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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: September


1. Breeze

At the beginning of this year, Breeze celebrated date number 2.500 but that number has now already quadrupled! This is a great achievement and a big step towards their goal of organizing 5 million Breeze-dates within 5 years.

2. Somnox

Somnox is entering the international market following a capital injection. This development is in line with the scaleup’s mission to help 100 million people worldwide with sleeping by 2030. In addition, to expanding across borders, the company will also further develop its innovative sleep technology, which helps slow down breathing to unwind and thus sleep better. The funding round was organized by Health Investment Partners.

3. IMSystems

IMSystems raised a 3-million-euro Series A investment from Finindus, Linamar and InnovationQuarter. This investment will support the commercial launch of IMSystems’ revolutionary transmission technology and scale-up for mass production.

4. Manometric & NewCompliance

Techleap announced the 10 companies who are part of the 5th batch of the Rise Programme. In times of crisis innovators really shine and the pandemic has proven that health tech is now more important than ever. That’s why for this batch they are putting the limelight on 10 unique participants with life-saving tech solutions that revolutionize healthcare, amongst which Manometric and NewCompliance!

5. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions successfully closed a funding round! Their new investors are Jaap Korteweg and Kees van Geest, who will help the startup further expand its position. In addition, the AgriTech startup announced its partnership with Royal Brinkman, a major supplier to the horticultural industry.

6. Mythronics

Another success for an AgriTech startup this month! Mythronics got featured in the AD, where they shared more about their technology to monitor crops, analyze growth and thus optimize harvests.

7. Momo Medical

Also, the MedTech startup Momo Medical got featured in AD this month. Security and privacy are important assets for nursing home residents. To ensure this, caregivers must sometimes violate the latter, namely by regularly walking into the room at night to check on the resident. Momo Medical told all about their innovation in the newspaper, which makes both security and privacy possible.

We also just published a Startup Story about Momo Medical!


8. Qlayers

SPRINT Robotics announced Qlayers as the winner of the CFM Challenge! As the winning solution provider, Qlayers will receive a reward of €50.000 and the opportunity to further develop their solution and its application through direct meetings with the SPRINT Robotics Task Force Cleaning & Fabric Maintenance.

9. Venturi Aviation

Jan-Willem Heinen, the co-founder of Venturi Aviation, rang the Champagne Alarm during our very first Vrijmibo. He announced that the startup just hired a CTO who is coming all the way from Mexico.

10. Circularise

YES!Delft The Hague based startup Circularise announced that they have been selected as a Top 50 Startup at the WorldFestival 2021 Innovation Awards. This event showcased over 1.000 innovations and the team is proud to be among the winning ones.

Don’t miss out on the successes anymore!


Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and YES!Delft join forces to connect young talents to the world of startups and scaleups

Talents United is an initiative by the two incubators from Erasmus University Rotterdam and TU Delft to connect talents to startups and scaleups and prepare them to establish and grow the leading companies of tomorrow.  

Over the past ten years, the number of support programmes for students and starting entrepreneurs offered by our own incubators has grown impressively. While this is a great achievement, these programmes were largely developed with our own target audience in mind. As a result, we see that at present there is an insufficient exchange between startup teams coming out of our universities. This leads to a lack of diversity in skill sets, which we believe to be crucial to solve the pressing issues of today and to realize a better future. 

In order to break down the boundaries between the alpha, beta, gamma and medical sciences, Talents United will facilitate the creation of more multidisciplinary startup teams. We do this by actively connecting students from different backgrounds to each other and to the startups and scaleups active in the region. By joining the Talents United community, students and young professionals have a direct and personal link to both YES!Delft and Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship. We offer personal advice to connect talents to the right opportunity or network, provide services that boost multidisciplinary collaborations and collect relevant entrepreneurship opportunities from our partner network in a monthly newsletter. 

“What I hope to see in five years is that all startup teams coming out of our incubators each include team members from different study fields and universities.” – Martin Luxemburg,  Director Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship

Talents United is part of the broader strategy of Erasmus University to stimulate and accelerate entrepreneurship on and across campus via its new entity, Erasmus Enterprise, which includes Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, YES!Delft and ERBS. Through this collaboration, we want to broaden students’ horizons and excite them about the entrepreneurial opportunities that exist outside of their own fields of study and traditional career paths. To that end, Erasmus Enterprise channels all existing entrepreneurship activities on campus and enables students to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape. 

