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Vacancy: Community Manager The Hague

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Community Manager for our The Hague office!(0,8-1,0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world. YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their entrepreneurial journey. Our services turn promising tech-ideas into solid startups and help them grow into successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

  • YES!Delft The HagueYES!Delft’s new Digital Hub opened early 2019 in The Hague – focused on establishing a vibrant ecosystem for startups creating solutions based on technologies such as AI & Blockchain. Our ecosystem clearly goes well beyond the startups involved, also building strong links to industry, government, knowledge institutions and other initiatives.To further build up the ecosystem, there is an opportunity for an outgoing, service-minded community focal point to join our team – a colleague who simply “gets things done” whilst ensuring a positive and sharing attitude within our expanding communityThe Community Manager is responsible for both community and office management:
    • Being the trusted central point of contact for the community/ecosystem, representing YES!Delft as needed
    • Organizing community-building activities, such as meetups, events, social activities etc
    • Ensuring good communications both on & offline, and that the new community members can easily and quickly find their way around
    • Managing the office environment, ensuring that core functions like access control, ICT, interaction with reception, etc, are all effectively and responsively managed

    The role is part of both a local and a wider team, so to be carried out in close cooperation with YES!Delft team members in both our locations in The Hague and Delft.

    Profile:

    Required:

    • minimum HBO (Bachelor) degree
    • minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience
    • Excellent communication skills both in Dutch and in English
    • Strong presentation skills, particularly re leading events
    • Self-starting attitude
    • 4 days/week minimum

    Beneficial:

    • experience with startups (hubs)
    • experience with community building
    • international experience
    • living in The Hague
    • Affinity with technology (startups)

    We offer you

    A world-class incubator: An inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself in a unique way and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve our services wherever you see fit. You will work with a diverse, driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity in the Netherlands to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship. Of course, a one-year contract, laptop, and mobile phone are a given and free domibos on location are a bonus.

    HOW TO APPLY
    We look forward to your motivation letter and CV in English. Please send your application to ras@yesdelft.nl in the attention of Ras Lalmy before November 30.

EIT Health Validation Lab

For 10 medtech startups, the EIT Health Validation Lab is over and the journey begins

The fifth edition of the EIT Health Validation Lab came to an end for 10 startups at YES!Delft this week. The Pitch Day marked the close of the two-month program and brought a number of highlights with it. The event, which welcomed more than 100 guests, gave a platform to all participating startups to pitch their business idea in front of a jury, with KroniKare emerging as the big winner and both Slam Ortho and VitalFlap as the runners-up. 

Over the course of eight weeks, the medtech startups got the opportunity to travel across the Netherlands and Europe to validate their business case. Meeting up with experts at leading universities, healthcare companies and hospitals such as Reinier de Graff in Delft, Haaglanden MC in The Hague, HealthValley Nijmegen and the Leiden Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PLNT), they tested the market potential of their ideas.

Kronikare, the winner of this edition, is a startup developing a wound scanner that uses AI to automate the process of wound assessment to just 30 seconds. By providing a real-time solution, the team hopes to give clinicians more time and less effort to improve their work. 

“It is brilliant how much the pitches improved since I saw the startups in our hospital just a few weeks ago,” said Marten van der Elst, one of the jury members, working at Reinier de Graaf. 

As the winner of the pitch competition, KroniKare will get a ticket to this year’s edition of the EIT Health Summit, which will take place on December 2-3 in Paris, France.

 

EIT Health Validation Lab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health and combines YES!Delft’s startup expertise with extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. It is designed to help promising medtech teams validate their technology by working closely with mentors and industry specialists. The program is organized together with partners Biocat, LUMC, FAU, TU Delft, UMCG and University of Copenhagen

Warp VR YES!Delft success story

Warp VR: Learning by experience, with the help of virtual reality

For large organizations, carrying out safety and procedural trainings for their staff can often be time-consuming and costly. Just think of a fire drill: You need to plan for it, book a designated time slot and make sure that everyone has evacuated the premises according to the established evacuation plan. This is certainly a crucial training, but one that takes a lot of resources, too. 

