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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: January

Did you come up with a new business idea while celebrating New Years Eve? Yes, read our startup success stories, see what other startups achieved and get inspired. This month we will share stories about new distribution agreements that were signed, announcements of commercial availability and commercial orders. In addition, some startups received funding and others secured investments. Read on and find out all about the January startup success stories from our tech incubator:
1 ADI 
They announced their first commercial order by Beekenkamp Plants, a Dutch family-owned business. Together they will work on developing a mobile data collecting platform. This client will receive information about the germination process and the quality of their crops. ADI makes this possible by collecting data through autonomously drones operating inside the greenhouse. 
2 Praxa sense 
The medTech startup received a 15.000€ Innovation Fund by Rabobank! This will enable them to further develop their device Afi in partnership with the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft. Afi is a small sensor used for long term monitoring and an early detection of common heart rhythm diseases and can therefore prevent strokes.  

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3 NOWI
Together with the smartwatch module company MMT Swiss Connect Nowi announced commercial availability of the Hybrid Smartwatch! The use of Nowis advanced energy harvesting power magnet makes it possible to create a watch that doesn’t need charging anymore. The watch offers many more sustainable features. Find out more.
Atmos UAV
They signed a new distribution agreement with Thai SKY Vision! In collaboration with their new distributor they will offer their high-end VTLO drone, Marlyn, to local professionals in Thailand and provide them with support and maintenance. Marlyn can map and surveying, even in harsh and windy conditions.  
aQysta
Is it possible to transport water without the use of fuel or electricity? Yes, aQysta makes it possible. After their successful implementation of their pump in Ethiopia, they now installed two Barsha Pumps in Zimbabwe. The community can now enjoy drinking water for their livestocks, irrigation and aquaculture.
ParkBee
The Het Financieele Dagblad featured ParkBee as an example for an innovative scale-up. Parking is extremely expensive and it gets harder every day to find a free parking space in major cities. ParkBees’ application solved that issue by partnering up with providers such as Parkmobil or Park-line to allow their users to park in their garages. 
Kitepower 
NEON is a multi-disciplinary research project focusing on the transition to renewable energy in the Netherlands. Kitepower’s co-founder, Roland Schmehl, will be contributing to this project. Together with TU Delft and Ampxy Power they will focus on the NEON Wind Energy section with the goal of developing new methods and techniques to improve the energy transition.  

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Envision 
Envision announced their compatibility with smart glasses! Their app enables blind and low vision users to speak out visual words around them. Now they can provide their users a hand free experience especially when being outdoors. They are planning their first commercial availability in July this year.
CloudCuddle 
There are many solutions out there to protect children from falling out of their bed, but none is portable. CloudCuddle, recently recognised as a social enterprise, solved that problem and are now in the process of developing CloudCuddle Senior. For further development they received a 20.000€ Innovation Fund by Rabobank! Moreover, founder Lotte Leufkens was featured in V!VA and was interviewed about her experiences as a female entrepreneur.
10 IMSystem
The robotic startup receives an investment from ABB Technology Ventures and InnovationQuarter! They can now prepare their innovation Archimedes Drive for commercial use. Their innovation is the first breakthrough in the transmission system in sixty years. Instead of using conventional cogs with fragile teeth to produce torque their innovation drives on harness fraction.  

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SenseGlove: The hand that lets you feel Virtual Reality

