Author: Jenny Konings

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: May

We are almost halfway through the year, and although it sometimes may feel like you are not getting anywhere within this changed situation, the startups are there to prove us wrong! Continue to work hard, keep on building tomorrow’s leading firms, and don’t lose sight of your goals. Read where that mindset brought them in this months Top 10 Startup Success Stories!

1. UV Smart

UV Smart announced that their D25 has officially been registered as a CE certified medical device. This allows the startup to support even more healthcare institutions in need to disinfect their medical instruments and devices.

2. Medvice

The MedTech and AI startup successfully applied for a Rabobank Innovation Loan. With this loan Rabobank is supporting clinical pilots and further development of the MIA suite of Medvice. 

3. Praxa Sense

The corona crisis is showing the importance of the ability to monitor patients remotely. This is exactly why Rabobank also granted their Rabobank Innovation Loan to the MedTech startup Praxa Sense. This loan will help the startup accelerate greatly while they also deploy Afi for the monitoring of COVID-19 patients.

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4. Tradecloud

Alfen, a specialist in smart energy solutions, launched the Tradecloud Supply Chain Platform. With this platform they would like to optimize their supply chain management in the coming years.

5. Villari

The ComplexTech startup, who are currently enrolled in our Accelerator Program, has been granted a VroegeFaseFinanciering (VFF), which consists of a € 350.000, loan by The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The startup will use the fund for further developing their next generation wireless crack monitoring sensors.

6. Supersola

Electro retail gigant BCC starts selling the startups innovative plug and play solar panels. BCC sees that consumers experience the step to solar energy as very complex, but with the modular design of the Supersola panels, everyone can easily and quickly produce green electricity. 

7. Gerrard Street

The startup who makes a fully modular headphones system, by which all parts can easily be (dis)assembled by head, got selected for the Sustainable Young Top 100 of 2020. You still have time to vote!

8. Birds.ai & Geronimo.AI

Both startups only just finished our AI/Blockchain Validation Lab, and already worked on a case of Rijkswaterstaat, together with Data Science Initiative (The Hague). With the help of Netherlands Space Office, they set up a manual on how to use satellite data and aerial images to solve challenges within governmental institutions.

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9. Somnox

The scale-up that develops products and services for a better night’s sleep, has raised a growth capital from the Dutch investment fund of Health Investment Partners (HIP). HIP indicates that especially in the current situation it is essential to invest in sleep to build a good resistance. HIP’s growth capital is supplemented by bank loans from the Rabobank.

10. DeNoize

The startup that brings an active noise cancellation technology integrable inside window frames is one of the finalist of the Accenture Blue Tulip Awards. This year-round ecosystem-driven program has its online Final Stage on the 11th of June.

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Vacancy: Video Production Internship

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Video Production intern!

Do you want to develop your video production skills and are you willing to learn fast? Don’t look any further because we offer a video production internship where you are able to develop your preferred skills and discover the different fields within the creation of videos (directing, writing, interviewing, editing, after effects etc.).

You’ll have professional guidance, from our marketing team with experience in video productions, and room to grow your skills. Your most important asset is your growth mindset: you’re always looking to learn with enthusiasm. And if you are interested in starting your career in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment then this is an all-round video production opportunity for you! 

ABOUT YES!Delft

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 15 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!

Our offer

The coolest office in the Netherlands, where you will become part of our young marketing team of 5 people, who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you.

Not to forget, the opportunity to work within our entire driven, ambitious and international YES!Delft team, who you will enjoy a fresh and free daily lunch and Friday afternoon drinks with.

