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Startup Idea Program

Launch your startup faster

Part-time  •  4 weeks
 4.8/5 | 100% Completion rate

Learn how to test and validate your startup idea by following a clear step by step process surrounded by a community of founders and mentors.

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Save months of
startup validation
Build a prototype with
no-code tools
Learn how to test
new product ideas
Amadeus Linzer

Amadeus Linzer

"I am still amazed by how much I was able to develop my idea during this startup idea program!

The teams, the facilitators and the virtual work space made for the perfect ecosystem to achieve a lot in little time! 100% will recommend!"

Joris van Huet

Joris van Huët

Founder Oneiroi

"During the program we did some incredibly useful exercises that got me ready to go out there and interview potential prospects about my idea.

The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and that’s why my idea is now a   real business, 1 month after the course. Thanks BUP"

Wilco Visser

Wilco Visser

Entrepreneur

"Buildup Camp taught me how to ideate in a structured approach with some simple, yet effective techniques.

The coaches are very experienced and starting founders will be shown a clear  path to take the first steps for any form of business idea."

Juan Mckenzie

Juan Mckenzie

Founder Krushpot

"I learned how to make my business  challenges smaller and thus manageable.

I came in with an idea that felt like a good one, but I didn’t really know how to get this confirmed."

You'll be in good company.

Our partners help us make startup education available to more founders.

Program overview

Learn by building a prototype to validate your startup idea

Our Startup Validation Program is a four week online program, that covers the most up to date methodologies and tools, provides hands-on mentorship, and step-by-step guides to validate your startup idea.

Our program is open to a limited number of founders/teams that want take the first step in building a startup with confidence, we focus on helping the founders learn the skills needed to test ideas with the market with the right process and mindset.

  • What's included

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    Workshops facilitated by two product designers
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    Mentorship by top professionals
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    Access to our learning modules (5+ hours)
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    Including tutorials on no-code tools
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    Access to a community of founders & mentors
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    Flexible evening schedule
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    Monthly Q&A's with mentors
  • 100%
    Founder Completion rate
  • 4.8/5
    Average activity rating
  • 3
    Successful cohorts hosted

Alumni

Where founders build together

The core of our program is the community of founders you will be working with. Work with founders that are looking to make a transition from their job, that want to go all in on their passion, and that want to bootstrap their startup while they work or study.

Alumni

Luuk Bijleveld

Sales Consultant @Mercell
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Alumni

Nikola Obradovic

CEO @Bridgewater Labs
Alumni

Slobodan Živanov

COO @Bridgewater Labs
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Alumni

Ruud van de Wiel

Corporate Account Manager @Vodafone
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Alumni

Tomislav Valo

Product Designer @Bridgewater Labs
Design sprint
No-code tools
Lean startup
User research
Pitching ideas
Prototyping
User interviews
Business design
Design thinking

Methodology

Accelerate your learning

We have stress tested, iterated and improved our methodology for the past two years to help you go from idea to launch as fast as possible.

We combine different processes and methodologies to help you get there and launch faster.

Curriculum

A 4-week program covering the essentials to take the next step in your startup journey

Our curriculum covers all of the elements to help founders experiment and build a prototype to test their startup idea.

We focus in giving founders a macro overview of the skills needed to build their startup and we get hands-on with our micro-lessons, workshops and mentorship sessions.

Part-time - 4 Weeks

Our program is designed so anyone can join without having to drop work, school, or other commitments. We have flexible evening schedule and building time through out the weeks to help you manage your personal life as you complete our program.

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Preparation Week
Week 1
During this week you will be doing most of the self-learning inside our program, which you study in our learning platform. You will also get a chance to network with the other founders from the program and start building relationships. We will onboard you to our community platform, and lastly we will close the week with a kick-off day.

You'll be asked to complete pre-work using Miro, and Loom to get you up to speed the basics, tools, and principles.

Complete the learning modules
Join the Circle community
Meet other founders
Complete the founder's reading list
Learn the validation foundations
Complete our prep-work checklist
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Validation Sprint
Week 2
During this week we will kick-off the Validation Program, we will working together in the evenings to go through the phases of identifying a problem, ideating and later on defining how we could prototype a solution for these problems.

Research the market
Explore the problem
Define an opportunity
Ideate a solution
Explore prototyping methods
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Validation Sprint
Week 3
During this week we will focus on executing on the prototype idea and making it as clear as possible, we will cover how to approach customers and get their feedback on the prototyped solution, we will also cover how to communicate and pitch startup ideas.

Build your prototype
Talk to customers/users
From data to insight
Pitching startup ideas
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Strategy Sprint
Week 4
During our strategy week we will use all of the information we gathered through validation to develop a minimum viable brand, and also a product roadmap that would help you plan out a clear outline of the next steps for you and your startup.

