Validate Your Business Idea

The Rocket Program is a 10-week program consisting of 7 full-day workshops to help starting entrepreneurs focus and validate their business plan.

The program is organized by SBIC Noordwijk and facilitated by a team of innovation consultants of Verhaert. Participants will be coached and supported throughout the program, in order to detail their idea’s added value. This program has evolved throughout the last 15 years, based on SBIC and Verhaert’s experiences with various multi-nationals, start-ups and SME’s.

What will you learn?

EMBRACE YOUR PROBLEM – Understanding your proposition thoroughly, how it delivers the best possible solution for the user and their problem.

CREATE ADDED VALUE – Designing a value proposition which nails the customer problem, validate it and make sure it is easy to understand. Make sure your solution is scalable, unique and fits your target markets.

VALIDATE AND PLAN – Before starting to build you have to validate the concept of your solution with your customers. As a start-up, by definition you’re making many assumptions and you need to validate these as early as possible to avoid spending time and money on building something nobody

Why you should join?

  • A chance to validate your business idea;
  • Small-sized groups;
  • Individual coaching focussed on your specific needs;
  • Prepare for the ESA BIC incubation program.

Who can apply?

  • Entrepreneurial teams of 2-4 persons;
  • Company not older than 3 years;
  • Business idea based on space technologies (including EO or GNSS);
  • EU citizen.


Rocket #1 and #2 are currently ongoing. It is no longer possible to apply for these editions of the program.

Applications for Rocket #3 will be accepted from March 2018. If you are interested in joining the program, please let us know by filling out this form.

The workshops will take place between 2 April and 30 June 2018.

Participation fee

In order to accept you into this unique program, we require your business plan and a participation fee of € 950,- (ex VAT) per team of 2 founders. Any additional team members pay only € 400,-. This covers the costs of facilities, a flex desk, trainers, workshop materials, lunch and drinks.

Please read the General Conditions.