Building a startup (1/3): how do you find a team and theme?

Becoming an entrepreneur without money or a concrete idea, while applying for your own company. So before it is known what this company will do. It may sound a bit strange, but it works.

The person is central

As a first step, young talents talk to recruiters and the partners of Holland Startup about their personal motives. So the person is central, not the idea, starting capital or a revenue model. “The fact that you don't have to take your entire piggy bank with you and don't even have to have a concrete idea is special and lowers the threshold for entrepreneurship,” says René Roskamp, ​​chief operating officer of Holland Startup.

Participate with the Pressure cooker

Those conversations provide a character sketch. After which people who are comfortable with the Holland Startup vision are invited for an assessment in the office, where a so-called "Pressure Cooker" takes place. This is a multi-day assessment in which talents go through various (group) simulations and receive workshops on entrepreneurial skills.

People who have a lot of potential then continue in the Holland Startup program as an entrepreneur in residence, with 'Ideation' as the first phase. In this phase, the talents look for business problems for which they can develop a start-up concept. And they are brought together with a suitable co-founder.

The pressure cooker shows which skills someone can use in the program. For example, a strong knowledge of a certain industry, technical knowledge, or a strong entrepreneurial instinct. “We have knowledge of which team compositions can be more successful than others and can therefore provide advice. But the entrepreneurs have the freedom to make their own choices, ”says Roskamp.

All entrepreneurs in residence receive a basic income so that they have time to focus on the problem. They then pitch their best idea to Holland Startup. Is there a match between the co-founders and the problem: Go! If not, return to the drawing board.

In deze serie artikelen leggen we je uit hoe Holland Startup stap voor stap, op eigen wijze talentvolle bedrijven bouwt. Benieuwd naar deel 2 van de serie? Klik dan hier

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