The Program

Participants of the Investment Ready Program receive:
  • 12 days of online training and strategy sessions
  • 1-on-1 mentoring from seasoned entrepreneurs
  • 1-on-1 legal coaching from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
  • 1-on-1 coaching from ING finance and investment experts
  • 1-on-1 coaching on business modelling and strategy from Boston Consulting Group
  • Impact Hub Amsterdam membership, which gives access to our global network of impact makers
  • access to our extensive impact investor network
The program

The Investment Ready Program is a unique, 5-month peer-learning program that consists of 12 program days and individual support, leading up to an investor forum, supported by mentors, speakers, content experts and powerful business tools.

A cohort of 10 to 12 selected participants engage in a systematic review of their business strategy, model and team, before crafting a validated growth and investment plan. Our program focuses on proof-of-concept stage ventures (revenue-generating; initial track record). We do not take equity in participating ventures.

Neither the program committee nor a jury selects the “winner” of the program: the participants themselves are the investment committee. They reach their decision by ranking each other on 20+ investment criteria. This tried-and-tested peer-ranking model generates an intensive learning process: participants commit to fully transparent peer-reviewing, engage in a continuous feedback cycle, and develop a deep understanding of their fellow entrepreneurs’ businesses. The program teaches participants to look through the lens of an investor, thoroughly preparing them for the investment process later on.

Demo Day 

All participants pitch their strategy and plan at the final investor forum for which we selectively invite purpose-driven investors and funds. It is our goal that at least 50% of participants achieve their fundraising target through our connections and hit or exceed their growth objectives 12 to 24 months after the program.

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 September
Selection event: Monday 21 September 2020 (evening)
Announcement participants: Thursday 24 September 2020
In-depth intake interviews, TBA
Start program 22 & 23 October 2020 (two-day kick off)
Costs: EUR 1.695.- (ex VAT) 

Program details

Kick off October 2020
Thursday 22 October & Friday 23 October
November 2020
Fri 13, Fri 20, Fri 27
December 2020
Fri 4 Dec, Fri 18 Dec
January 2021
Fri 15 Jan, Fri 22 Jan, Thu 28 en Fri 29
Demo Day 2021
Friday 5 March
Alumni participants
Network of impact investors & intermediaries
Value of received support per participant
Value of investment raised

Investment Ready Program feels like a complete MBA in 4 intense masterclasses. I faced and conquered my shortcomings, learned to use important tools and it helped me persevere. I still benefit from this experience. The Dutch Weed Burger is doing very well. We’ve increased the number of outlets and have recently opened our own restaurant!

Mark Kulsdom, founder The Dutch Weed Burger (participant 2016)