You have a brilliant idea for a better world – now what? Circular entrepreneurs have the future. But for many it is a challenge to turn their idea into a valuable business. In the Get Started program you will work on turning that idea in your head into a real business.


  • Design your circular business model
  • Get from idea to value proposition
  • Expand finance opportunities
  • Build a unique network of entrepreneurs and the best experts in the circular economy

Get Started is a twelve-week programme that empowers ambitious starting entrepreneurs to turn their sustainable idea into a business which is worth pursuing. There really is only one way to learn to start and run a business, and that is by doing it. 

So get started, get out of your comfort zone, get out of the building and learn the most of this experience.


  • You are an entrepreneur or want to become one;
  • You have a drive to make the world a better place and have an idea or starting circular business model to do so;
  • Your idea is innovative and unique;
  • You have the ambition and drive to turn your idea into something big (scale it!);
  • You are willing to work hard, learn, and implement the feedback you will receive from your mentors.
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During the program, you will be supported by both our CE Booster team and that of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE). Each ‘Get Started’ batch consists of approximately 30 startups, so you will not stand alone in your entrepreneurial journey. A part of this group will develop a ‘regular’ startup, and the other part (including you) will develop a circular startup. This means you can expand your network even further and learn from each other.

We meet for a total of 8 times over 12 weeks. The Get Started program is divided in two parts. The first 4 sessions will teach you the entrepreneurship principles you need to succesfully create a product people would want. In the second part you put this knowledge to work to validate your startup.  

First part (February 5 - March 2):

Friday 9, 23 March and Friday 6, 20 April. 

The first 4 weeks are in collaboration with Yes!Delft and will consist of 4 sessions. The main goal is to develop the business idea of the participants and creation of the first business model. The sessions will be filled with workshops on topics such as lean startup, customer development and business modelling. Additionally, an Online Learning Programme gives the opportunity to extend your knowledge and track your progress. 

Second part (March 9 - April 20):

Monday 5, 12, 19 February and Friday 2 March. 

The first part will be followed up by 8 weeks of validation. During these 8 weeks there will be 4 sessions, each on Friday. The focus is on bringing everything learned in practice with guidance of personal coaches. Furthermore, there will be inspirational sessions, with speakers from successful startups. 


  • Your own spot at ECE Campus
  • Access to all facilities and events
  • Joining a unique network of investors, mentors and experts
  • Peer-to-peer support of fellow entrepreneurs

During the program you will get your own spot at the inspiring ECE Campus in the Rotterdam Science Tower, as well as access to all their facilities and events. Furthermore, you will join a unique network of investors, mentors, experts and get peer-to-peer support of  fellow entrepreneurs, who face the same challenges building their sustainable business.


If you are interested in joining the Get Started programme, simply apply by using the form on this page. Please tick to the optional circular track on the form. We will shoot you an email with the request to answer some questions. When we think that there is a possible match, we will invite you for a meeting to make the final decision. 

The application deadline for the Get Started Class of 2018 (starting February 5th) is January 11. 

The 12 week programme costs €625 (incl VAT) per person. For students, we offer a scholarship discount, so the programme costs €300 (incl. VAT) for students per person. 

The workplace at the ECE Campus in the Rotterdam Science Tower is included in this price. 

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