Dr. Alexander Kostenko’s tips for creating a start-up

What are the first steps when beginning a start-up?

IXA sat down with postdoctoral researcher and entrepreneur Alexander Kostenko to obtain advice for starting academic entrepreneurs.

Starting a company is “really hard,” explains Alexander Kostenko with a smile. Alexander found his start-up Photosynthetic in 2019 so he could build high-end 3D printers that make micron-sized objects really fast.

In the beginning “you have no idea how setting up a start-up works and you have to solve all kinds of problems; finding money and people, organising and managing your company and studying the market and talking to potential customers.” Yet, Alexander wouldn’t want to do anything else, as it is his dream to “have a team of researchers who do something completely new with the purpose of making a real product and making it work.”

Join programs and initiatives
Alexander explains that there are various programs and initiatives at universities that create the opportunity to start a company.

The academic pre-incubator at VU Demonstrator Lab gave Alexander for example “a chance” to explore if his idea for a 3D printer could work. “Demonstrator lab gives you the space to come in and have a desk where you can assemble something with some tools”, says Alexander. “Without Demonstrator Lab we wouldn’t have been able to do anything.”

Alexander also joined ACE, the incubator of the Amsterdam knowledge institutes. “ACE is a really good crash course for scientists that never read any kind of literature about how to become an entrepreneur or how to start a business,” notes Alexander. “They will connect you to experts and there is a chance one of those experts proposes to become your partner. They definitely help you to start growing your network.”

Currently, Photosynthetic is based at the Amsterdam Venture Studios (AVS) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. AVS provides, among other things, work spaces and research facilities. “At AVS, we pay way less than, for instance, what we would have paid in the Science Park campus. If we would have paid the market price for a lab space in Amsterdam, we would just not be able to afford it. So I think, unless such organizations exist, you just could not afford to start, even if you have a great idea.”

Be persistent, but flexible
When you set up a company as a researcher, you have to accept that you cannot predict how your journey will unfold. “My learning is that you run into all these unexpected problems,” says Alexander. “You have to be stubborn to not be stopped by that. Gradually you will solve the problems that occur.”

In the first year, Alexander ran into a major obstacle when he was patenting his idea for a high-speed 3D printer. He discovered that two prominent research groups were independently patenting ideas for a similar kind of 3D printer. Alexander was “really upset for a day or two.” Yet, he did not let himself be deterred and decided to alter his idea.

Instead of focussing on making a 3D printer that was really fast, he started working on a 3D printer that could make very small objects. Eventually, Alexanders new idea turned out to have a greater market potential than his original idea.

Take your chance
What last advice does Alexander have for academics that are thinking about creating a start-up? “Don’t think too much about the uncertainties,” says Alexander laughing. “Be foolish enough to start!”

If you think about starting your own company, if you have any more questions or if you would like to know more about Demonstrator Lab, ACE or AVS, please contact us.

 

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Digi.bio and NextRound are selected to compete with 18 other startups by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI) and Techleap to compete in the finals of the second edition of the Academic Startup Competition. The 20 startups were nominated from no fewer than an astounding […]

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The competition offers the selected academic startups the chance to follow a customized incubator program and accelerate their business. The startups are in the race to become one of the winners  and participate in an unique program of workshops, promotion track and peer to peer learning to help the founders to accelerate the growth and […]

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Amsterdam Venture Studio’s startup Findest scouts technologies by using IGOR^AI. A Finnish electricity grid operator Fingrid Oyj used IGOR^AI to find out how they could increase the transmission capacity or eliminate bottlenecks. In Fingrid magazine the company shared their experience, arguing that “[IGOR^AI] is one of the first applications to really demonstrate how artificial intelligence […]

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AVS start-ups continue to develop despite COVID-19

Start-ups and spin-offs affiliated to the Amsterdam Venture Studios establish new partnerships, keep developing and adjusting their innovative products and continue to take the stage in events, despite the disruptive changes the COVID-19 pandemic made in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Partnerships Establishing new partnerships is important for start-ups. Through partnerships, start-ups can develop their market strategy […]

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LUMICKS, a spin-off of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is pleased to announce a collaboration agreement with clinical-stage biotech company Leucid Bio, which seeks to utilize LUMICKS’ z-Movi® Cell Avidity Analyzer (z-Movi) to accelerate entry of immunotherapeutic candidates into clinical trials. The goal of the partnership is to evaluate the efficacy of Leucid Bio’s next-generation chimeric antigen […]

