Startup Program Info

 

ABOUT

GET A PROFESSIONAL NETWORK AND ACCESS TO COACHING, MENTORS, NEW TEAM MEMBERS, THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND EVEN FUNDING!

Do you have a project that might be valuable if implemented and realized? Perhaps an idea for a product or service innovation, or something else completely. Then SEA's Startup Program is here to help you get started the right way.

The Program is aimed at developing student projects and ideas into innovations and startups, with the ambition of getting more entrepreneurial students and startup companies out of Aalborg University. The program is open to all full time students and submitted projects may be in both late and early stages of development. The key to join is an ambition of developing your project and your entrepreneurial skills.

 

ONE PROGRAM - TWO TRACKS 

Students joining the AAU Startup Program must apply to join one of two groups, i.e. the Trainees, or the Accellerators. 

The program is split this way, so that we are able to help you no-matter how far you are in your startup process.

In our Trainess program we will help you find your team members to further develop your idea, when your idea is ready to be evaluated by the professionals, then it is time to join our Accelleration Program!

 

OUR OFFER TO YOU

  • Help in validating your project/ idea into a business opportunity.
  • A cross-disciplinary network to fellow students and entrepreneurs, including collaborating partners/team-members to help further develop your project idea.
  • Professional consultants and specialized mentors from relevant industries.
  • Resources needed for the development phase in your projects.
  • Continuous coaching from experienced business developers and professionals assigned to your case. 
  • Advice from specialists, e.g. on IP, legal or economic issues.
  • Access to the resources and network of SEA (Supporting Entrepreneurship at AAU).
  • A great setting for developing your innovation and entrepreneurship skills, adding an extra level of know-how to your project.
  • Assistance in raising funds for your venture!

 

GREAT WORK IS TEAMWORK

The Startup Program is a great opportunity for you to consider the value-creating aspects of your project and to validate commercial aspects, learn business development and maybe turn your project into a startup.

Through the program, we will, if necessary, provide you with team members, possessing the skills and talents needed to drive forth your idea. In addition, you will get access to professional networks, mentors, coaching, needed resources and even funding for your startup.

 

WHO IS INVITED TO JOIN?

We are currently looking for 4 types of candidates.

 

Accellerators: Student with A project idea AND A DREAM-TEAM

If you have a great idea, fully developed or not, and have assembled your dream-team, then you are ready to apply and become accellerators! 

To start a project: Apply here.

 

tRAINEES: STUDENTS WITH IDEAS SEEKING TEAM-MEMBER

If you have a project-idea that you would like to develop with others, then you are ready to become a Trainee! It does not matter how far you are in your project development, as the projects we are looking for range from early idea-stage projects, to projects that are in late stages of development. 

To find your project dream-team: Apply here.

 

tRAINEES: Student to join teamS

You can apply to participate in the startup program even if you do not have an idea of your own, as your skills, talents and drive will benefit another team! 

To join the Teams: Apply here.

 

Team Mentors:

Mentors are essential to the Startup Program. As a mentor, you will meet highly skilled and dedicated people, working as entrepreneurs to develop new and innovative business opportunities.

To become a Mentor: Apply here. 

 

WHAT WE EXPECT FROM YOU

  • That you and your team is dedicated and willing to put in time and energy to the project (at least 1 team member needs to be an active AAU student) .
  • That AAU Startup Program and your team enter into a collaboration agreement on the development of the project.
  • That you participate in meetings with your business developer. 
  • That you participate in relevant events and courses.
  • That you participate in the Venture Cup business plan competition.
  • That you get a statement from your supervisor, read more below!
  • That you accept that we collect various data for further development of the AAU Startup Program.

 

SUPERVISOR STATEMENT

A supervisor statement is required to join the AAU Startup Program. Please contact a researcher/lecturer close to your project, in order to get a statement on the feasibility of your idea. Projects should be rooted or related to your study program. This is our way of getting a “sanity check” from someone close to your project, but who is not a part of it.

The supervisor statement could be an email or document of 3-5 lines, where your supervisor expresses his/her opinion on the project. It might be the problem being explored, and if this is technology related, a statement on the technical feasibility in your solution. We welcome additional information from your supervisor on e.g. you and your team. Also, note the name and contact info of your supervisor.

If you for whatever reason should be unable to obtain a supervisor statement, list what you have done to obtain it, and why this has not been possible. Also note name and contact info.

 

WE WILL PRIORITIZE PROJECTS THAT ARE:

  • Rooted in the teams disciplinarily, but at the same time cross-disciplinary or building on knowledge from other domains.
  • Addressing a problem area that is recognized by stakeholders (or that you convince us that it will be by your endeavors).
  • Carried forward by a dedicated team of students.
  • Described in a convincing way.
  • Endorsed or backed by your supervisor.
  • That are ambitious and with a degree of uncertainty (not related to execution).

Startup Accelerator/Trainee Program

DATE EVENT WHERE TIME
12/6 AAU Startup program – Info Event Create: room 5.125 15.30-17.00
15/6 AAU Startup program – Info Event Fibigerstræde 11, room 39 9:00 - 12:00

 

JOIN THE PROGRAM

 

STUDENT WITH A PROJECT IDEA & A TEam: 

If you have a project-idea and a dream-team, then you are more than welcome to apply to become a startup Accellerator! 

To become an Accellerator: Apply here.

 

STUDENT WITH A PROJECT IDEA - SEEKING TEAM-MEMBERS: 

If you have a project-idea that you would like to develop with others, then you are ready to become a Trainee!

To become a Trainee: Apply here. 

 

STUDENTs TO JOIN TEAMS:

You can apply to participate in the startup program even if you do not have an idea of your own, as your skills, talents and drive would benefit another team! 

To join the Trainee Teams: Apply here.

 

TEAM MENTORS:

Mentors are essential to the Startup Program. As a mentor, you will meet highly skilled and dedicated people, working as entrepreneurs to develop new and innovative business opportunities.

To become a Mentor: Apply here.