Having a startup is all about the drive and ambition to solve a real-world problem. Thinking of a solution and creating a product to go with it might be the easy part. But there is a long road leading to actual market launch. Thankfully there are lots of programmes out there ready to accelerate your startup on its way to success. We’ve got five reasons why your startup should consider applying for an accelerator, like the Startup in Residence Zuid-Holland programme that is about to kick off for the second time.
1: You’re looking for a challenge
Who’s up for a challenge? When you’re full of bright ideas to change the world, you’re halfway there. Now you need to find the demand to suit the supply for your brilliant product. Accelerators often offer challenges that you can take on if you feel ready for it. The Startup in Residence programme has 10 challenges waiting for your ingenuity. The province of Zuid-Holland in The Netherlands currently has many problems for you to solve. These are some examples: Do you have the solution to renovate bridges in a circular way? Does your startup provide the training tools to give workers the skills they need in the 21st century? Can you make cycling safer? Or stimulate young drivers to drive safer? Can you make a CO2-neutral highway? There is even a wildcard challenge. So if your solution is not listed, but would be a perfect fit for Zuid-Holland, there might still be a place for your startup.