DELFT, 20 april 2017 – Rabobank and YES!Delft are close partners ever since the start of our incubator in 2005. Both parties announced to prolong their partnership for an undetermined period during the first edition of Meet the Startups – YES!Delft’s new version of LaunchDay. On Thursday the startups of both LaunchLab and the Incubation Program presented themselves to the big audience.
“Rabobank believes in sustainable relations, that is why we were involved with YES!Delft from the start and why we decided to prolong our partnership”, says Fabian van der Horst of Rabobank. “Rabobank wants to empower the economy and is partner in many national and regional initiatives. Being a partner in innovation allows us to help entrepreneurs realise their dreams. That’s what really matters!”
YES!Delft partners are leading firms that help the companies of the future to grow. “Rabobank is one of our oldest and most loyal partners”, Nils Beers of YES!Delft states. “The experts of the bank help our startups by offering knowledge and practical advice, both in the incubator as well as in interesting workshops or courses. This way they really help entrepreneurs move forward.”
Meet the Startups
On April 20 YES!Delft hosted the very first edition of Meet the Startups: a day full of showcasing new ideas, services and products with a strong focus on connecting startups with potential investors and partners.
Last January 9 promising teams of YES!Delft LaunchLab started their startup-journey, in search of the best business models and launching customers. During Meet the Startups all teams presented their first results to the audience. The teams of the YES!Delft Incubation programme also showed their progress. Think: big data solutions for global shipping, sleeping robots and a sun shading system that integrates daylight and solar energy. To facilitate connections even more, startups and investors or partners engaged in four rounds of speed dates where they got the chance to talk business.
On May 31 a new batch of LaunchLab teams will start their journey of validating business models and finding customers. They will present their progress during the second edition of Meet the Startups in August, 2017.
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