Venture School

June 10, 2021

Always had the wish to start your own business? Or do you have an idea but haven’t been able to work on it? Or maybe you don’t have that million dollar business idea just yet, but you are eager to learn and explore whether entrepreneurship suits you?

If you answered yes to any of the above, Venture School has got you covered!

In just 9 weeks, Venture School can help you understand the basic elements of building your own business, culminating in an exciting Pitch night with Jury and prizes. The top prize wins a free CIC co-working spot for one month here in the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw building!

What is Venture School?

Every summer, Venture Café Rotterdam delivers an in-depth curriculum that follows the different phases of a startup to budding entrepreneurs, students, internationals, corporate refugees with an entrepreneurial wish and those with the entrepreneurial wish who want to get inspired!

In 9 weeks you’ll understand the basic elements of building your business and be enabled to start a business of your own. Venture Café partners with various organizations to bring you this very special entrepreneurial school.

Different Venture School Tracks

There are two tracks you can follow depending on your needs and availability:

  1. Track 1 commits you to the whole 9 weeks (we ask you attend virtually at least 7 out of the 9 sessions to qualify for the prize)
  2. Track 2 allows you to dip in and out depending on which week suits your needs. You are not committed to attending 7 or more sessions however, this will mean you will be ineligible for the prize.

Venture School for the Post-COVID-19 economy

2020 was the year of COVID-19. Following the pandemic and measures taken worldwide, the crisis severely affected our lives, and will continue to do so for a while. 

As predicted last year already, also the current projections of DNB show that the unemployment rate in The Netherlands is expected to increase to 4.6% in 2021, and will further increase next year. This message unfortunately creates uncertainty towards the future for many of us.

There may already or may not yet be an urgency for you to prepare for this new economy by rethinking your career or to finally explore that entrepreneurial wish of yours, but either way the time to get ready for it is NOW!



Claire Worland
Venture School 2021 program
Week 1 - July 1st
Where do you start? Going from idea to successful enterprise
Week 2 - July 8th
Idea validation, prototyping your early stage idea
Week 3 - July 15
Financial education for startups, fundraising + crypto
Week 4 - July 22nd
(Digital) Sales & Marketing, building your brand
Week 5 - July 29
How to organize your startup? Building and leading a team
Week 6 - August 5th
Admin, HR, Accountancy & Legal
Week 7 August 12th
Pitching, storytelling and presentation skills
Week 8 - August 19th
Growing/scaling your company, internationalization + crypto
Week 9 - August 26
Pitch Night with Jury and Prizes