Author: Jenny Konings

Regional collaboration between Erasmus University Rotterdam and YES!Delft

De Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (EUR) gaat samenwerken met YES!Delft. EUR ziet het aanjagen van ondernemerschap als middel om haar maatschappelijke impact te kunnen vergroten. Op vrijdag 21 februari heeft het College van Bestuur van de universiteit – bij monde van Rutger Engels –  en de directie van YES!Delft een Letter of Intent ondertekend over deelname van EUR in YES!Delft. Ondernemerschap onder studenten en personeel wordt onder andere gestimuleerd door de oprichting van een programma van YES!Delft in Rotterdam. Door deze samenwerking worden lopende initiatieven van de EUR verrijkt met de expertise van YES!Delft.

“Het tekenen van de Letter of Intent met YES!Delft is een verdere stap in de realisatie van onze ambities. De EUR brengt op deze manier de eigen expertise vanuit RSM en het Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship samen met die van YES!Delft en haar netwerk”, aldus Rutger Engels, rector magnificus van de EUR.

“Succesvolle startups hebben altijd een hoge mate van diversiteit in de founding teams. Deze samenwerking zal leiden tot vele nieuwe ondernemingen waarbij de basis gevormd wordt door het samenbrengen van de diverse talenten van TU Delft en de EUR. Uniek in Nederland!”, aldus Evert Jaap Lugt, managing director YES!Delft. 

Ondernemerschap verder aanwakkeren

YES!Delft is opgericht door de TU Delft, TNO en de gemeente Delft. “YES!Delft is de meest succesvolle incubator van Nederland en heeft de ambitie om regionaal verder uit te breiden. Met YES!Delft hebben wij een stevige partner gevonden om ondernemerschap binnen onze universiteit verder aan te wakkeren”, zegt Hans Smits, interim-voorzitter College van Bestuur van de EUR. De EUR brengt onder meer het eigen Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship hiermee dicht bij YES!Delft wat over en weer mogelijkheden creëert.

Combineren business en technologie

YES!Delft speelt een belangrijke rol op de TU Delft Campus en in het aanjagen van het radicale innovatieve ecosysteem rond de TU Delft en de bredere regio. “TU Delft is trots op het succes van YES!Delft. Spin-offs van TU Delft hebben zich daar succesvol kunnen ontwikkelen. Afgelopen jaren zijn al meerdere bedrijven vanuit de regio Rotterdam ingestroomd. Het verder bundelen van de krachten met de EUR is een mooie volgende stap om ondernemerschap in onze regio te stimuleren”, aldus collegevoorzitter Tim van der Hagen.

Ondernemerschap inbedden in onderwijs en onderzoek

De ambitie is een duurzame en samenwerking vorm te geven. Een samenwerking die synergie oplevert waar alle partners van profiteren. Het aanmoedigen van ondernemerschap biedt de EUR kansen om de banden met de lokale, maar ook mondiale stakeholders aan te halen en een bijdrage te leveren aan maatschappelijke uitdagingen, het gaat hier ook om maatschappelijk en sociaal ondernemerschap. “Ondernemerschap komt hierbij niet alleen tot uiting in het oprichten van start-ups, maar zal moeten worden ingebed in bijvoorbeeld het onderwijs en ook kunnen worden gecombineerd met onderzoek. Hierin speelt het versterken en ontwikkelen van een ondernemende mentaliteit onder onze studenten en personeel een belangrijke rol”, benadrukt Engels. 

Together we celebrate! New Years Drinks 2020!

Last week we had our New Years Drinks. Together with our entire ecosystem of startups, mentors, partners, entrepreneurs in residence and many others we celebrated all our successes of the past year. We took the time to look back at multiple highlight, like Hardt Hyperloop who received a multi-million-euro investment, Physee for winning the KvK Innovation Top 100, and Somnox whose sleep robot is available for sale at Harrods in London. We also stood still by all the startups who outgrew our building, and the new startups who joined.