Define your why, how and what
Define a unique position in the market
Develop a product roadmap
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Monthly Q&As
After Program
Our support doesn't stop after the program is over. We will be hosting monthly Q&A sessions where you can talk to our team, but also to one of our coaches which will be available for questions around your progress. The idea is to get you unstuck, and to give you a chance to keep building relationships with others in the ecosystem.

Meet us once a month to get your questions answered
Join to sessions with our mentors
Keep building your network
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Preparation Week
W1
During this week you will be doing most of the self-learning inside our program, which you study in our learning platform. You will also get a chance to network with the other founders from the program and start building relationships. We will onboard you to our community platform, and lastly we will close the week with a kick-off day.

You'll be asked to complete pre-work using Miro, and Loom to get you up to speed the basics, tools, and principles.

Complete the learning modules
Join the Circle community
Meet other founders
Complete the founder's reading list
Learn the validation foundations
Complete our prep-work checklist
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Validation Sprint
W2
During this week we will kick-off the Validation Program, we will working together in the evenings to go through the phases of identifying a problem, ideating and later on defining how we could prototype a solution for these problems.

Research the market
Explore the problem
Define an opportunity
Ideate a solution
Explore prototyping methods
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Validation Sprint
W3
During this week we will focus on executing on the prototype idea and making it as clear as possible, we will cover how to approach customers and get their feedback on the prototyped solution, we will also cover how to communicate and pitch startup ideas.

Build your prototype
Talk to customers/users
From data to insight
Pitching startup ideas
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Strategy Sprint
W4
During our strategy week we will use all of the information we gathered through validation to develop a minimum viable brand, and also a product roadmap that would help you plan out a clear outline of the next steps for you and your startup.

Define your why, how and what
Define a unique position in the market
Develop a product roadmap
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Monthly Q&As
After Program
Our support doesn't stop after the program is over. We will be hosting monthly Q&A sessions where you can talk to our team, but also to one of our coaches which will be available for questions around your progress. The idea is to get you unstuck, and to give you a chance to keep building relationships with others in the ecosystem.

Meet us once a month to get your questions answered
Join to sessions with our mentors
Keep building your network

Program Schedule

Build it around your work and lifestyle

Our program is designed so anyone can join without having to drop work, school, or other commitments. We have flexible evening schedule and building time through out the weeks to help you manage your personal life as you complete our program.

* Evening schedule applies to the CET Zone.

When we meet we get sh*t done

Our meeting time is to work in high-pace workshops that will help you make the progress you need, that's why is important you came prepare and watch all of the microlessons and tutorials in time. The time you will spend with facilitators, coaches and other founders is for you to make the most out of it.

Preparation Week- Schedule
*CET Zone times provided.
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20:00
Monday
Study Day
18 - 20 Hr.
Watch modules & do Prepwork
Tuesday
Study Day
All day
Watch modules & do Prepwork
Wednesday
Study Day
All day
Watch modules & do Prepwork
Thursday
Founders
Networking
Different times
Pairing with other founders
Friday
Kick off
18 - 20 Hr.
Official start to the program
Weekend
Days off
All day
Rest days
Sprint Week  - Schedule
*CET Zone times provided.
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20:00
Monday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Tuesday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Wednesday
Mentoring session
18 - 20 Hr.
Mentoring sessions with other founders
Thursday
Building
Day
All day
Pairing with other founders
Friday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Weekend
Days off
All day
Rest days
Sprint Week  - Schedule
*CET Zone times provided.
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W
TH
F
WE
18:00




20:00
Monday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Tuesday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Wednesday
Mentoring session
18 - 20 Hr.
Mentoring sessions with other founders
Thursday
Building
Day
All day
Pairing with other founders
Friday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Weekend
Days off
All day
Rest days
Sprint Week  - Schedule
*CET Zone times provided.
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TH
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WE
18:00




20:00
Monday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Tuesday
Building
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All day
Pairing with
other founders
Wednesday
LIVE
Workshop
18 - 20 Hr.
Online workshop with other founders/teams
Thursday
Building
Day
All day
Pairing with other founders
Friday
Demo
Day
18 - 20 Hr.
Closing to our program
End of the
program
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Program Schedule

Top mentors from Europe's startup ecosystem

Get feedback from pros in the field of technology and digital products. Work with top talent that helps you in the process of the design of your business.

Our mentors work in the intersection of innovation, marketing and tech to help you take the right steps.
Jair Halevi
Mentor

Jaïr Halevi

Startup Program Manager
Miro
Stefan Buijsingh
Mentor

Stefan Buijsingh

Business Designer
Business Models Inc.
Simone Demelas
Mentor

Simone Demelas

Director
Founder Boost Italy
Max Tilli
Mentor

Max Tilli

Founder
Igne
Jon Evans
Mentor

Jon Evans

Copywriter for Tech companies
Jim Zarkadas Mentor
Mentor

Jim Zarkadas

Founder
Thinkoutloud.io

No-code tools

Build your startup with no-code tools

We help you design a prototype using no-code tools and show you how these tools can save you time in and resources in product development while taking the first steps.

