis
  • Have a TRL 4+
  • Have found your problem-solution fit
  • Have found your beachhead market
  • Have initial funding (grants/ seed/ pre-series A)

Meet the team

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Annemieke Wisse

Programme Manager

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Iris Visser

Project Manager

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Lech Bakhuizen van den Brink

Batch Manager
Pole Position

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Peter Maarten Westerhout

Lead Early-stage