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Student startup Stairway to Travel took home a €5.000 cash prize from UvA Holding at the UvA Startup Challenge 2017 finale.

Stairway to Travel founders Bram & Steven

Over the past year, ACE Venture Lab and IXA stimulated startups from each UvA faculty to pitch their ideas during preliminary rounds. From each faculty a jury selected one startup to continue on to the finals. Finalists from the Faculty of Economics & Business, Social Sciences, Science & Informatics, Humanities and Law competed against each other in the Zuiderkerk during the Let's Get Started student career event on 3 May 2017. Stairway to Travel, representing the Faculty of Science & Informatics, took home the € 5,000 prize for their algorithm-based tool for customized travel advice.

Other contestants

  • Faculty of Economics and Business: Soofos, an online marketplace to buy and sell (on- and offline) courses, workshops and training sessions. 
  • Faculty of Humanities: ERIS journal for Humanities, a journal for undergraduate students of humanities, in which students can publish their papers in magazine-format
  • Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences: DENKinstrument, offering workshops and measuring the quality of sleep for schools and businesses
  • Faculty of Law: Lexplain, an online legal app for students.


UvA Startup Challenge is an initiative of UvA Holding, in collaboration with Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and ACE Venture Lab.