Your main responsibilities
  • Brainstorm about potential video content;
  • Create this video content for our website and/or socials with Jenny, our Digital Marketing Coordinator (think about cross-channel videos, interviews with startups, aftermovies of events and more);
  • Write down how the end result should look like, including a script;
  • Find the right mix of framing, camera angles and composition;
  • Discuss and implement visitor data, see where we miss potential and try to improve our current situation;
  • Support the marketing team with branding and website content development.
About You
  • Education: You are currently enrolled in a MBO or HBO educational institution;
  • Ambition: You have a “growth mindset”, meaning that you don’t need to know everything (yet), but you are willing to proactively learn as you go;
  • You are able to speak English;
  • You are digitally savvy and use social media networks for yourself;
  • You have an interest in startups, entrepreneurship and technology.
Practical details & how to apply

The internship starts preferably in August or September 2020, preferably for 4+ months, 3+ days a week. Please send your CV and motivational letter to edoardo@yesdelft.nl before 31st May 2020. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: Edoardo Repetti (Marketing Manager) via edoardo@yesdelft.nl.

Vacancy: Marketing Internship

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Marketing intern!

Do you want to grow in marketing and are you willing to learn fast? Don’t look any further because we offer a Marketing internship where you are able to develop your preferred skills and discover the different fields within marketing (social media, content marketing, branding, copywriting and more). 

You’ll have professional guidance and room to grow your skills. Your most important asset is your growth mindset: you’re always looking to learn with enthusiasm. And if you are interested in starting your career in an innovative, entrepreneurial environment then this is an all-round marketing opportunity for you!

ABOUT YES!Delft

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 15 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!

OUR OFFER

The coolest office in the Netherlands: check out our workplace here, where you will become part of our young marketing team of 5 people, who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you. Not to forget, the opportunity to work within our entire driven, ambitious and international YES!Delft team, who you will enjoy a fresh and free daily lunch and Friday afternoon drinks with. To top this all off we offer you an internship allowance of 300 euro each month.  

YOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Brainstorm and create content for our socials with Jenny, our Digital Marketing Coordinator (think cross-channel, interviews with experts, live coverage of events and more);
  • Guided by us you will write articles for our website and email newsletter;
  • Analyse visitor data to see where we miss potential and try to improve our current situation;
  • Support the marketing team with branding and website content development.
ABOUT YOU
  • Eduction: You are currently enrolled in an HBO or WO Bachelor;
  • Ambition: You have a “growth mindset”, meaning that you don’t need to know everything (yet), but are willing to proactively learn as you go;
  • Basic writing skills, and your English grammar is outstanding;
  • You are digitally savvy and use social media networks for yourself;
  • You have an interest in startups and entrepreneurship, but also in all that is digital. Also, Google is your number 1 “person” to ask for how to’s 🙂 
PRACTICAL DETAILS

The internship starts preferably in August or September 2020, preferably for 4+ months, 4+ days a week. Please send you CV and motivational letter to edoardo@yesdelft.nl before the 31st of May. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: Edoardo Repetti (Marketing Manager) via edoardo@yesdelft.nl.

We are looking forward to your application!

Vacancy: Graphic Design Internship

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Graphic Design intern!

Do you want to grow in graphic design and branding and want to learn fast? We offer a Graphic Design internship where you are able to develop your skills and discover the different fields within marketing (UX/UI design, branding, graphic design & more). 

You’ll have professional guidance and room to grow your skills. Your most important asset is your growth mindset: you’re always looking to learn with enthusiasm. 

ABOUT YES!Delft

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 15 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!

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Assist in producing artworks from concept to creation;
  • Help with producing graphics from concept to creation for social channels, ensuring accurate and timely completion;
  • Create and maintain a solid, consistent and high-quality visual message across all design;
  • Design and edit PowerPoint presentations, email campaign and print materials;
  • Support the marketing team with branding, web development and UX/UI project.
Requirements
  • Education: You are currently enrolled in an HBO or WO Bachelor;
  • Ambition: You have a “growth mindset”, meaning that you don’t need to know everything (yet), but are willing to proactively learn as you go;
  • Fluent with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (Premiere and After Effects are a plus!);
  • Familiar with UI prototyping tool like Adobe XD (or similar);
  • Interest in User Experience design and web development;
  • Good photography skills are a plus.
WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY FOR THIS INTERNSHIP
  • Coolest office in the Netherlands: check out our workplace here;
  • Freedom to develop: you will be part of the Marketing team of 5 people, who are experts in their field, and you can learn from them directly from day 1. Not to forget the opportunity to work within the YES!Delft team of 30+ entrepreneurial, passionate people;
  • Startups: discover the world of tech startups and innovation;
  • Afternoon drinks: every Friday, whenever you want!;
  • 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 truly unique opportunity to contribute, learn and grow in the world of tech entrepreneurship.
PRACTICAL DETAILS & HOW TO APPLY