Now, what if there was another way? Thijs de Vries and fellow co-founders, Adriaan Rijkens , Danny de Bruijn and Guido Helmerhorst, started Warp VR to help organizations create immersive training scenarios using Virtual Reality (VR). And with clients such as KLM, Tata Steel, ErsteBank and others, they seem to be on the right track.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

For Thijs, laying the foundation of Warp was a logical step in his professional career. While studying Industrial Design at the TU Delft, he became interested in the psychology of product design. “There’s a lot of psychology going into video games, for example,” he says. “People get hooked, playing for hours, and I was interested in why that happens.”

Gradually, he went on to advising companies on how to use gaming techniques to influence behavior – anything from increasing employee motivation to improving customer experience. After all, influencing behavior for the better has been, and still is, one of his main professional drivers. 

When Thijs, Adriaan, Danny and Guido met in early 2016, they immediately clicked and decided to join forces in the mission to advance learning by using VR. As the core team behind Warp, they create training scenarios for their customers, and by building those with the help of gaming techniques, achieve engaging and immersive experiences. 

Almost immediately after their launch, they signed Dutch airline KLM as their first customer, and that was exactly what they needed to kick-start their business. 

THROUGH YES!DELFT

For team Warp, gaming techniques is what makes experiences both realistic and memorable. “The way games work is by assuming people don’t know anything about the topic,” Thijs says. “They throw them into the deep but create a safe environment for them to learn and make mistakes. That’s how you learn best – by doing and by experiencing.”

Because the training scenarios are so immersive – think a VR-powered fire drill that doesn’t save you the loud blaring of the fire alarm – users are likely to remember the do’s and don’ts of a safety procedure rather quickly. After all, with VR, you are in the situation both physically and emotionally, and that is bound to leave long-lasting memories.

For the team, getting to where they are now hasn’t been without the help of YES!Delft and their team of experts. Warp joined the Incubation Program in February 2017 with the aim to grow their company and make their technology available on a larger scale. 

“YES!Delft has been a great source of a lot of new knowledge in a very short amount of time,” Thijs says. “The program itself has also given us credibility in the eyes of potential customers.”

TO A GROWING COMPANY 

Creating immersive training scenarios is what got the team of four started. Today, they operate a web-based platform where customers can drag and drop their own scenarios and with the help of 360˚ video, completely create their own training programs. What’s more, the platform provides the analytics behind the trainings, enabling companies to gain insights into how their employees – and their organization as a whole – are performing.

Warp has also partnered up with creative companies who can assist customers in creating highly-effective scenarios. “We call these partners Warp Experts and they can help customers with writing scenarios, but also with the media production,” Thijs says. 

Since their early days, the team has not stopped doing customer development. Today, they have several more clients in their portfolio, including CSU, Patyna, the Ministry of Security and Justice and the Dutch Fire Department. For the last of them, they have developed an app training people on what to do if their house is on fire – the app is available here (for iOS) and here (for Android).

“The use of Virtual Reality for training has gained a lot of traction over the last years. In these years, we have learned a lot from working with some of the biggest customers. We have been able to improve our product and we keep on improving going forward. Virtual Reality training is here to stay and we are confident to play a major part in it,” Thijs says.

Milestones

January 2016 – Company founded; – First client signed

September 2016 – Research by the Academic Medical Center (AMC) validated VR learning works better than e-learning

February 2017 – Admission into YES!Delft’s Incubation Program

November 2017 – First major deal, signed contract with KLM

May 2018 – Winner of the VR Rising Star Award

February 2019 – Winner Get in the Ring Award

March 2019 – Winner Learning Innovation Award

Gerrard Street story YES!Delft

Gerrard Street: The leasable headphones for music lovers

Listening to music on the go is, for many, the best way to spend time getting from A to B. Heavy use of headphones comes with the risk of breaking them – and we all know they can be quite the investment. Dorus Galama and Tom Leenders, founders of Gerrard Street, know this too. They’ve developed high-end, leasable headphones that are completely modular in design, which makes it possible to repair parts individually and to recycle easily. And more importantly: they come with a subscription plan, so forget about saving up!

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

Dorus Galama and Tom Leenders are both music lovers: a good playlist and a set of headphones are the two things they will never forget when they leave the house. Yet, like any other heavily used product they tend to break often. “I break headphones two to three times a year,” says Dorus, adding that throwing away the entire set is “a huge waste”. 

So he and Tom set out to find a solution. Looking more closely into sustainability and the circular economy, the two friends realized that nobody was focusing on circular consumer electronics at the time. It was an opportunity: they took it in their hands to develop leasable high-end, leasable headphones, whose modular design allows for the easy recycling and reusing of parts. 

