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This programme is dedicated to foster growth for the most exciting entrepreneurs, creatives, and academics in metaverse, XR, nfts, haptics and web3.

IMPULSE is segmented to three categories: ContentSMEs, and Research: Healthcare & Well-being. For each category there are scouting, training, access to market, and nurturing phases involved in the programme. IMPULSE creates an environment for development and facilitating the matching of high-potential projects with their scaling counterpart.

Throughout the IMPULSE programme, attendees will increase their industry connections, their funding potential and further mature their projects. Content creators meet producers or distributors, entrepreneurs be confronted to investors and venture capitalists.

IMPULSE is a partnership between XR4Europe, Laval Virtual, Stereopsia EUROPE, VRDays Europe and IFFR Pro.

Impulse | SME’S

IMPULSE | SMEs connects startups and scaleups with capital, facilitating deal-flow for attending investors and venture capitalists. We are seeking out Europe’s top XR, metaverse, nfts and web3 companies looking for early stage and series A investment to take part in this event.

The selection of startups will be determined by assessment from our partner venture capitalists. The programme to prepare entrepreneurs to face investors, during multiple online sessions over the course of three weeks with mentors, to improve their business proposal, to strengthen products value proposition, and to learn how to best defend a project and a vision.

Chosen companies will be invited to do a live pitch, followed by 1-on-1 meetings.

Accessible to all XR – hardware and software, immersive environments, metaverse – startups and small enterprises, this programme enables meetings with potential investors and VCs to the best scalable ventures.

Impulse | CONTENT

IMPULSE | CONTENT is an initiative that promotes and supports European content creators in their quest to finance their projects.

We are looking for fictional narrative projects, or nonfiction projects with a highly creative approach. We are looking for developed ideas, i.e. a core team confirmed; some budget confirmed; and an initial strategy for marketability and distribution of the project. Above all, we are looking for artists who are dreaming with the medium, and using XR in new and exciting ways.

The FUNDING MARKET is hosted in collaboration with IFFR Pro and presents a total of 10 XR projects. A selection of these projects will be invited to CineMart 2023, the international co-production market of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) where a carefully curated lineup of projects in development are presented to international industry representatives and receive vital mentorship and networking opportunities. FUNDING MARKET has been made possible with the support of Creative Europe MEDIA.

Impulse | RESEARCH: Healthcare & Well-being

Healthcare and well-being is this years’ focus of IMPULSE Research. In this field we see the most interesting advances being made when it comes to XR. This is the space where innovation is having a serious impact, where research, technology and societal benefit meet.

The mission of Impulse RESEARCH: Healthcare & Well-being is to bridge the gap between academia, entrepreneurs and industry. Introducing VR/AR healthcare and well-being startups to a network of entrepreneurs and corporate and institutional investors to support and fast track the ‘make-it-happen’ process.

Each selected project or startup will be assessed by a panel of experts, from healthcare, well-being, academia and industry. Some experts in our panel have excelled both in academia and developed startups, hence are familiar with the difficulty and advantages of both. This is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs who wish to take their project to the next level.

Stand out proposals will be invited to present their work, in a live pitch, followed by 1-on-1 meetings.


Calls open – Now
Calls deadlines – 15 September (SMEs) and 30 September (Content & Research: Healthcare & Well-being)
Acceptance confirmation – TBD
Online masterclasses – 10-14 October 
Stereopsia EUROPE – 17-19 October (Brussels, Belgium)
Immersive Tech Week – 28 November – 2 December (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
CineMart hosted during IFFR – 29 January – 1 February 2023 (Rotterdam)


Participation fee of €300,- when selected. There are no cost involved when applying for the programme.

Included in the participation fee: Online Masterclasses, Stereopsia EUROPE & Immersive Tech Week accreditation, and all networking and B2B activities of both events.