Technology is changing jobs faster than ever. Assembly training becomes an important aspect of many companies, but it is expensive and time consuming. However, there might be a solution that can solve those problems, virtual reality (VR). VR combines the sense of hearing and seeing and gives the illusion of diving into every possible scenario. Yet, there is one missing aspect, not being able to feel what the eye sees. SenseGlove is solving that problem by bringing the sensing aspect into VR.
FROM A SIMPLE IDEA
It all started with a graduation project. Johannes Luijten was towards the end of his Master’s in Industrial Design at the TU Delft when he took on the task to create a robot that would help people recover after a stroke.  “He created a big robot, a big exoskeleton that was capable of doing all the natural motions in the arm,” says Gijs den Butter, co-founder of SenseGlove. “From a technology point of view, it was a very interesting finding. The challenge was to translate the design into a feasible business.” This was the point when Gijs came onboard.  The technology that Johannes had developed was innovative, yet too expensive to fit into a sole business case. A more realistic solution was, thus, to take just one element of the whole robot – in this case the hand – and develop it further. Originally, Johannes and Gijs made it their goal to develop a glove specifically for people with hand and wrist problems to help them guide through physical therapy. 
THROUGH YES!DELFT
The two co-founders realised that they have an interesting idea with business potential  but getting the certification and hitting the market would take a long time.  In 2015, they joined the YES!Delft Validation Lab to help them tackle that challenge and soon after, decided to broaden their scope. The team saw that there is a potential need in the VR market, but the change in business models meant that they had to completely redesign the glove.   “The great thing about YES!Delft is that you have a lot of common-minded people around you,” Gijs says. “Being part of such a community makes it possible to exchange experiences and knowledge with fellow entrepreneurs.” 
TO A GROWING COMPANY
Getting to know their market better, Johannes and Gijs made another decision and this time to shift their focus completely away from medical tech to becoming a VR company.   The change of business model was also partly due to the interest of car manufacturer Volkswagen (VW) shown in SenseGlove. In 2016, they built their first demonstrator and presented it at the CEBIT conference a year later. That was where VW saw their glove and was interested in using it for their assembling training. They shipped their first development kits less than two years after the company was founded. Their haptic glove combines force feedback to feel restriction, as well as tactical feedback to feel the texture of an object. This combination enables the users to react similarly as in real life. “Hand presence in VR is one of the most immersive things. At the moment I grasp this bottle in a virtual environment, I feel resistance with the resistance I feel the density and the size of an object. It feels like I’m actually holding it,” Gijs adds. In the beginning of 2018, the team wanted to make their first batch of SenseGloves. That was when investor and now Operation Manager Niels Bogert joined the team. Currently, SenseGlove is a team of nine full-time employees, two of whom are the original co-founders.  For the future, they are working on a wireless version that is less bulky, smaller and easy to clean. The Exo Skeleton can already be purchased as a developer kit. Up until now, SenseGlove sold around 100 kits including clients like Google DeepMind, VW, Scania, Fraunhofer and Airbus.
Milestones
November 2014 – Winners of YES!Delft’s Validation Lab  program April 2015 – STW grand; – Joined YES!Delft’s Incubation Program  September 2016 – Secured funding from Unique  End of 2016 – Change of business model     September 2017 – Demonstration at CEBIT  Beginning of 2018 – Investment from Angel investor and COO  November 2019 – Funding from Forward.one and Value Creation Capital
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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: December

The New Year 2020 is around the corner and our tech incubator is preparing for a short Christmas break. But before we pack our bags, there are some last success stories to share. Multiple startups received new fundings and secured new partnerships. Further, our tech startups are growing by manufacturing their technology and expanding their product line. Read on and find out all about the last success stories from our tech incubator before the year ends!
Circularise
The Blockchain startup presented their solution at the TNW in Amsterdam, which was organized in cooperation with the Financial Times. A total of 8 startups were selected to present their pitch at the Hard Fork Pitch Battle in front of a selected jury of journalists, investors, advisors, and corporate inventors. Circularise came out as a winner!  

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2 Sense Glove, Nowi, Dutch Analytics
Multiple startups, from our incubator, have successfully secured investments and received funding before the end of the year. After the winter break, they can kick start into the new year. Find out about the startups: Sense Glove, the startup behind the haptic glove, received undisclosed funding from Forward.one and Value Creation Capital. Now, they can accelerate their glove and are ready for international sales. Recently, they launched the second version of their haptic glove that provided tactile- and force feedback as well as accurate motion-tracking. Nowi received $10m in a Series A round of funding from Distributive Technology Ventures, which made them reach a total of $14m in funding! They can now kick start in the first half of 2020 and commercialize their energy harvesting chip business globally.  Dutch Analytics successfully raised €2m of investments led by Global Founders Capital and BAM. This investment makes it possible to continue developing their platform Xenia, which helps companies to bring their AI algorithm into operation and monitor the life cycle. 
3 Elemental Water Makers 
The community of Efoetsy in Madagascar can now enjoy 15,000 liters of water every day thanks to their solar desalination system. The community can now enjoy safe and sustainable drinking water. In addition, their innovation uses three times less energy than conventional techniques. Curious to find out more about their project?
PHYSEE 
The CleanTech startup is manufacturing 58 Power Windows, in cooperation with their partners AGC and Pilkington, for multiple projects. This will help them scale up and further grow their impact on the market. In addition, the new residential tower BOLD, in Amsterdam Noord, will integrate Physee’s SmartSkin technology for a sustainable future. The tower will open its doors in 2021.    
Delft Circuits
Delft Circuits is selected for the Accelerator pilot led by the European Innovation Council. They will receive financial support, coaching, networking and business advice to accelerate further development of their quantum computing by delivering scalable cryogenic. 
Scoozy 
This accelerator alumnus secured a new partnership with Mediworld with the aim to improve the safety of mobility scooters. In the next five years, Mediworld is opening more than 100 stores in the Netherlands, where everyone would be able to see and test Scoozy themselves. The Scoozy design includes a four-wheel drive, an intelligent steering, and an active braking system to offer a lifestyle without any limitations.  

