Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship awards

Are you an entrepreneur with an innovative idea that will transform the way we think about the built environment? This is your chance to boost your business with a grant of up to 30.000 euros!

How can I join?

On Thursday November 24th, BK-Launch hosts the Entrepreneurship Awards 2022 at the faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, powered by the Capriole Foundation. Next to announcing the grantees of the BK-Launch Sart-up Voucher, we will also announce the first edition of the Entrepreneurship Awards: promising and innovative start-ups who will receive vouchers from 500 up to 30.000 euros to continue their entrepreneurial journey. The awards are divided into three categories: concept stage, scale-up and R&D support. This means the awards are open to both younger start-ups and more developed enterprises! 
The call is open to students, and recent graduates from a Dutch University or University of Applied Science with a great entrepreneurial idea or project relevant to the built environment. The ambitious participants will be selected based on their proposal’s innovativeness and societal impact.
The application is open until November 11th and you can find it below. You will be notified of the status of your application on November the 18th. The grantees will be announced during the Entrepreneurship Awards on November the 24th as part of the Entrepreneurship Week at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Award categories

The Capriole Foundations will grant enterprises from all three stages with a monetary prize. These will range from 500 to 30.000 euros, depending on their innovativeness, societal impact and stage. We will ask our applicants to attach a financial plan when they sign up (see form below) for the Entrepreneurship Awards, on which the granted amount will also be based. Once the winning enterprises are granted with their award, there are no further requirements on how to spend the grant. This means the entrepreneurs can both present a specific goal, as well as a much more general purpose for the use of the voucher.

Application form

General information

Award categories

Concept stage:
This category aims at individuals or teams with a great, out-of-the-box, and feasible proposal. In the application process, they will have to provide sufficient information to substantiate the expected feasibility of their proposal, giving reasoning and arguments indicating why and how the proposal can be successful and arguing the innovativeness and societal impact of the proposal itself. The focus points and criteria of this category are therefore as follows:
  • Innovativeness
  • Societal impact
  • Feasibility argumentation
  • Proposal quality and conciseness
  • R&D support:
    This category aims at existing entities developing a particularly complex innovation and looking toward completing the following steps to make their dream a reality. They must have already taken concrete and tangible steps in developing their project/idea. At the same time, their proposal should be passed the concept stage and in development towards launch. This award will make a difference in bringing the project/idea to the public. The focus points and criteria of this category are therefore as follows:
  • Detailed and specific R&D proposal
  • Existing entity
  • Innovativeness
  • Societal impact
  • Feasibility argumentation
  • Proposal quality and conciseness
  • Towards scale-up:
    This category aims at existing business entities that are on the verge of scaling up, have a developed and functioning business model and potentially already served some clients. The teams and/or individuals applying for this category will have to provide sufficient information and argumentation, indicating how they intend to scale up and proving/arguing the feasibility of their current enterprise. The focus points and criteria of this category are therefore as follows:
  • Proof of concept
  • Existing business entity
  • Innovativeness
  • Societal impact
  • Feasibility argumentation
  • Proposal quality and conciseness
  • Motivation and experience

    max 300 words

    Summary of your innovation or business idea

    max 600 words

    Project plan

    max 600 words

    Thank you for submitting your application!

    The application is open until November 11th and you can find it below. You will be notified of the status of your application on November the 18th. The grantees will be announced during the Entrepreneurship Awards on November the 24th as part of the Entrepreneurship Week at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment.

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