Opening up the ecosystem networks of Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship and YES!Delft, Talents United functions as a matchmaker on – and beyond – the campuses of Erasmus University, Erasmus MC and TU Delft. With 40.000 students, internationally acclaimed research and education activities and programmes in all disciplines, it is only a logical next step in becoming the world’s leading universities for solving pressing issues. Together with the efforts of Erasmus Enterprise that support the connection between talents and new businesses, Talents United is also committed to strengthening the regional innovation ecosystem in South Holland.  

“We want to enable startups and scaleups in the region to easily source talent from our universities so they will stay in the region while growing their businesses. This is crucial to ensure the competitiveness of province South Holland.” – EJ Lugt, Managing Director YES!Delft

Do you want to get connected to the world of startups and scaleups?





At YES!Delft we aim to achieve societal impact by supporting startups to apply smart and innovative technologies. That is why we decided it is time to kick off our brand new program: SocialTech Validation Lab. Partnering up with Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) enables us to produce the best curriculum and ecosystem to make disruptive social innovation happen. It is the first of many programs we will be organizing under the roof of the brand-new incubator at the EUR, Erasmus Enterprise. Thanks to the collaboration and the hard work all our experts put in, we managed to once again exceed our goals.

We are proud to present to you the 6 startups who enrolled in the program at the end of April, and are currently validating their business idea through our 10-week lab. Scroll down, and find out about their mission and ambitions.


Emosys aims to alleviate the burden of epileptic seizures. For this, they combine the latest findings in neuroscience and wearable technologies and power it with artificial intelligence (AI).

“The first generation of our smart wearable system will detect seizures with unparalleled accuracy. The second generation will also predict seizures before happening. These innovations will free the patients from the need of constant supervision.”



“Imagine not being able to use your smartphone. Your world would become incredibly small. For millions of people with blindness this is the case.”

The Hable One is a smartphone controller that allows people with blindness to fully operate their phone in a simple, fast and private way. With a combination of eight buttons, you can type, move over the screen or use shortcuts, all whilst the feedback is in the form of audio. With Hable people with blindness regain control over their phone.


“Have you or your loved ones ever experienced an endless search to what could possibly improve their personal well-being? Through our online learning environment – we bring people together, collect experiences that we harmonize, analyze and translate into practical insights, curated by us or involved experts. Insights enabling citizens to truly learn from each other and work on their quality of life more effectively.”

Health-Thing challenges and guides them so that they do not have to endlessly search.


Harry Senior is here to give you access to a network of verified and trustworthy service provides who can help solve issues in and around the home for the aging population, empowering them to be independent for a longer time.

“Our parents got older and we found ourselves struggling to help them with tasks they cannot do themselves. That’s why we build our platform that brings the network of trustworthy service providers to help with their tasks.

Leave the annoying stuff to us and go have fun!

We are Harry Senior and we are here to help.”


Financial Fit helps employers address financial stress in the workplace. They do this by focusing on prevention, awareness, trust and support.

“In this way, we work to create a situation where the employer and employee feel free and safe to discuss money worries, and where the employer has the knowledge and skills to provide effective support to the employee. Our ultimate dream is to completely eliminate financial stress.”


SketchoAR develops an online platform consisting of multi-sensory contents using Augmented Reality, customised virtual space for education and online collaboration, and sharing content platforms.

“Our mission is to make a virtual space entertaining by sparking people’s imaginations. We research how we can make a virtual space to boost creativity and engagement and have a better experience of learning, creating, and communicating.”



Accelerator Program

Meet the accelerator batch 2021


We are excited to present you the nine startups who are joining the latest Accelerator Batch! With the help of our experts and mentors, and through workshops and one-on-one sessions the startups are more than ready to change the world with their innovative ideas. Learn more about their goals, aspirations and cutting-edge technologies in this article.


