Rocket Program

The Rocket Program is a series of 7 full-day workshops to help starting entrepreneurs focus and validate their business plan.

Together with a dedicated team of innovation consultants of Verhaert, participants will be coached and supported throughout the program, in order to detail their idea’s added value. This program has evolved throughout the last 15 years, based on Verhaert’s experiences with various multi-nationals, start-ups and SME’s.

What will you learn?

EMBRACE YOUR PROBLEM - Understanding your proposition thoroughly, how it delivers the best possible solution for the user and their problem.

CREATE ADDED VALUE - Designing a value proposition which nails the customer problem, validate it and make sure it is easy to understand. Make sure your solution is scalable, unique and fits your target markets.

VALIDATE AND PLAN - Before starting to build you have to validate the concept of your solution with your customers. As a start-up, by definition you’re making many assumptions and you need to validate these as early as possible to avoid spending time and money on building something nobody

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?

  • Validate
  • Small size groups
  • Individual Coaching focussed at your needs
  • 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 technology;
  • A product-market fit and space connection needs to be validated
  • EU citizen.



11 October - Deadline to submit your application

27 October - Applicants are informed whether they have been selected

The workshops are taken place between 13 November and 2 March


To participate in this unique program, we require your business plan and a participation fee of € 250,- (ex VAT) per teammember to cover the costs of the facilities and catering.

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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