The internship starts preferably in August or September 2020, preferably for 4+ months, 4+ days a week. Please send your CV and motivational letter to edoardo@yesdelft.nl before 31st May 2020. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: Edoardo Repetti (Marketing Manager) via edoardo@yesdelft.nl. 

Delft Circuits and YES!Funded: Matching the right startup with the right investor

Collaboration is a key ingredient in every startup-advisor relationship out there. Especially in their early days, startups need specialized advice and support in order to steer their business in the right direction. Yet, what they also need is a strong business case to start with. The startups with the strongest product, service or technology are the ones that would make it all the way. Only then, in fact, can a startup-advisor relationship really thrive.

This is exactly the case with Delft Circuits, a young innovative company providing quantum hardware solutions, and YES!Funded, a service launched by YES!Delft to support startups with their funding needs.

Bringing startups and funding together

“If you want to be investor-ready and do things properly, you need to have the right knowledge and experience,” says Daan Kuitenbrouwer. As co-founder and COO of Delft Circuits, he knows what it takes to build a high-tech company and look for ways to make it financially sustainable. “You need guidance along the way and you need to always look ahead towards your next step.” 

Founded in 2017, Delft Circuits provides hardware solutions for quantum engineers and, in particular, flexible cabling for cryogenic systems. They are specifically focused on making cables that enable quantum computing in low-temperature conditions. It is a complex technology solving a complex issue for quantum engineers. 

The market potential for a niche solution like this is big, but potential alone is not enough to make it a success. Knowing this, the startup reached out to YES!Funded to help them find the right financing tools and connections, and eventually leverage that market potential. 

“We started YES!Funded about a year ago and what we soon found out is that startups don’t have much knowledge in how to structure their company or make it financially viable,” says Jan Geert van Hall, Investment Director at YES!Delft. “To help them, we decided to launch a program that would support startups in financial lifecycle planning and securing the right funds.” 

In essence, YES!Funded enables young companies to match up with the right investors, both public and private, and helps them apply for the funds that fit them best. The program is open to YES!Delft companies as well as to startups outside of the incubator’s network. The selection process, however, is strict and the startups that do make it into the program are the ones that (1) have a very strong business case and (2) are ready to look for an investor. 

“Each company we select needs to have something special,” says Jan Geert. “It needs to have  market potential, but also be ready to take the next step in developing itself. When it came to choosing Delft Circuits, we were convinced from the start because what they have is world class.” 

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise then that soon after they started working together, the startup was selected for a project worth 2 million euros in a grant from the European Innovation Council to further develop their solution. 

The importance of choosing the right type of funding

The way to look at YES!Funded is as an independent party for startups’ funding needs. They are the ones assessing the funding needs of each startup in their program and looking for the right funding instruments for them. 

“For everybody who comes in, we make an initial funding plan and advise them on what to do,” says Jan Geert. “What most companies do when they come in is to ask us to find them an investor, but in reality most of them are not ready for that step. So what we try to do is, first, help raise their knowledge and expertise, and then start working with the ones that we think are ready and in need of a specific funding structure.” 

The startups that are considered ready are usually the ones that have a solid business plan, know their product-market fit and have a strong team already assembled. 

Perhaps one of the key unique selling points of YES!Funded is that they look at a wide range of financing instruments in order to find the most suitable for the startups in their network. “Most consultants tend to focus on one type of financing instrument, while for us it is crucial to do blended funding,” says Daan. 