“To find out more about the market we interviewed a lot of sustainable startups. What we learned is that sustainability doesn’t sell,” Dorus remembers. “Yes, you can scale in the green niche, but you hit the ceiling rather quickly… That’s when we knew we wanted to target a mainstream audience.” 

With an initial capital boost of 10K euros from the first stage of Climate-KIC’s accelerator, Dorus and Tom were able to test the potential of their idea on the market. The interest was there: customers were willing to pay a subscription fee for quality headphones. Next thing they knew, the two were going full steam ahead towards developing their very own product. 

 

THROUGH YES!DELFT

Dorus and Tom reached an early milestone with their admission into Climate-KIC Stage I, after which they proceeded to the next two stages of this accelerator. Moreover, they ran a successful crowdfunding campaign and are planning a new one to help fund their latest models. And if that weren’t enough, they secured a pre-seed loan from YES!Delft and were accepted into its Incubation Program.

“[The program] has been very helpful for us,” says Dorus. “YES!Delft has a huge network, so whenever we have a question, there’s always a person to talk to. […] We also got a really good coach during the Incubation Program, and she is, to date, our most committed mentor.”

Currently, the startup has around 1,600 clients and is already making revenues. 

 

TO A GROWING COMPANY 

After YES!Delft, one of the scaling up hurdles was to find reliable production partnerships. When they partnered with Fresh ‘n Rebel in October 2018, their production went smoothly thanks to the experience in R&D and the supply chain of their partner. This made a huge improvement in the quality and performance of their leasable headphones. 

With a core team of three, Gerrard Street is now looking towards a busy future. After successfully completing a second crowdfunding campaign, the startup launched a new line with a strong marketing campaign. 

The team is busy expanding the business in the UK now and they will launch an ANC (active noise canceling) model by the end of the year. Right now this is the focus of the team, which proves to be both a challenge and their biggest success so far. “We copied our marketing strategy from The Netherlands to the UK and we already see the first client subscribing,” Tom Leenders said. 

On the list for the coming year is also building more partnerships and going for a Series A funding round of around 500k. For team Gerrard Street there’s no challenge they’re not willing to tackle.

Check out YES!Funded for startup support on funding

Milestones: 

Summer 2014 – Admission into Climate-KIC Stage I 

January 2015 – Company founded

July 2015 – Prototype ready 

September 2015 – Admission into YES!Delft Incubation Program

November 2015 – Launch of crowdfunding campaign; first customers

June 2016 – First products delivered

October 2018 – Start partnership with Fresh ’n Rebel

February 2019  – Launch of new models The Boss and the DAY

Mid-2019 – First 1,000 customers 

August 2019 – Launch in the UK

Talent Lead Vacancy YES!Delft

Vacancy: Talent Lead (Startup Scout)

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Talent Lead (formerly known as Startup Scout)! (1,0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world. YES!Delft offers distinctive services to graduates, scientists, engineers, professionals and corporates in their start-up journey. Our services turn promising technology ideas into solid startups and help them grow into successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world! 

You, your purpose & the ideal outcome 

Your purpose is to get the best tech entrepreneurs of the country (and Europe) to YES!Delft. You basically headhunt tech entrepreneurs. You constantly look for new and efficient lead generation tactics and strategies to find promising founders, technologies, teams, and startups. We expect a data-driven and structured work approach. Together with our marketing team you explore and test on and offline channels to see which scouting tactics help you achieve your goal. With the campus of the Delft University of Technology nearby, you identify our most important sources of contact and professors within the TU Delft, Dutch field labs and other technical universities in the Netherlands, in order to secure a close relationship and collaboration. You inspire tech-minded people to explore the world of entrepreneurship. You keep in close contact with our student board, as students are the next generation of entrepreneurs! You will also be working on screening & selection of the teams for our corporate programs and challenges. Most important: You are the first point of contact for tech startups, you represent YES!Delft and explain our purpose, and our services to entrepreneurs. The ideal outcome would be a database containing high-quality startups which converts to high-quality applications consisting of enthusiastic & committed teams for our incubator and our services. 

