Improving city life with innovative concepts

AMS Institute is strongly committed to helping the next generation of ambitious urban and sustainable entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality. With the AMS Startup Booster program, we bring together innovation, education, and science, creating a new vibrant breeding ground for teams working on solutions for the city’s most pressing urban challenges.

“Cities are rapidly changing. To ensure the liveability of cities, solutions need to evolve in an equally rapid manner. Start-ups can quickly scale-up to make a difference.”

Stephan van Dijk

Director of Innovation

From a business idea to a startup in only 4 months

The AMS Startup Booster is an early-stage startup incubator created for students, researchers, and young entrepreneurs who are passionate about developing solutions for urban challenges. We focus on 8 main thematics, namely:

  • Urban Mobility
  • Waste & Circularity
  • Smart City Solutions
  • Smart Infrastructure Solutions
  • Future-proof Infrastructure & Assets
  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Urban Energy

Lasting over 4 months, the next AMS Startup booster edition starts at the end of September and runs until December. The program will be hybrid, mainly digital, and where possible live at AMS Institute.

The call for applications is open from August 1st till September 30th. More info on the program and how to apply here>>

“AMS Institute already guided over 20 startups in their journey to market success. We saw startups going through customer discovery and development, and we witnessed them pitch in front of large audiences and acquire their first customers. Some of the startups experienced funding rounds and hired their first employees. We are excited for the new teams to join us!”

Ioannis Ioannidis

Entrepreneurship Lead

Workshops & Masterclasses by renowned professionals
Through a series of workshops and masterclasses offered by renowned professionals & business experts, we take your startup idea from a concept to a validated business model. Peer-to-peer sessions and 1-on-1 coaching will complete the free services we offer to the selected startups.

  • Research Fundamentals & Problem Definition
  • Market Segmentation & Customer Personas
  • Customer Discovery
  • Value Proposition & Business Model Design
  • MVP Design & Prototyping
  • Experiment Design
  • Pitching

In addition, our complimentary masterclasses will cover topics such as Team Fit & Alignment, Marketing & Branding, IP Rights, Finance & Funding, and many more. Peer-to-peer sessions and 1-on-1 coaching will complete the free services we offer to the selected startups.

“We expect that after our joint journey the teams will be prepped and ready to apply for an incubator, grant or loan or maybe just launch their business.”

Ioannis Ioannidis

Entrepreneurship Lead

Demo Day: Pitch and win prizes during the 'finals'
We close off the program with a Demo Day during which the teams showcase their business ideas and prototypes to a broad audience of experts, investors and entrepreneurs and compete for a list of amazing prizes! Prizes include:

  • Guidance on the design of your feasibility experiment in Marineterrein Living Lab
  • Access to a 5000 euros feasibility grant
  • Access to follow-up programs & funding opportunities
  • Additional customer discovery sessions
  • Continuous coaching & mentoring
  • Office Space & Makerspace
  • Promo material & access to a large network

More Info and Application
Excited to be part of this journey? The call for applications is open from August 1st till September 30th. More information can be found on the AMS Startup Booster page.

More info on the program and how to apply here>>