Leveraging both public and private funds can eventually help strengthen a startup’s position in the market. A lot of governmental funds want to see a private investor vouch for a company before they decide whether or not to provide a subsidy, and vice versa. Many private investors want to know that a certain innovation technology or solution is backed by public funding before they assume any risk of their own.

“We see that it’s possible to leverage a lot of instruments simultaneously and that it can bring a lot of benefits, especially for a young company,” says Daan. With the recent public funding, Delft Circuits is clearly on the right path. It is only a matter of time for them to reach their full market potential. 

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: April

We started working from home almost six weeks ago already, and although it feels like more and more people are getting used to this new situation, we are still in a crisis. With this in mind, we are extra proud of our startup, who keep on building tomorrows leading firms from home. Their hard work led into us sharing another month of successes with you, all made possible by them!

1. SD-Insights

SD-Insights has attracted its first investment. Three investors have bundled their capital and knowledge, and started to helping SD-Insights their coaching app NEXTdriver, which will make sure that the logistics sector is and remains sustainable and safe on the road.

2. Aquablu

The CleanTech startup announced that it will join forces with Waterluxe, a Dutch company specialist in water softening. Together they would like to make clean drinking water accessible to everyone in The Netherlands and Belgium.

3. BI/OND

This startup donates a set of chips to EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), which will be used for a Lung-on-Chip model. This donation will enable quick and effective drug testing. BI/OND challenges other Organ-on-Chip companies to start contributing as well by donating to research groups.

4. Mapiq

Although this post is called ‘Top 10 Startup Success Stories’ there is obviously also room for our scaleups. Mapiq, a developer of smart office software, got an investment of € 3.4 million. This capital injection, done by energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ, informal investors and existing shareholders, will be used to scale up the software platform of Mapiq.

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5. Craytive Technologies

This brand new edition to our ecosystem just launched their website, with which they kicked off their search for early adapters to test their initial versions. The startup incorporates 3D Geological models into a real world environment using Mixed and Augmented Reality, to optimize the 3D modeling processes and team collaboration around the globe.

6. FeedbackFruits

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, colleges and universities are in the need of solutions to continue their lectures online. University Business has listed FeedbackFruits as one of these solution providers, because they offer higher education resources at no charge. All institutions can now use their LMS tools without any financial costs until September 2020.

7. Nurtio Technologies

Nurtio Technologies, the startup incorporating the smart sensors and AI into the indoor gardening process, has received € 300.000 of funding from the RvO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). This capital will help Nurtio finish their new prototype, go through the certification process, and prepare the product for the market launch.

8. Physee Technologies

Together with Kindow and Luxaflex, PHYSEE Technologies introduced a new energy-generating facade concept. The concept consist of PHYSEE’s energy-efficient glass facade and Kindow’s intelligent roller blinds, which provides 65% more daylight in buildings and 20% energy savings on cooling, heating and lighting. Luxflex supplies the mechanical systems and a premium awning fabric.

9. Philips Innovation Award

ADI (Applied Drone Innovations) and DeWarmte got selected as two of the five Innovators to compete at the Grand Final of the Philips Innovation Award 2020, which is the largest student-entrepreneur award in The Netherlands. On May 18th we will hear who is going to be this years winner.

10. Circularise

The Blockchain startup got selected by the Plug and Play Tech Center Italy, for their 12-week Business Development Program in the Sustainability Batch. The goal of Circularise is to focus on their development, according to expressed industry challenges and prepare themselves for implementing this with corporate partners.

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Online Pitches during the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab

Online PITCHES during the AI/BLOCKCHAIN VALIDATION LAB

At the beginning of February of this year a new batch of 7 startups joined our incubator for a period of 10 weeks to validate their business idea, during the AI/Blockchain Validation Lab. In this period the corona virus hit The Netherlands, and we had to move our program activities to an online environment. Although this was a completely new way of working for us, it worked out, due to the flexibility and dedication of this batch. We would like to thank them for accepting this challenge with us and creating a new way of working.
Normally we end our programs with a final day, where startups pitch their ideas. In this case, we asked startups to sent in a video, which makes it possible for us to share this with everyone! So are you interested to see where this period brought them? Watch their online pitches below!