Myst Works are building aerial robotics solutions (ARS) for emergency services. The goal is to increase the safety & efficiency of emergency responses using aerial robotics with simple operation. These robotic solutions will integrate to provide increased situational awareness to front line workers.

Myst Works are determined to realise the full potential of aerial robotics and we are already seeing that! They have participated in Y Combinator School, located in Silicon Valley. Next to that, they got to the semi-finals of the biggest student entrepreneurship award, Philips Innovation Awards. In 2021 Myst Works were ranked as one of the top 50 Industry & Infrastructure innovations of the Blue Tulip Awards.

We are extremely passionate about aerial robotics, and its potential to change the world for the better. Our vision is to build a suite of different ARS that have a direct and marked positive impact on the safety and efficiency of frontline workers.

“This picture marks the beginning of our team, where we all met together for the first time and discussed our vision of the future during our hikes in the Swiss alps.”


Tim Smits and Jorn Rigter, the founders of Unpluq, know how much time you spend on Social Media apps. Just like many others, spending three, three and a half hours a day on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, was normal for them. During their studies, they were often distracted by their smartphones, and noticed this with many people around them as well. When talking to Millennials, they discovered that most of them found that current software solutions don’t work – they’re too easy to turn off or circumvent, and therefore don’t change your habits. That’s when they created their own solution, where a physical input makes the choice for using distracting apps more conscious.

Unpluq is a combination of Android software and a USB key, with two modes. The normal mode enables you to access all of your apps. When you plug out the physical key, distracting apps of your choice are blocked, and their notifications are blocked as well.

“Smartphones have started to take over control, we want to give the control back to you. We want you to regain control over your smartphone usage. With Unpluq users save an average of 69 minutes of smartphone screen time per day!”


Reliq have experienced what it is like to be restricted as a musician and audio professional. Being part of the audio engineering industry as researchers and specialists for 10 years, they have discovered the problems that limit the productivity of musicians and audio professionals.  That’s why they designed a hardware that helps audio professionals to save cable-management time and discover new creative possibilities.

“We design our line of products to fill the gap in the market that was restricting our workflow as musicians and audio professionals.”


Every day 1.3 million parcels are being invoiced incorrectly on the European Parcels that are either not being delivered, have incorrect surcharges, or are just invoiced against the imprecise amount.

Recognising that this has a huge impact on the e-commerce industry, Lox came up with a solution to audit the carrier invoices and make sure we the correct amount is paid, by handling the claim.
With powerful dashboard that provides clarity on logistics, all insights in a single touch, the easiest set up procedure, and all the popular carriers, Lox Solution is on the way to refining how we deliver parcels.

“Why do e-commerce companies choose for Lox? Because it is a success-fee model and starting is super easy. Just share your carrier invoices”


Over the last decade air travel has almost doubled, and it is expected to double again in the coming decade. This growth is not without consequences on emissions and ultimately our climate. The time for radical innovation in aviation is needed now.

Venturi’s mission is to enable 100% sustainable regional air travel and in turn improve airlines flight operating costs. To ensure zero emission regional air travel, Venturi aims to deliver world’s first all-electric zero emission aircraft, seating 50 passengers with a flight range of 1000 km, by 2027. Supported by Venturi’s own ultra high-speed Recharge Network we guarantee competitive aircraft turnaround times. In other words, we make aviation greener, simpler and cheaper.

The future of sustainable air travel is electric! And YES!Delft team can’t wait to help Venturi accelerate this transition!


Source is creating a sustainable and fair food system by accelerating the transition to greenhouse agriculture.

“We are making greenhouses more scalable by developing the world’s most advanced artificial grower. Our software and AI models help growers to define optimal seasonal crop plans and provide greenhouse autopilot functionality to ensure flawless daily growing operations.”

Source has received funding from MIT’s venture capital fund (E14) and several leading Dutch industry players. We are in an exciting phase of growth and are actively developing and testing our software in some of the most advanced greenhouses in the world.

The founding team has deep experience in developing and deploying artificial intelligence software solutions at scale in large complex operations.


More than half of the patients leaving the hospital have sleep deprivation. Meanwhile, sleep is vital for physical and mental recovery. Furthermore, patients lack the availability to control their environment and do not have any privacy during the day.

