Author: Jenny Konings

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.”

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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[CLOSED] 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

Startups

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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