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Next Valley

Next Valley is a 12-month coaching programme by our partner Frank & the Backs, created for ambitious founders looking for guidance without the typical pressure of an all-in startup programme.

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Egbert Ottevanger

Director Frank & the Backs

A 12-month coaching programme, created for ambitious founders looking for guidance without the typical pressure of an all-in startup programme.

Next Valley is provided by our partner Frank & the Backs.

Why Next Valley?

Frank & the Backs stands out from other certified visa facilitators through our unique focus and extensive experience. Our experience as a facilitator is well-established, having worked with over 100 startups across various sectors, showcasing our sector-agnostic approach. We are proud of our proven support program, 'Next Valley,' which not only includes business coaching but also offers soft relocation and legal support, ensuring a comprehensive service package for our clients.

Another key differentiator is our large mentor community, comprising 35 C-level professionals who provide personalised attention through 1-on-1 biweekly meetings. This tailored approach ensures that each startup receives the mentorship and support it needs to thrive in the Dutch market.

How It Works: The Founder-Coach Relationship

At the core of the programme is the founder-coach relationship. The role of a coach is different from that of a mentor. While a typical mentor can be consulted for general advice in an ad-hoc manner, a coach supports the founder in reaching a specific goal or improving specific skills that the coach has expertise in. As such, coaching has a start and end date, a specific goal to reach at the end of the programme, and follows a structured, tailored and ongoing framework to get there.

Who can apply for this programme?

  • You are a startup that solves a significant problem in society and drives positive change in the world
  • You are looking for support in a specific area (marketing, funding, etc.)
  • Your team consists of minimum 2 people
  • Your startup can be at any stage of their journey
  • Your startup can be from any location and background

Example Coaches

Egbert Ottevanger is a specialist in innovation, implementation of new technologies, and management issues. With 25 years of international experience in these fields, as well as being an entrepreneur himself, he has built a strong global network that he leverages when supporting programme founders. He has supported several Next Valley startups as a coach.

Robert Jan Van Melsen is an energy professional with experience spanning across business development, project management, and venture management. He has strong relationship skills, a performance mindset, and a structured framework to guide entrepreneurs towards their goals. As part of the Next Valley programme, he has supported SpectX.

Business Coaching

€ 6.000, (excl. VAT) or € 585,- (excl. VAT) / month/ team

Startup Visa Application Support

€ 560,- (excl. VAT) / founder or € 810,- (excl. VAT) / family

  • *Visa Facilitation needs to be accompanied by a programme provided by the facilitator. You can choose between Next Valley, Altitude, Basecamp year membership
  • **Additional Cost - Office Space at One of the Hubs: Prices vary

Supported Startups

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The 3 Pillars of the Programme

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Dedicated coach

Based on the specific needs and goals of the startup, the startup will be matched with a dedicated business coach. The coach will challenge the startup, reflect on their decisions, and connect the startup to relevant stakeholders.

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Kick-off session

Once the match has been made, a kick-off session marks the start of the collaboration. A deeper understanding of the startup's needs is realised, and the joint objective and roadmap for the 12 months are set.

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Ongoing, tailored coach meetings

Ongoing, tailored support will be provided by the coach. In principle, the startup and coach will have contact, either face-to-face or virtually, at least once every three weeks, preferably bi-weekly.

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What can I expect?

During the visa application, the relocation and the support programme you will receive additional guidance on: legal setup, taxation, finding an address, registration, medical and educational resources, partnerships with co-working office spaces, etc.

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Previous Alumni

Making it Possible: Drones with X-ray Vision

SpectX develops drones with X-ray vision to detect internal defects in hard-to-reach infrastructure, such as wind turbines. After completing the Next Valley programme, the company received a €1.74 million grant from RVO, formed a pilot consortium with Avular Robotics and the Eindhoven University of Technology, and founder Akhilesh Goveas was nominated for the MIT Innovators under 35 Europe.

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Akhilesh Goveas


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