Micro-Cosmos is here to change this, through innovative technology that helps the patients’ ability to recover, rest and improve the hospitalisation period.

“At Micro-Cosmos, we help hospitalized patients who want to recover faster by reducing external stimuli, giving patients a more private and secure environment which they are able to control, so they can sleep better and go home faster. Our dome provides a personalized, healing environment for patients.”

Micro-Cosmos has participated in the EIT Health Validation Lab and are fully suited to join our Accelerator Program.


Addoptics are game changers in the manufacturing of High Precision Optical Products. Delivering fully functional prototype optics within 6 working days, at affordable price point, while capitalizing on the benefits of Additive Manufacturing for Sustainable production processes. The combination of 3D Printing & Casting technologies for optimal Design and Manufacturing Flexibility allows for fast-tracking your product development cycle.

“We offer a flexible manufacturing service for prototyping and series production of custom optics. We reduce manufacturing time from 6 weeks to 6 days, through innovative 3D printing and vacuum casting techniques. Not only does this make custom optics manufacturing cost effective but also closer to achieving environmental sustainability in this field.”


At YES!Delft we have mission to bring the best sustainable innovations to market. Daphne Textile Research is one of them. Using cutting-edge biofabrication techniques, Daphne Textile, are accelerating the sustainable transition in the textile industry.

“The clothes on your back: Cotton? Woollen? Synthetic? No matter what makes up our everyday textiles, mass-produced raw materials are not sustainable. Daphne Textile Research BV is using cutting-edge biofabrication techniques to propel the ancient industry of textiles to a cleaner future.”




Top 10 Startup Success Stories: April

It’s has been a busy month at YES!Delft – we kicked off our Accelerator Program, AI/Blockchain Validation Lab and our very first SocialTech Validation Lab! And our startups have been hustling too!

1. Ampelmann

Jan van der Tempel, founder and CEO of Ampelmann, has been named finalist for the  European Inventor Award 2021! He got nominated by the European Patent Office for his invention of the Ampelmann motion compensated gangway system and for raising the standard of safety in the offshore access industry. Part of the event is also the Popular Prize, which will go to the finalist with the most votes from the public. Vote directly for Jan van der Tempel.

2. Momo Medical

Momo Medical signed a partnership agreement with the Stichting tanteLouise. Together the parties created a solution that is offering more overview and tranquility in the departments of the care facility.

3. YoooM

YoooM launched a new solution called 123familie, which provides simple video calling for people with dementia and their loved ones. This solution also won the JainChallenge, awarded by Alzheimer NL.

4. Qlayers

Qlayers completed their first investment round together with ECFG’s Eindhoven Venture Capital Fund II (EVCF II), and AkzoNobel. This investment is the next step in scaling beyond the European market, growing as a global leader in robotic coating application.

5. Physee

Physee got nominated for the Futureproof award: PropTech Company 2021 Global. If you think Physee deserves to win, you can help them by voting on their innovation.

6. Bi/ond

Bi/ond announced their newest product: The MUSbit™. This is the only Organ-on-Chip that allows you to create muscle microtissues combined with blood vessels. This provides the ideal environment to analyze the effect of drugs on the rate and force of contraction for efficacy and toxicity testing.

7. Breeze

After the successful pitch of Breeze at Dragons’ Den, the startup saw a surprising amount of young professionals signing up from Brabant. Breeze decided to listen to their users and is from now on also available in Breda and Den Bosch!

8. Gerrard Street

Gerrard Street got awarded with the Start in Circular, by the climate counselor of Rotterdam Arno Bonte. The jury unanimously chose Gerrard Street: ‘this initiative is truly circular: reduce, reuse and recycle are very well reflected in the concept’.

9. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

At the end of March, PATS Indoor Drone Solutions had the opportunity to pitch to the members of the Rabobank Innovation Fund. The startup could now announce that the fund supports them with a grant of €25,000! The bank’s contribution will be used for further development of the solution for sustainable pest control.

10. Startups in the media

Multiple startups got featured by big media outlets this month! Het AD wrote articles about E-Trailer and Envision, and you could find SenseGlove in het Financieel Dagblad, Loop on Business Insider and Breeze in de Volkskrant!

