Opportunity for Founders

Be ready for your first fundraising campaign!  

Maastricht University and the House of Startups offer a free spot for a Luxembourgish startup in an educational online simulation game concerning the negotiation of a shareholder agreement for startups. This event is part of the “European Corporate Finance Law Excellence Course”, organized by Maastricht University.

This one-week online simulation game will take place from 12 to 18 April 2021

Participation is free of charge. Full confidentiality as to all the startup's information and their fundraising plans are ensured by a non-disclosure agreement signed by all participants of the simulation game.

​​​​​​​Benefits for the founders

Gaining deep insights on the negotiation of shareholder agreements based on your fundraising campaign
Learn to prepare a first funding round or a follow-up funding round
Understanding which do's and don’ts are essential when negotiating a shareholder agreement with investors
Receive the final template of a shareholder agreement free of charge presented at the end of the simulation game
Engagement with a highly motivated group of international top-students and young professionals with a strong interest in the startup ecosystem
Certificate of participation

The selected startup also has the opportunity to participate the week before in a workshop of a leading expert on the drafting and negotiation of a shareholder agreement (not compulsory and free of charge). 

Commitments by the founders

Time investment of minimum 2 hours per day by at least one founder (more founders and time spent are welcome – it is for your own good) for the participation in the simulation game (the simulation game takes place entirely online, and thus no physical presence is required)
Sharing of information on the startup and the upcoming fundraising round with the participants and the coordinators of the simulation game (non-disclosure agreements bind all participants)

Criteria for participation

You are a startup incorporated in Luxembourg
You have not participated in a fundraising round before
You have foreseen a timely fundraising round in 2021 or beginning 2022
You will provide all the information and are fluent in English

Dates and Application

This one-week online simulation game will take place from 12 to 18 April 2021
Application deadline: 15 March 2021

Applications must be sent to ecfl[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl and host[at]host[dot]lu, including: 

A description of the startup and your upcoming fundraising round
CVs of the founder(s)
A motivation letter explaining why the startup would like to participate


About the organisers

Maastricht University 

The simulation game takes place in the context of the “European Corporate Finance Law Excellence Course”, organized by Maastricht University and top international students and young professionals. The course focuses on corporate finance law from a practical perspective. It is supported by a Jean Monnet grant from the European Commission. Maastricht University ranks 6th in the worldwide Times Higher Education ranking for young universities.

House of Startups 

The House of Startups was set-up in 2017 by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce with the ambition to become a driving force behind the startup and innovation ecosystem in Luxembourg. Our mission is to promote and support the startup ecosystem and the innovation needs of businesses and other organizations.

The House of Startups is also a campus of nearly 6,000 square meters spread out over five floors. It welcomes a diverse startup community and is the home to several innovation hubs, including the Luxembourg-City Incubator, the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology, the Le Village by CA, and the International Climate Finance Accelerator, and over 130 startups, in the heart of the City of Luxembourg.