YES!Delft Awards

In addition, we awarded five of our startups with their hard work in 2019.

The Rookie of the Year Award went to SLAM ortho, because of their commitment and dedication during the Validation Lab, and the remarkable increase of the quality of their company.

The Rising Star Award was handed over to Urbandine, for the commitment to their idea and excellent entrepreneurial skills. We need to keep an eye on this startup in 2020.

The Scaleup of the Year 2019 was without a doubt Nowi. This startup is one of the most successful enterprises within our ecosystem, and they won one of the biggest rounds of investments in the history of YES!Delft.

The award for Best Promo Campaign went to Envision, because this startup went out in the market, talked with their users and understood their needs. They created a targeted campaign that lead this startup to get 15.000 members and 6.000 paying customers.

Out of the 36 hosted Vrijmibo’s there was only one winner, who won the Vrijmibo Party Planner Award because they put together not only an awesome themed party with themed drinks, but also a super creative game that made the whole incubator get to know each other better. The winner was aQysta.

Thank YOU!

And to top this all of, our President of Innovations Wouter tried to break the Guinness Book of World Record for the amount of champagne bottles sabered in one minute.

Thank YOU for being part of our journey, and creating an ecosystem to be proud of! Cheers to everything that will come in the coming years! And would you like to rewatch the recap video we showed during the New Years Drinks? Just press play:

 

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Vacancy: Community Manager Delft

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

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their start-up journey. Our services turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups 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 train entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

 

What are we looking for? 

You love to talk to many people with different backgrounds and expertises. You know how to connect entrepreneurs with the right people in the ecosystem and tip the startups for the right events, challenges and trademissions. You get energized by organising community events and strive to make this incubator a vibrant and unique location for startups to grow. You can handle many emails a day, have coffee with entrepreneurs & mentors, and don’t mind having flexible working hours. Are you that central point of contact that people can build on? Apply now for this diverse and unique job as community manager Delft at YES!Delft.

 

Competences:
  • A networker, you are able to make fast connections and introductions;
  • A true multitasker;
  • You are solution-oriented and proactive;
  • You have experience building communities (in non profit environments);
  • You know how to organize large events & build communities;
  • Work structured, organized and well-planned;
  • A love for technology & startups and the possible impact of those on society.
 
Job requirements:
  • You have a completed HBO education (for example in the direction of event management, facility management or community) or have obtained this level through work experience;
  • In addition, you have at least two to five years of relevant work experience;
  • Proficient in both spoken and written Dutch and English.

 

We offer you:

A world-class incubator: an inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop your network and where you can implement your ideas and improve programs wherever you see fit. 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.

 

More information and application procedure:

We look forward to your application. Please send your CV and motivation letter  to: iris@yesdelft.nl to the attention of Iris Visser before Februari 17, 2020. For questions feel free to contact iris@yesdelft.nl or call 0611302236.

[CLOSED] Vacancy: Freelance Event Coordinator

ARE YOU READY TO BUILD TOMORROW’S LEADING FIRMS? YES!Delft is hiring a Freelance Event Coordinator!

YES!Delft – Building Tomorrow’s Leading Firms

YES!Delft is the start-up incubator that supports entrepreneurs in building and growing technology companies in the Netherlands. Over the last 14 years YES!Delft has become one of the leading incubators in the world! YES!Delft offers guidance and support to graduates, scientists, engineers and professionals in their start-up journey. Our services turn promising technology ideas into solid start-ups 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 train entrepreneurs and connect them to the world!

 

What are we looking for? 

Are you a highly energetic, starting event organizer that’s looking to grow and make a massive impact in the startup scene? We are looking for someone proactive and creative who’s motivated to coordinate some of the biggest events in the YES!Delft startup community.

As the event coordinator, you will collaborate closely with our Events Manager to make sure that all events are organized smoothly. You make sure that visitors of YES!Delft events get a unique experience every time they enter the building!

