DO!, the centre for entrepreneurship at Ghent University, yearly launches Expedition DO!, a unique 7 month startup programme for entrepreneurial talent.
The mission of the expedition is to support and stimulate Ghent University students and researchers to develop critical entrepreneurial skills to start, build and grow their business idea into a successful startup.
On top of that, the expedition rewards the 3 winning teams with prizes worth € 2.000 each to further boost their business.
Thanks to the help of an extensive network of experts and existing industry accelerator programmes early ideas will be developed into scalable business models. The partners of Expedition DO! will be part of our experts network, inspirational talks and/or jury team throughout the track.
Expedition DO! also prepares its participants for accelerator and incubator programmes outside of the university.
A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.
(John A. Shedd)
Chapter 1: 18 March– 5 July (16 teams)
This chapter is all about validating your idea. We start with a jam-packed bootcamp weekend to kickstart your business. We continue with intensive coaching sessions, inspirational talks, networking opportunities and help you find the best route to get started. The chapter ends with a summer pitch in which you present your progress. Only the teams that prove themselves in this chapter continue the expedition.
Chapter 2: 5 July – 19 September
In this chapter we focus on developing your business concept and preparing your actual startup. We continue with intensive coaching, but you also get access to the online Startup Masterclass and additional thematic content. This will help you define the right business model, find a way to finance your idea and to bring it to the market. We end with another uplifting bootcamp weekend in which all teams will present their progress. Based on these pitches, we select the 8 finalist teams that receive a spot on stage during Expedition DO!’s live closing event, ‘Final Destination Pitch Night’.
Chapter 3: 19 September – 6 October (8 teams)
We focus on pitching and help you create your ultimate presentation to boost your chances of becoming one of the 3 winning teams during ‘Final Destination Pitch Night’. Prepare for lots of pitching, coaching, feedback and on stage rehearsals.
Chapter 4: November (3 teams)
The 3 winning teams head to Slush – one of the biggest startup events in the world – for an inspiring, unforgettable and invaluable entrepreneurial experience. Additionally, 1 research team will be invited for the intake meeting to enter TechTranser’s Venture Track. For more information see ‘Prizes’ below.