Investor Readiness Program (IRP)

The IRP is specifically designed to provide start-up founders with essential knowledge, skills and practical advice to help them succeed in raising capital.

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Investor Readiness

Welcome to the IRP

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is designed to help startup entrepreneurs understand how to be well-prepared and confident in successfully securing an investment. This practical program offers entrepreneurs insights in the investment landscape, teaches them effective methods to present their business attractively, helps them connect with the right investors and provides guidance to smoothly navigate the funding process.

We offer four enrollment opportunities per year (2 in 2024), with a maximum of 8 participants per edition. The program lasts ten weeks and begins with a personal intake, followed by three workshops provided by experts in the field. In the final weeks, individual coaching sessions are offered tailored to the specific needs of the entrepreneur. The program concludes with a matchmaking event, where participants have the opportunity to get in touch with potential investors.

Who is the IRP for?

Founders of (deep-tech) startups looking for funding.

The program is designed for startups with limited to no experience in the funding landscape (entry level). The IRP is designed to provide startup founders with the critical knowledge, skills and practical advice needed to successfully raise capital.

Investor Readiness Program

The investor readiness track really helped us a lot. During the process you are forced to take a critical look at things that you prefer to put off. Things that still seem far away, or are not yet up for discussion. But that's precisely why this is so good, because the decisions you make now will ultimately determine the future of your company. Read more

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What will you gain from taking part in the IRP?

  • Insights into the various types of investment and investment instruments, including subsidies, loans and risk capital.
  • Understanding of the terminology and dynamics of an investment process and the ability to apply this knowledge accordingly.
  • The ability to create and deliver a pitch deck with customized financials which meet the investors' requirements.
  • Knowledge about key legal documents, such as Term Sheets, Shareholder Agreements, and Intellectual Property.
  • Relationships with relevant regional and international investors.

Program Outline

Intake: Personal development plan
Before you begin the IRP, there is an intake to determine if the program is the right fit for you. Following mutual agreement, we develop a customized plan to help you reach your personal goals.

Workshop 1: Funding Bootcamp (by Thomas Mensink)

What do you need to know before you start raising capital?

  • Discover the various investment options and investment instruments.
  • Gain insights into the process of raising capital, including terminology and valuation.
  • Learn negotiation best practices, including key do's and don'ts.
  • Explore fundraising and exit strategies: determine the ideal investor.
  • Define your long-term goals.

Study Material: Startup Funding, Thomas Mensink, ISBN : 9789083213408

Workshop 2: Business model and finance (to be be determined)

How to build a pitch deck and present financials to convince investors

  • Business model, revenue streams, and pricing strategy.
  • Costs and investments.
  • Financial reporting, including Profit & Loss statements, balance sheets, and cash flow drivers, data points, key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Pitch deck components to craft your pitch deck for success.

Study materials: to be determined.

Workshop 3: Legal (by Sjoerd Mol)

Understanding legal documents

  • Understand term sheets, shareholder agreements, and other legal documentation.
  • Learn strategies to safeguard your technology and navigate intellectual property (IP) concerns, including interactions with universities.
  • Preparing effectively for due diligence processes.

Study Material: Startup Funding, Sjoerd Mol, ISBN : 9789083213408

Workshop 4: Investment Game & Guest Speakers

  • Entrepreneurs participate in a real life investment simulation.
  • Two guest speakers (a founder and an investor) will be invited to share his or her personal experiences about startup investments.

Personal coaching (by our IRP coordinator and experts)
Our personal coaching program is tailor made. Drawing from your personal development plan, we provide support across various areas including refining your business model, perfecting your pitch and negotiating favorable investment terms. Should the need arise, we facilitate connections with the right experts. The end product is a comprehensive pitch deck ready for presentation to investors.

Matchmaking event: investor dinner
At the end of the IRP you will receive an invitation to participate in a matchmaking event, where you will have the opportunity to meet a select group of investors.

Conditions for participation in the IRP

  1. The startup delivers an innovative and scalable product and is impact-driven.
  2. The startup expects to need an investment in the next 12 months.
  3. The startup is incorporated and based in Groningen, Friesland or Drenthe.
  4. The startup has an MVP and a validated business model (Gridt: stage 1, milestone 1).
  5. The startup team has multiple founders/team members.
  6. The startup pays a commitment fee of 250 euros.
  7. Upon completion of the program, the startup shares the results with the IRP organization.
  8. The startup understands that participation in the program does not guarantee success in securing an investment.

Practical information

  • This edition will be taught in English.
  • The Starting date of this edition is May 16, 2024.

Would you like to know if you qualify? Please contact Leonie Ebbes at or +31 (0)6 557 100 20

You can sign up for the program using the form below. After registration we will contact you for an intake interview. NOM will determine whether this program is indeed appropriate for the phase in which your company finds itself.

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