Apply before 15 March!

Rocket Program

The Rocket Program is a series of 7 full-day workshops, spread out over 10 weeks, given by industry experts to challenge entrepreneurs during the early stages of their (future) business.

In a small group with fellow entrepreneurs, your ideas will be challenged by innovation experts of Verhaert based on a proven methodology which integrates technology, business and design innovation. At the end of the program you will have developed your business idea, narrowed down your real challenges and validated a viable business strategy.

This program is based on at least 15 years of Verhaert’s industry expertise with various multi-nationals, start-ups and SME’s across various industries, specifically space technologies.

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EMBRACE THE PROBLEM - Grasp your value proposition and understand how to improve it. Which jobs need to be done? What is the best possible solution for your users and their real problems?

CREATE ADDED VALUE - Validate the value proposition which nails the customer's problem. Be sure it is easy to understand. Make sure your solution is scalable, unique and fits your target markets.

VALIDATE AND PLAN - Many start-ups make many assumptions on their business. By validating these as early as possible you avoid spending time and money on building something nobody wants.

Why you should join?

  • The ultimate chance to tap into the knowledge of corporate industry experts;
  • Share your knowledge with others;
  • Small groups of entrepreneurs who all face the same challenges;
  • Individual coaching;
  • Hands on help to prepare for ESA BIC Noordwijk.

Who can apply?

  • Entrepreneurial teams of 2-4 persons;
  • Company not older than 3 years;
  • Business idea based on space technologies (including EO or GNSS);
  • EU citizen.

Application process

Step 1 - Schedule an informal meeting with our community manager Martijn Leinweber by filling out this form. During this meeting, you can learn all you need to know about the program, and how to apply.

Step 2 - Read the the General Conditions.

Step 3 - Download and fill out the application documents. Be sure to finalise your application before the 15 March deadline.

Step 4 - Send your filled-out application documents & annexes to

The workshops will take place between 2 April and 30 June 2018.

Participation fee

In order to accept you into this unique program, we require your business plan and a participation fee of € 950,- (ex VAT) per team of 2 founders. Any additional team members pay only € 400,-. This covers the costs of facilities, a flex desk, trainers, workshop materials, lunch and drinks.

More information

For more information, please call +31(0)71 - 20 20 307.


TechXfer Drinks

on March 29 2018 - 17.00hr

The monthly TechXfer Drinks organized by SBIC Noordwijk & Verhaert are the best networking event for the space business community.

About SBIC

SBIC Noordwijk supports start ups which use space technologies by offering access to an international network, tools,knowledge and finance.


Space Business Innovation Centre Noordwijk

Kapteynstraat 1
2201 BB Noordwijk
T: +31 (0)71 - 20 20 307


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