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The international incubation scheme European Venture Programme takes students and researchers from technical universities on an entrepreneurial expedition. Because why should you start out small when you can immediately make contacts all over Europe? “Often entrepreneurs start in their own region and then go on to grow in their own country and then slowly but surely expand further into Europe”, explains Steven van Huiden, TU/e programme manager of the European Venture Programme. “But that is not always the best strategy. Maybe there is a larger or more suitable market in another country, which enables you to grow much faster as a company.” In order to help the academic entrepreneurs to do this, the EuroTech Universities Alliance set up the EVP. This coalition is made up of six technical universities in Europe and Israel.

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