Birds.ai

At Birds.ai, we use artificial intelligence to convert images into meaningful figures and numbers. We do this in three simple steps (1) digitize: we collect the input: images or videos (2) make it smart: we tune a suitable A.I. engine, and (3) provide insights: we visualize the output in a meaningful overview. Our customers use our expertise for anomaly checks, statistics, and intelligent monitoring.

Bitprop

Bitprop enables large scale formal investment into small scale property development in the developing world, helping impoverished individuals validate land ownership and generate income while providing market returns to investors.

The Bitprop system enables this by managing and supporting the end-to-end process.

Onetwomodel

Have you always wanted to become a model? Many people do, but find it very hard to enter the scene. Few responses, little feedback and lack of trustworthy agencies all play a role in this process. OneTwoModel is a platform that matches models to the right agencies in a smart and automated manner, leveraging computer vision and machine learning. Solving problems for both sides, we introduce the next phase for model scouting.

Geronimo.ai

Geronimo.AI predicts when roads need to be maintained. This allows road managers at provinces and municipalities to plan road maintenance in a smart, data-driven way. This increases the ease of planning and prevents unexpected, expensive maintenance. Together, this results in better roads for lower costs.

Cybermundus

Cybermundus is a security company focusing on protecting cloud environments. Today most companies fail to identify breaches, which leaves hackers a long time to steal their data, IP or sabotage their systems. Our solution brings down the time to detect breaches from months to minutes by automatically detecting new methods of compromise and sharing the insights with all parties. We do that by combining the latest technologies like machine learning with our innovative modelling approach.

Jild Technologies

Armed with our technology, freshly developed at the TU, we entered the validation lab. We’ve spoken to dozen potential customer, large and small, learned invaluable lessons, and acquired a tremendous set of new skills. But the most important realization was, that way more people can benefit from our technology than we could ever cater. And in hindsight, it was obvious; who wouldn’t want a blockchain framework that scales infinitely, while ensuring sub-second transaction time.  This is why we have an exciting announcement to make: We are going open-source, stay tuned!

Roseman Labs

Roseman Labs builds privacy technology with a strong focus on secure multi-party computation (MPC). MPC enables data analytics across multiple data sources without the need to see, own or transfer that data. We have built a scalable high-performance engine that leverages industry-grade implementations. Our focus markets include financial services, cyber security and location-based services. Can you help us build a scalable sales model as well?

TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: March

In light of the ongoing pandemic it is very quiet at both our offices, but all our startups are still working hard to keep on building tomorrow’s leading firms from home! To hopefully spread some positive vibes in this ongoing strange and difficult situation, we will share this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories with you! Stay healthy, and we hope to see everyone soon again.

Multiple startups are busy with implementing their technologies to fight the corona virus. We already shared a blogpost with you last week, which was dedicated to these startup. But although we mentioned them before, we couldn’t leave them out of the Top 10 Startup Success Stories of this month, because of all the successes they are booking within the current crisis. So we start this months successes off with these startups!

1 VFA Solutions B.V.

It was already a few weeks ago, when Dutch television program Hart van Nederland interviewed Founder of VFA Solutions B.V., Eliane Khoury, who creates devices that destroy all harmful substances in the air, including the corona virus. Since the virus many new customers have come forward. “The corona crisis feels like the last droplet that the market needed to realize the importance of proper air quality and its impact on people’s health,” says Eliane.

2 UV Smart

Oral masks are normally used only once but due to the current shortage UV Smart started to look at different ways to disinfect and safely reuse them. Hospitals started with the disinfection of mouth masks with UV Smarts’ prototype of UV light equipment. This prototype is a derivative of an existing UV-C disinfection device, which just received the official proof that it reduces viruses on oral masks with 99.999%.

