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.

We offer

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.

Innovation Consultants

Participants will be coached by Filiep Dewitte (Innovation & Design Consultant), Zane Smilga (Innovation Lab Coordinator), Michiel Cambron (Technology Transfer Consultant) and Stijn Smet (Innovation Consultant).

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.


Rocket #1 and #2 are currently ongoing. It is no longer possible to apply for these editions of the program.

Applications for Rocket #3 will be accepted from March 2018. If you are interested in joining the program, please let us know by filling out this form.

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.

Please read the General Conditions.

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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