Don’t miss out on the successes anymore!


Digital innovations in the public sector are gaining momentum

In 2019, the digital hub YES!Delft The Hague was founded focussing on software startups and digital innovations. Over 50 startups with innovations based on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain have already been supported by YES!Delft The Hague. Recently, a new GovTech program got launched. GovTech refers to the application of new innovative technologies, driven by collaboration between the public sector and start- and scale-ups. YES!Delft The Hague and Digicampus joined forces for the development and implementation of the GovTech Validation Lab.

Digital innovation in the public sector

The goal of GovTech is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of governmental organizations and to improve public services. There is a strong need for innovative digital solutions. YES!Delft and Digicampus developed the GovTech program which supports digitalization of public sector.

The reason for developing the GovTech program is clear. Ras Lalmy, Managing Director YES!Delft The Hague, explains: “We experienced a rising demand for innovation support from various governmental organizations. This demand intensified due to the COVID-19 impact revealing the urgency of innovation in the public sector. However, we also observe that many innovations do not reach the finish line. We want to increase the success rate of digital solutions in the public sector.” 

Giulietta Marani, Program Director Digicampus adds: “Many digital innovation pilots are initiated within the public sector. These pilots frequently focus solely on one organizational context or system, a broad target group or shaking up the status quo. After completion of the pilot, it turns out that the solution cannot be widely deployed. Consequently, scaling these innovations is not possible. So we wondered how we could thoroughly validate concepts earlier on to ensure widely applicable implementations.”

The collaboration between YES!Delft The Hague and Digicampus

YES!Delft The Hague and Digicampus complement each other well. Digicampus has a lot of knowledge about collaborative innovations within the public sector and YES!Delft is specialized in guiding innovations to the market. Ras explains: “Our joint experience and knowledge increases the chances of success of a project within the public sector.” Giulietta: “Digicampus wants to stimulate innovation beyond boundaries. The GovTech program fit perfectly.”

The content of the GovTech Validation Lab is focused on thoroughly validating a concept with all stakeholders at an early stage. Giulietta: “The GovTech Validation Lab shows that different parties are needed for a solid business case and a sustainable business model. Often the sponsor of a pilot is not the end-user who will later pay for the service or product. By using multi-stakeholder methods like ecosystem value mapping and stakeholder sessions,  GovTech concepts are validated in an early phase with all stakeholders.”

Digicampus and the Municipality of The Hague were two of the first participants of the GovTech Validation Lab. Yvo Hunink, Digital Innovation Consultant, Municipality of The Hague shares his experiences: “Together with the winning team of the Conscious Cities challenge from the Odyssey Hackathon, we participated in the GovTech Validation Lab. All relevant stakeholders were committed to helping validate our solution. We have managed to apply a prototype of a Scalable and Secure Smart City solution to an urgent problem in urban safety and security. The GovTech Validation Lab has made a huge contribution to convincing our complex ecosystem. ”

The GovTech Validation Lab is different from other startup programs of YES!Delft.

Ras: “Where normally the startup is at the heart of the program, the GovTech Validation Lab works with a team consisting of the problem owner, the startup and relevant stakeholders. We call this a ‘crew’. The advantage is that a crew works together systematically towards a clear case and a pilot proposal that takes into account the interests of all stakeholders. This ensures acceptance and scalability of the pilot.”

Giulietta: “A customer-supplier relationship does not exist in this program. We build an ecosystem in which problem owners design, develop and validate the concept together with problem solvers. I really like that about the GovTech Validation Lab. It also helps to get long-term involvement from stakeholders. The different crews are also on a journey together. They really learn and help each other”

Future plans

The collaboration between YES!Delft The Hague and Digicampus goes further than the GovTech Validation Lab. The first edition of the Validation Lab was a success, so plans are made to add new GovTech programs.

Ras: “We are really ambitious. We work on a complete range of programs to maximize the chances of success from concept to broad implementation. For example, we are finalizing a module that offers continuity to crews after completion of the GovTech Validation Lab. This allows us to further support projects towards scaling up.”

