Fast track your EdTech startup with the support of TU Delft, Leiden University, and Erasmus Rotterdam

Incubator program, Access to launching customers, Expert coaching of top universities Deadline passed

Get in the Ring joins forces with three top Universities to improve the education system. Together with the Centre for Education and Learning (LDE CEL), a collaboration between the Universities of Delft, Leiden, Erasmus Rotterdam, and their 3 incubators, we’re looking for innovative EdTech startups ready to scale.


The incubators ECE Rotterdam, Plnt Leiden and YES!Delft are organising a validation lab to give EdTech startups a chance to launch their business. With academic experts from the three Universities, business experts from the incubators and access to testing groups, launching customers and funding possibilities, the startups will have access to everything needed to launch their business.


YES!Delft is a leading high-tech incubator awarded with the #2 spot in de world of incubators affiliated with Universities. With 12+ years of experience they offer entrepreneurs access to mentors, experts, investors and more than 30 corporate partners who share their know-how, network and experience. They have incubated over 200 companies, totalling more than € 400 million in investment.


The Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) is the leading centre for entrepreneurship in Europe. Fueled by their belief that entrepreneurship is the primary driver for innovation, we strive to embed entrepreneurship in the DNA of people. They don’t create companies,  but entrepreneurs through the knowledge and network of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, a university founded by entrepreneurs more than 100 years ago. They are number one in the research of entrepreneurship worldwide as well as being linked to the best rated master programme on entrepreneurship. With more than 35 top academic trainers and researchers, and 60 leading corporate coaches, they offer startups a network of investors, mentors, entrepreneurial expertise, corporates and other startups.


Plnt Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the workplace for individuals and organizations engaged in innovation and entrepreneurship. In this active ever-growing community, you’ll find all sorts of creators, from app builders who are committed to helping you use your cell phone to find your bike to biologists who make your home completely self-sustainable. There is always someone who can push your idea further. They have a community of 185 alumni of the Venture Academy for which they organized more than 412 events.


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The education system is ever changing. People from all over the world have access to knowledge through the internet and can get in contact with peers, tutors and experts in a matter of clicks. Due to increasing wealth, more and more people can afford to go to Universities as well. Universities are therefore flooding with students and struggling to facilitate all knowledge eager students. Three top Universities from the Netherlands; Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, want to stay ahead of this trend and continue to provide the top quality for all their students. Therefore, they’re joining forces to innovate together and have a positive impact on the whole education system. We are interested in:

Solutions for K-12

Solutions for vocational education

Solutions for medium and higher education

Solutions for corporate learning


  • Incubator program of 8 weeks by top incubators of three leading Universities

  • Access to experts from the Universities for technical and academic validation, sparring partners, testing groups

  • Expert coaching from multiple EdTech experts: Studyportals, Microsoft, Accenture, Thieme Meulenhoff and more

  • Access to EdTech investors

  • Matched with EdTech entrepreneurs as mentors

  • Free entry, travel and housing cost covered for international teams

  • No equity taken

Selection of top mentors and partners


You should

  • Have a brilliant idea, innovation, prototype or demonstrator

  • Be willing to be present (with part of your team) in the Netherlands for a period of 8 weeks




The deadline for applications is September 29th.


Nominated startups will be invited for a skype call on October 4th to discuss the fit to the program in more detail.


Selected startups will be invited to join the LDE CEL Incubation program, starting on the 25th of October.
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