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Warp VR
In an interview with RTL, the virtual reality game Reanimatie Training was shown to be successful in providing medical students with a realistic simulation of emergency events. Warp VR designed the game to give students an immersive training experience and the benefit of the emotional reaction the game can evoke to further develop medical student’s skills.  
Fly Aeolus
No direct flight to your destination? No problem, Fly Aeolus recently added 3 new aircraft to their fleet. Their air taxi service provides flights across Europe to 1200 small and regional airports. These new additions will be based in Hamburg, Essen and Kulmbach and will provide more travel opportunities with lower costs.   
9 Smart-Ship 
Secured a new partnership! Together with Maxon Benelux the startup will develop a new generation of their innovation haptic ship control. In addition, Smart-Ship was featured in the newest edition of Ship Building Industry (Vol 13, Issue 5). The article highlights their Smart-Ship technology, current projects and their partnership with Bachmann Electronics GmbH.  
10 BI/OND
The Demo event, at the Erasmus MC, gave students the opportunity to interact with BI/OND customizable Organ-on-chip. Moreover, they have been named one of Hello Tomorrow Deep Tech Pioneer selected out of 5000 startups from 126 countries. Their product gives biologists the opportunity to overcome the limitation for standard in vitro assays.   

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TOP 10 TECH STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES: NOVEMBER

Starting your own business can be difficult, yet YES!Delft startups are celebrating successes by securing investments and funds, developing new technology, as well as winning awards. Furthermore, four YES!Delft startups are flying to Las Vegas and attending the biggest tech fair in the world. Read on and find out all about it in this month’s top 10 tech startup success stories!
1 Circularise
The Validation Lab Accelerator and resident in our Digital Hub in The Hague is the only Dutch company that is a finalist in the BASF and Greentown Labs Circularity challenge. Only five teams are selected to move into the finals out of almost 100 that applied.  

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2 Hardt Hyperloop 
They are on an upward trajectory! The ComplexTech startup received a multi-million Euro investment by the Dutch clean energy conglomerate Koolen Industries. They are developing a sustainable high-speed zero-emission transportation system. Yes, you heard correctly, completely CO2 neutral!
3 Kitepower
This year, they got to beey are awarded asto be the Most Innovative Wind Energy Development Solutions Provider in Europe 2019! They received the award by Corporate Vision Magazine. Each nominee was carefully selected based ony their performance over the past 12 months. Industry partners, as well as an in-house jury, choseselected the winners.
4 Atmos UAV
The aviation startup is collaborating with Global Flight GmbH, the biggest drone distributor in Europe. Together, they will be able to provide VTOL fixed-wing Marlyn drones to consumers in Germany and Austria and expand their customer base.   
5 SOLHO 
More great news from the Green Village, SOLHO has successfully installed its modular Thermal energy storage (TESMOD). This project is a collaboration with the Propulsion and Power group of the Aerospace faculty at TU Delft. In the upcoming months, they will assess its potential for a district heating application and its scalability. 
6 PATS
Their indoor drone solution will be featured at the 2022 Florida Expo organized by the Urban Green initiative. Their Utopian Island implements new sustainable solutions to make cities greener. Although the Expo will take place in two years, there are many events planned in the run-up to it. 
7 Somnox
They were selected to be the European Robotics startup of 2019! This received the award by Robot Union EU. Their sleeping robot is helping more and more people fall asleep and improve their health. Curious to read more about it?     
Envision 
The award ‘Dutch Startup of the Year’ goes to Envision! The winner was chosen by the audience and a selected jury at the Computable Awards in which they competed against 10 startups. Moreover, Envision could convince more than 20% of the audience to vote for their innovation.  
9 ADI (Applied Drone Innovations) 
The robotics startup recieved funding of 250.000 Euro from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO)! With this money, ADI is planning on accelerating their technology and growing its core team. The startup is helping farmers to monitor their crops with the goal of minimizing the spread of diseases.   