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On Friday November 20 State Secretary Mona Keijzer launched the national SME workshops digitization. The State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate talked to SME entrepreneurs and students. During the online event, Mona Keijzer launched the SME workshops by offering them to MKB Nederland. The majority of SME entrepreneurs are aware of the opportunities and […]

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The ten winners of the prestigious Academic Startup Competition 2020 can use the title ‘Best Academic Startup of 2020’ for the coming year. The winning startups were chosen by an expert jury after a thrilling final in which all 20 finalists were asked to pitch. The ten winners were chosen on the basis of their value proposition, the […]

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PacingCure wins the Venture Challenge 2020

Amsterdam UMC spin-off PacingCure is the winner of the Venture Challenge at the online edition of the Dutch Life Science Conference on the 26th of November. PacingCure develops precision gene therapies for common cardiac arrhythmias and cardiomyopathies, aiming to restore the natural pacing of the heart. The company is founded on combined research from the […]

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LUMICKS and LAVA Therapeutics enter collaboration to characterize its tumor-specific γδ T-cell engagers

In their quest of creating safe and effective immunotherapy cancer treatments, VU spinoff LUMICKS and Amsterdam UMC spinoff LAVA Therapeutics joined forces. The partnership aims to evaluate the efficacy of various tumor-specific γδ T-cell engagers based on the resulting binding strengths (cell avidity) between T cells and tumors, measured with LUMICKS newly installed z-Movi® Cell […]

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Regional finalists Health Innovation award

Program 16.00 – 16.10: Welcome by Jeroen Maas of the Amsterdam Economic Board 16.10 – 16.25: Winnaar regionale voorronde 2020 16.25 – 17.00: Pitches regionale voorronde Zorginnovatieprijs 17.00 – 17.20: Key Note 17.20 – 17.40: Ontknoping voorronde & publiekstemming wildcard 17.40 – 18.00: Afronding en netwerken

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Free workshop “Pitch with Power”

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ACE (Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship) supports students, graduates, researchers and academics who are starting or growing their tech or science based business. Their help consists of training & coaching and introductions to their extensive network of industry leaders, business professionals, investors and service providers. By supporting knowledge-based startups. ACEd strives to build a learning ground […]

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Our science based startups are continuously looking for early-stage investments to help their companies grow. We believe that economic and social prosperity occur because founders are able to make a lasting positive impact by creating cutting edge science and innovation, jobs and revenue. Since our ecosystem spans research fields from medicine to law, from AI […]

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Law Hub launches start-up fund

Law Hub offers entrepreneurs investments of €2.500 to develop an innovative justice product or start-up idea.

Law Hub launches start-up fund

Scientists at VU Amsterdam launch spin-off Incircular

Incircular BV was founded by three (bio)chemists at VU Amsterdam who have developed a novel technology for stabilizing proteins: INCYPRO. In their recently launched spin-off, Saskia Neubacher, Sven Hennig and Tom Grossmann will use this technology to stabilize proteins for applications in drug development, diagnostic testing, and biocatalysis. INCYPRO-stabilized proteins Proteins are a class of […]

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Gymstory moves into Amsterdam Venture Studios @ VUcampus

We are always over the moon when a startup moves through our ecosystem. Graduated from ACE Incubator, sport tech startup Gymstory moves into our VU Campus location.

Gymstory moves into Amsterdam Venture Studios @VU Campus

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Amsterdam Venture Studios launches yearly startup book

The first edition of the Amsterdam Venture Studios startup book will bed dedicated to Amsterdam based startup founders connected to the academic knowledge institutes. We are proud of all this talent, who play such an important role in creating much-needed solutions. The startup book can help  forge connections between founders, potential employees, corporate or government […]

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Optics11 and Optics11 Life secure funding to accelerate growth

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Get to know VU Amsterdam Startup Digi.Bio

Gold Award Winner at Academic Startup Competition and participant in the Digital Mission West Coast USA. Digi.Bio works at the intersection of biology, computation and engineering to develop faster and smarter automation tools that accelerate life science discoveries. MT/Sprout made an interesting video portrait of the award-winning startup. According to co-founder Sabrina Zaini, the VU […]