Your activities will include (but are definitely not limited to-) brainstorming and executing new event concepts from A to Z, actively involve the YES!Delft startup community in events, keep track of budgeting, planning, administration and last but not least: making sure that our entire community knows about the fantastic events that are coming up.

 

About our events:

Next to our services (startup programs, funding/recruitment advice, etc) for entrepreneurs, we actively organize big and small scale events to facilitate the connection between our startup ecosystem and our startup founders to accelerate innovation. To get a glimpse of some of our events, go to our YouTube channel and check out some after movies. Examples are: Meet the Startups, the Grand opening of YES!Delft’s second location in The Hague and the Shell Gamechanger Hackweek.

 

Your profile:
  • Available to work full-time on a freelance basis, with the possibility of receiving a year contract;  
  • 0-2 years of work experience, at minimum a bachelor degree (any major), and looking to grow fast;
  • Experience in events is a plus, but most importantly you’re willing to go the extra mile and get the job done;
  • High in energy and willing to not only organize but also execute events;
  • Strong communicative and organizational skills;
  • Strong sense of ownership and determinate;
  • Thrives under time pressure;
  • Fluent in both spoken and written Dutch and English.

 

We offer you:

A world-class incubator: an inspiring startup environment where you have the opportunity to develop your network and where you can implement your ideas and improve programs wherever you see fit. 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.

 

The application process: 

1) Apply before February 14th. Please send your Resume and Motivation letter to Pablo@yesdelft.nl to the attention of Pablo Benéitez.

2) Round one: Interview with Pablo Benéitez (Event Manager) & Natasja Marchese (Project Manager)

3) Round two: Interview with Robert Jan van Vugt (Operational Director)

4) Round three: Practical assessment

YES!Funded announces its new Director

Following the need from startups for support in their funding journey, we launched YES!Funded a year ago. YES!Funded is a three pillar proposition service, where we help startups become investor ready, introduce them to relevant investors, and if desired we also provide support with actual funding rounds, both in the form of deal making and grants writing. Our service is unique because we provide support to startups in every stage of their funding lifecycle and we can act based on the specific needs of these startups. 

THE FIRST YEAR

When we started YES!Funded, it was all about solving acute funding problems, building trust from scratch with no track record and infrastructure. Because we realized a lack of knowledge on funding issues, we piloted an Investor Readiness Program. In parallel, we built an extensive investors network and sought collaboration with informal investor circles, platforms and banks, in order to organise quick access to a large investor base. We entered into contracts with several startups, succeeding in closing one equity deal, and executing numerous grants applications together with our partner StasburgReeve. 

Now that we know that there is a large need for support in this area, we are going to further build and scale our proposition. To make this possible, YES!Delft asked Bianca Boelema-Noordhuizen to join YES!Funded as the Director. With her experience in M&A (at Philips), venture capital and angel investments, Bianca has in-depth knowledge of the entire startup investment process. Therefore, this new role and task to take YES!Funded to the following stage fits her perfectly. 

THE NEW ROLES

Bianca will be responsible for managing the YES!Funded service from an operational and strategic point of view, and will focus on developing and building the proposition to a national proposition. This includes building a strong team, implementing the Investor Readiness Program, attracting potential partners, establishing an active network of investors and providing startup access to this network.  

Jan Geert is responsible for the investment advice to the startup community, the deal flow and execution of private investment tracks, and together with StrasburgReeve for the grant application flow. With his throughout experience in the tech-startup and investments world, he can advise startups on anything from business planning and finance to startup funding, investor focus, grants, deal structure and governance.

Carola has been part of YES!Funded from the start and played an important role in piloting the Investor Readiness Program. In addition, she supports the startup and investor communities by bringing them together and building an investor network. She makes sure that investors have access to the right investment opportunities, matching their investment focus with startups needs.

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