Giulietta: “We also look at GovTech Funding, which zooms in on financing the entire lifecycle of a GovTech innovation and on the roles of stakeholders in this process. Obtaining funding for a pilot is one thing, but getting funded for scaling is often way more difficult.”

The next GovTech Validation Lab is planned after summer. Digicampus is participating with at least one team.

Ras: “Governmental organizations that want to thoroughly validate a concept after for example, a hackathon or during a startup challenge can participate in the program.”

Giulietta: “Anyone who has a widely applicable concept and wants to validate it together with stakeholders can sign up. It is important that you already have a solid plan, for example, a prototype. If you only have a pilot idea, the GovTech Validation Lab is less suitable.”

The official call to join the GovTech Validation Lab will follow soon. Interested parties can find more information on the GovTech landing page.

About Digicampus: 

Digicampus is convinced that government, the market, science and residents together can translate needs from society into innovative services of the future. Digicampus wants to be the place where government, market, science and citizens design the public services of tomorrow. Digicampus works together with all these parties on issues that transcend organizational-, domain-, and national borders and eliminates barriers to innovation.

About YES!Delft: 

Since 2005, YES!Delft has grown into one of the most successful startup incubators in the world. Today, more than 200 startups have access to the unique YES!Delft ecosystem of mentors, experts, investors and corporate partners, which is one of the largest ecosystems in Europe. YES!Delft currently offers nine focus areas, each with its own specialized network, ranging from Aviation to Cleantech, Robotics and MedTech. YES!Delft The Hague focuses on software-related startups, in particular Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain and YES!Delft Rotterdam has its focus on the SocialTech domain.

Top 10 Startup Success Stories: March

Spring has arrived and our startups are in full bloom! Somnox, Breeze and STIL all made great tv appearances, and Manometric and Dawn Aerospace secured investments! Curious about these and other stories? Read on in this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories!

1. Somnox

Julian Jagtenberg pitched his scaleup Somnox in the first episode of the new season of Dragon’s Den. All the dragons were ready to join Somnox’s sleep revolution. Watch the full episode now (with Julian his pitch starting at 41.25) and check out the negotiations yourself.

2. Techleap

This was not the only success of Somnox! Techleap announced the 10 companies that have been selected for their Compass program! Both Somnox and Mapiq made it to the program!

3. Breeze

Not only Julian starred in Dragon’s Den this month also Joris van Doorninck and Marsha Goei pitched their dating app Breeze! And this was not without success! Check out their performance if you missed it. In addition, the startups received great publicity after their performance at the television show, like an interview with Marsha in LINDA.meiden!

4. Manometric

Manometric got two new great investors on board! The startup received a capital injection from NextGen Ventures and InnovationQuarter, to strengthen their team and scale up their unique technology!

5. Bird Control Group

Wageningen University released their research on a poultry farm that suffered visits from wild waterfowl, which are a source of avian influenza virus. The study, which was done with Bird Control Group, revealed that when the laser was in use a 99.7% wild bird reduction rate was recorded.


After more than 3 years of development, STIL proudly presents its anti-tremor. For this, the startup started a project together with the Hersenstichting, where they ask attention for people who suffer from severe tremors. Like, for example, with Parkinson’s disease. Check out the anti-tremor brace demonstration at RTL Boulevard.

Are you having an innovative SocialTech or AI/Blockchain idea?

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7. Loop

Loop had again a month full of great publicity! Founder Bob Hendrikx was for example interviewed by the BBC about the Living Cocoon and the use of mycelium.

8. Dawn Aerospace

The aviation startup has been awarded €116,000 by the province of South-Holland to further develop the company’s Mk-II Aurora Spaceplane for European certification. The goal of Dawn Aerospace is to make spaceflight affordable and commonplace by applying the operational model of aviation to space transportation. The Mk-II Aurora is the latest in a series of test vehicles that will one-day launch satellites into space.

9. Villari

This month Villari installed a large number of next-generation Sensor Units onto a Rijkswaterstaat bridge. This new type of Villari Sensor Units continuously monitors the integrity of steel joints in the bridge’s deck, transmitting data wirelessly such that manual interventions become unnecessary. With this installation, Villari is able to provide a meaningful contribution to Rijkswaterstaat in assessing the structural state of their steel bridges.

