Announcing the new PhD Venture Builder Programme in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh & Heriott-Watt University πŸš€

The first pan-european university venture builder and accelerator.
Building startups for a better future.


Our Programme

1. Selection

We recruit the best and brightest students across Europe and help them form teams, develop ideas or build on existing ones. This means we accept all talented students, applying with or without their own idea. The minimum requirement? Business acumen, an entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to see ideas through to their execution. Edventure aims at building world-class teams with a range of complementary skills and abilities to build tomorrow's next big startups.


2. Competition

This is where it gets even more exciting! Teams compete for 10 weeks on the execution of their respective projects, presenting their progress in weekly sessions to the Edventure team and rest of the cohort. The 10-week competition is jam-packed with exciting workshops, personalized mentoring sessions and inspirational guest speakers on a range of pertinent topics for budding startups. The programme promises to be an incredible opportunity to bring to life the ideas of tomorrow.

3. Funding

After working intensively with the teams for 10 weeks, perfecting their pitches and getting them to the best possible position, the most promising startups from the competition will receive a unique opportunity to pitch to top investors. Startups who demonstrated the most progress will receive cash prices.
But Edventure doesn’t end with the last week of the competition. The Edventure team and its ever-growing network will continue to help programme alumni with their ideas for the lifetime of their company.

About Us & Our Mission

We are building Europe's biggest university startup accelerator and venture builder, bringing together the universities' best talents across Europe to solve society's most important challenges

We organize epic events, workshops and talks with experts; share helpful resources and tools; and support our teams throughout their entrepreneurial journey, together with our amazing partners.

Universities are a hotspot for incredible ideas and talent. Edventure is the catalyst for turning those big ideas into an even bigger reality.
Together, we can design a better future and lead the present to reach it.

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Our experts

James Watt

Co-founder & CEO of Brewdog

Gareth Willams

Founder of Skyscanner

Raya Bidshahri

Founder & CEO of Awecademy
One of BBC's 100 most influential and inspirational women of 2019

Bernard Olayo

Founder of the Center for Public Health and Development

Luigi Amati

CEO of META and Chairman of Business Angels Europe

Rafik Abasov

CEO at Parasol Group, ex-BP, HSBC, BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital

Greg Brimble

Product Strategy Software Engineer at Cloudflare

Nigel Eccles

Founder of Flick, co-founder and CEO of Fanduel and Hubdub

Richard Betts

Sustainability Director at KPMG

Steven Drost

Edinburgh Futures Institute, CSO of Codebase, MIT

Roohi Nayak

Ex-Amazon, BP & Barclays

Julia Dahlgren

Data Product Manager at Popcore & Co-Founder at Ceretai

Our technology

edventure is partnering with leading technology companies to offer startups the best tools to build and grow their business.

Participating teams at Edventure will have access to credits and other benefits such as $20000 for Stripe, $5000 for AWS, $1000 for Notion, $2000 for Airtable and 90% off HubSpot.

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Edventure Heracles Cohort

"The best part of the programme was the atmosphere of encouragement with regular deadlines to encourage growth as a team. Also, the mentors were of a high quality and really helpful."

Edventure Heracles Cohort

"I was surprised at how much value I took from it - from the people I met, the skills I learned, to the support I received - I feel much more empowered than before the experience."

Edventure Heracles Cohort

"The speakers were all very inspiring and each was uniquely informative"

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