Competences:
  • You’re a hustler and highly energetic. You define your target, a strategy, potential tactics and go at it full-speed. 
  • You are able to check if a tech startup has potential (from a business, a technical, but most important from a team perspective).
  • You are data-driven, you have the ability to work with large databases, structure them and get the right insights. 
  • You are solution-oriented, proactive, flexible and a real team player.
  • You work structured, organized, well-planned, and you master Microsoft Office suite. 
  • You understand online and offline marketing, especially lead generation tactics and tools.
  • You also understand the world of recruitment, HR and startup funding.
  • You are able to make fast connections and introductions.
  • You can level with people who have technical ideas and you are able to understand difficult high-tech ideas and concepts (from Artificial Intelligence to Robotics, Aviation and more).
Job requirements:
  • You have a completed WO education (for example in the direction of HR, psychology, commercial business, or tech) or have obtained this level through work experience.
  • In addition, you have at least five years of relevant work experience.
  • You are experienced with dealing with startups (either by working at a startup, founding a startup, or from a VC or corporate perspective)
  • Fluent in both spoken and written Dutch and English. 
We offer you

A world-class incubator: An inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself in a unique way and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve our services wherever you see fit. You will work with a diverse, driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity in the Netherlands to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship. Of course, a one-year contract, laptop, and mobile phone are a given. Two electric BMWs which you can use for client visits, a Swapfiets for visits within Delft, and vrimibos on location are a bonus. 

More information and application procedure

We look forward to your application. Please send your application to robertjan[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of Robert Jan van Vugt before Sep 19th (17:00), 2019. Keep a slot open on 23 or 24 September for the first interviews. For questions please contact Robert Jan van Vugt at robertjan[at]yesdelft.nl

Project Manager YES!Delft

Vacancy Project Manager

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Project Manager (1,0 FTE)

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and corporate professionals in their entrepreneurial journey. Our services turn promising tech-ideas into solid start-ups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. Basically, we support entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

You, your mission & the ideal outcome

Your mission is to make sure our corporate programs go exactly like planned and the ideal outcome would be that our corporate partners find solutions for their challenges, are able to connect with start-ups in our ecosystem and everyone in our community is able to find the right partner at the right time. You work within our Innocubes team which is responsible for all our corporate offerings and as a project manager you will work together with our event, marketing, communication, and program teams. In short: you are a true project manager!

You are familiar with Agile working, and are structured and pragmatic. As our Innocubes proposition is growing you are able to juggle 10+ projects at the same time without dropping the ball. You have a few years’ of experience within a similar position (project manager, innovation manager). Ideally, you are familiar with corporate innovation trajectories and know their pitfalls and how to cope with them. YES!Delft is expanding rapidly, that’s why life at YES!Delft is a rollercoaster, and it is important that you have a flexible attitude in general.

Competences:
  •  A true, practical multitasker
  • You are solution-oriented, pro-active, flexible and a real team player
  • You can show you know how to organize (large) projects (like challenges, hackathons, ideation workshops, masterclasses) and you have a representative image
  •  You are able to make fast connections and introductions and are able to manage corporate stakeholders
  • Work structured, organized and well-planned
  • Experience with managing (small to medium) budgets
  • A love for technology & startups and the possible impact of those on society
Job requirements:
  • You have a completed WO/HBO (+) education or have obtained this level through work experience
  • In addition, you have at least two to five years of relevant work experience
  •  Proficient in both spoken and written Dutch and English
We offer you

An inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and where you are able to implement your ideas and improve our programs wherever you see fit. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support start-ups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech-entrepreneurship. We offer a one year full-time contract, or the option for a ZZP structure.

More information and application procedure

We look forward to your application. Please send your application to david[at]yesdelft.nl to the attention of David Beijer before August 22nd (17:00). Keep a slot open on 26 or 27 August for interviews. For questions please contact: David Beijer via david[at]yesdelft.nl. 

NOWI: A startup story about connecting the future

Twenty-three billion. About this many were the connected devices in the world in 2018, and this number is not here to stay: In less than a decade, it is expected to triple. That is a good 75 billion devices, connected and in need of constant supply of power.

The team of NOWI figured that using cables and changing batteries would soon become overwhelming – to say the least, so they created a solution – a small chip that enables Internet of Things devices to live forever. Instead of needing to continuously bring energy to connected devices in the form of cables and battery changes, NOWI’s technology enables companies to use the energy that is already available around the devices. This can be light, heat, movement or even radio waves.

