Build a deep-tech Lithography venture together with HightechXL

Equity in venture, expert coaching, access to network Deadline passed Target: For Founders
In this case the challenge owner is looking for entrepreneurs and tech talents

Get in the Ring is partnering with HightechXL, HightechXL is a venture builder accelerator that builds teams of entrepreneurs and tech talents around the most advanced technology in the world. HightechXL has sourced top notch technologies and IP from organizations like: European Space Agency, CERN, TNO and Philips.


HightechXL’s venture-building approach is the fastest way to build strong teams with everything they need to get deep-tech to market. HightechXL starts with sourcing and evaluating next-gen technologies from different research organizations. After identifying the technologies and IP with the most potential, a team will be shaped around it carefully and strategically to successfully build the venture.


Get in the Ring is looking for entrepreneurs and tech talents that build a venture based on Stimulated Depletion Emission Lithography (STED).

Potential applications include maskless lithography and very precise 3D printing of optical structures for optical instruments and photonics chips.




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The team is the strongest asset a business can have, we are looking for founders that are interested in developing a deep-tech venture and build a business model around the sourced technologies/IP.


Chief Executive Officer

You have a keen business mind and are able to translate your vision into actions. You love to lead your team in the right direction. You respect your team members for their individual qualities and make sure each of them is able to use those qualities in their respective roles. You are not afraid to address difficult issues and are also not afraid to ask for help. Taking ownership comes to you naturally and involving others is second nature. You have led small teams before and are confident when facing the challenge of building a company with little budget from the ground up. You love to get things done and don’t dwell on what is not possible.


Chief Business Officer

You are business-minded, and you are able to see the opportunities in your market. You engage with others to help them see the possibilities as well. You are customer-centered and market-focused, aware of how and where your startup can add value. You love to engage with customers, validating the assumptions of your team and building a relationship for the future.
You have had a commercial role before and love to talk to others about your solution. You understand that translating the technology into a solution takes time, but you are not afraid to engage with potential customers at an early stage.


Chief Technology Officer

You have a technical background and because of your knowledge, you are the main contact person for the knowledge institution. You are able to ask the right questions, to get the information needed from the knowledge institution and ensure your team can progress. You are able to work together with your team members to turn technology into solutions or applications.

Using technologies and applying them to solve issues or problems makes you happy. You are able to work fast. You don’t lose yourself in the details, and you can zoom out to see the big picture when necessary.


  • 9-months Venture building program

  • Access to HighTechXL's network of investors, corporates and industry mentors & advisors.

  • 60% Equity reservation for founders


  • Must be willing to set up headquarters of new venture in Eindhoven.

  • Technology savvy and able to learn from specialists like Philips, ASML and TNO

Example of founders building ventures around the technology

Imagin Motion
Based on photonic gyroscope technology from the European Space Agency, Imagin Motion develops photonic sensor to stabilize images in a MRI scanner. The team is already working with Philips to advance the technology.

Built around nano materials, with the first product a foil developed by engineer Kevin Lagarde. That catalyst can neutralize contaminants in the atmosphere, in this case nitrogen oxide, or NOx.

A revolutionary new printing technology that uses a narrow-focus structured laser for specialized printing such as expiration dates on consumer products, it is faster and cheaper than inkjet printing and generates no waste.


23th of Februari

Info session

Info session with HightechXL
2nd & 9th of March

Co Founder Meet and Greet Sessions

Meet and greet sessions between all the co-founders

Interviews by HightechXL

Meet HightechXL team and potential founders
9th of March

Application deadline

The deadline of applying
17th of March


Idea generation gathering of founders, mentors and industry experts for the sourced technologies.
18th of March until 2nd of April

Pre program

Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays
2nd of April

Final selection day

The final selection will be announced
6th of April

Start program

Start program to build venture around the technology/IP
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