Our entire program is built on the basis of helping founders launch something tangible into the market, whether that is a product or a service.

Miro

Real-time whiteboard used by hybrid teams to brainstorm and collaborate in workshops.

Figma

A web based design tool with real-time collaboration

Notion

All-in-one workspace for hybrid teams to organise their work.

Carrd

Simple. Start with one of dozens of templates for landing pages, and make it your own.

Airtable

A low-code platform for building collaborative apps. Customise your workflow, and collaborate.

Bubble

Real-time whiteboard used by hybrid teams to brainstorm and collaborate in workshops.

Perks

Get over €5,000 in perks from our partners

By joining our program you will get access to our deals in some of the hottest tools in the startup ecosystem. Our partners support early-stage founders by providing free access and special pricing to their tools.

Facilitators

Workshops facilitated by our team

Andres Campo

Andres Campo

Andres is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at the Rotterdam Business School (RUAS). He is a certified Design Sprint Facilitator, and he is also a facilitator for the largest Startup Community in the world Techstars Startup Weekend.
Arthur von Kriegenbergh

Arthur von Kriegenbergh

Arthur helps corporates to work like startups, and startups to launch successfully. He has run 60+ Design Sprints for companies like BMW and ING, and has a YouTube channel about workshops.

A message from the facilitators:

How often do you think about a Startup idea for months, but you never get to action, then a couple of years later, you read in the news that someone raised capital and are successful with the same idea you had?

We believe every founder has at least one story like that. When talking to early-stage founders, we realized how difficult it was to get it right, and how crucial this early stage was.  Founders have shared with us their challenges:

- "I don't know what's the first step is to build my startup"
- "How can I test I have a good idea?"
- "Should I build something now or find a co-founder?"

We decided to start a journey to help founders and Startup teams in their entrepreneurial path. In the last two years, our approach has helped 50+ early-stage founders test their Startup ideas successfully. We'd love to help you launch your Startup better and faster.
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Next program dates

Grab a spot in our upcoming program

Our programs have limited seats to ensure that we provide the best experience to founders and startup teams. Grab a sit now before they are gone.

May 2nd - May 27th

Startup Validation Program (Spring 22')

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (Evenings) • 6-8pm CET

15 seats left

October 10th - November 4th

Startup Validation Program (Summer 22')

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (Evenings) • 6-8pm CET

Opening soon

Program cost

Pricing

Our programs are tailored for solo founders and startup teams. The price below covers the attendance of a two founders per Startup team. Get access to our program and further support with our monthly Q&A's.

Payment Plan

3 Payments
311/ Month
Total price: €935
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    Access to two founders per team
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    Four-weeks hands-on program
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    20 HR+ of focused work
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    Mentorship with top talent
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    Life-long access to our learning platform
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    Life-long access to our community
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    Over €3,000 worth of perks
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    After program monthly LIVE Q&A
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One time payment

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    Access to two founders per team
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    Four-weeks hands-on program
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    20 HR+ of focused work
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    Mentorship with top talent
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    Life-long access to our learning platform
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    Life-long access to our community
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    Over €5,000 worth of perks
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    After program monthly LIVE Q&A
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Talk with us

Want more info?

Schedule a virtual coffee with us and we can go over your Startup idea together and see how we can help you.

Alumni

FAQ

Got a question you don't see an answer for?
Email us at contact@buildupcamp.com

Who is this program for?

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This program is ideal for Startup founders that are looking to validate their Startup idea.. In the process of building the best way to help founders and Startup teams we realized we have a formula that helps a wider range of professionals working in Product Validation.

Made with love for:

- Solo Founder
- Startup Teams
- Product Managers
- Intrapreneurs
- Innovation teams

What would be the outcome of this program?

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By the end of this program you will have a working prototype, and some market insights collected first hand by following a proven process. You will come out as a better idea tester and you will understand how to develop validation experiments and go from idea to first signal.


Learn how to:

- Design validation experiments
- Build Prototypes
- Use No-code tools
- Get market data & insights

How long is the Startup Idea Program?

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The Validation Sprint it's a four-week evening program with a total commitment of around 30 hours, our program has a mix of self learning, workshops, coaching and building time.

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- Highly effective workshops
- Our program is hands-on and practice oriented
- No excuses just focus

How many people can join per Startup Team?

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Our pricing includes access for more than one founder for now. The price covers up to 2 members per team. Which means that if you pay for a ticket you can bring along a max another co-founder.