3 Somnox

Everybody probably knows that sleep is essential for a good health, but did you also know that sleep is an amazing immune system booster? This made Somnox, the startup that knows all the ins and outs about sleep, decide to make all their sleep-knowledge available for free. They went even further, by making some of their products available to borrow for healthcare employees, so they can get the rest they deserve. To top this off, Somnox started to use their 3D-printers to make ventilation masks out of sports brand Decathlons snorkeling masks. They will deliver these to the hospital, to help them prepare for the expected peak.

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4 Delmic

For patience who need to be examined at the hospital, this startup developed a the DAAD (Diagnose At A Distance) system, which makes it possible for medical staff to examine potential patients without being in direct contact with them. “Our current proposal is not in our core business at all so that has been a big change,” says CEO Sander den Hoedt. Yet a change that he and his team have embraced in order to help minimise the impact of the coronavirus.

5 Innovattic

This startup has been approached by the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center) to develop is a CoronaBox with a thermometer and an oxygen saturation measurement device. This box makes it possible for potential corona patients to stay at home and do the necessary measurements from there. “That way, they will not infect other people in the hospital and at the same time, the box can help monitor them from their home in case their health deteriorates fast”, says Lauwerens Metz, CEO of Innovattic.

6 Envision

Besides all the corona virus related initiatives, our startups also booked other successes. Like the YES!Delft The Hague based startup, Envision, who launched their pre-ordering campaign. With their new AI-powered smartglasses, Envision empowers the blind and visually impaired to be more independent. Watch the amazing campaign video below!

7 Polytential

This startup made their first sale. Their quality analysis tool, the Virtual Chemist, is at the National Test center for Circular Plastic this month, where it will be used to gain insight in the material composition after plastic packaging has been sorted. In addition, Polytential also received a grant of €50.000, after being one of the winners of the P>Act Challenge.

8 VIBES.technology

This startup joined forces with Dutch tech company Lightyear, who is creating a solar car with a focus on range and efficiency. Within this collaboration, VIBES’ expertise is used to set up a robust sound and engineering process, which is an important step towards further growth and acceptance of electric vehicles.

9 Clevr

The MedTech startup Clevr was part of the television program Nieuwsuur from the NOS, where the increasing popularity of VR glasses in mental health care was discussed. The VR glasses are causing a revolution in the mental health care, because virtual reality is changing therapy from talking to doing. That means practicing in a customized world and applicable for a wide range of complaints.

10 VIKTOR

The construction companies BAM Infra Nederland, Ballast Nedam and Heijmans joined forces to develop applications. The companies have opted for an open collaboration in which they collectively automate on the VIKTOR platform, which enable builders to jointly build their own online applications. The first application has already been launched within three months, and was presented to the entire construction industry.

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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: February

Starting your own business sounds difficult, and it is. Yet YES!Delft startups keep on celebrating successes by securing investments, funds and loans. In addition, they get nominated or even win awards, they reach partnership agreements, and got mentioned by big media outlets. Read all about it in this month’s Top 10 Startup Success Stories!
1 Smart-Ship

The startup that aims to revolutionize ship control announced its first investment, which is coming from the InnovationQuarter fund UNIIQ. This investment enables them to continue the development of their range of high-end ship controls.

2 Skelex

This startup proves that it is possible to improve the overall utility and comfort of the way humans work in industrial settings.  With their extremely light, easy-to-use, wear, adjust and move in suit, Skelex won the iF DESIGN Award in the Product Category.

3 Qlayers

The startup that automated the coating application method successfully applied for the Rabobank Innovation Loan. With this loan Qlayers is able to run a pilot, enabling the startup to build machines to apply coatings of the future.

 

4 Eave

The MedTech startup announced that they, through their strong relationship with Places for People, started working together with ModularWise to prevent hearing loss with the use of their ear-worn IoT-computer.

5 Applied Drone Innovations

Avular, an industrial drone manufactured located in Eindhoven, and ADI are continuing their successful partnership.  Together they can revolutionize the horticulture industry. Avular enables the startup to collect their data, by using the Curiosity Core, which makes it possible to autonomously navigate a greenhouse via drone.

