validation lab

Program guide

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EdTech is one of the fastest growing industries with data-rich educational platforms being adopted more and more, and a huge growth in investments. In the first edition of the EdTech Validation Lab, three top universities from the Netherlands, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, joined forces with ECE Rotterdam, PLNT Leiden and YES!Delft to positively impact the education system from K-12 to higher education. 

This year, all the Dutch education institutes joined forces and are supporting the EdTech Validation Lab. 

The Acceleration Plan Educational Innovation with ICT is a collaboration of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, The Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, and SURF to maximising the opportunities technology offers high education. This is based on three ambitions: 

  1. To improve the connection to the job market
  2. To make education more flexible
  3. To learn smarter and better with the use of technology 

Startups will get a chance to launch their business through the EdTech Validation Lab with academic experts from corporate partners such as Amazon Web Services, Dutch universities, business experts, and access to testing groups, launching customers and funding possibilities.


Application deadline 20-09-2019
Selection day 08-10-2019
Start date 29-10-2019
End date 14-01-2019


A program supported by the whole Dutch education system through The Acceleration plan Educational Innovation with ICT. A 10-week part time program to find your product-market fit and talk to 100+ potential customers

For who

Startups looking to launch their business with academic e and business experts from the incubators, access to testing groups, launching customers and funding possibilities.


Find your market/product fit, a validated customer segment and a value proposition design to create a positive impact on the whole education system, from K-12 to higher education. 

Thanks to YES!Delft, PlagScan had the opportunity to validate our business model and ideas with a radical new approach that every startup of any age should never forget: get out of the building and validate your ideas; ask your customers and don’t just assume that what you believe is what they need; and learn how to ask the right questions.

I liked contributing as a mentor to the EdTech Validation Lab. It was great to see the different startups explore the possibilities and every week focus more on where they delivered most value. Everyone was enthusiastic, dedicated and I hope they learned a lot from the program. I certainly did!

Davide Filippone

VP of International Sales

Pim Bellinga

Mentor EdTech Validation Program

Ecosystem Partners

Meet our EdTech ecosystem partners that make this Validation Lab possible

SURF edtech yes delft
Vereniging Hogescholen edtech
VSNU edtech YES delft
Amazon web services edtech yes!delft
Acceleration plan Educational Innovation with ICT


Meet our dedicated EdTech mentors that help your startup thrive


Application deadline 20-09-2019
Selection day TBD
Start date 29-10-2019
End date 14-01-2019


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