For Founders

Read more about all the elements involved in our investment procedure and learn how to write a business plan & one-pager!

Who can apply?

(Co)founders must be active students or PhD of Saxion University of Applied Sciences or the University of Twente, or have graduated maximum 1 year ago. Start-ups must be founded and be predominantly operational in the province of Overijssel. 

We are industry agnostic, meaning we do not focus on just one industry. Anyone is welcome! From IT to agriculture, from entertainment to the communication industry. If your idea has potential and can help and improve society in any way, do not hesitate for a moment and share it with us! 

A start-up passes through multiple phases of development and we support them in pre-seed and seed stages as well. 

Prototype 

Pilot project 

Scaling up

If you have just an idea and you need funding to bring it to life we can offer starting capital for materials and software.

If you have already found a launching customer or a company willing to engage with you in a pilot we can support that too.

When you have a validated idea and it’s ready to scale up we will support you in doing  so, with both capital and providing you our extensive network.

DSIF more than an investment fund

Investment Procedure

Dutch Student Investment Fund One-pager

1. Send your one-pager

Explain your idea in one pager and send it over to us. A one-pager is essentially a written pitch for a start-up. It shows in one look what product or service the business proposes and allows us to collect all information we need to start evaluating your idea.

Dutch Student Investment Fund Business plan

2. Send your business plan

When we like what we see we will ask you for a business plan. The plan describes the business strategy in detail. This is the core document by which the potential of a startup and further collaboration with DSIF will be assessed.

Dutch Student Investment Fund Pitch

3. Pitch your idea

When your business plan is solid, we invite your team to pitch the idea. The entire DSIF board is given the opportunity to interact with the startup and raise any final points where there are uncertainties and any other questions.

The duration of the pitch is approximately 10-15 minutes, after which the DSIF board has the opportunity to ask questions (20-30 minutes).

4. Make a deal

After the pitch, your start-up potential is being reviewed among board members. If the decision is to proceed then the terms of the agreement are discussed with you, thorough due diligence is conducted, and the actual investment is done.

 

 

Currently, DSIF invests €5.000-50.000 by means of convertible loans. This means that the invested amount starts off as a loan that needs to be paid back in full plus interest.

The Recommend Guideline for One-pager

Problem

Problem

- What is the problem you are solving?

- How severe is the problem?

Solution

Solution

- What is your solution to the problem?

- Do people need your proposed product/service?

- How do you differentiate from your competitors?

- At what stage is your product?

Target Market

Target Market

- Whom will you target?

- How big is your market?

- Product-market fit?

- What is the demand for your product/service?

Growth & Scalability

Growth & Scalability

- What is your growth potential?

- Does your start-up have an international growth potential?

- How scalable is your start-up?

Team

Team

- Is the team motivated, diverse and competent?

- What are the roles of each person in a start-up?

Financial Model

Financial Model

- What is your funding strategy?

- How much money are you asking for?

- How will you use the money?

- How are you planning to generate revenue?

Milestones

Milestones

- When was the start-up founded?

- In what stage is your product/service?

- Your past acquired investments and potential ones?

= When did you conduct product/service testing? What is its status?

- Your start-up traction/number of users?

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One-pager

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The Recommended Guideline for Business Plan

Start-Up

Start-up Timeline

- What's your start-ups timeline?

- What are your start-up achievements?

- What are the achieved milestones?

- What are future milestones

Team

Team

- Is the team motivated, diverse and competent?

- What is the founding team's background?

- What are the roles of each person in a start-up

- How did the team come to work together

- Who are your advisors and mentors?

Problem

Problem

- What is the problem you are solving?

- How severe is the problem in the local and international settings?

Solution

Solution

- What is your solution to the problem?

- What are your unique selling points?

- Why will customers be interested in your product?

- How do you differentiate from your competitors?

- At what stage is your product?

Product & Technology

Product & Technology

- Who are your local and international competitors?

- What are the focus, size and location of your competitors?

- What is your superior product offering?

- What is your pricing in comparison with your competitors?

- What is your plan to stay ahead of the competition?

Market Opportunity

Market Opportunity

- What is the size of your target market? Does it have a growth potential?

- What is the size of the market?

- What is the national and international growth potential of a market?

- What is the demand for your offering?

- Product-market fit?

Marketing Plan

Marketing Plan

- Who is your target group?

- How will you acquire customers?

- What is your plan for offline and online marketing?

- What is your go-to-market strategy?

Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

- What are the risks regarding the market, finance, team, product/technology and business operations?

- What are the risks in terms of probability of occurrence, impact and risk level?

- How are you going to cope with these risks?

Business Model

Business Model

- What is your business model and how does it work?

- Is your business B2B, B2C, C2C or C2B?

- What is your revenue model? What are your main growth drivers?

- How scalable is the business model?
Types of business models

Financial Overview

Financial Overview

- What are your realistic and optimistic financial projections?

- How do your financial statements look?

- How much does it cost to produce your technology/product?

Funding Strategy

Funding Strategy

- What is the sum of money that you are raising?

- What are your funding goals? How will you spend the money?

- What are your further funding plans?

Current Investors
(if applicable)

Current Investors
(if applicable)

- Who are your current investors?

- How much was invested in your start-up?

- What is your cap table?