The power of IoT technology

For co-founders Simon van der Jagt and Omar Link, the idea behind NOWI shaped up gradually while they studied Strategic Product Design at the TU Delft. The program gave them a kickstart: It taught them how to give meaning to technology and use it to solve problems. And so, Simon and Omar decided to apply their knowledge to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Today, technology is getting better, smaller and as energy efficient as ever before, so powering devices requires only a fraction of the energy that was needed decades ago. The question of how to harvest that power is one that Simon and Omar seem to have an answer to: by using the signals that are all around us.

“Energy is all around us. Even the light from lamps in an office, or the temperature difference between our skin and the air can generate enough power to sustain low-power devices. At the moment, frequencies [such as WiFi] are mostly used for communication, but they also send out power,” says Simon.

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Growing with the help of industry experts

After a bit over a year of founding their company in July 2015, Simon and Omar became part of Yes!Delft’s program. At the time, their team consisted of five people, including a professor from TU Delft. Since then, they have won several international innovation awards and completed an investment round. Most recently, the company has secured a 1-million-euro investment from RVO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

“YES!Delft is one of the highest rated incubators in Europe, and especially when it comes to hardware startups. It is really about problem-solving. There’s [also] so much knowledge walking around here, and that has been very valuable to us,” says Simon.

Since August 2015, the company has developed their proof-of-principle to a product-ready chip that has recently been combined with Huawei’s NB-IoT chip at Mobile World Congress in Shanghai.

Finding the right partners to collaborate with

From a startup, NOWI has grown to be a high-tech company with several pilot projects and collaborations established with market-leading companies in smart city applications, smart wearables and NB-IoT sensors.

In the fields of smart wearables, NOWI has caught the attention of Swiss watch manufacturer MMT. The world’s first Plug&ForgetTM smart watch which never requires user-charging can be achieved when the NOWI Power Module is integrated in the MMT smartwatch module.

Recently, NOWI also announced its collaboration with Huawei to create the first energy autonomous NB-IoT solution.

Together with seven patents in energy harvesting, NOWI has won several international innovation awards including the Accenture Innovation Awards, the Semiconductor Innovation Award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA) and the IoT Innovation World Cup 2019.

A story with the potential to get bigger and better has just only started.

Join the Accelerator Program!

MILESTONES

  • July 2015: Company founded
  • March 2016: Demo and proof of concept
  • August 2016: Prototype ready
  • November 2016: Won the Accenture Innovation Award
  • May 2017: Won the Smart City Innovation Award
  • August 2017: Smart City Pilot project with DEWA – Dubai
  • October 2017: Smart Road Pilot project with BAM and T-Mobile
  • March 2018: Received €5m Venture Capital investment
  • October 2018: Collaboration with MMT to create the first hybrid smartwatch
  • November 2018: Semiconductor innovation award from Chinese Advanced Semiconductor Association (CASA)
  • January 2019: Raised €1 million from RVO – The Netherlands Enterprise Agency
  • February 2019: Won the 2019 IoT Innovation World Cup Series – Industrial Category.
  • March 2019: First hybrid smartwatch PMIC prototype
  • June 2019: Collaboration with Huawei to create an energy autonomous NB-IoT Solution

Vacancy Intern Program Coordinator

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Program Coordinator Intern
4 to 5 days a week from the end of August till the end of December (dates are flexible). Remuneration is available.

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is an international startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 13 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their startup journey. Our programs turn promising technology ideas into solid startups and help them grow to successful companies. Entrepreneurs get access to mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners who share their know-how and experience. At the moment there are 101 startups in the building and we host more than 100 events a year.

YES!Delft Programs

YES!Delft offers multiple start-up programs, based on the process most, if not all, tech start-ups go through.

  1. Co-lab is a workshop aimed at giving you the right tools, knowledge, and network to find your co-founder and team members to build your startup with;
  2. Co-founding teams continue towards our Validation Lab: a 12-week part-time program for graduates, scientists and (young) professionals with the ambition to start a tech business. Testing their ideas & finding potential customers is the core of the program. Validation Lab is all about finding customers and creating the insight that they are the key to a profitable business;
  3. Once the startups have a validated product-market fit they can enroll in our acceleration & incubation programs where the focus is on sales, scaling and funding. The basis of these programs is mentoring, one-on-one coaching and small masterclasses on subjects like negotiations, growth hacking or investments.
Function

You will learn to manage all of the programs planning. You work with the entire program team, as well as multidisciplinary. As the eyes and ears of the department, you are the general point of contact for all the participants of the programs trainers, experts, and mentors. One of your most important responsibilities is to help set up the programs we offer (organization, planning, and registrations). Besides our regular programs, you will also help coordinate corporate challenges and organize events together with the event manager. In the administrative field, you are responsible for keeping the CRM system up-to-date and to work with our online learning platform. Life at YES!Delft is a rollercoaster; therefore, it is important that you have a flexible attitude in general. You will be in contact with all kinds of people from different countries all over the world.

