Author: Jenny Konings

Top 10 Startup Success Stories: September

YES!DELFT START- AND SCALE-UPS WERE CELEBRATING A LOT OF SUCCESSES AGAIN THIS MONTH. FROM SECURING INVESTMENTS TO GETTING FEATURED BY NEWS OUTLETS AND PARTNERING UP WITH BIG CORPORATES! FIND OUT ALL ABOUT IT IN THIS MONTH’S TOP 10 STARTUP SUCCESS STORIES!

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 Techleap.nl 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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

6. STIL

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

2. PHYSEE

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.

3. ARCEON

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 Birds.ai 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.”

8.Effect.AI

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!

9. STIL

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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TOP 10 Startup Success Stories: November

The Holidays are around the corner, which means we are almost ready to wrap up 2020. One could think there would be fewer successes to share, but look at all the achievements from our startups that took place in November! Keep on reading and find out all about this.

1. VIKTOR

VIKTOR had successfully raised a Series A funding round from InnovationQuarter and the sitting Board of Directors. This new investment round will enable the startup to accelerate their developments and help their clients to realize their digital ambitions more quickly.

2. Breeze

The dating app startup closed its first funding round of  €140.000! This investment allows them to accelerate their growth and make keep on creating an impact on the industry by bringing online dating offline again. In addition, the startup also launched its app in The Hague!

3. Gerrard Street

Did you know that soundproof headphones are a must for a healthy home workplace? Gerrard Street was a guest at BNR Nieuwsradio this month to tell us all about this.

4. Circularise

Together with the School of Data Science, the blockchain startup Circularise won “From Plastic Pollution to Upcycling Economy” track of the Odyssey Momentum, the biggest blockchain hackathon in the world!

5. SD-Insights

This startup won the nationale verkeersveiligheidsprijs 2020, the ‘Olympics’ for road safety. This prize is an initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, ANWB, Veilig Verkeer Nederland, and the foundation for scientific research on traffic safety.

6. Envision

The Envision Glasses are available for everyone to buy. After a successful pre-order campaign the product can now be shipped worldwide.

7. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

“By 2030, the use of pesticides in European agriculture and horticulture must be reduced by 50%.” This is one of the ambitious goals under the Farm-to-Fork strategy. PATS Indoor Drone Solutions got the opportunity to talk to Dutch news program RTL Z, to talk about their solution and how it contributes to making Dutch horticulture even more sustainable.

8. SLAM Orthopedic

The team of SLAM Orthopedic announced that they won the Venture Challenge Fall Edition 2020. The program challenged them to analyze all the aspects of their venture and helped them to focus on improving their strategy and message.

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9. Nurtio Technologies

Nurtio Technologies is going international. The startup signed a cooperation agreement with Kenneth Freeman, an expert in interior landscaping and biophilic design, who will help them in their final stage of the product development, and also commercially representing Nurtio Technologies in the United Kingdom.

10. Plotwise

This startup, who develops innovative AI-based planning software is striving to improve the safety, sustainability, and efficiency of home delivery, has secured an investment from the South Holland energy innovation fund ENERGIIQ to further expand and scale up its services.

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Meet the Investor Readiness Program Batch 2020

Meet the startups of our Investor Readiness Program

Six startups are currently enrolled in our Investor Readiness Program. In 10-weeks they get all the tools to be attractive from an investor’s perspective and to obtain the necessary funds to further accelerate! After previous successes, and numerous requests, YES!Funded also started to welcome startups outside our ecosystem to the program! Scroll down, get to know them a bit better, and find out how they experienced the program so far.

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions

PATS Indoor Drone Solutions is automating insect control for horticulture with their Bat-like Drones.

“Investor readiness is much more than a fancy slide deck. You have to make the switch from selling your company to building the case for investors such that they see the long-term potential and have no other want than to be part of this journey together with the startup team.

The program gives great insights into all aspects that are relevant to building this case, with great and detailed support and guidance by the YES!Funded team.”

Cuurios

Asset-intensive industries struggle to inspect, maintain, and repair their assets in a coordinated and timely way. Their business-as-usual collaboration solutions (e.g. E-mail, Microsoft Excel, Power BI) are reactive, highly dependent on human input, or lack data context. This leads to avoidable production losses, asset downtime, or quality issues.
 
