Investment Ready Program 2018 - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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Looking for the right investor? Learn to think like one! Apply before 3 Dec 2017 at You could become of one the circular startups joining our 12 December selection event. Please note that this is a closed event for the selected startups.


The Investment Ready Program, whose main partner is ING Netherlands, is a five-month peer learning-based accelerator for circular economy solutions. It consists of 12 training days during which we guide you through a systematic review of your business model, strategy and team in order to help them craft a validated growth and investment plan.

This accelerator culminates in a Demo Day, during which the participants pitch to our network of purpose-driven impact investors and funds. Our alumni have collectively raised nearly 8.5 million euro.

What makes the program unique is that, instead of a jury, entrepreneurs themselves crown the program’s winner by ranking each other on fixed criteria. This proven, fully transparent peer-reviewing model generates an intensive learning process: participants engage in a productive feedback cycle and get in-depth knowledge of the other entrepreneurs’ ventures.

Our peer learning model has even helped several of the participants decide to start business collaborations with their peers upon the program’s completion.


Gert van Vugt, Co-founder and CEO, Sustainer Homes: "We were a building company when we started the Investment Ready Program but our coach helped us reorient towards being a ‘software’ business, which sells the design to contractors. This major pivot in our model made us focus on what we’re good at. And thanks to Investment Ready, we received financing from Triodos Bank. We also got the chance to connect to like-minded entrepreneurs, such as fellow participants MgAubel. We’re now exploring the opportunity to kickstart a modular office in their eco materials factory and simultaneously run an experiment for a bigger project."

Anja Cheriakova, Co-founder and CEO, BinBang: "We’re very happy to have been part of the Investment Ready Program, which is the best push when you’re in the scale-up phase. Thanks to our pitch at the Demo Day, we secured meetings with 3 investors and are well on our way to raise our target of €500,000. We also connected to entrepreneurs we are collaborating with, as each other’s customers. For instance, we’re helping fellow Investment Ready participants Kitchen Republic separate organic waste at their food startup incubator, and eco-materials enterprise MgAubel better deal with their office waste collection".