Competences

You are:

  • A true multitasker
  • Solution-oriented, pro-active, flexible and a real team player
  • Open and make fast connections and introductions
  • Structured, organized and a good planner: being organized is your # 1 skill
Job requirements
  • You are in the last phase of your hbo Bachelor (relevant studies such as office management, event management, or facility management are considered a pré)
  • Demonstrable experience is considered a pré
  • Good Dutch and English language skills, both verbal and written. English is the primary language for this internship.
We offer you

An inspiring international startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop yourself and implement your ideas. You will work with a driven and ambitious team that goes above and beyond to support startups and builds a thriving ecosystem, day-in-day-out. YES!Delft offers a unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of entrepreneurship.

More information and application procedure

We look forward to your application. Please send your application to programs@yesdelft.nl to the attention of Jasmijn Giohalas before August 16th. For questions please contact Jasmijn Giohalas or Laura de Meij (program coordinators) via programs@yesdeft.nl.

From one email straight into the largest tech incubator – Evelien de Vries

Evelien de Vries joined the YES!Delft incubator without even knowing at first, through Startup Corner platform. Then she tasted the power network of co-founders by attending the UNconference even without having her startup in YES!Delft’s portfolio. That’s when she knew she had to make it into one of the largest tech incubators in Europe. 

Evelien de Vries adventured in the entrepreneurship world little over a year ago. Having worked at StartupDelta previously, the name of YES!Delft was familiar to her.  

However, her first step of tasting this startup ecosystem was when she received an email with a call to action to join the platform Startup Corner — which promised to offer support to tech startups in areas such as legal, HR, finance, marketing and more. The email was from Marie José van den Boomgaard, Liasion Manager Startups at KPN. “I was already familiar with Marie José and KPN, so when she recommended Startup Corner I thought “Why not?”,” Evelien remembered. 

Through Startup Corner, she got in contact with one of the corporate partners – Arnold & Siedsma. Evelien got help for free from them, mostly through emails and phone calls. Having help from Arnold & Siedsma on patents, helped Evelien and her co-founder move with some decisions. 

Not long after that, another email landed in Evelien’s inbox: Startup Corner’s newsletter. In that newsletter, there was an invitation to register for the UNconference. She read that it was a bi-annual event in the YES!Delft community, where co-founders set the agenda of the event with topics that contain both challenges and successes to learn from their peers and this way speed the learning process.

UNconference

“One thing I learned in the last year is that it always helps to engage with different groups because you never know what inspiration you get,” Evelien remembered. “  That’s why I signed up to the Unconference. In the end, it totally paid off. A five hours event only with co-founders, where everybody shared knowledge”. 

It was at the UNConference that Evelien and her co-founder met David Cerda Salzmann, currently a partner at FORWARD.one and one of the co-founders of Ampelmann (one of the firsts YES!Delft incubated startups). After connecting with David at the UNconference, they went to his office to talk about the strategy of their startup where he helped them on the spot. When Evelien told him they were thinking to join YES!Delft, David said it would be very useful and suggested them to apply to the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab. “He specifically advocated for the network and support we would get access to”, she says. 

Register for the next UNconference Digital in our The Hague Office!

AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

This was the opportunity that Evelien looked for so she could join YES!Delft. Not even a month later, she and her then co-founder started the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab and became part of the YES!Delft ecosystem. From having access to YES!Funded and YES!Talents to having one-on-one sessions with experts from our incubator, the two co-founders entered a 10-week part-time program geared on helping them find their product-market fit. In the end, for her startup, the program revealed a team misalignment, resulting in the founders parting ways. 

On the 25th of July, the teams participating in the AI/Blockchain validation lab graduate with the Pitch Day event. This celebration will take place at the YES!Delft’s Digital Hub in The Hague, which opened earlier this year and focused on AI and Blockchain. 