The software product of Cuurios is a collaborative environment to organize, track, and manage asset related actions, turbo charged by data.
 
“The first three weeks of the YES!Delft Investor Readiness Program were inspiring and intense and it gave us valuable insights on the investors perspective, our elevator pitch, and much more… Cuurios is now 2 years successful in business and we believe this program will help us prepare and present an appealing investment opportunity!”
 
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Lynk

Lynk is embedding quality control intuitively into your projects’ digital workflow.
 
“Even amidst Corona, Carola, Jan Geert, and Bianca have managed to make the Investor Readiness Program feel personal and inclusive. The masterclasses have been on-point and have nudged us to look beyond technology and product metrics. We are looking forward to making our business case full-circle and getting in touch with investors.”

Mavin

The purpose of the media has always been to hold governments and organizations accountable. But who holds the media accountable? Mavin believes it should be you. Especially now! Mavin will be an ecosystem of crowd-sourced, reputation-based, rating, and commenting tools to enable internet users to instantly recognize the trustworthiness of content they read, share, or engage in. This will help to restore online trust, fight misinformation, bad bots, and trolls while offering publishers additional engagement, traffic, and revenue.

“We applied to join the Investor Readiness Program to improve how we target, present to, and connect with investors. The first weeks have been focused on getting the basics in order to target investors, while the second part of the program is more focused on the in-depth knowledge required when connecting to investors.

We received great feedback on our pitch deck, not only from the YES!Delft team, but also from the Entrepreneurs in Residence which are part of YES!Delft. Especially those connections, to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors are most useful and relevant to us and we are looking forward to a lot more inspiring conversations.”

BodyGraph

BodyGraph designed The Textile Coach, a smart undershirt that provides accurate body monitoring and gives actionable advice.

“During the first three weeks, we already got so many new insights from the YES!Delft team and the other participants. We now know what investor-ready truly means. We are looking forward to putting the things we learned into practice and pitch for the ‘friendly’ investors, later on in the program.”
 

Olivia

Olivia brings inexpensive wireless data fuels to the next wave of innovation. An explosion in affordable hardware makes gathering data possible in ways it wasn’t before. Communicating data wirelessly remains costly and painful. Olivia changes that, by becoming the world’s first mobile network operator for smart devices.
 

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Startups present their solutions at the Pitch Day of EIT Health Validation Lab

The EIT Health Pitch Day marked the end of this year’s EIT Health Validation Lab, and sent 17 early-stage MedTech startups into the market. The event was held entirely online on October 27 and gave teams a chance to pitch their innovation to our network. Lifelet Medical took the coveted first prize. 

“The Validation Lab was a great experience for Lifelet Medical, where we received excellent domain-specific mentorship and coaching. It was an honor to work with all of the startups, and we are delighted for the opportunity to advance to the central pitch competition and to accelerate our technology further”, says Elle Sander, co-founder of Lifelet Medical.

A partnership between EIT Health & YES!Delft

EIT Health Validation Lab is a partnership between YES!Delft and EIT Health. The two organizations join forces to offer early-stage companies an opportunity to validate their technology as best as possible, and combine YES!Delft’s startup expertise with the extensive knowledge and network of EIT Health. 

Over the course of eight weeks, the two parties provided the right tooling and coaching to startups to develop their skills to validate their riskiest business assumptions, to sharpen their problem-solution-fit, and find their product-market-fit. The Validation Lab is designed to help promising MedTech teams get in touch with mentors and industry specialists already early on. 

Solving a severe and relevant problem

Lifelet Medical, the winner of this edition, is on an ambitious yet very important mission. The team aims to improve the lives of patients with heart valve disease by developing fully synthetic durable and sustainable heart valve leaflets for life. 

“Lifelet is solving a severe problem that is very relevant worldwide, they have a unique innovation and an excellent team,” said Evert Jaap Lugt, Managing Director of YES!Delft, when he announced the startup as the winner. 

“We would like to thank all the startups and ecosystem partners for their ongoing enthusiasm throughout the program. I’m very curious to see what the future holds for these game-changers, I have very high expectations after everything we’ve seen so far”, says MedTech Program Manager, Claire Visser.

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