Get to know VU Amsterdam Startup Digi.Bio

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VU spin-off Lumicks raises $93 million for further development of next generation instruments

With an investment of 78 million euros, the Amsterdam-based medical high-tech company LUMICKS is taking a big step forward in the further development of the next generation of instruments for biological research and drug development. The company started in 2014 in the basement of VU Amsterdam. The company now almost has one hundred and fifty […]

VU spin-off Lumicks raises $93 million for further development of next generation instruments

Optics11 and Optics11 Life secure funding to accelerate growth

Optics11 and Optics11 Life have secured funding from Rabobank. The funding will be used to strongly accelerate growth across global markets, to further build the team for the future and to strategically expand the high-tech product portfolios of both business units. “This is the right moment to pick up the pace. Rabobank’s funding helps us […]

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AMC spin-off SuperSeton prepares for US market

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AMC spin-off SuperSeton prepares for US market

SuperSeton had its best quarter ever despite COVID-19. The spin-off developed a tool to close setons for Fistula treatment without a knot, preventing irritation and discomfort for patients. SuperSeton is distributed in Europe and beyond. Because of its success, the spin-off prepares to expand their reach and launch in the US.

VU start-up Lalaland.ai starts collaboration with Wehkamp

VU alumni International Business Administration Michael Musandu and Ugnius Rimsa founded Lalaland in 2019. The start-up generates and hyper personalizes full human body models from head to toe by using AI. As a result, models are available in different ethnicities, sizes and ages, allowing customers to always recognize themselves in the clothing of their choice. […]

VU start-up Lalaland.ai starts collaboration with Wehkamp

Partners

Amsterdam Venture Studios manages numerous relations with partners. Innovative companies that want to engage with our startups. Partnerships can have numerous forms. Partners can be companies looking to meet startups to use their products and services, or companies looking to find promising early-stage companies whose solutions meet their innovation and investment goals. For a list […]

Owlup

OwlUp is a video based educational platform startup dedicated to fundraising. It is set to go live in April 2022. It will have the following features for startups: 300 video questions from investors (series of 10, 20, 30 video questions from investors with 30 sec to reply between each question) video recording of the answers […]

NewBorn Ventures

NewBorn Ventures is an in-house venture studio backed by a family of creative agencies. They invest their experience, expertise and building power to help startups build their digital products & services, branding and marketing. You can pay them to do so, or if they believ in the concept they can turn that into “sweat equity” […]

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Leapfunder Round Table x Amsterdam Venture Studios

An Amsterdam Venture Studios special of a Round Table Session by Leapfunder will be hosted on July 2nd. A great way for our startups to meet potential investors.

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Leapfunder Round Table session for our startups

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VU alumnus startup listed in top 5 startups MT/Sprout

GymStory – co-founded by VU Amsterdam alumnus Business Administration Lars van der Wal – has been named by MT/Sprout in the top 5 startups working hard from the Netherlands to conquer the sports world! GymStory (resident of Amsterdam Venture Studios on VU Campus) makes it easy to keep track of fitness activities and share them with others: a kind of […]

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VU alumni tech startup selected by Google’s Black Founder Fund

Recently, Google for Startups announced that startup Lalaland.ai – co-founded by VU Amsterdam alumni International Business Administration Michael Musandu and Ugnius Rimsa – was one of the 30 selected for Google’s Black Founder Fund. Lalaland generates and hyper personalizes fully human body models using Artificial Intelligence. In October 2020, the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund announced a $2 million initiative […]

VU alumni tech startup selected by Google’s Black Founder Fund

VU alumnus startup listed in top 5 startups MT/Sprout

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Met de Fitkit ontdek je in 15 minuten hoe jij gezond ouder kunt worden

Doorstart voor veertigplussers, na ‘corona’ Gezond ouder worden willen we allemaal. Hoe we dat doen, verschilt van persoon tot persoon. Wat voor de één werkt, werkt voor de ander niet. Voor veel mensen is het echter niet eenvoudig om te bedenken met welke leefstijl zij het beste gezond ouder worden. De Amsterdamse start-up Fitsurance ontwikkelde […]

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Dr. Alexander Kostenko’s tips for creating a start-up