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In the end, for Evelien, having access to Startup Corner, joining the UNconference, and later joining the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, gave her not only 360-degree help on her startup, but it also shifted her entrepreneurship journey to 180 degrees, as well. “During the Validation Lab I have learned not only new business validation skills, but also valuable lessons on the foundation of a startup. Especially concerning what building a team really is. Although I’m disappointed that this startup didn’t work out, I’m really excited for new opportunities. Being part of the YES!Delft ecosystem reinforced that being an entrepreneur is want I want to do.

Startup Story: IMSystems

Machines and, in particular, robots are increasingly aiding – if not even substituting – people with their work. Yet, those machines often lack the strength and precision necessary to create real impact. Or at least that was the case until IMSystems came around.

Led by scientist Jack Schorsch, a team of four Co-Founders – including Matthew Corvers, Thibaud Verschoor and Rory Deen – are working on the Archimedes Drive, an invention in mechanical power transmission that can make any electrical engine simultaneously stronger, more precise and more efficient than anything currently on the market.

FROM A SIMPLE IDEA

The idea behind the Archimedes Drive had been evolving in Jack’s mind for years, during which he did research in the fields of prosthetics and exoskeleton design. In his work, he often faced the challenge of making those wearables small, lightweight and easy to use.

The Archimedes drive is a compact gearbox that uses traction instead of gear teeth, allowing it to make electrical engines – and the machines they power – lighter, more precise, stronger and faster than ever before.

“We took part in a course [aimed at] turning technology into a business,” Matthew recalls, where they were given a patent by a TU Delft researcher, without knowing the exact application of the invention. “We had to brainstorm it ourselves, because inventions can often be used for much more than their original application.”

A few brief months later, Jack’s Archimedes drive had proven to have a market fit, and so the team set out to launch IMSystems.

THROUGH YES!DELFT

IMSystems’ product is the first drive to use friction instead of gear teeth as a means of powering electrical engines – and it seems to come with a list of advantages. “We can get to about half the size and a quarter of the weight [of our competitors’ drives],” Matthew explains. “What’s more, we are not limited by the gear ratios and how strong we can make an electrical engine.”

With multiple subsidies and a loan already secured, IMSystems has been able to develop its first metal prototype with a gear ratio of 10.000:1, which is about 25 times more than what most drives on the market can currently achieve. A relieve for robotic companies that are waiting for decades for this kind of precision. Other than this great achievement, IMSystems developed transmissions for multiple pilot projects. E-Bikes, prosthetics and robotics are one of the few we have designed and tested so far.

The team’s progress so far, however, hasn’t been without the help of YES!Delft and their Incubation Program, which Matthew describes as fantastic. “You’re here with about 80 other companies; there are always people who have been at the point where you are, so you can just walk up to their office and discuss how they did things. Having this network is very useful.”

In 2018, IMSystems did get the opportunity to move to the incubator of RoboValley. At this point, IMSystems has a team of 12 fte and expect to grow to over 20 fte by the end of this year using the Series-A investment they are currently working on.

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NEXT STEPS

From this point on, IMSystems is looking forward to growing. They have already signed with multiple clients, and are working towards adding more to their portfolio. Focussing mainly on robotics. Expanding the team is, thus, certainly among their next steps if they want to be able to deliver timely and quality results. By the beginning of 2020, IMSystems wants to deliver their first of the shelf R&D products to different clients. A great possibility for companies who want to try out this latest technology for reduced costs.

One thing is for certain: We will sure be hearing more from IMSystems in the future.

Milestones:

January 2015 – The team came together for the Master’s course (turning technology into a business)

February 2016 – Admission to YES!Delft’s Incubation Program

June 2016 – Founded company

August 2016 – First client signed

Q1 2017 – Pilot projects prosthetic elbow and an E-bike

September 2017 – Technical milestone: Archimede Drive had 10 million input cycles

Q1 and Q2 2018 –  € 300,000 UNIIQ investment. Pilot project with industrial robot giant started and moved to RoboValley

Q3 and Q4 2018 – € 600,000,- Lucros and Innovation Quarter investment. Pilot project with second robotic tech giant started

Q2 2019 – Launch of our first Archimedes Drive development kit

Q3 2019 – Series-A investment

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