10. VideowindoW

After a fierce competition, VideowindoW came in second for the SXSW Lufthansa FlyingLab Pitch: Future of Travel.

Don’t miss out on the successes anymore!


Top 10 Startup Success Stories: February

While we went from ice-skating to enjoying warm spring temperatures, our startups were also busy celebrating successes this mnonth! From being featured by big news outlets to getting a loan, entering new markets, and starting new partnerships. Read all about it in this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories!

1. Innovators of 2021

Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad presented the innovators of 2021! They are young, maximum 35 years old, and will set the tone in the Netherlands and beyond. Amongst these 50 talents are YES!Delft entrepreneurs Just Schornagel from SLAM Orthopedic, Lethabo Motsoaledi from Voyc, Olivier Baas from Villari, and Daan Hoek from UV Smart.

2. Companies we should keep an eye on

Besides the list of innovators there was also a list of start- and scaleups we should keep an eye on this year! A team of experts at Sifted made a list of more than 100 companies they think you need to know about, including Nowi, Somnox, Laevo, Delft Circuits, Parkbee, and Plotwise!

3. Aquablu

The Alumni Chain of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, highlights startups that make a positive impact. This month they shared the story of Aquablu! Check out the great video they made below.

4. Solar Monkey

Solar Monkey choose a female CCO! Annemarie de Jong will help Solar Monkey to conquer Europe in their highly competitive sector.

“Recently, I have already been able to take a look in the kitchen. The enthusiasm to contribute to the energy transition is overwhelming. I see many opportunities for rapid growth and for conquering Europe. Solar Monkey is really building the sustainable future.”, says Annemarie.

5. UbiOps

UbiOps announced a partnership with cloud solution provider Ekco. With this partnership, organizations can use UbiOps as an on-demand, scalable service on the Ekco Private Cloud, without having to think about the infrastructure.

6. Envision

Envision partnered up with Extra_Japan, which means that their glasses are now also available in Japan! The AI startup not only added Japan to the list this month cause they also entered Belgium, by partnering with Integra!

Are you having an innovative AI/Blockchain or Social Tech idea? Sign up for our next Validation Lab.

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7. VideowindoW

Out of more than 500 companies, VideowindoW was selected as a finalist in the Smart Cities category for the SXSW 2021 Pitch Event. The winners for each category will be announced on the 18th of March.

8. Sensible Healthcare Systems

The MedTech startup successfully applied for a Rabobank Innovation Loan. With this loan, Sensible Healthcare Systems is able to accelerate R&D on the world’s smallest glucose sensor and paving the way for the future of glucose monitoring.

9. Philips Innovation Award

Villari, XO Sight, Loop, and the startup who just joined our Validation Lab, DuckDuckGoose, made it to the semi-finals of the Philips Innovation Award. Eventually, five Innovators and three Rough Diamonds will be selected to compete in the Grand Final.

10. Circularise

The blockchain company Circularise announced their new partnership with Marubeni.

“By working together, Marubeni and Circularise will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society and over the years put all supply chain actors in the position to implement circular economy practices at scale,” says Jordi de Vos, co-founder of Circularise.

Don’t miss out on the successes anymore!


Top 10 Startup Success Stories: January

2021 only just started but we already have so many great success stories from our startups to share with you! From new projects and products to investment announcements and winning prizes. Read on and find out all about the January Startup Success Stories from our tech incubator!

1. Somnox

Somnox won the KVK Innovation Top 100! Somnox is hereby the most innovative company of the chamber of commerce and took over from PHYSEE, the winner of last year’s edition.


This scale-up secured €4 million in the first half of our Series A investment! This investment is the company’s first step in the global rollout of SmartSkin.


ARCEON got selected for European Space Agency’s (ESA) “Euro Material Ageing” Project. As a part of the project, the startup will be implementing 4 distinct samples of their material on International Space Station (ISS) and study the aging of the material for a minimum of 6 months.

4. Effect.AI

Effect.AI shared their brand new project: Effect Pieces! Effect Pieces is a blockchain-based crowdsourced art project founded with the purpose to raise money for displaced and disadvantaged people across the globe and connect them with impactful opportunities to change their lives for the better!