6 Manometric

Manometric received an investment of ReumaNederland, which ensures that more 3D scanners can be produced and that the 3D printed braces of the startup can be further developed for various rheumatic disorders. With this investment ReumaNederland wants to ensure that more people can get faster access to a personalized brace.

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7 DeWarmte, DeNoize & aQysta

Startups DeWarmte, DeNoize and aQysta all made it to the semifinals of the Blue Tulip Awards. With this year-round program the Blue Tulip Awards aims to build powerful collaborations and drive breakthrough innovations. After the final pitch round, on the 12th of March, we will hear which startups made if to the Finals.

8 Physee & Somnox

With the presence of incubators, accelerator programs, and investment money Dutch magazine Quote states it is easier for a startup to grow. But “which eager entrepreneurs will run tomorrow’s multinationals?”. Quote listed 25 startups who have the biggest potential to make it, and both Physee and Somnox are among these 25 growing companies.

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9 Villari

Villari announced that they reached an agreement on the sale and transfer of their intellectual property rights, concerning the CrackGuard technology with Erik Puik, managing Director of DotDotFactory BV. With this agreement the startup is able to turn their research into a viable, reliable and scalable product.

10 Circularise

Our Digital Hub resident and Blockchain Startup Circularise announced that they selected as one of the Top 4 innovations of EIC Prize by European Commission, in the category of Blockchains for Social Good. The innovators that come up with the most promising Blockchain solutions will be awarded with 5 million euros.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam and YES!Delft launch regional partnership

The Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) will collaborate with YES!Delft in a regional partnership. EUR believes that it can intensify its impact on society by encouraging entrepreneurship. The university’s Executive Board – represented by Rutger Engels – and the board of YES!Delft signed a Letter of Intent on Friday, 21 February, paving the way for EUR’s participation in YES!Delft. YES!Delft’s establishment of a programme in Rotterdam will be one of the initiatives for providing a boost to entrepreneurship among students and staff. This partnership will enhance up-and-running EUR initiatives with YES!Delft’s expertise.

“Signing the Letter of Intent with YES!Delft is a further step in achieving our ambitions. It enables us to combine our own expertise at RSM and the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship with YES!Delft’s expertise”, says Rutger Engels, Rector magnificus of the EUR.

“Successful start-ups always have a high degree of diversity in their founding teams. This partnership will lead to numerous new enterprises built on a foundation that combines the various talents of Delft University of Technology and EUR”, says Evert Jaap Lugt, managing director of YES!Delft.

Encouraging more entrepreneurship

YES!Delft was established by Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research, and the Municipality of Delft. “It’s the most successful incubator in the Netherlands, and its ambitions include further regional expansion. In YES!Delft, we’ve found a robust partner to give an additional boost to entrepreneurship at our university”, says Hans Smits, interim-Chair of EUR’s Executive Board. The partnership will bring the EUR’s Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship closer to YES!Delft, and their interaction will create opportunities.

Combining business and technology

YES!Delft plays a key role on the Delft University of Technology Campus when it comes to supporting disruptive innovative ecosystems, both locally and at the regional level. “Delft University of Technology is proud of YES!Delft’s success. The university’s spin-offs were able to successfully develop there and over the past few years, multiple companies originating from the Rotterdam region have joined them. Combining our strengths with EUR is a promising next step towards giving entrepreneurship in our region a shot in the arm”, said Executive Board President Tim van der Hagen.

Incorporating entrepreneurship in education and research

The goal is to give shape to a sustainable partnership, one that generates synergy and benefits all the partners. Encouraging entrepreneurship offers EUR opportunities to strengthen ties with local and global stakeholders and contribute to addressing challenges facing society. One facet of this is social entrepreneurship that engages with society. Engels also stresses that “In this context, entrepreneurship is more than just establishing startups. It also means that entrepreneurship must be incorporated in education, for example, and ways have to be found to combine it with research. Creating a strong entrepreneurial mindset among our students and staff plays an important role in this process.”

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