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10 CES 2020
Las Vegas, our startups are coming! Nowi, Circularise, Sense Glove, Envision, Odd.Bot and Project.BB are attending the CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The biggest and most prestigious technology fair in the world with over 180,000 attendees! Furthermore, Royal Highness Prince Constantijn van Oranje will travel with them. They were selected by TechLeap and can represent themselves from the 7th to the 10th of January 2020. Get to know the startups: Nowi creates sensors that never runs out of power thereby it reduces the need for changing batteries and unwanted cables.  Circularise solves communication problems within the value chain by using Blockchain to enable a circular economy.   Sense Gloves’ innovation brings virtual objects to life so that the user can feel touch and interact with them.  Envision developed a software that provides people with visual impairment to live more independently for instance by reading menu cards or providing assistance when using public transport.  Project.BB  has built a stand-alone robot that can detect litter and clean the beach from unwanted trash. Odd.Bot their robot Weed Whacker provides a higher yield with less manual labor and less use of herbicides.  

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TOP 10 TECH STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES: OCTOBER

CleanTech startups in Delft are taking over the country, if we look at Kitepower, aQysta, and Physee Technologies. And this is even with three months less until we round up 2019. One could think there would be fewer awards granted, but check out all the achievements from this month’s startup success of our tech incubator in Delft. 
 
1. VideowindoW
The Accelerator alumnus is implementing their dynamic blinds at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. Concretely, from now on, the passengers can see the transformation of glass into media content at the departure hall between the gates seven and eight. Hopefully, all airports will have VideowindoW instead of regular glass in the future!  
2. Circularise
The Blockchain startup, a resident in our Digital Hub in The Hague, announced two new partnerships. They are collaborating with Domo Chemicals and Covestro to create a circular economy for the plastic industry. This could have a major impact on the sustainability standards for plastic materials.   

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3. Mythronics
The AI/Robotics startup Mythronics received a donation of 20,000 Euro from Rabobank Delft Innovation Fund. They will use the funding to accelerate the development of their technology.  
4. PHYSEE Technology
The CleanTech startup won the first prize in the category ‘Top 100 innovation’ by KVK (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) with their SmartSkin technology. This innovation generates renewable energy from fully transparent windows, thus generating green energy and contributing to a sustainable future.    
5. aQysta
The CleanTech startup competed in the Social Impact Lab 2019 organised by PwC Nederlands. Over 125 startups and scale-ups applied with a social mission! 13 finalists got selected and aQysta is one of the four winners! They presented their sustainable hydro-powered pump that uses juust water to create an alternative energy source. Yes, you read that well, this means it works without the use of fuel or electricity!  
6. PATS
The Accelerator alumnus just got featured in the AD newspaper. PATS is creating small indoor drones that can fight against vermin in greenhouses. Farmers can stop using pesticides and eliminate pests in a sustainable manner.  
7. Kitepower 
The CleanTech startup located in Delft is back in the news! The public poll, created by KVK Innovatie Top 100, resulted in enough votes for making Kitepower be amongst the Top 22 of the most innovative companies in South Holland. Their Kitepower system generates renewable energy by only using wind power. In addition, the votes got them to be amongst the Top 80 most innovative companies in the Netherlands.  
8. Momo Medical
This MedTech startup won the Smart Solution Award 2019 organised by World of Health Care 2019. Their innovation BedSense can detect a person’s movement and send signals to the caregiver when no movement is detected. The award is granting them to join any international trade mission organised by Task Force Health Care.   
9.  Braindrop 
During the Dutch Design Week 2019, Braindrop will be present. How? One might wonder, since they’re no design company. Their chemical fire protection, TNF, is used on one the showcased building – The Growing Pavilion! This is a pilot cooperation with Stichting Nieuwe Helden (Company New Heroes). You can visit The Growing Pavillion from the 19th to the 27th of October in Eindhoven!  
10.  Meld een Vermoeden
The resident of our Digital Hub – Meld een Vermoeden, one of our startups in YES!Delft The Hague, announced that the Gemeente Alphen aan den Rijn is using their platform. This makes them the 15th municipality in The Netherlands to do so! Together, they improve communication to fight against crime to create a safer environment for society.       Register for our newsletter to always be up to date with more success stories from our tech incubator!  

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