Entrepreneurial Programs

Enterprise Leiden Fund

Luris organises Entrepreneurial programs that offers academics and students access to knowledge, funding and connections. With these programs, Luris creates fruitful conditions for Leiden’s scientific entrepreneurs.

Enterprise Leiden Fund

Do you have a creative, innovative idea for solving a problem? Do you need help developing it into a full business plan? Did you find a gap in the market and are you looking for ways to exploit it? Are you considering turning your brilliant idea into a start-up business, alone or with friends or associates?

Then apply to the Enterprise Leiden Fund! Enterprise Leiden Fund can help you and your idea grow, and can provide the financial and physical resources to turn your business idea into a solid business plan.

What does Enterprise Leiden Fund offer?

The Enterprise Leiden Fund awards loans of up to € 30.000 per project, with a maximum running time of three years.

Firm foundations 
The Enterprise Leiden Fund gives you access to a network of relevant experts and contacts in Dutch and international companies and institutions, both within and outside Leiden. Enterprise Leiden Fund assigns you to experienced business people who are prepared to coach you, act as a mentor and tell you how they did it.

Who is Enterprise Leiden Fund for?

  • You are enterprising, motivated and ambitious.
  • You are itching to start a new business (or to develop an existing initiative into a fully-fledged business).
  • You have a brilliant idea for a product or a process with both a commercial and societal impact.
  • You are about to graduate or have recently graduated.
  • You want to invest in yourself.You have a business plan.
  • You are on the brink of something wonderful.

If you have answered ‘yes’ to more than one of these questions, then Enterprise Leiden Fund is just what you need!

How do you apply?

In your application, describe the problem for which you feel you can offer a solution. Also outline the target market and the potential impact. Then explain your motivation for solving the problem and why you are the ideal person to bring this idea to fruition. Your application should also include a budget and a timescale for achieving the objectives, as well as milestones to measure the achievement of objectives along the way.

For more information, read the conditions of the Enterprise Leiden Fund. 


UNIIQ - Finance for the Future

You have been making some serious progress as a scientist entrepreneur, but at a certain point you find yourself in a gridlock. You lack the equipment to get your technology or knowledge onto the market, or there’s no money to deliver the proof of concept your financers are asking for. UNIIQ is a € 22 million investment fund that helps entrepreneurs in the region of Zuid Holland to get through this crucial phase.

UNIIQ combines the expertise and networks of three top Dutch universities and a regional development agency, where, on the one hand, universities introduce the necessary technological knowledge, and on the other hand, InnovationQuarter brings market knowledge, as well as an extensive network of private investors. This combination makes the ambition behind UNIIQ credible: Innovations come faster to market.

UNIIQ is an alliance between Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus MC. The Leiden University Valorisation Grant Programme has been transitioned into UNIIQ.

website UNIIQ

Do you want to find out more about entrepreneurship in the world of research?

For academics and students at Leiden University or Leiden University Medical Center, Luris regularly organizes additional educational and knowledge events to stimulate entrepreneurship in Leiden.

We are keen to hear about your specific interests so we can tailor the events we organize to suit your needs. Let us know how we can serve you best.