What are the first steps when beginning a start-up? IXA sat down with postdoctoral researcher and entrepreneur Alexander Kostenko to obtain advice for starting academic entrepreneurs. Starting a company is “really hard,” explains Alexander Kostenko with a smile. Alexander found his start-up Photosynthetic in 2019 so he could build high-end 3D printers that make micron-sized objects […]

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MIT subsidy for analysis of smart system for exercise motivation

Start-up Verides wins ING circulair entrepreneurship award

VU start-up NextRound secures funding

VU start-up NextRound received funding of the government initiative Sportinnovator. NextRound develops a smart boxing bag that enables gamification of workouts. This makes training more fun and effective. With the funding, NextRound will now work together with the VU and Vechtsportautoriteit to study how the boxing bag can make an impact on the world of […]

VU start-up NextRound secures funding

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UvA 3MT Finale

Op 7 september 2021 nemen twaalf PhD’s van de Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid, Economie en Bedrijfskunde, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen en de Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica het tegen elkaar op tijdens de UvA-pitchcompetitie. Deze pitchcompetitie, onder de noemer “Three Minute Thesis” competitie (3MT), is ooit ontwikkeld door de Universiteit van Queensland en wordt jaarlijks door […]

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LUMICKS, Photanol and Optics11 in top 250 scale-ups

VU spin-offs LUMICKS and Optics11 and UvA spin-off Photanol are in the top 250 scale ups in the Netherlands. The Top 250 Scale-ups is made up of the 250 Dutch companies that grew the most in turnover and/or employees during the period 2016 until 2019. LUMICKS, Optics11 and Photanol have grown as companies despite of […]

LUMICKS, Photanol and Optics11 in top 250 scale-ups

Start-up Verides wins ING circulair entrepreneurship award

Start-up Verides has won the ING Circulair ondernemenprijs. Verides is developing a device that could revolutionize the recycling industry. Recycling plastic is only possible by using high-quality plastic. But separating top quality plastics from lower quality plastics has proven to be very hard. Verides has now developed a device that solves this problem. The start-up […]

MIT subsidy for analysis of smart system for exercise motivation

Fitsurance was awarded RVO MIT feasibility subsidy from Provincie Noord Holland. With this subsidy Fitsurance will investigate the feasibility of a Reinforcement Learning system that analyzes the best method to motivate someone to exercise more. The software is intended for patients with a metabolic disease and for healthy people to prevent metabolic diseases. The feasibility […]

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ACE Incubation Program

ACE is the university incubator in Amsterdam and is powered by UvA, VU, HvA and Amsterdam UMC. Twice a year, ACE selects a batch of students, researchers and academics that have an innovative startup (idea). Through the bi-annual incubation program, ACE offers support to become sustainable high growth ventures within 10 weeks. Are you a […]

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Festive finale AmSIA 2021

During the finale, the winners of the Innovation Award and Impact Award will be announced!

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Presenting the finalists of the AmSIA 2021

The finalists for the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2021 are presented. The jury, led by Gigi Wang, and the public have selected nine finalists for the Innovation Award from all submissions from the Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes. The innovations and new technologies offer innovative solutions for a wide range of social issues. The finalists […]

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Dr. Alexander Kostenko’s tips for creating a start-up

ChloroSpec, the newest spin-off of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The project ChloroSpec, initiated by Alfred Holzwarth and Roberta Croce, establishes as BV. Lead by Peter Kievit (serial entrepreneur), ChloroSpec is a developer of plant health and stress analysis systems. ChloroSpec has developed a new technology that should become the gold standard in chlorophyll fluorescence monitoring of plants and algae, and analyzes how plants respond […]

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Innovation and Partnership

Our science based startups are continuously looking for early-stage investments to help their companies grow. We believe that economic and social prosperity occur because founders are able to make a lasting positive impact by creating cutting edge science and innovation, jobs and revenue. Since our ecosystem spans research fields from medicine to law, from AI […]

ChloroSpec, the newest spin-off of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Need free legal advice for your Startup?

In collaboration with Pro Bono Connect, 16 Zuidas offices, StartupAmsterdam and Uber, we will be kicking off this first Incuboater on Thursday 21 October, where we will be providing legal advice to start-ups by boat. With the city of Amsterdam as our backdrop, we will be mooring at three iconic spots. Each location represents its own applicable […]

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