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5. SenseGlove & STIL

SenseGlove is bringing a new sense to your VR/AR Training by introducing Nova. This glove combines the most advanced haptic technologies and smooth hand tracking. Further, SenseGlove is also joining forces with STIL in a MIT R&D project, where they will develop a product that could aid both the tremor market, as well as the VR/AR and tele-robotics market. This project, with a budget of €515.000, was made possible by the Dutch Provincie Zuid-Holland.

6. DeNoize

DeNoize received an investment of €200.000 from UNIIQ – Finance for the Future! This investment will bring their technology closer to a market-ready product. Also, did you catch this startup on RTL Nieuws this month?

7. Aquablu

The first step towards sustainability at the Dakar Rally is a fact. In collaboration with the startup Aquablu, Dutch Team Coronel is the first Dakar Team to survive in the desert without bottled water!

8. Villari

Out of almost 50 contenders, Villari was selected as one of the eight parties to conduct a feasibility study for the continuous monitoring of bridges in Amsterdam.

9. Circularise

Circularise will be amongst the 20 best circular projects in The Netherlands in 2021, according to Versnellingshuis Nederland Circulair!

10. Mapiq

The COO of Mapiq, Lesley Fockema Andreae-Mulder, made it to the top 25 of Leaders in Software of Europe for 2021!

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Top 10 Startup Success Stories: December

It is almost time to jump into the new year. It’s been a crazy ride but nonetheless a ride with a lot of ups for the startups along the way! So just before we pop the champagne bottle to celebrate that we made it to 2021, we would like to share the last startup successes of this year! Read all about it in the Top 10 of December, with this month not 10 but 11 success stories!

1. KVK Innovation Top 100

aQysta and Somnox got nominated for the KVK Innovation Top 100. On the 21st of January, we will get to know who will take over PHYSEE, the winner of last year’s edition.

2. Qblox

Qblox got awarded € 4.8 million in funding from the European Innovation Council! The startup applied for funding from the European Commission Accelerator Program in August of this year. Qblox is amongst the 1% successful DeepTech startups, only 38 companies, who eventually succeeded.

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3. CES 2021

Circularise, Delft Circuits, Qblox, SenseGlove, Hardt Hyperloop, and are joining CES 2021, among the 80 most innovative Dutch startups and scaleups!

4. Loop

VICE Media has chosen Bob Hendrikx, founder of Loop, as one of the 20 Humans of the Year 2020! This is a list that honors scientists, engineers, and visionaries who are changing the world for the better.

5. Mapiq

Mapiq launched their brand new website. Paired with a fresh look and feel, and filled with new inspiration, the scale-up gets you ready for the next chapter of work

6. Supersola

The CleanTech startup Supersola installed four ready-made solar panels on the roof of the DreamHûs. This is a test house in The Green Village on the TU Delft campus where innovations are introduced first hand! The test results from this realistic usage situation will be used in a discussion to eliminate ambiguities in the legislation and regulations of solar panels.

7. UbiOps

UbiOps announced that BAM Energy Systems started using their platform for data-driven analytics. “We want to use UbiOps to further develop propositions for optimising energy consumption for our clients in both the utility and residential market.”


Effect.AI has been recognized by the public and the Blockchain Netherlands (BCNL Foundation) being the best public solution made with blockchain technology in the Netherlands!


The startup that develops a wrist brace that suppresses tremor using the concept of noise-canceling won € 20.000, by making it to second place in the MedTech category of the EIT Health Catapult. 

10. Noria

Because of all the votes from friends, family, followers, and fellow fighters against plastic waste in our waters, this startup took home the Audience Award at the finals of the WIS Award.

11. Hardt Hyperloop

This month there were so many successes, so for once, we are adding an extra success! Just before the end of this month, Hardt Hyperloop announced the participation of the Dutch Government in their hyperloop development. Together with their partners Hardt Hyperloop have initiated the Hyperloop Development Program. This program is a public-private partnership to develop hyperloop as a high-speed, zero-emissions transport solution that could play a significant role in the climate transition. The Dutch Government grants a subsidy of € 4.5 million to these developments.

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